Hansen reveals close bond with opposite number Jones

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has revealed his close relationship with England opposite number Eddie Jones and says the pair speak “probably every second week”. England will face New Zealand for the first time in four years at Twickenham on Saturday, with Hansen dismissing suggestions Jones is under severe pressure in his head coach role. Read More …

Hansen shuffles his pack while others struggle to find quality players

Steve Hansen’s gut instinct tells him this is the right time to give Richie Mo’unga the chance to prove he really is an international alternative to Beauden Barrett as New Zealand move menacingly towards next year’s World Cup in Japan. That is why Mo’unga makes his debut for the All Blacks against Argentina on Saturday Read More …

Wasps agree deal to get Willie le Roux back from South Africa test duty

Willie Le Roux, the most experienced back in South Africa’s squad, will play just three Rugby Championship matches and one test in November under a deal agreed with Wasps, his Gallagher Premiership club. Le Roux’s international rugby career has been revived by the arrival of Rassie Erasmus as Springboks coach and the full back was Read More …

No happy return to Saracens for favourite son Brits says Wray

Owner Nigel Wray today made it clear Schalk Brits will not be returning to Saracens for another season despite the hooker’s expected inclusion the South African match squad against England in Cape Town on Saturday, a month after ending his 10 year career at the Premiership champions. The 37-year-old, 10-times capped Springbok hooker, enjoyed a Read More …

Goode still not good enough for Eddie Jones and England

Alex Goode looks certain to miss out on England’s summer three test tour of South Africa despite proving he remains one of the most dangerous attacking forces in the Aviva Premiership. Head coach Eddie Jones has still not contacted Goode, who was in scintillating form again for Saracens as they destroyed Gloucester 62-12 to earn Read More …

Billy Vunipola back after broken arm to boost England and Saracens

Billy Vunipola is back in the Saracens match squad after nearly four months out with a broken arm for the clash with London Irish on Sunday. With Wasps No8 Nathan Hughes already ruled out of the three test England tour to South Africa in June, the return of Vunipola is great news for England and Read More …

World Rugby to rule on Shields making England tour

World Rugby will be asked to sort out a potentially damaging row between England and New Zealand over Eddie Jones’s request to include Hurricanes forward Brad Shields in the England squad for the three test tour of South Africa in June. RugyPass has been told that with New Zealand insisting they have the right to Read More …

England must win to back up their bid to become World No1 ranked team

England’s ten game unbeaten run and their credibility as potential World No1’s is on the line against South Africa at Twickenham tomorrow. Remarkably, England, the second best team in the world, haven’t beaten the Springboks since 2006 which involves 11 defeats and a draw and this obvious flaw in their rugby CV cannot be allowed Read More …