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Brad Shields asks for New Zealand release in order to play for England

• Hurricanes flanker could join Eddie Jones’s squad in South Africa• New Zealand-born Shields qualifies for England through parentsBrad Shields has made an official request to be released by New Zealand Rugby for England’s tour of South Africa in an at…

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England and New Zealand dispute over Brad Shields may end up in court

• New Zealand have threatened to block England picking Shields• Eddie Jones may select player for summer tour of South AfricaEngland and New Zealand will be on a collision course that may end in the courtroom should Eddie Jones seek to select Brad Shie…

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Eddie Jones allowed to pick Brad Shields for England’s South Africa tour

• New Zealand-born flanker Shields joins Wasps next season• Shields could play for Hurricanes after three-Test seriesEddie Jones will have the green light to select Brad Shields for England’s summer tour of South Africa despite the fact the New Zealand…

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Saracens pick Mako Vunipola despite mandatory rest period agreement

• England prop has played for four straight weeks since Six Nations• Saracens decision raises serious concerns over player welfareSaracens have named Mako Vunipola in their starting lineup to face Bath on Sunday despite being obliged to rest him accord…

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Leicester’s Ben Youngs: ‘It definitely feels like I dodged a bullet’

England scrum-half is delighted to have avoided knee surgery and to be fit for a comeback in Saturday’s game against NorthamptonIf the enduring image of England’s opening Six Nations victory in Italy was a quartet of Exeter players deep in celebration…

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Worcester lifted by Ben Te’o’s pledge to see out contract next season

• England centre has one year remaining on his three-year deal• Sale not to appeal against Denny Solomona’s ‘homophobic’ banBen Te’o has moved to end speculation over his future at Worcester by insisting he will “100%” be at the club next season. The E…

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Dylan Hartley’s place on England tour to South Africa in jeopardy

• Hooker missed Northampton’s past two matches with concussion• We’ll do what’s right by Dylan, says Saints coach, Alan DickensDylan Hartley’s place on the England tour of South Africa this summer is in question after Northampton admitted the national …

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Injuries report reveals toll from Eddie Jones’ England training camps

• Data for 2016-17 shows injuries double that of previous campaign• Training accounts for 36% of all injuries across the English gameEddie Jones’s training sessions are likely to come under scrutiny after a report published on Monday revealed that the …

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Saracens’ problems reflect those of England with Irish shadow looming | The Breakdown

In their most challenging season this decade, Sarries face Leinster in the Champions Cup on Easter Sunday looking to do what Eddie Jones’ men could not – beat an Irish sideLast May, English rugby celebrated a double double. Saracens retained the Europe…

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Eddie Jones retains backing of RFU despite England’s dismal Six Nations

• RFU ‘deeply disappointed’ by Six Nations results• Jones backed as coach after England finish fifth in tableEddie Jones retains the backing of the Rugby Football Union despite England’s fifth-place finish in the Six Nations.Ireland were crowned Grand …

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England’s Anthony Watson ruled out for the rest of the season

• Achilles injury ends campaign for Bath wing• Watson hurt during England’s defeat to IrelandThe England and Bath wing Anthony Watson has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an achilles injury.The 24-year-old was hurt during England’s NatWes…

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Six Nations 2018 verdict: Guardian writers on their highs and lows

The players of the tournament, the outstanding matches, best and worst moments and team of the championshipRobert Kitson: Conor Murray. Epitomises the team Ireland have become: classy, smart, consistent, strong, versatile. Probably the world’s best scr…

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Johnny Sexton hails Ireland’s ‘incredible’ defence under Andy Farrell

• Win over England was Farrell’s first Twickenham visit since sacking• ‘Hopefully we can have good crack at next World Cup,’ says SextonIreland were forced to cancel their planned homecoming in Dublin on Sunday because of the adverse weather but it wil…

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England’s tired Lions may be left out of summer tour to South Africa

• Eddie Jones says fatigue among players ‘is still a concern for us’• ‘I’ll watch club games and see how we can strengthen the squad’Eddie Jones has revealed that some of England’s British & Irish Lions may be withdrawn from the summer tour of Sout…

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England staring down the barrel unless lessons are learned – and fast | Robert Kitson

The summer series against South Africa looks ominous unless Eddie Jones’s men can address the reasons for their Six Nations implosionAn unexpectedly one?sided Six Nations Championship has made two things crystal clear. There can be no disputing that th…

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Ireland’s Joe Schmidt relieved to seal Grand Slam with win over England – video

Ireland head coach, Joe Schmidt, relayed his sense of relief and pride after his side’s 24-15 win at Twickenham put the icing on the cake of their Six Nations crown. England’s Eddie Jones was pragmatic in defeat and insisted his side was due a dip in f…

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From Ireland’s win to England’s loss, the Six Nations was settled in Paris | Paul Rees

Ireland and England’s campaigns were summed up by their final few seconds in the French capital, with Ireland surging to victory and England losing after a fumble at the breakdownThe outcome of the 2018 Six Nations was settled in Paris. It was where Jo…

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Conor Murray gives Ireland reason to dream of making it big in Japan | Gerard Meagher

The scrum-half’s dominating display against England should give Joe Schmidt belief for next year’s World CupWith the clock turned red, even the heavens were smiling on Ireland, a flurry of snow serving as the ticker tape to their coronation. Victory wa…

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Eddie Jones feels chill of the fans after uncomfortable defeat by Ireland

England’s sobering display leaves coach with boos ringing in his ears after Irish claim grand slam in style on St Patrick’s DayIt was suffering weather. The kind of cold that makes you pull down your hat and stamp the ground, shuffle your feet and clen…

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Six Nations: England v Ireland on St Patrick’s Day – in pictures

Our photographer captures the action and atmosphere at Twickenham as Ireland seal their third grand slam with victory over England Continue reading…