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Twickenham Hospitality – Rugby News Round Up

Twickenham Hospitality Packages: After another eventful week in English Rugby we round up the latest news as Eddie Jones prepares to name his first EPS Squad in January ahead of the 2016 6 Nations. England face Ireland (Saturday 27th February) and Wales (Saturday 12th March) and you can see all the action in VIP style with our Six Nations Twickenham hospitality packages.

Jones has already been dealt an injury blow with the news that Exeter Chiefs centre Henry Slade will be out of rugby for at least four months after suffering a broken leg against Wasps. The 22-year-old is considered one of the brightest talents in the English game and many felt he would play a major role for England in the Six Nations.

Slade made his England debut during the 2015 QBE Internationals against France and produced an accomplished performance. He was selected for England’s World Cup squad but didn’t get on the pitch until the final game against Uruguay, by which time the hosts were already out of the tournament.

After a scintillating start to the season the Chiefs sit in second place in the Premiership table and have their sights set on a first appearance in the Grand Final in May. You can see the biggest game in English club rugby with our Aviva Premiership Final hospitality packages.

While Twickenham hospitality guests will be disappointed that Slade will be unable to line-up for his country in the Six Nations, they will be pleased to hear that wrecking ball centre Manu Tuilagi is edging closer to his return.

The 24-year-old is one of the world’s best centres when fit but he has been sidelined for the last 14 months with a groin injury. Earlier in the week Tuilagi signed a new three-year deal with the Leicester Tigers, which makes him one of the best paid players in the game.

Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill has confirmed that Tuilagi could return in January saying “The indications are good, January is not far away. I’d like to think he’ll be near playing in the next few weeks.”

Twickenham hospitality guests and Eddie Jones will be hoping to see Tuilagi return to his best in time for the Six Nations, so that he can produce some of his trademark runs and big tackles.

Tuilagi knows he has a battle on his hands to return to the 13 jersey for England after some impressive performances from the likes of Jonathan Joseph and Elliot Daly. Joseph was the top try scorer in the 2015 Six Nations and has finally started to fulfil the potential that all English fans knew he had.

Daly has been one of the form outside centres in Europe this season possessing devastating pace and the ability to knock penalties over from 50 plus metres. But Eddie Jones will be thrilled that there is such fierce competition for places, it shows the depth that exists in the game.

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Twickenham Hospitality – England Players to Watch: Dave Ewers

Six Nations Twickenham Hospitality Packages: As Eddie Jones settles into his new role as head coach of the England Rugby team, we continue our series of blogs on players who could make a big impact during the 2016 Six Nations. Jones and England have two huge matches at Twickenham during the Six Nations as they face Ireland (Saturday 27th February) and Wales (Saturday 12th March). You can see these two epic encounters in VIP style with our official Twickenham hospitality packages.

Today we take at one of the best back-row forwards in the country, Exeter Chiefs star Dave Ewers. In a highly competitive position Ewers brings a brilliant mix of power, athleticism, skill and breakdown nous. There is no doubt his form over the past two season’s warrants a selection in Eddie Jones’s first EPS squad in January.

The 25-year-old was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, but after moving to the UK at a young age he worked his way through the exceptional Exeter academy system and into the first XV. After just a handful of appearances it was obvious that the 6’4” 18st flanker was destined for international rugby.

In January of 2015 he earned his first call-up to the England Saxons squad and made an impressive debut against an experience Irish Wolfhounds outfit. His performances for the Chiefs are characterised by his powerful ball carrying.

In the 2014/15 Aviva Premiership season Ewers stats compared with his England rivals were mightily impressive. As shown below:

AP 2014/15         Carries  Metres Def Beaten     Tackles     Tackle %

Haskell                    111           166             15               169                92

Wood                      120           176              0                 101                87

Clark                        119           206             7               219                   90

Ewers                      200           400              35              226                93

Stats: Opta Rugby ©

His work in defence and at the breakdown cannot be underestimated. He is able to wrap attackers up in the tackle and force turnovers. His ability to move quickly over the ball and use his weight and size make him a valuable weapon.

Last week Ewers produced one of his most complete performances against current England skipper Chris Robshaw. His coach Rob Baxter was full of praise for the performance, “Dave had a monumental game.

“I know he was coded at 22 tackles, but with assists I coded him at another five or six tackles on top of that – he was getting towards the 30-tackle mark and four or five of them were genuine big, solid stop tackles.

“He certainly carried and made more yards than almost any other player on the field, and when I say yards I mean hard yards.”

A player with his skill and physicality would provide England’s back-row with an extra-dimension. His work at the ruck would be an obvious plus, but his carrying and offload game will take some of the pressure off the likes of Billy Vunipola.

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Twickenham Hospitality – Five Key Players for Eddie Jones

Twickenham Hospitality Packages: As Eddie Jones prepares to take on his new role as Head Coach of the England Rugby team, we continue to look at the key areas and decisions the Australian has to make ahead of his first game in charge. Today we look at five players who could play a key role in the 2016 Six Nations Championship.

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Henry Slade

Exeter Chiefs star Henry Slade is one of the most talented players England have produced in the last decade. His ability to create space and deliver the ball at the right time is something that has been sorely missing from the English midfield in recent times. He looks ready made for international rugby.

In the modern-era Slade is by no means the biggest player but he tackles with superb technique and his rugby brain puts him one step ahead of the opposition.

Jones has always favoured at least one ‘ball playing’ centre in his teams and Slade fits this mould perfectly. Despite playing most of his rugby at 13 for Exeter a run at 12 for England could be on the cards.  The prospect of seeing him playing alongside the likes of George Ford and Jonathan Joseph is an exciting one for English fans.

Matt Kvesic

Now while it may seem strange to say a player with just two England caps could be one of the team’s key players, but Kvesic is currently the best English openside in the Aviva Premiership.

Jones has already stated he will stick with the RFU’s policy of not selecting overseas players, which rules out the return of Steffon Armitage, meaning Kvesic is one of the leading contenders for the number seven jersey.

His work around the breakdown in a struggling Gloucester pack has been superb for the past two years and we all know about England’s problems in this area. His link play and work in defence will suit the way Jones will want England to play. Has to be considered.

Billy Vunipola

Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola has become one of England’s most consistent performers over the past 18 months. During the 2015 Six Nations he was one of the standout players of the whole competition and he now has the chance to become one of the best in the world.

His destructive ball carrying allied with his ability to get across the gain line and offload make a handful for any defence. Since his debut in 2013 Vunipola has matured greatly as a player and has drastically improved his fitness levels.

Jones should relish having somebody of Vunipola’s talent and power in his team, if he is used in the right way he has all the tools to become the world’s premier number eight.

 Anthony Watson

Watson is without doubt one of England’s most important players after an outstanding campaign in 2015, with eight tries in 15 appearances.

His potent mix of pace, athleticism and skill make him a danger to any team no matter where he gets the ball. Whilst he currently plays the majority of his rugby on the wing, many see the 21-year-old as a future full-back.

If Watson isn’t already considered as a world class player he will be within the next 12 months. Will surely be one of the first names on the team sheet under the Australian coach. Twickenham hospitality guests will be looking forward to seeing Watson in action.

Dylan Hartley

After suffering with set-piece problems during the World Cup, England will be desperate to get Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley back into the international game.

Hartley is definitely a marmite character, but there can be no denying that when he plays for England he produces his best form and is a key man. His work at the scrum and line-out is known to all but he is also a powerful carrier in the loose.

Hartley has had his disciplinary issues but he has always been a dependable performer for England. Has to come back into the team.

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Twickenham Hospitality – Who Is The Next England Captain?

Six Nations Twickenham Hospitality: After the RFU announced that Eddie Jones would become the new head coach of the England Rugby team in December, we take a look at some of the big decisions facing the Australian coach ahead of the 2016 Six Nations. Eventmasters VIP Six Nations Twickenham hospitality guests will see Jones’s first game in charge at HQ as England take on Ireland on Saturday 27th February 2016. That game is followed by a World Cup revenge mission as England play Wales on Saturday 12th March 2016.

One of the first major decision of Jones’s tenure will to decide who will captain his side for the next four years as they build towards the 2019 World Cup in Japan. The current skipper Chris Robshaw has led the side since 2012, but Jones has said he “will sit down and chat with Chris Robshaw” before adding “The first thing with a captain is that he has to be one of the first players selected.”

We take a look at four potential candidates for the captaincy should Jones ask Robshaw to step down from his role. Don’t miss your chance to see the new-era of English rugby with our Twickenham hospitality packages for the 2016 Six Nations.

Joe Launchbury

Wasps lock Launchbury was one of the few players to perform at a world class level during England’s disastrous World Cup campaign. His performance against Australia was exceptional and earned him the Man of the Match award.

While Launchbury may not be the most obvious candidate, having never captained his club or country. But in terms of making the side he is without doubt one of the first names on the team sheet. He is also a player who leads by example, his work-rate and attitude are superb. A player who his teammates will follow as he gives his all.

But having gone with an inexperienced captain last time around, will Jones take a different route and look for somebody with more leadership experience?

Dylan Hartley

Now people may say that somebody with a disciplinary record like Hartley’s shouldn’t be captaining his national team. But when it comes to England, Hartley actually has a very good record.

His impact on the team is huge, he missed the World Cup and England endured a torrid time at both the scrum and the lineout. He is also a man who seems to rise to the occasion, remember when Warren Gatland tried to get under his skin before the 2011 Six Nations? Hartley responded with one of the best performances of his career.

On his best form he easily makes the team and has proven to be one of England’s key men in recent years.

Will Eddie Jones trust Hartley to keep his cool and give him the responsibility of being England captain?

Maro Itoje

Maro Itoje maybe isn’t a name that springs to the front of people’s minds when they think of the next England captain but he should be in the reckoning. Itoje looks to be a born leader.

The young star has made a superb start to the Aviva Premiership season and has already captained Saracens on several occasions. He also captained the England U20’s to the Junior World Championships in 2014, where they beat South Africa in the final.

The 21-year-old doesn’t seem fazed by any challenge, he produced a herculean performance against Clermont in the European Champions Cup semi-finals last season, along with equally impressive performances against Bath in the Aviva Premiership Final and the England Saxons game against Ireland.

This could be left field selection or an inspired decision from Jones. Itoje has long been spoken of as a future England captain, but is it too soon?

Ben Youngs

Leicester Tigers scrum-half Ben Youngs is another player who has been touted as a potential England captain.

The number nine has captained his club side on numerous occasions and spoke about how that responsibility was a big reason he returned to form in 2014/15. He certainly seems to relish the extra responsibility.

While scrum-half is an extremely competitive position in the England squad, Youngs is the most experienced and the most consistent. It would be a huge surprise if he isn’t the starting scrum-half in the 2016 Six Nations.

Eddie Jones installed George Gregan is his Australia captain in 2001, will he do the same with Youngs?

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Twickenham Hospitality – England Players to Watch: Elliot Daly

With speculation rife that Australian Eddie Jones could be the next the England Head Coach we continue to look at players who could make an impact in the 2016 Six Nations. Twickenham hospitality guests will see England Rugby’s two crucial home encounters against Ireland (Saturday 27th February) and Wales (Saturday 12th March). Will you be there to see all the action unfold in VIP style with our Six Nations Twickenham hospitality packages?

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Today we look at one of the most exciting and versatile backs in the Aviva Premiership, Wasps star Elliot Daly.

The 23-year-old has been consistently excellent over the past 18-months and many feel he should have gained international honours, but he is still awaiting his first cap. He broke into the Wasps side in 2010 and became the second youngest player to ever represent the famous club.

Daly’s versatility instantly made him a key player for the club, making match winning contributions at full-back, wing and outside centre. He really cemented his place in the side in the 2012/13 season, making 30 appearances, scoring seven tries including one of the tries of the season against Northampton.

His howitzer left foot has stung many a side in his career with his ability to kick penalties from 50+ metres meaning teams cannot afford to be ill-disciplined, as Daly will usually step up and add three points.

Over the past 18 months Daly has established himself as one of the best centres in the Premiership. He has superb footwork and distribution, along with brilliant turn of foot. Daly has said the move to centre has helped his development, “It was my best season to date with Wasps and staying in one position certainly helped. It focuses you on what you need to do and enables you to concentrate on being the best you can be, so I can now take another step forward.”

We have long known that centre is a major problem area for England and with the injury to Jonathan Joseph, Daly could be the man to fill that outside centre birth or play a key role off the bench due to his ability to cover a range of positions. A player England have to consider.

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Twickenham Hospitality – England players to watch: Matt Kvesic

As England Rugby continue their search for a new head coach, we look at some players who could make an impact in the 2016 Six Nations campaign. VIP Twickenham hospitality guests will see England in two crucial home games against Ireland (Saturday 27th February) and Wales (Saturday 12th March). Don’t miss out on the ultimate Twickenham hospitality experience with Eventmasters.

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In this blog we focus on flanker Matt Kvesic who has made a superb start to the season with his club side Gloucester.

Over the past two years debate has raged about England’s back-row options particularly at openside flanker, the position occupied by skipper Chris Robshaw. While Robshaw is a fine player, many feel his qualities would be better utilised at blindside flanker. Kvesic could be the man to solve England’s problems at the breakdown.

The 23-year-old began his career at Worcester Warriors, in 2009 he became the youngest player to represent the club in the professional era. From that point on his career with the Midlands club went from strength to strength.

In 2010/11 the Warriors were looking to bounce back to the Aviva Premiership and they did it in emphatic style winning 30 out of their 31 fixtures. Kvesic played a key role in the team’s success and was named Young Player of the Season and he signed a two year contract extension.

In the 2012/13 Kvesic played some superb rugby for the Warriors, his physicality and intelligence at the breakdown marked him out as one of the outstanding openside prospects in the country. In his final season with Worcester he was named Player of the Season and Players Player of the Season, before leaving to join Gloucester.

During the summer of 2013 Kvesic won his first senior England caps as they toured Argentina. In the two games against Los Pumas he showed why he is so highly regarded. Winning turnovers and disrupting the breakdown, along with some powerful carrying and clever link play.

Despite playing in a struggling Gloucester team, Kvesic has been a consist performer and earned a spot in the 50 man training squad for the World Cup. But he wasn’t given the chance to stake his claim in the QBE Internationals, to the bemusement of fans and pundits across the country.

At the start of this season there is no doubt that Gloucester seven has been the best breakdown forward in the country. He consistently creates havoc in the tackle area whether it be a turnover or slowing the ball down. England are in desperate need of a breakdown specialist and they have one in Kvesic.

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Next England Head Coach Competition

As the RFU continue their search for the next England head coach, rugby fans up and down the country look ahead to the 2016 Six Nations Championships. We take a look at the four of the most prominent names in the betting market for the position.

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England v Ireland (Saturday 27th February 2016) and England v Wales (Saturday 12th March 2016).

Eddies Jones – 1/3 (Australian)

Previous International Experience: Head Coach Australia (2001-2005); Assistant South Africa (2007); Head Coach Japan (2012-2015)

Pros: The Australian is widely regarded as one of the most intelligent coaches in the game, guiding his native country to the 2001 Tri-Nations and the 2003 World Cup final. Was an assistant during South Africa’s World Cup triumph in 2007. Masterminded Japan’s best ever World Cup campaign in 2015 including a win over the Springboks. Huge experience and would bring an attractive brand of rugby to Twickenham.

What he’s said: “If England approached me, would I listen to them? It’s not the sort of job I’ll go out chasing, but I’d certainly chat to them if they thought I was the right man for the role.”

Cons: Has recently joined the Stormers in the Super Rugby competition and has also said that he isn’t interested in the job at this moment in time. Despite this his odds have tumbled over the weekend from 8/1 to 1/3, it seems somebody knows something we don’t?

Jake White – 7/2 (South African)

Previous International Experience: Head Coach South Africa (2004-2007)

Pros: Took over a South Africa side in turmoil after a dreadful World Cup campaign (sound familiar?) and transformed them into the world’s best side in three years. Introduced a raft of young players who became the core of the Springboks side for the next decade. A proven winner wherever he has been at either club or international level. Has openly expressed his interest in the job for a number of years.

What he’s said: “England have everything going for them in terms of resources, players and history.”

Cons: Many have criticised White’s pragmatic style, his teams traditionally play a forward orientated game built around set-piece dominance and territory. Like Eddie Jones he is currently tied into a contract with a club side. Having applied so many times before are the RFU likely to appoint him this time?

Nick Mallett – 10/1 (South African)

Previous International Experience: Head Coach South Africa (1997-2000); Head Coach Italy (2007-2011)

Pros: A coach of massive experience and pedigree. During his time in charge of South Africa he took the side on record breaking run of 17-straight test victories which included the 1998 Tri-Nations title. When at the helm of Italy he guided them to their first ever wins over Argentina and France. His teams play attractive running rugby and he backs his players to take care of business. A lively outsider for the job.

What he’s said: “I was keen for the challenge in 2011 but not anymore. I’m enjoying my current job.”

Cons: He has been out of the game for over four years and is basically semi-retired. Can he be tempted away from his TV work to take a job he has been turned down for in the past?

Rob Baxter – 18/1 (English)

Previous International Experience: N/A

Pros: Baxter has overseen one of the biggest transformations in club rugby with the Exeter Chiefs. Took charge of the Chiefs in 2009 and has turned them into one of the Premierships most dangerous and stylish sides. Has developed some the country’s best young talents such as Henry Slade, Jack Nowell and Dave Ewers. Worked with England on their tour of Argentina in 2013; seen by many as a future England coach.

What he’s said: “English coaches are best placed to work on the management of England’s best players through into an international environment and get the best out of them,”

Cons: The RFU have stated they want a coach with international experience something Baxter is sorely lacking. Will they really take a chance on somebody with such little experience at the highest level again?

Who do you think will lead England into the Six Nations? Is it one of the names mentioned above? Or is it somebody we may not have considered? Let us know and remember if guess correctly you will receive a £100 discount per person on your Six Nations Twickenham hospitality packages!

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