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Picking a team, not players

Many people are puzzling over upcoming England Rugby selections. The Six Nations is but weeks away and England are looking at an unprecedented hatrick of championship wins. Other narratives exist too; just how good are Scotland and Ireland; whereabouts are … Continue reading

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The Team That Eddie Forgot

Lions and England squad selections for this summer are spoken. The dust has settled. There have been some notable and pleasing inclusions. And yet for every Kyle Sinckler, there is a sinkhole; an equal and opposite reaction to being selected. … Continue reading

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Times they are a changin’

I think there needs to be a change. Whilst I fully understand why he was used, and indeed how it was successful, I think Dylan Hartley should not be the starting hooker for England against Wales. And starting him against … Continue reading

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Up in the air

As George North hit the deck on early Saturday evening and laid there motionless, many questions were being asked. Most it seemed centred around the Welsh winger’s cognitive health. Understandably so; he looked unconscious, for not the first time in his … Continue reading

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Eddie Jones’ Diary – 26th October 2016

26th October 2016 I’m back in my hotel room, another press conference done. I find all that smiling exhausting. Managed to get in the clown reference though. Cheika will have loved that. Must text him later. Is there a clown … Continue reading

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Touching Wood

Another Eddie Jones’ selection, another eyebrow raised. Tom Wood’s inclusion has people talking. In selecting the Northampton man, Jones knows he has made a surprising choice. In press conference, Jones talked about Wood’s work ethic and hair. “Tom Wood is like … Continue reading

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Catching Bath

Bath, the city: with its Bath stone buildings, creamy yellow in the September sun, rising up and around like the sides of a colosseum. It is a natural amphitheatre; all the roads seem to lead towards the centre. And under an … Continue reading

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Hitting the target and not finding your bullets – Aviva Premiership Round 2 Review

Click here to read my report on the Aviva Premiership and see my ‘Team of the Week’. No two weeks are the same in the Aviva Premiership. Ask Dan Mugford, or indeed Gloucester. Sale’s Mugford steered his last minute penalty villainously … Continue reading

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The here and now

Click here for me for the Rugby Blog – one final time As Nigel Owens and TMO Ben Skeen deliberated over whether the ball had gone forward off Haylett-Petty or Maro Itoje in Saturday’s third test between Australia and England … Continue reading

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This is England

Me for the Rugby Blog Stripped to the waist, amidst the maelstrom that was Melbourne’s AAMI Park, Dan Cole stood oozing Englishness. Having been de-robed with comical ease whilst attending one of the many scraps that broke out in the … Continue reading

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