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John Mitchell gets to work for England by setting sights on World Cup

• New defence coach says he has no interest in Eddie Jones’s job• ‘The All Blacks are outstanding but a World Cup closes the gap’England’s new defence coach, John Mitchell, thinks Eddie Jones’s squad can still win the 2019 Rugby World Cup despite their…

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‘White noise’: RFU banks on new England shirt providing spark

• £95 shirt inspired by ‘sound of England supporters’• Kit is 12th released by RFU in last four yearsIt’s an expression more usually associated with sending people to sleep. But the Rugby Football Union will be hoping that the “white noise” which has i…

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Eddie Jones says old foe John Mitchell will get England thinking differently

• Former New Zealand coach has joined until after World Cup• ‘He has improved every one of his teams enormously‘Eddie Jones says he is testing himself by hiring the former New Zealand coach John Mitchell until the end of next year’s World Cup.Just as E…

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Danny Cipriani faces Owen Farrell but his real England rival is George Ford

Cipriani’s Gloucester meet Farrell’s Saracens on Sunday but Ford is the man the man standing between the 30-year-old and a recall by Eddie JonesA montage on the wall of the Gloucester team room at their Hartpury training base is centred around the acro…

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Manu Tulagi: ‘I’m feeling better and better … I know I’ll get there’

The Leicester player’s self-belief is returning after a litany of injuries and Eddie Jones is taking an intense interestEven on the worst of days Manu Tuilagi never completely gave up hope. “Mentally I always think I will get back to where I was, no ma…

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England’s baffling decision to omit Danny Cipriani risks alienating fans | Robert Kitson

He delivered that lovely grubber kick against South Africa and has been key to Gloucester’s unbeaten start but somehow the fly-half still does not float Eddie Jones’ boatIncreasingly Danny Cipriani looks fated to be a quiz answer for years to come. Nam…

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Danny Cipriani left out of England squad while Manu Tuilagi earns recall

• Gloucester fly-half left out following arrest• Ashton also included despite serving suspensionDanny Cipriani has been left out of the first England training squad since his two convictions for common assault and resisting arrest. Cipriani has since m…

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John Mitchell will make difference for England, says Johan Ackermann

• Gloucester director worked with New Zealander in South Africa• ‘He is passionate about the game and big on discipline’Johan Ackermann has backed the appointment of John Mitchell as England’s defence coach and believes the New Zealander will get the b…

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Rugby union power rankings: All Blacks still No 1 despite rare defeat | Gerard Meagher

A year from the World Cup New Zealand look good for a hat-trick of wins but Ireland, South Africa and Wales are all on the rise with England and Australia heading in the other directionDefeat by South Africa in Wellington reminded the world that the Al…

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John Mitchell finally begins new role as England rugby defence coach this week

• Long-running saga ends after compensation paid to Blue Bulls• Former All Blacks head coach starts at three-day training campThe Rugby Football Union has finally secured the services of John Mitchell as England’s new defence coach after agreeing a com…

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Billy Vunipola: ‘A lot of people still have injuries and try to hide it’

The England forward reflects on his fitness struggles and rugby’s problem with players masking their own physical painBilly Vunipola has a reputation as one of the most disarmingly honest players around, but even by his standards his latest admission i…

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George Ford defiant over battle with Danny Cipriani to be England No 10

• Ford denies loss of England place was ‘wake-up call’• Leicester fly-half delighted with display against NewcastleGeorge Ford believes he has sharpened his attacking instincts after he was ousted by Danny Cipriani as England’s fly-half, but denied tha…

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Brad Shields piles on the pounds and prepares for belated Wasps debut

England’s New Zealand-born flanker had a tough time of it in South Africa during the close season and only now is he ready to rumble with his new clubAs understatements go, Brad Shields describing his whirlwind summer with England as “unusual” takes so…

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Eddie Jones tells Danny Cipriani ‘your World Cup dream is on the line’

• England coach tells fly-half ‘everything impacts on selection’ • Jones lays down the law at face-to-face meetingEddie Jones has warned Danny Cipriani that any further off-field transgressions will end his chances of playing in next year’s World Cup. …

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Eddie Jones has a year to get England firing again – he might need some help | Robert Kitson

2018 has been forgettable so far for England’s Australian coach but he knows a strong autumn with key players back available could paint a much brighter picture for next year’s World CupThere have been better times to be an Australian rugby coach worki…

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Eddie Jones addresses England breakdown with head of referees

• England head coach met Tony Spreadbury• Jones: ‘We won’t get better at it until the next World Cup’Eddie Jones has held talks with the Rugby Football Union’s head of referees in an effort to solve England’s breakdown woes after a run of five defeats …

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‘I can give back to America’: Alex Corbisiero on NBC, the Premiership and never playing again

The Lions prop is just 30 but after a rest became retirement he has engaged with the push to make rugby a part of the StatesThe Pig and Whistle calls itself New York’s premier rugby bar. The title might be contested but it’s certainly very rugby and ve…

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Eddie Jones suffers new blow with loss of England’s sports science head

• Dean Benton the latest member of backroom team to leave• John Mitchell set to replace Paul Gustard as defence coachEngland have been dealt a significant blow just over a year before the World Cup with another key member of Eddie Jones’s staff set to …

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Chris Ashton’s chance of England recall hit by ban-related lack of matches

• Sale wing loses chance to play before England squad is named• Wasps’ Jimmy Gopperth may miss season with ligament injuryChris Ashton’s chances of a swift England recall have suffered another blow after Sale Sharks confirmed their winger will be ineli…

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Chris Ashton’s chance of England recall hit by ban-related lack of matches

• Sale wing loses chance to play before England squad is named• Wasps’ Jimmy Gopperth may miss season with ligament injuryChris Ashton’s chances of a swift England recall have suffered another blow after Sale Sharks confirmed their winger will be ineli…