England Rugby

England Rugby - Home Sweet Home

Emma Thurston | Posted 06.09.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

With just 13 days to go before the Rugby World Cup England had delivered the victory required and had done so with a performance that stamped their authority on Twickenham Stadium. The home side's message to Ireland and indeed the rest of the rugby world was clear; this our home, this is our patch and we are ready for this tournament. 

England Rugby - Creating Tournament Defining Home Advantage

Emma Thurston | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

As a host nation you expect the time leading up to a Rugby World Cup to be a positive and comfortable one however it is fair to say that for England Rugby it has been a touch more turbulent than they would have liked. 

England Rugby - No Room for Error Against Ireland

Emma Thurston | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

The harsh reality is that come Saturday evening one of England or Ireland will be nursing their wounds in defeat and will head into this Rugby World Cup off the back of two straight losses. The thought of it being England is too painful to think about right now, by hook or by crook England must muscle past Ireland on home soil.

England Rugby - Stuart Lancaster Announces His 31 Man Rugby World Cup Squad

Emma Thurston | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Naturally at yesterday's announcement the decisions regarding Sam Burgess and Danny Cipriani were a keen focus with all seeking to hear clearly from England's management why certain decisions were made.

England Rugby - Selection Time for Stuart Lancaster

Emma Thurston | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

The fact that the Parisian crunch didn't go to plan means that emotions are running even higher than they would have been if England had delivered the performance that expected and as such secured a victory. We all have our opinions but at that end of the day they are just that and Stuart Lancaster and his coaching team will be the ones to decide.

England Rugby's Parisian Crunch Lacked Bite But They'll Be Fine Come the Rugby World Cup

Emma Thurston | Posted 23.08.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

So the question is, with 25 days to go until the tournament starts and one week until the formal deadline to submit a 31 man squad, should we and indeed Stuart Lancaster be panicking? Unsurprisingly, my answer is no.

England Rugby - Strong Competition

Emma Thurston | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Saturday's Test match against France certainly answered some of the questions that Stuart Lancaster and his coaching team had about individuals and units within their squad however some still remain.

England Rugby - A Positive First Hit Out

Emma Thurston | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

As Stuart Lancaster woke up this morning I expect that he was feeling pretty content with the match that unfolded in front of his eyes last night for by anyone's standards, including his own, England's first hit out was a positive one.

Sam Burgess' Rugby Union Acid Test

Emma Thurston | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

The only thing that we are certain about is that on Saturday evening, the pressure is on; it is time to face the union music for Slammin Sam and see what he delivers on the Twickenham turf.

Opportunity Knocks - Exciting England Side's Chance To Excel

Emma Thurston | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

England's starting XV to face France this Saturday contains no less than 13 changes to the one that delivered the most magnificent finale to the 2015 RBS 6 Nations competition. This statistic is not set to alarm anyone instead it should be encouraging for it once again highlights the depth of talent housed at the top level of English rugby.  

England Rugby - Grafting in Denver

Emma Thurston | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

For the past two weeks England Rugby have swapped the leafy suburbs of Bagshot in Surrey for the place commonly referred to as the 'Mile-High City', Denver in Colorado. The air may be thinner, with a documented 17% less oxygen than cities at sea level, however the focus and intensity of training has continued to rise and from a coach's perspective England are totally on track as Andy Farrell shared on their final Friday over the pond...

With the World Cup Coming, It's the Perfect Time to Try Touch Rugby

Jonny Wilkinson | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Sport
Jonny Wilkinson

I believe touch rugby and rugby in general is an incredibly positive and exciting team sport and the values involved in rugby are crucial for achieving anything in life. The values learnt through team skills, playing a role in a group and learning how to win or lose cannot be underestimated in terms of their value going forward. Whether you are young, old, male or female, the skills and values you can learn through rugby are hugely beneficial. The O2 Touch Tours are all about introducing people to rugby in the run up to the World Cup, taking place this year in England and Wales... and with the tournament fast approaching I believe England are in good shape.

England Rugby - Strettle, Selection and More

Emma Thurston | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

On Tuesday lunchtime Stuart Lancaster addressed the press for the first time from inside the England Rugby World Cup Training Camp; all fifty players had arrived at Pennyhill Park the day before and were in the middle of their first double day of training.

The 31 Man Conundrum - Selecting England Rugby's World Cup Squad

Emma Thurston | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

The fact is England's depth of talent is great, across the board, and that makes for some extremely tricky decisions either with or without injury and form changes between now and the start of the tournament.

England Rugby - Positively Positioned

Emma Thurston | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

With an intense camp and three warm up games to go England are where they should be going into such a daunting and defining period. From this point on every single side will raise their games to the next level courtesy of an extended period of training time together and the question will be how much more do England have to showcase

England's 2015 Rugby World Campaign Goes From Bad To Worse

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Sport

England's World Cup hopes have taken a further knock with the arrest of one of their star players. Fly-half Danny Cipriani has been arrested on sus...

Positive Frustration for England Rugby - 2015 Calcutta Cup Review

Emma Thurston | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

In the early stages of this week they'll be some sore English bodies and pensive players however their hearts and minds will be in a much better place than they were this time two weeks ago knowing that they have laid the foundations for one final, winner takes all, Six Nations' showdown.

RBS 6 Nations Preview - Ireland vs. England

Emma Thurston | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Strength is depth, it is a phrase that we have been itching to be able to use to describe England Rugby for a long time and if I'm brutally honest the words never quite fitted perfectly, instead England had depth but only in pockets, in one or two positions.

Time to Deliver on Home Soil - England v Italy RBS 6 Nations Round 2

Emma Thurston | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

The challenge that England face playing against Italy at Twickenham is completely different to Friday night's for the intensity of the rivalry between the two nations is less and the quality of the opposition is less...

A Friday Night In Cardiff - England vs. Wales RBS 6 Nations Opener

Emma Thurston | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Now is the time for England to march on from their developmental stage and deliver, these were the overarching messages from the men in charge at the first squad announcement of the year just 14 days ago. In last year's RBS 6 Nations England matured greatly and to be true contenders come September that is what they will need to do again this year.

England Saxons' Time to Shine Under The Friday Night Lights

Emma Thurston | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Tonight in Cork a group of players wearing white with red roses on their chests will run out and take on the might of Ireland, they are our England Saxons and what a group they are too. 'It is the strongest Saxons' squad that I have been involved with' those were the words of Stuart Lancaster..

Six Nations Six to Watch: The Backs

Abdullah Mahmood | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Sport
Abdullah Mahmood

Certain players while have a huge influence on their team in the next ten months and so over the next two weeks we'll be looking at couple of players from each team who could play an important part in the success or lack thereof of their nation in what will be a key Six Nations for all involved...

England Students Secure Impressive Win Over Portugal XV

Vicky Chan | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Chan

England Students sealed a 32-16 victory over Portugal XV in rugby union, with 17 newly capped players on Saturday 24th of January in Lisbon. "We are all pleased we got the win," England Students Head Coach Aaron James said. "They've worked hard all week for it, and I'm pleased they got the result."

Can Sam Burgess Make the England Rugby Team?

Phil Lovely | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Sport
Phil Lovely

Sam Burgess is now attempting to make the move to rugby union. Why? Not for money, he was incredibly successful in Australia as a league star. So not for fame, but for international glory. To really gain superstar status Sam Burgess knew he had to test himself in rugby union.

Why Extending Stuart Lancaster and His Coaching Team's Contracts Until 2020 Was the Right Thing to Do... Even Before the World Cup

Emma Thurston | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Yesterday it was announced that Stuart Lancaster and his core team, Andy Farrell, Mike Catt and Graham Rowntree have all had their contracts extended until the 2019/2020 season. When he made this announcement, the Chairman of the RFU, Ian Richie, used the following words; "we believe this is entirely the right decision for the future of England Rugby" and I have to say I totally agree with him and here is why.