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Eddie Jones escapes sack but faces scrutiny by ‘external rugby experts’

England finished fifth in disappointing Six Nations displayCovid-19 impact and breakdown penalties identified as factorsEddie Jones has escaped the sack as England’s head coach but is set to be placed under greater scrutiny by a team of hand-picked, ex…

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RFU’s corporate Jenga-speak leaves room for manoeuvre on Jones’s future

Governing body has backed England coach despite poor Six Nations but its support appears to come with hidden caveatsSo Eddie Jones is still the right man to steer England forward. Or is he? The further down the carefully constructed tower of corporate …

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Like a push-start taxi, my career covering rugby has gone from one breakdown to another | Paul Rees

For his final Observer report, our stalwart writer offers his reflections on decades covering a sport rich in drama and spectacle but that now stands at a crossroadsThe car was a cross between a Lada and a Trabant, a cut-and-shut probably. It was parke…

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The Breakdown | England struggled but Eddie Jones’s fire still burns and he should stay on

Head coach’s future is under discussion after a poor Six Nations but the desire clearly remains in the combative AustralianAmbrose Bierce in The Devil’s Dictionary defined opportunity as a favourable time for grasping disappointment. When the panel con…

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England’s Jess Breach raring to put on Six Nations show for BBC audience | Sarah Rendell

Winger is delighted more people will be able to watch women’s rugby on the BBC as England gear up for Scotland on SaturdayJess Breach has continually impressed in an England shirt since the winger scored six tries on her debut against Canada in 2017, b…

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RFU vows nothing will be ‘swept under carpet’ for Eddie Jones’ England review

Panel will look at all aspects of ‘miserable’ Six Nations campaignTalk of replacing head coach is ‘premature’ but plans are in placeBill Sweeney has assured England supporters that next month’s review into their underwhelming Six Nations campaign and t…

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Wales erupted to seize the moment in a Six Nations unlike any other | Paul Rees

This manic and beguiling tournament gave little clue about what will happen next, least of all about Eddie Jones’ futureAutumn austerity turned into a spring splurge. It was as if players felt liberated outside their Covid bubble, prisoners of the pand…

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Eddie Jones eyes new blood for England while his future remains unclear

Coach identifies Marcus Smith and Joe Simmonds for debuts‘There are good young guys, particularly in the 9s and 10s’Eddie Jones has identified Marcus Smith and Joe Simmonds among a number of potential England debutants this summer, with the head coach …

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RFU insists it will not overreact as it ponders Eddie Jones’ role

Head coach to face ‘brutally honest’ review next monthEngland finished fifth in the Six Nations this yearEddie Jones’s future as England’s head coach will be decided within the next three weeks but the Rugby Football Union insists it will not “overreac…

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Who did enough in the Six Nations to make Gatland’s Lions squad? | Robert Kitson

Though the tour’s destination remains up in the air, plenty of options have emerged for the head coach’s party of 36Every four years, whenever the Six Nations concludes, hope springs eternal. If a British & Irish Lions tour was scheduled to depart …

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England players to be asked if Eddie Jones should stay on as head coach

Squad will get say as part of post-Six Nations reviewMaro Itoje and Mako Vunipola have already backed JonesEngland players are set to have a significant say over whether Eddie Jones keeps his job as head coach with the squad invited to give their feedb…

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Six Nations: talking points from the weekend’s action | Paul Rees

France denied Wales a grand slam but Pivac has plenty to cheer, while England, Ireland and Scotland have much to ponderThe grand slam was snatched from them at the last after they had forced France to dig to the bottom. The disappointment will linger b…

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Eddie Jones faces talks on future with RFU after England’s dismal Six Nations

RFU’s Bill Sweeney will meet head coach after poor campaignJones’s contract is understood to contain a break clauseEddie Jones is facing crunch talks with the Rugby Football Union chief executive, Bill Sweeney, as part of a review into England’s poor S…

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England’s step backwards puts Eddie Jones’s approach in the spotlight

Woeful Six Nations campaign has raised questions about head coach’s ability to continue to get the best out of his squad After the World Cup final defeat by South Africa nearly 18 months ago, Eddie Jones thought long and hard about whether he wanted to…

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Sensational Saturday showed this has been no ordinary Six Nations | Robert Kitson

A last-gasp France try to halt a grand slam and 14-man Ireland overcoming England were two highlights from an eventful dayA brief glance at the Six Nations table confirms it has been no ordinary championship. At one end of the scale England have had th…

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Eddie Jones will face backlash over England’s bewildering decline | Michael Aylwin

A concerning 32-18 defeat to an inspired Ireland was the nadir of a dismal 18 months for England’s stubborn coachFifth place for England. We have said that before, and quite recently, but this time the words will be spat out by those faithful clad in w…

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Eddie Jones: ‘We need to reset the team. It’s a transition period’

England coach threatens shake-up following defeat to IrelandTactics and personnel will change in buildup to World CupEddie Jones will not be considering his position as head coach after England suffered their third defeat of the Six Nations to finish o…

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Ireland v England: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 4.45pm GMT kick-off in DublinUgo Monye: last chance for Lions audition in front of GatlandAnd feel free to email Lee or tweet him @bloodandmud 3.52pm GMT Pre-match reading.George Ford watch the Ireland performance versus Sc…

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George Ford calls on England to ‘win the physicality’ against Ireland | Gerard Meagher

Eddie Jones and his players are determined to temper expectations as the fly-half says England ‘want to leave it all’ in their final Six Nations fixtureIs this a dead rubber or the defining match of England’s Six Nations campaign? A British & Irish…

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Six Nations heads into Super Saturday that may not bring title winner | Robert Kitson

Will there be final twist or another whole chapter in a tournament that could yet morph into Frantic Friday?When the 2021 Six Nations schedule was initially released it was popularly assumed the pivotal “Super Saturday” fixture would kick off at tea-ti…