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Eddie Jones restores George Ford for World Cup semi-final against All Blacks

Fly-half recalled with Farrell shifting to No 12Winger May passed fit for crunch semi-finalEddie Jones has recalled George Ford for England’s World Cup semi-final against New Zealand on Saturday while Jonny May has been passed fit to take his place on …

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Australia rally to Rugby World Cup win as Fiji count cost of high Hodge tackle

Group D: Australia 39-21 FijiControversial Reece Hodge tackle marred contestAustralia survived a considerable scare to clinch victory in their opening World Cup match against Fiji, who were left with a sense of injustice in defeat. Two second-half trie…

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England’s Joe Cokanasiga and Mark Wilson are doubts for World Cup opener

• Both players miss full training in Japan with knee injuries• Jamie Ritchie to miss Scotland’s opener against IrelandJoe Cokanasiga and Mark Wilson have emerged as potential doubts for England’s opening match of the World Cup against Tonga next Sunday…

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Kyle Sinckler ready to play two World Cup games in five days for England

• Sinckler one of only two tighthead props in squad• England face Tonga and USA during the first weekKyle Sinckler has insisted he is relishing the prospect of playing two matches in five days at the start of England’s World Cup campaign, claiming he i…

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Rugby World Cup 2019: Ireland team guide

In the first of a series on all 20 World Cup teams, our global experts’ network focuses on Ireland, who head to Japan ranked as the No1 team in the world Continue reading…

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Eddie Jones tells England players a World Cup win brings rich rewards | Gerard Meagher

Coach says tournament victory would make history and earn England players ‘personal happiness’ as well as ‘financial benefits’England fly to Japan on Sunday under clear instructions from Eddie Jones to change the “whole course of history” by lifting th…

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England lose nothing but gain little with final warm-up in Newcastle

Eddie Jones made early tweaks before England thrashed Italy 37-0 at St James’ Park in their last action before the World CupThey say to always leave them wanting more and there can be little doubt England managed that. This was a first home Test agains…

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Rugby World Cup pool stage could be hit as cyclone heads for Japan

• Tropical storm Faxai expected to become a typhoon• World Cup organisers ready to move games aroundA tropical cyclone heading for Tokyo has brought into focus the potential disruption at the Rugby World Cup with the prospect of cancelled games causing…

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Joe Cokanasiga ready to showcase his power game again for England | Gerard Meagher

The Bath wing was frustrated against Wales last week but is learning his trade at Test level and will be out to cause Ireland problems at TwickenhamSpeak to most members of the England squad about their best memory of World Cups gone by and the answer …

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Topping world rankings is not important, says England’s Ben Youngs

• ‘You don’t need the rankings to tell us where we are as a team’• Manu Tuilagi ‘looking great’ going into Ireland warm-upThe England scrum-half Ben Youngs has dismissed the significance of the world No 1 ranking after it emerged Ireland will leapfrog …

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Eddie Jones picks ‘Kamikaze Kids’ Curry and Underhill to face Ireland

• England coach pairs Curry and Underhill together for first time• Jones also selects Ford, Farrell and Tuilagi in midfieldEddie Jones had been in his job a matter of months when he called a meeting at the Rugby Football Union and announced “I can’t se…

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Owen Farrell and George Ford to start for England against Ireland

• Jones names strongest XV of World Cup warm-up campaign• Tom Curry and Sam Underhill named as flankers against IrelandOwen Farrell and George Ford will start together for England for the first time since last June on Saturday with Eddie Jones naming t…

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Owen Farrell and George Ford to start for England against Ireland

• Jones names strongest XV of World Cup warm-up campaign• Tom Curry and Sam Underhill named as flankers against IrelandOwen Farrell and George Ford will start together for England for the first time since last June on Saturday with Eddie Jones naming t…

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Owen Farrell and George Ford to start for England against Ireland

• Jones names strongest XV of World Cup warm-up campaign• Tom Curry and Sam Underhill named as flankers against IrelandOwen Farrell and George Ford will start together for England for the first time since last June on Saturday with Eddie Jones naming t…

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Manu Tuilagi admits he hid injury that led to extended England layoff

• ‘I wasn’t honest with the physios, it was stupid,’ says centre• Tuilagi set to feature in his ninth consecutive TestManu Tuilagi has revealed how he could have avoided more than a year of his injury layoff if he had come clean regarding his initial g…

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Ben Te’o signs for Toulon, effectively ending England career

• Te’o omitted from World Cup squad after training altercation• Move to France rules out call-up in event of injuryBen Te’o has effectively brought an end to his England career by signing for Toulon on a short-term contract, having been left out of Edd…

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World Cups rebranded in effort to achieve gender neutrality in rugby

• Gender will be no longer included in tournament names• World Rugby calls move ‘ultimate statement of equality’World Rugby has rebranded its men’s and women’s World Cups in an effort to achieve gender neutrality in the sport. The competitions will now…

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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…