England Rugby

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...

England Rugby - Battle a Tough Week to Deliver in Manchester

Emma Thurston | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

This Sunday morning the England Rugby squad will wake up and again it will hit them that they are no longer part of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and it will hurt. A 60 points to 3 victory is an empathic winning margin however if they are truly critical of themselves they won't be wholly satisfied with the 80 minutes of rugby. 

Eight Ways to Maximise Muscle Growth Outside of the Gym

James Haskell | Posted 11.10.2015 | UK Sport
James Haskell

No matter how hard you train, it's what you do outside of the gym that gives you the most results. The science is simple; when we train, we tear down our muscle fibres. Everything else we do influences how quickly we repair them, and consequently, the rate at which our muscles grow.

England Rugby - Integrity at the Top

Emma Thurston | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

From players to coaches no-one ever sets out to fall short and my hope is that this audit is conducted with integrity for that is what this, and indeed, every management team deserves.

Rugby World Cup 2015 - The Most Competitive Ever

Emma Thurston | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

The manner in which Japan defeated South Africa on the first weekend will remain in all of our memories forever; their courage of conviction and their ability to play exactly the right sort of rugby to nullify one of the game's giants...

England Rugby - Lightning Strikes Twice

Emma Thurston | Posted 04.10.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

On Saturday night, in front of our very eyes, a nightmare unfolded as Australia pushed England aside with ruthless precision and condemned the hosts to being surplus to requirements in their own tournament. 

England Rugby's Resilience Means That Saturday's challenge Is Eminently Achievable

Emma Thurston | Posted 04.10.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

After such a destructive defeat the players could have crumbled and could have felt extremely sorry for themselves. As much as individuals can put on a front, it would have been seen through during their media sessions for even the best of actors cannot hide something like that.

Nothing But a Victory Will Suffice, This Is it for England Rugby...

Emma Thurston | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Stuart is right, in the face of adversity this England side has never come unstuck or backed down. This squad will be much better for the excruciating manner in which they lost last weekend and we, on the outside, have to trust that some tough lessons have finally been learned.

My Frequently Asked Questions and the Reasons Why I Wrote "The Introduction to Becoming and Staying Rugby Fit"

James Haskell | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Sport
James Haskell

First things first; please understand this. One game does not make a career! Not every game goes the way you want it to and rugby, not being a solo sport, means you are but a small cog, in a bigger machine.

England Rugby - The Ultimate Test Week

Emma Thurston | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Saturday's loss was by the far the most agonising and devastating that this squad has experienced together, more than losing any RBS 6 Nations title or QBE International fixture, however the fact is that they have to show colossal resilience and get straight back on the horse. 

15 Fat Busting Superfoods to Eliminate Your Love Handles for Good

James Haskell | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

You cannot sit at home watching Game of Thrones all day sipping on the latest exotic juice from the Amazon rainforest and expect to get lean. Your overall diet, energy expenditure, activity levels, hormonal profile and sleep quality are all far more important factors in fat loss than any 'superfood' will ever be.

Rugby World Cup: England Miscalculate Badly

Eoghan Hickey | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Sport
Eoghan Hickey

On Saturday evening at Twickenham we saw the first game that actually mattered in this Rugby World Cup towards ascertaining where the trophy might ultimately end up...

Watch Actor Ioan Gruffudd Lose It In His Boxer Shorts When Wales Beat England

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 27.09.2015 | UK Entertainment

Many a Welshman and woman would have been celebrating on Saturday after Wales beat England in the group stages of the Rugby World Cup. But actor Io...

Bold Selection Calls Must Come Off Against Wales - England Rugby

Emma Thurston | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

With the greatest respect, England's selection decisions, at fly half and in the centres, are bold however they have been made and it is time to trust the experts and get ready to be blown away by what has the makings of being one of the most intense clashes of the entire competition.