England Rugby

Sevens Grass Roots Flourishing For England

Oliver Pickup | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Sport
Oliver Pickup

With the backing of the RFU and aided by HSBC's continued investment in grass roots initiates across the globe - including the Rosslyn Park tournament - as well as title sponsorship of the Sevens Series, the short- and long-term future for England looks incredibly promising.

Rucking Hell, Eddie, You're Having a Laugh

Simon Sapper | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Sport
Simon Sapper

England rugby coach Eddie Jones has spoken out against the tactics used by opponents Italy in Sunday's international match. He said, variously, that "wasn't rugby", that "fans were cheated" and that they "should get their money back."

Wales v England: 70 Years Ago, A Rivalry Resumed

Joe Hall | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Sport
Joe Hall

It's January 1947, and 21-year-old veterinary student Micky Steele-Bodger has just found out he's been picked for England. "I heard it on the wireless", he recalls. He would be playing against Wales - and it would be a match with extra special meaning.

England Rugby's Paul Gustard On Physicality, Jason Ryles And Fast Starts

Emma Thurston | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

England's preparation for the opening Test of the 2016 Old Mutual Wealth series started when they met up as a wider squad at the Lensbury in London back in August. The coaching team had done their homework in terms of the commonalities found during England's decade of defeats against the Springboks and started the process of turning that record round.

England Rugby Make History in Brisbane - But Eddie Jones Demands More From His Side

Emma Thurston | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Of course Eddie Jones wants more from England, he wouldn't be driving them forwards and getting the most out of an extremely talented group of individuals if he didn't. But, for a moment let's just stop and recognise their achievement in Brisbane...

England v Australia - The First Test

Emma Thurston | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Since Eddie Jones has been in charge England are unbeaten and importantly have started to look like a side that are going places. However, the harsh reality is that during the opening six matches that he's been in charge England haven't been truly tested against the sides that set the standard in world 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 13.04.2017 | 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 22.03.2017 | 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 19.03.2017 | 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 15.03.2017 | 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 12.03.2017 | 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 03.03.2017 | 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 02.03.2017 | 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 25.02.2017 | 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 14.02.2017 | 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 08.02.2017 | 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 05.02.2017 | 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 03.02.2017 | 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 04.02.2017 | 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 29.01.2017 | 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 25.01.2017 | 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 13.01.2017 | 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.