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Lewis Ludlam: ‘This time last year I was fighting for a club contract’ | Gerard Meagher

The Northampton flanker is a surprise World Cup inclusion but in many ways he exemplifies Eddie Jones’s England squadTwenty-four hours after Lewis Ludlam’s remarkable rise into England’s World Cup squad he posted two pictures on social media. In the fi…

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Ben Te’o omitted from England’s 31-man World Cup squad

• Te’o left out due to altercation with Mike Brown• Uncapped Ruaridh McConnochie named in partyBen Te’o has been left out of England’s World Cup squad following his off-field altercation with Mike Brown during the recent warm-weather camp in Treviso. T…

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Joey Carbery injury mars Ireland’s World Cup warm-up victory over Italy

• World Cup warm-up: Ireland 29-10 Italy• Johnny Sexton’s stand-in carried off in DublinJoey Carbery’s injury scare took the gloss of a routine World Cup warm-up victory for Ireland over Italy in Dublin. The fly-half had turned in a polished performanc…

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Warren Gatland seeks to stretch tension in England’s World Cup camp

Coach knows a Wales warm-up win will dismay Eddie Jones just before he reveals his final 31-man squad for JapanEddie Jones and Warren Gatland seem so intent on doing things differently that one can only feel for the waiter during their dinner together …

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Willi Heinz handed vice-captain role on England debut against Wales

Scrum-half Heinz and Ruaridh McConnochie make Test debutsGeorge Ford replaces Owen Farrell at fly-half and as captainAlun Wyn Jones to become Wales’ most-capped playerWilli Heinz has been named as vice-captain for his England debut against Wales on Sun…

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Willi Heinz handed vice-captain role on England debut against Wales

Scrum-half Heinz and Ruaridh McConnochie make Test debutsGeorge Ford replaces Owen Farrell at fly-half and as captainAlun Wyn Jones to become Wales’ most-capped playerWilli Heinz has been named as vice-captain for his England debut against Wales on Sun…

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Anthony Watson reaps benefit of some elementary advice from his father

• England wing set to face Wales in Sunday’s World Cup warm-up• Watson returned from injury after a paternal ‘kick up backside’As doubts continue to linger over Jack Nowell’s fitness for the World Cup, Eddie Jones has the brutal honesty of Anthony Wats…

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Ben Te’o left out of England squad to face Wales in World Cup warm-up game

• Mike Brown and Ben Spencer also miss out on match• Eddie Jones names his squad for Japan on MondayBen Te’o is a surprise omission from the England squad preparing to face Wales on Sunday, casting doubt on his place at the World Cup. Eddie Jones has a…

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Willi Heinz makes grand case for England role at World Cup

Gloucester’s New Zealand-born scrum-half offers Eddie Jones a steady hand on the tiller and is likely to join handful of players to have competed for and against EnglandWhen Eddie Jones took the surprise decision to include Willi Heinz in one of his sq…

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Bath’s Ruaridh McConnochie: ‘I got a missed call from Eddie. I was shocked’

Success in sevens has quickly translated into a surprise chance to be part of England’s World Cup squadRuaridh McConnochie’s first season playing professional XVs was a whirlwind by any stretch of the imagination. Twelve months ago he was finishing his…

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Billy Vunipola says his social media will not be a World Cup distraction

• Saracens forward made comments supportive of Israel Folau• ‘I have made my position clear,’ he says at England campBilly Vunipola has no plans to stay off social media during the forthcoming World Cup in Japan despite the controversy sparked by his s…

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Eddie Jones not fearful of more dwarf throwing from England at World Cup

The overseas campaign in 2011 was marred by off-field scandals but Jones expects his players to behave themselves in JapanEddie Jones has accepted that “boys will be boys” when it comes to England’s off-field behaviour at the World Cup but the head coa…

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Lions will suffer in South Africa unless Premiership final moved – Gatland

• Final is due on 26 June 2021, one week before Lions’ first match• ‘There’s no doubt there will be some disadvantage,’ says GatlandEngland stars will be at risk of missing out on a place in the 2021 British & Irish Lions Test side in South Africa …

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Eddie Jones extends England deal to 2021 with further extension possible

• Head coach to remain, regardless of World Cup showing• Australian said: ‘I’m not looking to go anywhere else’Eddie Jones is poised to continue as England’s head coach until at least 2021 even if his side fail to achieve their target at the World Cup …

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Gatland ‘honoured’ after becoming only second man to lead Lions for third time

• Gatland appointed coach for 2021 tour of South Africa• ‘I’m delighted to begin full-time in August 2020’ he saysWarren Gatland has been appointed head coach of the British & Irish Lions for the 2021 tour of South Africa. Gatland becomes only the …

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England youngsters have a chance to shine against Barbarians

• England without their World Cup training squad members• Barbarians look formidable with 478 caps between themThe Rugby Football Union’s succession plan for the next England head coach is so shrouded in mystery one wonders if it exists at all and Sund…

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England captain Sarah Hunter adds to call for women’s Lions team

• Hunter eyes tours to France, North America and New Zealand• England coach Simon Middelton: ‘It is a great idea’The British & Irish Lions are coming under increasing pressure to create a women’s team after the England head coach, Simon Middleton, …

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Jim Mallinder dismisses speculation he could become next England head coach

• Mallinder will take charge of England against the Barbarians• Head coach Eddie Jones has a break clause in his contractJim Mallinder has moved to distance himself from the England head coach role after speculation that he could be a candidate if Eddi…

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Danny Cipriani could make World Cup squad as emergency scrum-half

• Barbarians denied access to No 10 for Sunday’s game• Cipriani could feature in England’s wider training squadDanny Cipriani is likely to feature in England’s wider World Cup training squad next month after it emerged the Barbarians were blocked from …

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‘Open your eyes’: Rob Baxter hits back at Northampton over Exeter playing style

• Director of rugby unhappy at comments from Saints’ Chris Boyd• Joe Marler would make World Cup return in ‘SOS scenario’Exeter’s director of rugby, Rob Baxter, has hit back at accusations his side’s style of play is boring, urging critics to “open you…