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Australia end Ireland’s unbeaten run as David Pocock returns in style

• Wallabies 18-9 Ireland• Six Nations champions lose for the first time in 13 matchesFrom Surfers Paradise to total wipeout. Ireland’s 12-match winning run hit the rocks against a fired-up Australia as David Pocock’s late try sunk the Six Nations champ…

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Eddie Jones relishes writing next chapter in his history with South Africa | Gerard Meagher

From his role in the Springboks’ 2007 World Cup triumph to his abrupt exit from the Stormers the England head coach and the rainbow nation have a colourful relationshipAlun Wyn Jones’s dry wit aside, Eddie Jones is rarely described as avuncular. Uncles…

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England’s Billy Vunipola ready to fell South Africa’s ‘oak trees’

England’s returning No 8 is excited by the physical battle ahead in South Africa – ‘if we are annoying them it means we’re in their faces, otherwise they will just bully us off the park’If there was any doubt as to whether Billy Vunipola’s luck with in…

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Springboks rejuvenated before England tour after Rassie Erasmus shake-up

• Confidence high as coach recalls five overseas-based players• ‘We must maintain physicality and bring smartness into game’The Springboks’ 2007 World Cup winning coach, Jake White, wrote a recent column in which his optimism over South Africa’s series…

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Jones’s new attack coach charged with increasing England’s try count

• Scott Wisemantel aims to inject new life into back division • Short-term contract will cover his presence in South AfricaScott Wisemantel, England’s new attack coach, having cast his eye over their Six Nations woes, is in no doubt as to the task tha…

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Eddie Jones’s England training methods to come under scrutiny

• Rugby’s powerbrokers concerned over rise in injuries• Jones responded to criticism from Bath’s ownerEddie Jones’s training methods will be at the top of the agenda at the board meeting between the powerbrokers of the English game amid an escalating r…

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Ben Te’o out of England tour to South Africa after injury in training

• Worcester centre had been pencilled in for first Test• Te’o joins long list of players to go down in England campBen Te’o has been ruled out of England’s tour of South Africa next month. He becomes the latest player to sustain an injury in training a…

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Eddie Jones hopes inside knowledge can help England beat South Africa

• Jones worked for Springboks during 2007 World Cup win• Coach says there are ‘cultural issues’ between the countriesEddie Jones believes his intimate knowledge of South African rugby can help England “beat history” to claim a first away series win aga…

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Siya Kolisi to make history by becoming South Africa’s first black captain

• Flanker to captain Springboks in three Tests against England• ‘Siya is a good leader,’ says South Africa coach Rassie ErasmusSiya Kolisi will become South Africa’s first black captain after being handed the role for the Test series against England ne…

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Schalk Brits has no regrets about ending nine-year Saracens career

The ‘Peter Pan’ of north London rugby is planning to celebrate whatever the result of Saturday’s Premiership final against Exeter at TwickenhamSchalk Brits will be celebrating win, lose or draw after Saturday’s Premiership final. The South African hook…

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Schalk Brits has no regrets about ending nine-year Saracens career

The ‘Peter Pan’ of north London rugby is planning to celebrate whatever the result of Saturday’s Premiership final against Exeter at TwickenhamSchalk Brits will be celebrating win, lose or draw after Saturday’s Premiership final. The South African hook…

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Elliot Daly picked ahead of Danny Cipriani at full-back for England

• Eddie Jones puts recalled Cipriani on bench against Barbarians• Henry Trinder starts despite not being original squadElliot Daly has been named to start at full-back for England against the Barbarians on Sunday with Danny Cipriani on the bench and se…

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Chris Ashton back at Twickenham with point to prove to Eddie Jones

• Toulon back set to take on England as a Barbarian on Sunday• ‘I’d love to play for England one day. I’ve not shut it off’There is something irresistible about the possibility of Chris Ashton and Danny Cipriani lining up as opposing full-backs when En…

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Mark McCall tells Alex Sanderson to resist England and stay at Saracens

• Sanderson has been linked with replacing Paul Gustard• McCall says he should be Saracens’ next director of rugbyAlex Sanderson has been urged to stay at Saracens and reject any approach to be England’s next defence coach but his current director of r…

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Danny Cipriani could make his England comeback in full-back role

• Cipriani set for first game under Eddie Jones against Barbarians• Nathan Hughes returns to stake claim for South Africa tour spotDanny Cipriani could make his first England appearance under Eddie Jones in the No 15 jersey after he was named amon…

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Paul Gustard’s move to Harlequins may hurt England’s World Cup preparations

• Gustard to coach Harlequins after England’s South Africa tour• Injury to Wasps’ Jack Willis adds to Jones’s back-row problemsEngland’s World Cup preparations have been thrown into turmoil with their defence coach, Paul Gustard, leaving Eddie Jones’s …

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England’s Kyle Sinckler: ‘I don’t want to lose the fire in my belly’

Prop heads for South Africa knowing a troubled reputation follows him but insists he must keep ‘that extra juice I need to play at the top level’Whenever Eddie Jones is asked about England’s strength in depth he has only to count to three before expres…

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Newcastle’s Dean Richards: I’ve absolutely no interest in any England job

• RFU already preparing to replace Eddie Jones in 2019 or 2021• ‘I laughed … I just don’t fancy it,’ Falcons director of rugby saysDean Richards has stated he has “absolutely no interest” in being England’s head coach, suggesting he would not last a we…

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Owen Farrell can captain England with rule of fear, says Eddie Jones

• Farrell can be like Australia’s George Gregan, says Jones• Coach not sure if Dylan Hartley will return as captainEddie Jones expects Owen Farrell to rule through fear as captain in South Africa next month but believes the playmaker cannot repair the …

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Russia handed World Cup place as Romania penalised for ineligible player

• Russians will contest opening game against hosts Japan in 2019• Romanians punished for fielding Sione Faka’osilea in six qualifiersRussia will appear at the World Cup next year after Romania, Spain and Belgium were all sanctioned for fielding ineligi…