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Wales on Top! Hosts Get Revenge on England Rugby in World Cup Warm-Up Test

Wales Top Rugby Union’s World Rankings with 13-6 victory Over England.

For the first time in its history, Wales top Rugby Union’s World Rankings after their well-fought triumph over England. In doing so, the Welsh dethrone their across-the-sea rivals New Zealand, who have sat in the top spot for 10 years! Though the difference between the two is marginal, the whole of Wales should still be singing “Calon Lan.

Wales head coach, Warren Gatland, admitted that New Zealand reporters are probably snorting at the current leader board, given that Wales have not defeated the All Blacks since 1953 and stressed that he knows Wales still have much to improve on following their two warm-ups with England.

Nevertheless, it was an outstanding performance from the Welsh who were definitely making up for their 33-19 loss to England at Twickenham. England Rugby had ended Wales 14-match unbeaten run and denied them a world No1 spot a couple of weeks ago and perhaps a top-of-the-table ranking had distracted Wales because last weekend at Principality Stadium and in a test that demanded strength and physicality, the Welsh men were anything but distracted.

By half-time Wales had built a 10-0 lead, with Dan Biggar converting and kicking a penalty, and wing, George North scoring a wonderful try at the 33rd minute, helping Wales bounce back from their Twickenham defeat. Biggar demonstrated some real creativity to get his side out in front and if this was an attempt to prove to Gatland that he deserved to start as a fly-half in Japan, well, the point was definitely proven.

In the second-half, the momentum shifted between these two powerhouses and England were a lot more efficient. Wales struggled to create the dangerous and creative play that we had seen in the first half. Possession began to be traded back and forth between the British rivals, with scrums being given left, right and centre. At 47 minutes, England neared a try but couldn’t see it through – though that didn’t stop Eddie Jones’s men. A chance to chip away at the Welsh advantage came in the form of fly-half, George Ford, who cut Wales’s lead short with a penalty. Five minutes later, Wales conceded again with another penalty and Ford rose to the occasion once more, firing the ball through the middle of the uprights. It was 10-6 now!

For almost twenty minutes both sides vied to do more damage to the other but ultimately, it was Wales that succeeded. Five minutes before time, England were offside and Leigh Halfpenny took the penalty. Positioned right before the posts, he sent the ball soaring through and it was 13-6 to Wales. England tried to replicate their success at Twickenham in the closing minutes but moving the Welsh defence, looked to be harder than moving a mountain in that maul. It was a tremendous effort on England’s part who showcased strength and determination but Wales looked like a new team compared to last week.

The British foes have a win a piece now and should they meet again in the World Cup, fans will definitely be in for a thrilling treat. Who would you bet on being victorious next time?

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Eddie Jones Names His England Squad for the Rugby World Cup

Too high risk? Eddie Jones World Cup team has a few surprise omissions and shock call-ups but England could still be in with a winning chance!

England fought to glory last weekend in the first match of the Quilter Internationals, defeating Wales 33-19 at Twickenham Stadium and now things are starting to get serious with the World Cup looming. Eddie Jones named his 31-man England squad earlier on in the week and it’s believed that the Australian has made some bold decisions.

The biggest surprises to the squad are Ruaridh McConnochie, Willi Heinz, Lewis Ludlam and Jack Singleton, who share just three caps between them with McConnochie being uncapped. All displayed promising and strong performances during the warm-ups and Jones is confident in their ability to help see the team through in Japan.

How many of you would have predicted that these players would be included in the squad over the likes of the more experienced Ben Te’o, Chris Robshaw and Danny Cipriani? Just to name a few.

The criticism for Ludlam seems to stem from the flankers struggle with injuries early on in his career. The former centre has had to constantly prove himself and rumour has it that he had considered retiring from the sport until the Quilter Internationals luck came his way. Many were touched by his emotional rendition of the National Anthem and Jones himself, has described him as a valuable player. He’s likely to be playing as a No6 in the World Cup, which was the position he played in his debut against Wales.

McConnochie is probably the one most will be quick to judge but the uncapped wing did walk away from the Olympic Finals in Rio with a silver medal and came second in last year’s Rugby World Cup Sevens. He has adapted to XVs extremely quickly and Jones picking McConnochie will definitely give the uncapped player a boost in confidence which can only help his performance in the pitch. He’s an agile and versatile player which is an advantage. Though he is often thought to be a touch too light for a Rugby player, many of his Sevens teammates insisted he works well in defence and has incredible one-on-one tackling ability.

Heinz will be one of two England scrum-halves in Japan. He’s the oldest man in the squad at 32-years-old and had already been given a great deal of responsibility in his debut against Wales, where Jones made him vice-captain. He impressed in the Quilter’s against Wales, being heavily involved in England’s first two tries and displayed strong leadership qualities which Jones was evidently pleased with.

Eddie seems to be refreshing the team with more youthful figures and we can only hope it works out for England. The Worcester Warriors hooker, Singleton also joins the 31-man squad after his successful 90-second debut at Twickenham in the victory against Wales. Singleton could be an important figure for England, perhaps now, or in years to come. We’ll soon find out!

Eddie Jones had to tackle with the toughest decision any head coach at international level must make as every Rugby player – no doubt – wants to be part of a World Cup. But after seeing how the selected few played in the England v Wales warm up, there’s no denying this England squad could go far with its strong team mentality.

SQUAD:

Forwards:

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 86 caps)

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 12 caps)

Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 11 caps)

Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 10 caps)

Jamie George (Saracens, 37 caps)

Maro Itoje (Saracens, 27 caps)

George Kruis (Saracens, 32 caps)

Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 59 caps)

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 72 caps)

Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)

Joe Marler (Harlequins, 58 caps)

Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 22 caps)

Jack Singleton (Saracens, 1 cap)

Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 9 caps)

Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 42 caps)

Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 53 caps)

Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons/Sale Sharks, 13 caps)

Backs:

Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 5 caps)

Elliot Daly (Saracens, 31 caps)

Owen Farrell (Saracens, 70 caps)

George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 56 caps)

Piers Francis (Northampton Saints, 5 caps)

Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)

Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 41 caps)

Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 45 caps)

Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath Rugby, uncapped)

Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 33 caps)

Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 22 caps)

Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 33 caps)

Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 34 caps)

Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 86 caps)

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Eddie’s Announcement

Will Eddie Jones’ World Cup squad selection be dictated by red wine and advice from a canine?

It was a glorious result for England yesterday as they beat Wales 33-19 at Twickenham. England came out fighting from the get go, ending Wales’ 14 match winning streak. Head Coach, Eddie Jones was confident that the boys would come out on top and thankfully they didn’t disappoint.

However, despite this gleaming victory, Jones’ boys will no doubt be in a state of unrest today. Eddie will be announcing who will make the World Cup final cut and heading over to Japan at 1pm this afternoon. Winger, Jonny May, has stated that there is ‘no point trying to second guess Eddie’s selection’ and that he will be ‘focusing on himself’ rather than losing sleep over the announcement.

When Jones was asked how he would put together the 31 strong squad, he joked that it all depended on ‘where the red wine spilled’ and that he would even seek advice from his dog!

Naturally, every player wants to be on the plane to Japan next month and this would have been an extremely tough decision for Eddie to make.

Keep your ears to the ground until 1pm today when the selection will be made public. Eddie will then face the media at 3pm to explain how he reached his decision.

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Six Nations Review: England Dominate France at Twickenham

England 44 – 8 France

Twickenham Stadium, 10th February 2019

Scoring a try just six seconds over the one-minute mark was a good sign of things to come for England as they hosted France at Twickenham.  In this Rugby World Cup year, performances like this at the Six Nations can be hugely promising.

The try in question came via Jonny May who chased down a kick from Elliot Daly and came down on the ball just inside the touchline.  Owen Farrell’s conversion attempt narrowly missed the target – and despite the early lead, this failure to kick between the posts caused a drop in the smile of Eddie Jones.

Farrell succeeded in his chance to regain lost points when minutes later French hooker Guilhem Guirado gave away a penalty for not rolling away, leaving the English captain a 35-yarder from straight in front of the posts.  It’s the seventh minute of the match and the eighth point for England.

France put a reminder in to not discount them – with Parra scoring moments later, again by way of penalty which went in perfectly halfway between the posts.  Yet another penalty in a row was scored, Farrell taking it again ensuring that from here on out, it was England’s game.

Going forward with devastating pressure from a lineout, England started to batter through France’s defence in the 24th minute.  With little ground left to cover, the French team were desperate not to concede again, but Farrell had other ideas, whipping the ball out to the left for May to catch again, who powered home on the last few yards.

May seemed desperate for the hat-trick, and following the commotion of a France knock-on claimed his third of the day.  Farrell made his second conversion, and it made it look easy as he effortlessly took the shot.

A last minute try from Henry Slade sealed the first half at 28-8 for England.  France ended the half looking desperate for anything they can get, resulting in openings being left and mistakes being made.  England yet again utilising the forward kicking meta game to advance and remained tight in the defence whenever France took the ball.

France fullback Huget took one too many knocks in the first half and was pulled by the team doctors after failing a head injury assessment during the break.  Thomas Ramos fills his boots from the 41st minute onwards.

France were instantly put on their heels in the second half and stayed on the back foot for most of the duration.  After a long run and break from England, Ashton was high-tackled by France’s Fickou just off the try line, resulting in a penalty try being awarded by the referee.  Giving England this penalty try was about the closest the French got to scoring themselves in the second half, with a dominant showing from the men in white.

Five minutes later, the referee uses TMO to halt the French protesting over captain Owen Farrell’s touch down on the right hand side.  The Saracens man converted his own try, taking his personal points tally to sixteen.

France started to gain some creativity points later on in the second half.  A few cheeky runs towards the England end we taken, featuring close slips around some of the forwards, but each advance was ultimately stopped by the English grit.  The might of Eddie Jones’s high expectations and erratic behaviour on the touchline only served to spur the team on as complacency peered around the corner.

Courtney Lawes seemingly took control of the game for a few minutes, with a whole host of smashes against the advancing Frenchmen and then returning fire as he lead the way back into their half of the pitch.

The game ended 44-8 – a devastating blow to France’s hopes in the Six Nations, but a fantastic five points for England, picking up the bonus point for a three-try lead over their opponents.

What did the Managers think?

Farrell and Slade take top praise in this match from the boss Eddie Jones and fans alike, and the pace-driving kicks of Ben Young deserve a special mention here too.

Jones’s focus on improving England’s team unity over looking at the French side paid off.  After calling them “an interesting side to play against,” the coach was full of their praises as an unpredictable, creative side and one that’s “full of talent.”

His opposite number at the helm of the French bench, Jacques Brunel was similarly praising of the England side he’d just faced.  Speaking to press after the game, Brunel spoke of a side who “always impose their power” in defence and on the front foot, too.  Recognising that England had seen the better of pre-tournament favourites Ireland and then relentlessly dominated France the coach said “they have found their form… I was very impressed with their performance. They dominated most of the game.”

England v France, Six Nations: The Line-ups:

England:

Backs:
15 Elliot Daly, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell (capt), 9 Ben Youngs

Forwards:
1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Jamie George, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 Courtney Lawes, 5 George Kruis, 6 Mark Wilson
7 Tom Curry, 8 Billy Vunipola

Replacements:
16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Dan Robson, 22 George Ford, 23 Jack Nowell

 

France:

Backs:
15 Yoann Huget, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 11 Gael Fickou, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Morgan Parra

Forwards:
1 Jefferson Poirot, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 3 Demba Bamba, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 5 Felix Lambey, 6 Yacouba Camara, 7 Arthur Iturria, 8 Louis Picamoles

Replacements: 16 Pierre Bourgarit, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Dorian Aldegheri, 19 Paul Willemse, 20 Gregory Alldritt, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Romain Ntamack, 23 Thomas Ramos

 

Wales v England Preview – Principality Stadium, Saturday 23rd February 2019

England finished at 44-8, their biggest victory over France in a century, and an impressive follow-up to their 32-20 victory over grand-slam champions Ireland.  Similarly, Wales won their 11th test on the trot in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to equal their national record of 100 years.  Two teams are about to collide, and both look to be on top form.

The clash features the only two unbeaten teams in the tournament, and will undoubtedly be one of the key moments in deciding the competition winner.  England look to be on the warpath in this World Cup year, but Wales have beaten France and Italy back-to-back to see themselves in a narrow second place in the points table.

Despite England seeming the more dominant side in the matches so far, we haven’t had a chance to compare them like-for-like and Eddie Jones is taking no chances.  “We’re playing the greatest Welsh side ever,” he said, “we’re going to have to be at our absolute best. Preparation starts on Wednesday.”

Jones remarks on the knowledge and experience of Wales head coach Warren Gatland, who he sees as a formidable force who has “been at the top of the tree in European rugby for the last 15 years.”

Despite the compliments, they seemed somewhat charged, with Jones reminding press of the comments made by Gatland last summer that the two teams were nowhere near each other in ability.

Gatland didn’t shy away from his low expectations of England prior to the tournament.  He acknowledged that he thought “the decider might come down to that last game with Ireland,” and that he predicts Wales will see “no lack of motivation. It will be electric.”

No one can truly predict what will happen at the Principality Stadium.  All we know is that one of these sides will be almost certain to win both the Triple Crown and the Grand Slam come the end of the Six Nations.


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Six Nations Review: England Secure Victory Against Ireland

Having claimed a dominant victory against an Ireland who have beaten every other top national rugby team in the past year and a half, Eddie Jones’s England side look unstoppable.  Will they take the Six Nations Championship Trophy back to Twickenham?

Six Nations Clash: Ireland 20 – 32 England

Spending most of the rugby game on the front foot, tactical mastermind Jones orchestrated one of the most exciting shut-downs in recent years.  Ireland were still looking strong and powerful throughout, and never let their nullified attacks slow their pace, but were struggling to get past an aggressive England defensive line at the Aviva Stadium.

Owen Farrell took the honours of opening the game, and the Six Nations, and within moments England had broken through their host’s defence and Jonny May placed the ball on the try line at the edge of the pitch.  This was England’s first try in Dublin since 2011, signifying a change in early direction to the previous two meetings between the nations which both saw Irish victories.

Ireland took three points back with a Johnny Sexton penalty.  They then took the lead at twenty-four minutes with a converted try from Cian Healy and another Sexton kick.  England seemed frustrated by this loss of the lead and followed up with another ten points before half time.

Elliot Daly set up the try with a quick kick, chased down by Ireland’s Stockdale but fumbled and quickly reclaimed by Nowell.  Daly finished off the move he started, diving for the ball in the try zone at the thirty-minute mark.

It took fifteen minutes in the second half for the Irish to start trying to reclaim lost ground on the scorecard, claiming a penalty after a high tackle on Ringrose.  It went over taking the hosts to 13-17.  It was raw aggression from the English in their defence that was as much their downfall as it was their saviour.  Tuilagi and Sinckler were workhorses ensuring that the Irish offence couldn’t break through, as England held tight.

A break from a scrum just inside their own half all but ensured the English victory in their opening Six Nations match.  The ball made its way out to May on the touchline, who kicked it forwards.  Henry Slade chased it down and touched it down to bring England nine points into the lead.  A missed conversion by Farrell was soon made up for by an on-target penalty which just about reached over the cross bar after a thunderous kick from the halfway line.

Henry Slade racked up his second try of the day, and the fourth of his England career with minutes to spare in the game.  The young fly-half pounced on a sloppy Irish pass just yards away from the try line, and al but crawled over the line to bring England to 32 after the conversion.

With just a minute to go before the 80th, Ireland were still pushing forward and refusing to give in before the final whistle.  At the 79th minute scrum-half Cooney scores and a conversion moment later brought the score to Ireland 20, England 32.

 

Ireland v England, Six Nations: Tactical and Highly Intense

This was a hugely memorable contest between two of the best national teams in the world today.  High-intensity offence and defence from both nations throughout the game treated fans at the Aviva Stadium to a glimpse of what is to come in one of the most anticipated Six Nations in years.

England took control of much of the game, delighting the fans with endless pressure against the Irish line and promising the English rugby fans who made their way over the Irish Sea much more to come from them in the rest of the tournament.

While the Irish proved they’re a world-class test team, they simply were a step behind England for much of the game.  Eddie Jones’s tactical wizardry secured a victory, with a huge emphasis on the classic ’10-man’ kick-and-chase style of play.

Few pundits saw this final result coming – the Irish were favourites to win long before either team sheet was even considered.  Being caught off guard against a strong English side set them on the back foot early, and they struggled to regain control of the momentum until England really stopped trying to score with minutes to spare at the end.  The performance from England was truly terrific, and no man in the team seemed to be lagging in any department.

The aggressive defending which won England the game could have lost it for them, too.  They were lucky to have only given away twice the penalties that Ireland did, and could have easily seen many more points rack up against them.

Ireland looked most on top of the game when Tom Curry was sin-binned in the first half for a late tackle on Keith Earls, taking up some ground on the 14-man England.  Credit is due to every man in green on the pitch – despite taking a mashing in their own territory, there was never a moment when they seemed despondent or lacking in the motivation department.

Last year’s Grand Slam champs are still considered likely to do well in the Six Nations 2019, and will be wanting to prove themselves worthy in their upcoming games, especially in the Celtic clash with Scotland this weekend in Edinburgh.

 

What does this mean for the rest of the Six Nations?

England now shift ahead of Ireland in the bookies’ predictions, now coming in at 7/2 over Ireland’s 7/1.  Wales and Scotland are 6/1 and 11/1 respectively, with France pitched as low as 100/1 and Italy given 5000/1 by one bookmaker at time of writing, though most have them between 500/1 and 1000/1.

It’s all to play for still.  While one good showing against Ireland is a promising sight for English rugby fans, in the Six Nations anything can happen.  Eddie Jones still has to take his men to the Principality Stadium and host France, Italy and Scotland at Twickenham – and any one of these games could be a tournament-changing upset.

Ireland are still a strong side and one less-than-anticipated performance shouldn’t knock them back too hard.  Coming from their Grand Slam victory of 2018 they are still strong contenders in the competition.  England vs Ireland was always going to be the toughest match of the tournament, so they’ll have plenty more chances in the coming weeks.


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England v Barbarians: Pat Lam to take charge of the Baa-Baas against England

Fresh out of celebrations for winning the GK IPA Championship title in his first year as manager, the Bristol coach will be heading up the Barbarian opposition for their 3 game summer tour against England in June.

Lam is no stranger to the Barbarians team, ending his career on a high with a 40-25 victory against Wales in 2002. The former number 8 said he was looking forward to returning to the team in this new role, after creating so many memories in the infamous Black and White uniform.

“It’s a great memory so to be asked to be involved again and to coach the Barbarians is a real privilege – I’m really looking forward to it,” Lam said.

“I played the game as an amateur and then as a professional and in the Barbarians you get a touch of both. It’s got that old school charm where you spend time building friendships, enjoying what you do on the field and off it, and the quality of players and people you were involved with was great.”

Despite his optimistic outlook on the tournament, Lam is not naïve about who he is facing. England may have had a disappointing Six Nations, trailing behind Ireland, Wales, Scotland and France, but there is no denying the talent in the current England squad, and the impressive record of coach Eddie Jones in the role.

Twickenham Hospitality - England Rugby 2018 - VIP TicketsThe Australian has experience of this kind of match-up himself, having guided co-captains Chris Robshaw and George Ford’s team to a decisive 28-14 victory over the Barbarians. Lam remains hopeful however, framing his strategy as one of team cohesion.

“We’ll have to look at who’s going to be available, but the Barbarians ethos is to bring players together, make sure they get on the same page and to give them the chance to express their talent.”

In a break from 2017s Kiwi heavy squad, a veritable ‘who’s who’ of New Zealand rugby, Lam appears to be casting a wider net for players, looking to France, the Pro14 and the Premiership for the best talent available to tackle the English side.

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Six Nations: England Squad Announced for Opening Fixture

England head coach Eddie Jones has today revealed his retained 25 player list ahead of England’s first NatWest 6 Nations match against Italy. The exciting opening fixture, set to be staged in Rome on Sunday 4th February, could represent a wonderful opportunity for several youngsters to enter the fold with Sam Simmonds, Alec Hepburn and Sam Underhill, in particular, likely to showcase their talents on the International stage.

It has by no means been an easy ride for Eddie Jones’ men ahead of the Six Nations opener, with injuries to high-profile players causing the head coach to make drastic changes to their training schedule in Portugal.

The England boss will be delighted, however, to welcome back Messrs Brown, Nowell and Robshaw, who have all recovered in time for selection ahead of the starting XV announcement tomorrow.

The retained 25 man list can be seen below:


Backs

Full backs
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Nathan Earle (Saracens)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)

Inside backs
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)


Forwards

Back five
Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons) *
Maro Itoje (Saracens)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)

Front row
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs) *
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)

*Uncapped Players


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Six Nations: England Handed Injury Boost Ahead of Italy Clash

England have been given a welcome injury boost ahead of their opening Six Nations clash with Italy after key players Chris Robshaw, Mike Brown and Jack Nowell returned to the fold this week.

Head coach, Eddie Jones, was delighted to see the three players training ahead of schedule as he continues to step up his side’s preparations for the trip to Rome on February 4th.

‘Both Robshaw and Brown had a great week’s recovery in Portugal, and both are fit to return to fill training today’, Jones stated.

‘All things being equal they will be in the matchday 23.’

Former England Captain, Robshaw had been temporarily sidelined with a back complaint whilst full-back Brown has been nursing an eye injury.

Meanwhile, Nowell has made a shock recovery from an ankle problem, which had initially threatened to rule him out for the next few weeks at the very least. Now in line to face the Azzurri, the 24-year-old could play in the centre for Eddie Jones’ men.

‘Jack Nowell has made a miraculous recovery from injury, and he will be fit to be in contention for selection,’ said Jones.

England boast a faultless record against Italy, and Head Coach Jones is adamant that his side begin their title defence in dominant fashion. They overcame their opponents comfortably in the reverse fixture at Twickenham last year, coming out 36-15 winners with tries from Dan Cole, Elliot Daly and Ben Te’o among others.

‘The way Italy are talking, they are full of confidence, and we are looking forward to playing our strongest team against them,’ Jones stated.

The game should certainly make for an exciting spectacle and fans will be keen to see their reigning champions kick off their campaign in convincing style. With fixtures against Wales and Ireland to look forward to at Twickenham, there will certainly be much for England fans to relish.

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(Quotes taken from BBC)

Scrum Down for the Aviva Premiership Final with Eventmasters’ Hospitality

Join Eventmasters at Twickenham this year as two giants of English Rugby meet in a pulsating end of season showcase, the Aviva Premiership Final. Renowned for being one of the most fiercely contested fixtures of the rugby season, this splendid sporting spectacle promises to deliver a feast of high-octane action and a superb atmosphere to match.

James Tyler, Head of Marketing for Premiership Rugby, voiced his excitement at securing a partnership with Eventmasters ahead of the 2018 Final: “It is great to confirm that we are working with Eventmasters as an official sales agent for Premiership Rugby. Their extensive client list will enable us to reach a new audience and we look forward to working with them at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2018, which should be the biggest Final yet.”

2017 saw this nail-biting fixture decided in extra time, as Exeter Chiefs stole a last-gasp victory from the clutches of Wasps to crown them as Champions of England for the first time in their history. The game was rightly coined as one of the most memorable encounters in recent history, and we certainly expect to enjoy another memorable occasion in 2018.

But it is not only the action on the pitch that will be drawing the crowds to the ‘Home of Rugby’ this year. Eventmasters, as an official sales agent of Premiership Rugby in 2018, will be offering a wonderful choice of hospitality options for visitors to enjoy.

The Rugby Club Package certainly promises to be a firm favourite among guests this year. Not only will it offer a splendid host of VIP benefits but it will also allow fans to experience the buzz of the buoyant Twickenham crowd. With official match tickets in block L13, coupled with a scrumptious two-course buffet lunch and complimentary bar stocking beers, wines and soft drinks, it undoubtedly represents a fabulous hospitality option. The day will also be complemented by a popular guest speaker from the world of rugby. What better way to treat your valuable clients and friends?

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Six Nations 2018: Injury-hit England undergo drastic training schedule change

England’s training schedule ahead of the hotly anticipated NatWest Six Nations has been ‘changed considerably’ according to Head Coach, Eddie Jones.

The adjustments were made following a string of injury concerns to some of the squad’s key players.

Jones’ side, who are currently training in Portugal, are now undergoing a ‘mini pre-season’ schedule with no rugby being played until Thursday at the earliest.

‘It’s in the hope it makes the players a bit fresher,’ Jones explained, adding, ‘It’s how they respond [to the fatigue], and the mental part of the game is important.’

England face Italy on Sunday 4th February in Rome, and have already announced their squad for the opening Six Nations fixture, but this may be amended, following any fresh injury concerns.

There are currently doubts over a number of players’ fitness ahead of the game, with centre Harry Slade and prop Kyle Sinckler already being ruled out thanks to respective shoulder and hamstring injuries.

Jones reports that it could be ‘three or four weeks’ before Slade returns to the frame whilst it is looking like a minimum of ‘six to eight’ weeks for Sinckler.

Eddie Jones - England Squad - Six Nations 2018

Eddie Jones will be without a number of experienced players ahead of England’s opening Six Nations fixture with Italy.

It will also be a race against time for Mike Brown and Chris Robshaw as they attempt to regain fitness ahead of the Azzuri clash. Full-back Brown is currently absent with an eye injury whilst flanker Robshaw is suffering with a back problem.

‘We think they will both be alright – Robshaw might be a bit more touch and go’, Jones added.

England have only a handful of rookie back-row forwards to choose from now, thanks to the aforementioned Robshaw and Maro Itoje nursing minor injuries.

Jones, who observed the back-rowers in camp on Tuesday, posits that only Gary Graham, Sam Simmonds, Zach Mercer and Nick Isiekwe are available as it stands.

He added: ‘The most capped player out of those guys is Nick Isiekwe – he’s 19. He’s failed his driving test five times. So he can’t drive anywhere, and he’s out most experienced player.’

The England Head Coach hopes to welcome Chris Robshaw back in time for the opening Six Nations fixture, but also believes that with the unfortunate injury-stricken period, comes a great opportunity to bed in the less experienced players.

It will certainly make for exciting viewing in February!

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(Quotes taken from the BBC)