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Category: Autumn Nations Cup

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Kyle Sinckler thanks Eddie Jones and visit from barber for return to form

Prop admits he was performing at 20% of abilitySinckler moved to Bristol during lockdownThe England prop Kyle Sinckler has admitted that a mid-lockdown move to Bristol left him performing at just 20% of his ability but credited Eddie Jones’s faith in h…

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Eddie Jones credits Liverpool’s role in Jonny May’s wonder try for England

• Jones met with Liverpool to discuss transitional play• May scored memorable try during win against Ireland Eddie Jones has revealed how Liverpool are having a key influence on his England team, explaining how a meeting with the Premier League champio…

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England’s relentless defence is fast becoming the real deal | Robert Kitson

The World Cup finalists suffocated Ireland but the challenge is to develop their attack to match a defence with few peersSeventeen years have now elapsed since England won their first – and so far only – Rugby World Cup on an unforgettable night in Syd…

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Virimi Vakatawa scores decisive try in France’s win over Scotland

Scotland 15-22 FranceFrance top Autumn Nations Cup Group BFrance have beaten Scotland 22-15 in their Autumn Nations Cup match at Murrayfield. Related: Scotland v France: Autumn Nations Cup – live! Continue reading…

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Scotland v France: Autumn Nations Cup – live!

Minute-by-minute updates on the action at MurrayfieldHogg and Scotland aiming for landmark victory against France Any comments? You can email Luke | Tweet @LukeMcLaughlin 2.31pm GMT If you missed it, Wales scored a much-needed win against Georgia in Ll…

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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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Stuart Hogg and Scotland aiming for landmark victory against France

Sixth straight win would match past grand-slam winnersPlace in final likely to go to the winner at MurrayfieldA place alongside some of the finest teams in Scottish history beckons Gregor Townsend’s new model tartan army on Sunday, statistically speaki…

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‘He’s obsessed with getting better’: Eddie Jones hails May’s finishing ability

‘He’s a great role model for all the players in the team’May now joint-second on all-time England try-scorers listEddie Jones has hailed England’s match-winner Jonny May as among the best finishers he has seen. May’s two tries, the second an individual…

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England 18-7 Ireland: Autumn Nations Cup player ratings from Twickenham

Maro Itoje outshone even Jonny May for England, but Rónan Kelleher and CJ Stander had days to forgetElliot Daly Will struggle to showcase his talents in a team instructed to kick so much. Ireland not really able to put pressure on him. 6/10 Continue re…

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Louis Rees-Zammit and James Botham impress in Wales victory over Georgia

Wales 18-0 GeorgiaDebutant Louis Rees-Zammit scores on first Test startWales ended their losing run, but they could hardly fail to against a team that were armed with nothing more than heart. Georgia posed no attacking threat – unlike Japan, who would …

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Ireland and Andy Farrell left with much to ponder after defeat by England | Michael Aylwin

Problems with scrum and lineout were punished ruthlessly by Jonny May as Ireland were manhandled out of the gameA first glimpse of a future without Ireland’s longstanding think tank at half-back, a first glimpse of a side that cannot quite summon the f…

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Jonny May runs in rapid double as England see off Ireland

England 18-7 IrelandWing scores two first-half tries in Autumn Nations Cup victoryStill no thunderous noise from the empty stands nor much sign of the all-court game to thrill an armchair audience, but England quietly continue to notch up valuable vict…

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Wales v Georgia: Autumn Nations Cup – live!

Live updates from Parc y Scarlets, kick-off 5.15pm GMTWayne Pivac needs to leave his own stamp on struggling WalesFeel free to email Lee or tweet @BloodandMud with your thoughts 1.39pm GMT Pre-match reading “Little possession and less territory have re…

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England v Ireland: Autumn Nations Cup – live!

Live updates from Twickenham, kick-off 3pm GMTIreland dismiss ‘United Nations’ jibe from England coach Eddie JonesFeel free to email Lee or tweet @BloodandMud with your thoughts 2.14pm GMT Tell me everything that’s on your mind by emailing me or tweeti…

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Ireland dismiss ‘United Nations’ jibe from England coach Eddie Jones

Kicking coach Richie Murphy says Jones is playing ‘games’Andrew Porter’s scrummaging technique also questionedIreland have hit back at Eddie Jones’s “games” after the England coach took aim at their scrum and described their squad as the “United Nation…

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Locks Maro Itoje and James Ryan will be key as England and Ireland face off

The two men may well line up alongside each other for the next Lions tour but Itoje will not ‘waste time’ by focusing on his rivalEven if Maro Itoje and James Ryan did not play international rugby in the same position the pair would have a lot in commo…

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Forwards dictate rugby matches and England’s will be key against Ireland | Ugo Monye

Eddie Jones comes in for criticism but a lot of teams would be happy to play the way England do if it brought them a similar level of successThe old saying goes that forwards dictate whether you win or lose, backs by how many. In England’s case at the …

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Wayne Pivac needs to leave his own stamp on struggling Wales

Coach has so far relied on players moulded by Warren Gatland but Saturday’s team to face Georgia will bear Pivac’s imprintWayne Pivac has had more than Georgia on his mind this week. The theme of his year as Wales’s head coach has been broken dreams an…

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Fiji Covid-19 crisis forces cancellation of Scotland Autumn Nations Cup clash

Third Fiji game to be called off after Italy and France Scotland make five changes for game against Les BleusScotland’s Autumn Nations Cup fixture with Fiji at Murrayfield on 28 November has been cancelled after the Pacific Islanders’ squad was decimat…

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Eddie Jones commences the mind games for England’s visit from Ireland

Coach points the finger at Andrew Porter’s scrummaging‘Any England-Ireland game has always been a contest up front’Eddie Jones has questioned the legality of Ireland’s scrummaging on the eve of a Twickenham showdown he has billed as England’s most impo…