Rugby World Cup Final: England v South Africa

Eddie Jones has promised that England will play without fear in the upcoming clash against South Africa Rugby on Saturday 2nd November. The head coach has made no changes to his England team, whilst Rassie Erasmus has replaced S’bu Nkosi with the highly-rated, Cheslin Kolbe.

The last time these two sides met in a World Cup final was in 2007 when South Africa pipped England to the title, defeating them 15-6 in a game which was expected to be fairly one-sided. In this year’s Rugby World Cup England have caused much more of a ruckus and with Eddie Jones at the helm, victory seems to be at arm’s length.

England’s ascent to the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final

England Rugby PlayersEngland are being dubbed the favourites to win the trophy after their incredibly dominant performance against the Rugby World Cup 2015 champions, New Zealand. England ran riot against the All Blacks in Yokohama, defeating the current title-holder’s 19-7 to seal a spot in the finals and put a stop to the possibility of a third successive win for New Zealand.

Manu Tuilagi’s name went up in lights first. The outside centre picked up the ball from Courtney Lawes before diving over to score his sides only try. On 25 minutes, England’s second efforts for a try were overruled by VMO, who penalised Tom Curry for obstructing New Zealand players during the run but England continued to push.

George Ford scored a vital penalty to set the Men in Black 10-0 down at the end of the first half and in the second half, Erasmus’s men were lucky to escape a 17-0 deficit after Ben Young’s try was denied for a knock-on – and literally only just.

The all-startled Blacks went down again when Ford scored another penalty to make it 13-0 but were later gifted an opportunity to gain a foothold in the match thanks to an England line-out error. Though their efforts weren’t enough to recover completely and their desperation for points began showing in their performance which was very unlike the reigning Champions.

New Zealand barely entered England’s 22, as the men in all white were tactical, powerful – the better of the two rugby teams. Ford scored another two penalties to make it 19-7 and fate was sealed – England were to head to the finals and New Zealand, to fight for a third-place position.

It’s no wonder Eddie Jones isn’t replacing anyone in his squad, who are fast becoming Rugby heroes for the English nation. In an interview, the England coach said that his men are giving “the country something to cheer about, and with Brexit at the moment they probably need something to cheer about”.

Who will lift the Webb Ellis Cup: England v South Africa?

England look set on emulating the 2003 Rugby World Cup final which saw them become first-time Rugby World Champions and it can be assumed that pressure is at boiling-point now that they have come this close. But the Boks won’t go down without a fight.

As it stands, England are the only Northern hemisphere nation to have won the Rugby World Cup, South Africa and Australia have won it twice and New Zealand lead with three titles.

Can Eddie’s men be the better of two sides to become two-time Rugby World Champions? We think they can.

England have climbed to the top of the Rugby World Rankings in magnificent style following their triumph against the All Blacks and place 1.5 and some points ahead of South Africa – the only men that stand in their way of a trophy.

Throughout the tournament England have displayed promising performances that have been solid in both attack and defence, with outstanding results from Maro Itoje, Owen Farrell and Mako Vunipola. They have been both tactical and sharp, creating opportunities from their near perfect line-outs and dummy runners, which has proved to be advantageous.

They will have to watch out for the Springboks back, Cheslin Kolbe and scrum-half, Faf de Klerk, who has been dubbed the mini Hercules with his ability to create a storm on the pitch. He will go up against England’s Ben Youngs and whilst they have played against each other before, the stakes are obviously much higher now.

There is no doubt that England will have made some adjustments to their strategy but aside from Ben Spencer replacing Willi Heinz due to injury, Jones has made no changes to his squad and quite rightly so. This England team has been looking like one of the strongest since 2003.

It will be no easy contest for South Africa, who have their own landmarks to reach. Should they win, not only will they join New Zealand at the top for having won the most Rugby World Cup titles but Siya Kolisi will also become the first black captain to lead a rugby team to victory – so there’s a lot on the line for the Southern hemisphere powerhouse.

Their kicking game is certain to wreak havoc for England if they enter the match unprepared. Critics have also observed that we haven’t seen much attack from Erasmus’s men but you can bet on seeing that tomorrow, as they’ll be doing everything they can to seal the win.

But England are hungry for another World Cup title and whilst there have been talks of the Springboks, Faf de Klerk being one to keep an eye on, no-one should underestimate the ability of Tom Curry and Sam Underhill, who will be looking to stop all of his efforts. The duo have been phenomenal so far in the tournament and won’t want to let themselves down now.

England forwards have also dominated in the 2019 Rugby World Championship and should they continue as they mean to go on, tomorrow could be a good day for a home nation gripped by Rugby fever.

At the moment England are down as the favourites, with 60% of punters betting on them to take the title.

Can England create new Rugby world order?

This is a question that’s been propping up a repetitively since their dominion over the All Blacks in Yokohama.

England’s last and only Rugby World Cup victory came in 2003 when they defeated Australia 20-17, thanks to a game-changing kick from Jonny Wilkinson. It was a close, edge-of-your-seat type of match, which saw England going into the tournament as the favourites. Eddie Jones was the Wallabies head coach at the time and will no doubt be looking at that loss amongst his many victories as lessons going into the 2019 Rugby World Cup Finals.

The 2003 England squad had defeated South Africa the preceding year too, hammering the Springboks 53-3 in the Autumn Internationals with seven tries and three penalties. Will this be another autumn of excellence?

In terms of England and South Africa’s recent win history, England surpass their rivals, having won three of their last five matches but South Africa lead overall with 25 wins to England’s 15. Though, games between these two tend to go down to the wire so it’s going to be a close call.

South Africa are strong, physically but England can be more witty, disciplined and are much quicker. They will be tested in the air by the Bok’s but if they control the game well and stretch the back, history could be in the making.

Japan have already staged a magnificent 2019 World Cup and it would be all the more sweeter if England bring a trophy back home. The nations behind you Eddie Jones, bring it home.

Rugby World Cup Final: England v South Africa

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.



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)


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)

In the meantime, see England face Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday 24th August. We have a limited amount of tickets left for this thrilling match! Head on over to our Quilter Internationals Hospitality page or call us on 020 7989 6500 for further details on how you can experience the action for yourself!

Eddie’s Rugby World Cup 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.

In the meantime, England will face Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday 24th August. Will they experience repeat success this time around? Either way, this is sure to be a thrilling game! Head on over to our Twickenham hospitality page for further details on how you can experience the action for yourself!

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:


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

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

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



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

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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