England Rugby

Not the Best Timing but England's Test Against Wales Will Be a Useful Outing

Emma Thurston | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

The long and the short of it is that we're in for a test match that's filled with motivation, in spite of many believing it to be a nuisance and pointless. Although it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work it out Eddie Jones will announce his starting XV and bench on Friday and personally I can't wait to see what this group of players can do on home soil. 

Eddie Jones' 32-man Squad for Australia

Emma Thurston | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

On Sunday afternoon Eddie Jones announced the 26-man squad for the forthcoming test against Wales and then the 32-man squad that will head to Australia. Alongside some familiar faces England's head coach has included 4 uncapped players that will be on the plane to Australia; Ben Te'o, Teimana Harrison, Ellis Genge and Kyle Sinckler.

Eddie Jones Starts Australia Tour Preparations in Brighton

Emma Thurston | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

On Tuesday a 26-man England Rugby training squad assembled in Brighton for a three-day camp. Even though only there are many familiar faces missing due to their Premiership semi-final commitments this opening camp marks the start of England's preparations to head Down Under. 

What a Difference a Few Months Makes...

Emma Thurston | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

English rugby was in a difficult spot after the Rugby World Cup, but one right appointment has turned everything around. Of course professional sport is a fickle business that's all about winning, if England lose all 3 tests in Australia then the picture won't be as rosy or positive, however I can't see that happening. England's young squad are now charging confidently forwards and they have the belief, and ability, to continue on an upwards trajectory for seasons and years to come.

Grand Slam Winners 2016 - England Rugby

Emma Thurston | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

As Nigel Owens blew the full time whistle at the Stade de France and Swing Low Sweet Chariot reverberated around the stadium the emotion poured out of England's players. Finally they'd achieved their goal and victory tasted even sweeter because France had made them work hard for it.

Spring in England Rugby's Step

Emma Thurston | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

After the lows of September and October 2015 English rugby is starting to get a spring back in its step, Dylan Hartley and his side have a Grand Slam within their grasp and it appears that the RFU's selection was the right one. 

A Sweet Victory for England Rugby - England v Wales RBS 6 Nations

Emma Thurston | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

It was a stage that Eddie Jones' England almost slipped up on however their opening purpose combined with sheer will and guts saw them through to deliver a hugely satisfying 25-21 victory.

Time for England Rugby to Take Another Step Forward as They Host Wales at Twickenham

Emma Thurston | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Eddie Jones may not be a native Englishman however he fully understands the ferocity of the rivalry between England and Wales. It is the most potent of all in the Northern Hemisphere, it is the one that has provided some of the most intense RBS 6 Nations test matches in recent years and Saturday's will have an extra edge due to their recent history...

Rugby's Most Anticipated Match-up: Billy Vunipola v Taulupe Faletau

David Ready | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Sport
David Ready

What makes this year's Six Nations so exciting is match-ups like these, match-ups that will potentially go down in rugby folklore, and I personally cannot wait for the theatre, the action to begin. A world of pain lies in wait for the defences of both teams and when these two titans have the ball, prepare for the ground to shake.

Eddie Jones Is Pulling All of the Strings and Playing the Media Game With Ease

Emma Thurston | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

As soon as Eddie Jones' was confirmed as England's new head coach it was clear that England were going to enter a new era and one that was quite diffe...

Astute Eddie Jones on Track But the True Tests for England Rugby Are Ahead

Emma Thurston | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

With all due respect to Scotland and Italy, England's true tests are on the way. Looking ahead to this weekend Ireland may be ravaged by injuries however in spite of that their aerial game remains. In the pre-Rugby World Cup meeting between England and Ireland the home side played 40 minutes of textbook rugby against Joe Schmidt's men; they pinned Ireland back in their own half and finished off two great opportunities and they could have taken had more.

Job Done In Italy - England Rugby

Emma Thurston | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

There are two ways of looking at England's 40 - 9 victory over Italy. One is to focus on the opening 50 minutes and pick holes in the side and the other is to take the match as a whole and focus on the manner in which Eddie Jones' side accelerated away from the Italians. I'll let you hazard a guess as to which viewpoint I'm about to write from...

A Victorious Platform to Work From - England Rugby

Emma Thurston | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Scotland's World Cup was extremely productive and, by in large, positive whereas England's was testing, taxing and at times torturous. The view in Scotland, and many other places, was that this would be the year that the Scots finally re-gained the Calcutta Cup and in doing so make the start of Eddie Jones' reign a challenging one.

There's Something Special About Covering the Six Nations

Sonja McLaughlan | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Sport
Sonja McLaughlan

I've been lucky enough to attend some major sports events during a long career - the Olympics included - but there's something very special about the Six Nations. It's the spectacle, the history and tradition, sold out stadiums across fabulous capital cities. Yes rugby fans love it, but so too my mum. Such is the appeal of this grand old tournament over 24million people tuned in last year on (BBC) TV in the UK with nine million alone watching the thrilling climax.

Decoding The Dark Arts - England Rugby

Emma Thurston | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

One of the gospel truths in rugby is how vital it is to have a solid scrummage in order to lay the foundations of a side's performance. The intricacies of the dark arts aren't easily deciphered however one individual that assists greatly in explaining this mysterious area is David Flatman.

The Waiting Is Almost Over - England Rugby

Emma Thurston | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

When it comes down to it Eddie Jones will take a victory in whichever manner it arises however wouldn't it be great to see England go out there, exorcise a few of the demons left from the Rugby World Cup and play in the manner in which we all know that they can...

With A Little Help From My Friend - England Rugby

Emma Thurston | Posted 31.01.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

As we all know England Rugby came together as a squad for the first time on Sunday evening and on Wednesday George Smith arrived to provide the first, of what we hope, will be many breakdown masterclasses. 

Captain Hartley - Will This Be an Inspired Decision by Eddie Jones?

Emma Thurston | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

To some choosing Dylan Hartley as captain will appear crazy while to others it is inspired choice. Ultimately the opinion of those outside of England's camp matters little, instead it will be about how this England squad responds to their new captain and how their captain embraces the honour, and pressure, that has been bestowed on his shoulders.

Eddie Jones' England Senior Squad for RBS 6 Nations

Emma Thurston | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

England's new head coach is not your shy and retiring type, far from it, instead he is a charismatic and forthright Australian that knows what he wants. He has made it very clear that this will be his International side that beats to the sound of his drum, and today he made his first significant step towards that by announcing the 33 individuals in the RBS 6 Nations and Elite Player Squad.

Eddie Jones' England - What Will It Look Like?

Emma Thurston | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

The long and the short of it is that Eddie Jones has some serious thinking to do and pressure on his shoulders to nail it first time. He is expected to announce his EPS squad in just a week's time and today, on the 6th January, there are just 31 days until the BT Murrayfield Stadium awaits Jones and his side for their first International encounter...

Better to Have Too Much Than Too Little - England Rugby

Emma Thurston | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

A clean sweep of European Champions Cup victories was achieved by our Aviva Premiership sides this weekend for the first time since December 2008. Alongside this, 4 out of 6 sides gained victories in the European Challenge Cup, thus delivering one of the most successful European pool weekends ever for English rugby.

England Rugby's Eddie Jones

Emma Thurston | Posted 22.11.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

The overarching feeling from Friday's press conference is that England are in good hands however there is plenty for Eddie Jones to get his teeth into and we all know how quickly time is ticking by, the RBS 6 Nations is just over 70 days away.

Eddie Jones - England Rugby's Man

Emma Thurston | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Without question the pressure of England's top role is immense, the union with the greatest resources and greatest player base in the world should be the one that is pushing the sport forwards and leading the charge. Currently England are not however my great hope is that this appointment is a successful one and one that leads to a very bright future for England Rugby.

Stuart Lancaster Steps Down As England Head Coach

Emma Thurston | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

At 12.03pm on 11th November a press release was issued from England Rugby entitled RFU Statement: Stuart Lancaster, the ensuing statement contained the information that England's head coach had resigned 'by mutual consent' and will no longer direct England's elite performance group.

Rugby: Quarter Finals and The Pitfalls of Pressure

Eoghan Hickey | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Sport
Eoghan Hickey

Facing into this weekend against Argentina, it's likely that Ireland are more psychologically robust this time around, but the Pumas are a quality side who know how to play it tough and smart. Irish supporters won't have forgotten how well Juan Martín Hernández can build a score for his team...