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Eddie Jones turns to Maro Itoje and Chris Robshaw for England openside

• England coach out of options for No7 shirt after Sam Underhill concussion• Itoje or Robshaw will be given role against Samoa at Twickenham on SaturdayEngland are considering entrusting their No7 jersey to either Maro Itoje or Chris Robshaw on Saturda…

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Chris Robshaw: ‘There is always extra spice when England play Australia’

The England flanker believes victory over the Wallabies on Saturday can restore Twickenham to a world rugby fortress after the painful 2015 World Cup exitEngland’s official position as the world’s second-best team hangs in the balance at Twickenham on …

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Eddie Jones ready to throw his England pen if it makes great TV against Australia

The head coach was heavy on sarcasm as he aims to make England’s Vauxhall Viva stop stalling and leave Australia cursing at Twickenham on SaturdayWhen Eddie Jones was trying to motivate his Australia teams before playing England he instinctively knew w…

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England get up to speed by unleashing May, Watson and Daly on Wallabies

Eddie Jones excited by the prospect of using his blistering back three against Australia at Twickenham as Owen Farrell returns to the sideEveryone agrees top-level rugby is getting quicker and England are now maintaining the trend. Rarely have they eve…

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Courtney Lawes backs Owen Farrell to lead England charge against Australia

• ‘He’s a brilliant leader and exceptional player,’ says fellow Lions tourist• Saracens and England fly-half to return after missing Argentina winOwen Farrell is being tipped to drive a sharply improved England performance as Eddie Jones prepares to re…

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Bravo, France, but at what cost to rugby’s transparency and integrity? | Robert Kitson

Gallic nation will put on a good show but the vote to award it rather than South Africa a second World Cup has all the hallmarks of naked self interestIt is worth keeping in mind on these occasions that rugby union usually strikes gold with its World C…

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Odd couple Jonny May and George Ford can gel for England against Australia

He may not have been the perfect housemate but George Ford would happily accommodate his Leicester team-mate in the England side on SaturdayEngland’s odd couple will be reunited this week if, as expected, the fit-again Jonny May is involved against Aus…

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England may hope Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje can calm Eddie Jones’ fury | Robert Kitson

Australia can be stopped at Twickenham only if a reshuffle by the hosts brings dynamism to a team so ponderous against ArgentinaTo say the weekend’s other games in Cardiff, Dublin and Paris put England’s opening autumn effort into sharp perspective is …

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Rejigged England need fast start against Argentina to keep Eddie Jones happy

The England coach wants his players to ‘own their performance’ in the absence of so many leading players and with World Cup calculations coming into playEngland will wear dark grey for their opening autumn Test against Argentina but a dull, monochrome …

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Ben Youngs: ‘When we found out the dreadful news, rugby wasn’t important’

England scrum-half has no regrets about missing the Lions tour to support his family and sister-in-law, and is ready for the two-year journey to the World CupAs the national anthems play at Twickenham on Saturday Ben Youngs will gaze up into the stands…

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Henry Slade given opportunity to challenge for England No12 shirt

Exeter centre will start against Argentina on Saturday having shown Eddie Jones that he has learned to do the small things wellAs Eddie Jones explained his England midfield selection for the Argentina Test there were echoes of the Exeter director of ru…

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Henry Slade replaces Farrell in England autumn series opener against Argentina

• Coach Eddie Jones has also rested Maro Itoje for the Twickenham game• Elliot Daly and fellow Lions Tests regular Anthony Watson both start on wingsEngland have omitted starting regulars Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje but have included Exeter’s Henry Sla…

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Twenty questions for rugby union’s autumn internationals | Robert Kitson

Can Wales beat All Blacks for the first time since 1953, will Eddie Jones continue to work his magic at Twickenham and how heavy will injury toll be for the competing nations?The last time it happened was in 1953, so don’t hold your breath. But Warren …

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Ellis Genge at home with England as face-off with Wales declared ‘a draw’

Highly-promising Leicester loosehead in the running to start against Argentina despite forwards’ scrum session in Bristol being curtailedIn the context of old-school Anglo-Welsh battles, England’s joint training session with Wales on a slippery surface…

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England’s Chris Robshaw relishes the chance to do things a little differently | Robert Kitson

Innovations such as prison visits and live scrummaging are providing the former captain with food for thought as he gets ready for the autumn programmeChris Robshaw has been to a few dark places during his Test career but nothing to match his visit to …

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England’s live scrum training with Wales threatens to pack a punch

• Eddie Jones sees face-off with Welsh as vital to building ‘world’s best scrum’• England coach says he wants his pack to be really ‘challenged in that area’England and Wales are not to start their autumn international campaigns until Saturday but the …

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England’s Eddie Jones uses local nous to try to beat World Cup travel sickness

• Team’s first two games are almost 1,000 miles apart• Head coach concerned over condition of Lions playersJapan will not be welcoming the rugby world for another two years but the release of the 2019 match schedule highlights the unfamiliar challenge …

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Chris Robshaw says Harlequins ‘in a better place’ without Marland Yarde

• Wing signs for Sale after reportedly missing three Quins training sessions• ‘Marland’s run out of lives and we’ll be in a better place for it’Chris Robshaw has criticised the behaviour of his erstwhile Harlequins team-mate Marland Yarde, saying his c…

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Forget clown noses, rugby fans in Europe should embrace All Blacks | Robert Kitson

The All Blacks’ tour, starting against the Barbarians, is a cue to put aside the Lions’ off-field treatment and revive rugby’s concept of mutual respectRight on cue at Halloween season a bunch of big men dressed all in black have materialised in London…

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Forget clown noses, rugby fans in Europe should embrace All Blacks | Robert Kitson

The All Blacks’ tour, starting against the Barbarians, is a cue to put aside the Lions’ off-field treatment and revive rugby’s concept of mutual respectRight on cue at Halloween season a bunch of big men dressed all in black have materialised in London…