England Rugby

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. 

Sport Psychology

James Haskell | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Sport
James Haskell

Sport Psychology helps us practice on the relevant aspects of our performance and to reinforce our competence in these areas. Confidence is learned and trained, like a skill, and it has massive implications on success.

England Rugby - Midfield Reshuffle... Massive Call If Confirmed

Emma Thurston | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Last night as the country was thinking about going to bed for the evening news reports  broke across social media. The call, predicted, is that England will completely reshuffle their midfield to face Wales this weekend with Owen Farrell, Sam Burgess and Brad Barritt starting in place of George Ford and the injured Jonathan Joseph. 

England Rugby - Improvements En Route Before Wales Enter HQ

Emma Thurston | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

The fact that individuals haven't been ruled out of the competition due to knocks from the Fijian physicality is hugely encouraging. There's no question that the Welsh will bring physical intensity to Twickenham however not in the same collective manner that the Fijians do...

England v Fiji - Welcome to the Rugby World Cup

Emma Thurston | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

18 September 2015 is a date that has been marked in diaries across the country, and indeed the world, for a very long time. At 8pm Jaco Peyper will start the 2015 Rugby World Cup and England Rugby will begin their quest to achieve rugby's ultimate prize on home soil...

The Five Most Important Exercises for Strength, Definition, and Overall Fitness

James Haskell | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Sport
James Haskell

What five exercises will keep me in great shape for the rest of my life? These are our suggestions - and for most people, focusing on these five exercises alone would deliver results far greater that some of the most intricate training programmes out there today.

The Winner Takes it All

Helen Astrid | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Sport
Helen Astrid

Music and sport are the perfect marriage; they were made for each other...designed to live happily ever after. The beneficial effect of using music in sport and exercise is nothing new. Music is able to grab our attention, cause a reaction, change how we feel, help us remember things, help us overcome shyness, make us feel good and interestingly increase our work output.

England Rugby - Stuart Lancaster's Reaction To Ireland & Fiji's Final Warm Up Performance

Emma Thurston | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Stuart Lancaster will have slept a little easier on Saturday night following his side's victory over Ireland. After the nightmare that was Paris, England's performance on green grass of home will have comforted their Head Coach however rest assured he knows that the greatest challenges are still to come...

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.