Italy need England to be well below par to pull off Six Nations shock – O’Shea

Conor O’Shea accepts his Italy team will need England to suffer a serious drop in performance to give the Azzuri any chance of pulling off a shock win against the reigning champions when the Six Nations kicks off in Rome on February 4. The Italians ended a series of nine losses by winning their opening Read More …

Lozowski makes England case but now has to force his way into Saracens team

Alex Lozowski moved closer to a place in England’s 2019 World Cup squad with a try scoring contribution to the 48-14 victory over Samoa, but now finds himself battling to get into the Saracens team for the crucial Premiership clash with Harlequins on Sunday. Sarries are now trailing leaders Exeter by five points having lost Read More …

Jones wants his England players to grab the headlines against the Wallabies

Eddie Jones needs his England players to grab the headlines rather than his ranting and raving at Twickenham tomorrow by defeating an Australian team equipped to expose any weaknesses in the second best team in the World. Jones has been a pains to portray the Wallabies as the form team of international rugby and even Read More …

Launchbury knows the dangers posed by ex-Wasps team mate Beale at Twickenham

Joe Launchbury knows all about the attacking threat Kurtley Beale poses England at Twickenham on Saturday after Wasps helped the Australian full back recover from knee reconstruction last season. When Beale arrived at Wasps in May last year on a two year deal he faced months of rehabilitation and the skill of the club’s medical Read More …

Marcelo Bosch fears for Pumas if they do not recall European based players

Marcelo Bosch helped Argentina reach the 2015 World Cup semi-finals but fears the Pumas will not make a similar impact in Japan unless they reverse their decision to ignore European based players. Argentina are up against England, France, USA and Tonga at the 2019 World Cup and need all the talent they can assemble and Read More …

Franks to get an idea of what it feels like to face Haka

London Irish prop Ben Franks has used the Haka to inspire him to two World Cup winners’ medals, but now finds himself facing the famous challenge for the first time in Barbarians colours against New Zealand at Twickenham tomorrow. Franks, whose brother Owen has missed the current European tour through injury, is taking a short Read More …

Owen Farrell taps into Jonny Wilkinson experience in bid to become World Cup winner

EXCLUSIVE JONNY WILKINSON was obsessed about being the best kicker rugby had seen, making him the perfect mentor for Owen Farrell. The ability to block out the presence of 80,000 fans in a stadium when all eyes are on you is a rare gift and allows the World Cup winner and the man who hopes Read More …

Roberts uses his medical knowledge to back rugby for young kids

GIVEN that Jamie Roberts has almost a decade of Test experience and is a qualified doctor, it is no surprise that parents ask him about the dangers of their children playing rugby. The rise in the number of serious injuries among Premiership players this season has increased the debate around whether tackling should be banned Read More …

Jones leaves four Lions players out of training squad for Autumn tests

Eddie Jones has axed Lions Jonathan Joseph and Kyle Sinckler from the England squad and challenged the players to earn a recall for the Autumn tests with Argentina, Australia and Samoa. Sinckler made the Lions test squad while Joseph did not deliver his best form on the tour of New Zealand and lack lustre performances Read More …

John Mitchell says Saracens game in US is a waste of time

exclusive John Mitchell, who guided the US Eagles into the same 2019 World Cup pool as England, has a forensic knowledge of rugby in America and believes taking Saracens’ Premiership clash with Newcastle to Philadelphia on Saturday is a “waste of time” as a way of boosting interest in the sport. Mitchell quit as Eagles Read More …