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Jonny May’s magical try makes you realise why you fell in love with game | Andy Bull

England wing had the length of the pitch in front of him but a sidestep past Chris Farrell set him on his way to a memorable try – if only there had been a crowd at Twickenham to see itOh, but Jonny May scored a lovely try, one of the best anyone has s…

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England put on show of force against Georgia but not much of a spectacle | Andy Bull

A one-sided encounter on a cold, wet afternoon illustrated just how much international rugby is missing fansThere is an old story about a rugby correspondent at a local paper who began his report of a particularly dull game by giving the score and ment…

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England’s Maro Itoje stands tall in battle royal with Alun Wyn Jones

Two years ago Jones had the edge as a player. This time the England forward did not lose an inch in the comparisonHere was fun, for all of us who got to watch it at any rate. It looked like it must have been murder to play in, a real ring-a-ding set-to…

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Bullish Manu Tuilagi leads charge for England with a lot left in the tank

The centre’s barnstorming performance helps soften up Ireland as Eddie Jones’s ornery, outsize team give a glimpse of what they are capable of at their bestIt had been six months to the very day since England last played at Twickenham, in a World Cup w…

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England’s Owen Farrell and his gang of enforcers steamroller France | Andy Bull

Taking revenge on teams who beat them in 2018, England have shown no mercy against Ireland on the Six Nations’ opening weekend and now the FrenchThis Six Nations is starting to feel like a slasher flick, with England ticking off their victims one by on…

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Heady mix of fight and flight recalls Eddie Jones’ vision of Englishness | Andy Bull

Kyle Sinckler summed up the ruthless physicality which proved just too much for Australia to handle as Twickenham witnessed a return to traditional valuesBeneath all the mud and muck, you can just about make out the faded “England 2015” branding the RF…

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Eddie Jones is left five minutes short against All Blacks but time is on his side | Andy Bull

It felt like this match was coming 12 months too late but after a brave display it is like England’s coach is starting afreshThe rain came 30 minutes before kick?off but the storm broke only when the match started, the first collision the opening crack…

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Leader Owen Farrell the foundation of Eddie Jones’s new-look England | Andy Bull

Jones’s side look increasingly like their co-captain Farrell’s side as Saracens fly-half’s work-rate and fortitude prove keyThey have gussied up Twickenham, building a new swooping facade on the back of the old East Stand and a pair of wrought iron gat…

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Eddie Jones feels chill of the fans after uncomfortable defeat by Ireland

England’s sobering display leaves coach with boos ringing in his ears after Irish claim grand slam in style on St Patrick’s DayIt was suffering weather. The kind of cold that makes you pull down your hat and stamp the ground, shuffle your feet and clen…

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England’s fingertips prove decisive in brawl in a squall against Wales | Andy Bull

Twickenham oozes intimidation but Wales stand their ground in a bruising Test decided by the finest of marginsIt was a foul day, cold, wet and grey, but no one at Twickenham cared too much about that. There was enough heat on the pitch to keep everyone…

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England’s furious intent batters open door at fortress Twickenham | Andy Bull

Eddie Jones will delight in the way England rode their luck to scramble a win against Australia from the chaos at their intimidating, unforgiving homeThe RFU is spending £50m rebuilding the eastern half of Twickenham. It is putting up a new rooftop ros…

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England flanker Sam Underhill leaves bruising impression on Argentinians | Andy Bull

Bath’s No7 looked the real deal for his country on his debut at Twickenham with some huge early hits but Eddie Jones will want more from him at the breakdownA cold, sorry November Saturday, and at Twickenham a first gathering of the clan since the Six …

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Barbarians run out reminds players why they fell in love with the game | Andy Bull

George Bridge missed a holiday with friends to play for the Barbarians against New Zealand at Twickenham. For players, the BaaBaas represent rugby as a game, not a jobIn the match programme, George Bridge, full-back for Canterbury, the Crusaders, and n…

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Steve Hansen gets Baa-Baas reminders yet regrets missing Steve Luatua | Andy Bull

With 10 New Zealanders in the Barbarians XV, the All Blacks coach watched the opposition carefully but the Bristol man is out of reach for the World CupMost players tend to have three good reasons to turn out for the Barbarians: the honour, the fun and…

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England were foxed and frustrated by Italy’s creative use of a legal loophole | Andy Bull

The Six Nations champions were confounded by a legitimate plan to avoid rucks by not committing to the breakdown after tackles

Back when Eddie Jones was coaching in Japan he complained that his players spent too much time learning to play the game by rote, running through the same old drills without trying anything new. Always ready with a quote, he said that “everyone drives 10,000 hours but few of us become better drivers”.

A good rugby player, Jones explained, has to be able think on his feet. “A lack of creativity,” he said, “means we have fewer players with the decision-making skills needed to win games of rugby.” Well, against England Italy showed plenty of creativity and Jones’s players were presented with a problem quite unlike any other they had encountered on a rugby pitch. They solved it in the end but it was pretty painful watching them work it out. Italy turned this Test into an 80-minute debate on the intricacies of the offside law.

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England were foxed and frustrated by Italy’s creative use of a legal loophole | Andy Bull

The Six Nations champions were confounded by a legitimate plan to avoid rucks by not committing to the breakdown after tackles

Back when Eddie Jones was coaching in Japan he complained that his players spent too much time learning to play the game by rote, running through the same old drills without trying anything new. Always ready with a quote, he said that “everyone drives 10,000 hours but few of us become better drivers”.

A good rugby player, Jones explained, has to be able think on his feet. “A lack of creativity,” he said, “means we have fewer players with the decision-making skills needed to win games of rugby.” Well, against England Italy showed plenty of creativity and Jones’s players were presented with a problem quite unlike any other they had encountered on a rugby pitch. They solved it in the end but it was pretty painful watching them work it out. Italy turned this Test into an 80-minute debate on the intricacies of the offside law.

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England were foxed and frustrated by Italy’s creative use of a legal loophole | Andy Bull

The Six Nations champions were confounded by a legitimate plan to avoid rucks by not committing to the breakdown after tackles

Back when Eddie Jones was coaching in Japan he complained that his players spent too much time learning to play the game by rote, running through the same old drills without trying anything new. Always ready with a quote, he said that “everyone drives 10,000 hours but few of us become better drivers”.

A good rugby player, Jones explained, has to be able think on his feet. “A lack of creativity,” he said, “means we have fewer players with the decision-making skills needed to win games of rugby.” Well, against England Italy showed plenty of creativity and Jones’s players were presented with a problem quite unlike any other they had encountered on a rugby pitch. They solved it in the end but it was pretty painful watching them work it out. Italy turned this Test into an 80-minute debate on the intricacies of the offside law.

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England were foxed and frustrated by Italy’s creative use of a legal loophole | Andy Bull

The Six Nations champions were confounded by a legitimate plan to avoid rucks by not committing to the breakdown after tackles

Back when Eddie Jones was coaching in Japan he complained that his players spent too much time learning to play the game by rote, running through the same old drills without trying anything new. Always ready with a quote, he said that “everyone drives 10,000 hours but few of us become better drivers”.

A good rugby player, Jones explained, has to be able think on his feet. “A lack of creativity,” he said, “means we have fewer players with the decision-making skills needed to win games of rugby.” Well, against England Italy showed plenty of creativity and Jones’s players were presented with a problem quite unlike any other they had encountered on a rugby pitch. They solved it in the end but it was pretty painful watching them work it out. Italy turned this Test into an 80-minute debate on the intricacies of the offside law.

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England see off Australia’s fast start to establish themselves at No2 | Andy Bull

At some point 15 minutes as poor as the first quarter at Twickenham will cost Eddie Jones’s side and it is this inability to maintain their highest standard that keeps them from being the world’s best for the time being

Three minutes from full time, the Twickenham crowd roused itself for one last blast of Swing Low. Not in exhortation, now, but celebration. England were leading by 16 points, and Australia, a man down after Dane Haylett-Petty had been sent to the sin-bin, were scrambling to escape from underneath their own posts. The only question left was how many England were going to win by. Soon enough, the final whistle went, and the international year was over. England finish it undefeated, with 13 wins out of 13, through the Six Nations, the summer tour, and the autumn series. It is the first time in the professional era that they have made it through a year without losing a match. They won 16 matches in 2003, but lost to France in the run-up to the World Cup.

Related: Unbeaten Eddie Jones says England short of 2003 World Cup vintage

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Battle with Argentina reveals England’s enormous progress | Andy Bull

Victory over Argentina in a thrilling and brutal encounter was further proof that England have been transformed under the leadership of Eddie JonesLate on Saturday afternoon a brilliant red sunset settled over south-west London, making a fitting backdr…