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Category: England rugby union team

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State of the rugby nations: Guardian writers’ verdicts on the June Tests

New Zealand are still the team to beat but Ireland’s series win and Wales’ charge up the rankings lay down markers for the northern hemisphere(World rankings as of Mon 25 June; ups and downs calculated from Mon 28 May) Continue reading…

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Eddie Jones’s England regain their self-respect, but doubts remain | Robert Kitson

Question marks over coach’s approach have not been dispelled by victory in the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town1) Finally, a win! Continue reading…

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Eddie Jones given no uarantee he will be England’s World Cup coach

• But Australian retains RFU support despite poor results• Run of defeats was ended by 25-10 win over South AfricaEddie Jones has been told there is no absolute guarantee he will remain as England’s head coach until the 2019 Rugby World Cup despite his…

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Premiership must shoulder some blame for England slump under Eddie Jones

Players are caught between the demands of the regular club season and the expectations of a nationWhen Sir Clive Woodward resigned as England’s head coach in September 2004, less than a year after leading the country to World Cup success, he said in an…

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Danny Cipriani picks fitting moment to announce return to England fold | Paul Rees

The fly-half took a leaf out of Barry John’s book to unleash a perfect kick to the corner for Jonny May to score and seal a third-Test victory over South Africa at NewlandsThe venue for Danny Cipriani’s first Test start for a decade was fitting. Newlan…

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England coach Eddie Jones: ‘We’re coming to a peak after South Africa win’

• Australian hails impact of Leicester wing Jonny May on tour• Springboks coach admits third Test selection was experimentalEddie Jones says he would love to arrange another Test against South Africa this Saturday, following England’s stress-relieving …

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Jonny May stops England rot with decisive try in third South Africa Test

• South Africa 10-25 England• Leicester wing seals overdue win as Farrell kicks 20 pointsJonny May collected an inch-perfect Danny Cipriani kick to score the game’s decisive try with 10 minutes remaining as England secured a much-needed win for Eddie J…

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South Africa v England: third Test – live!

Minute-by-minute coverage of the match in Cape TownEddie Jones seeks end to losing run for weary EnglandDrop John an email | Tweet @JohnBrewin_ 4.50pm BST Half-time: Better from England, certainly more solid than the chaos of the High Veldt, but the co…

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Eddie Jones seeks end to losing run for weary England in Cape Town

• Sixth consecutive defeat would increase pressure on coach• Test is dead rubber as South Africa lead series 2-0Preparing for the third Test in the shadow of Table Mountain has merely heightened the sense of England’s rugby players being stuck between …

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Steve Black: ‘Cipriani is a fountain of energy … the dream never left him’

Ten years after his last start for England Danny Cipriani will pull on the No 10 shirt against South Africa and his mentor believes the 30-year-old will now flourishSteve Black’s pride is palpable. Danny Cipriani has just been handed his first England …

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Danny Cipriani to make first England start for 10 years in third Test

• Fly-half picked ahead of George Ford for final Test of series• Nathan Hughes, Joe Marler and Chris Robshaw in starting XVDanny Cipriani will make his first England start for 10 years in Saturday’s third Test against South Africa. The fly-half has bee…

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Joe Launchbury backs Danny Cipriani to make a big impact for England

• Eddie Jones not expected to make major changes• Alec Hepburn set to be on England benchThe series may be lost but England’s final tour stop in South Africa has particular resonance for Eddie Jones. It was here, in the shadow of Table Mountain, that t…

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England’s Mike Brown says abusive fan had no right to accuse him of not trying

• ‘I was very happy with my reaction; I’m not a robot’• ‘Don’t ever say I’m not trying. It’s rude and way off the mark’England’s Mike Brown has hit back at the fan who abused him and Joe Marler following the second Test defeat in Bloemfontein and says …

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Bayliss and Jones: the Aussies in charge of two England World Cup destinies | Andy Bull

Eddie Jones and Trevor Bayliss’s smooth starts at the helm of England’s rugby and cricket teams have turned distinctly bumpy. Learning from each other could help turn the tideIt’s 50 miles from Penrith to Randwick, an hour’s drive from one side of Sydn…

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Eddie Jones insists England can turn things around after losing run

• England coach admits discipline is costing team dear• Losing Test run the worst for four yearsEddie Jones came out fighting after being backed by the Rugby Football Union following Saturday’s defeat by South Africa. England’s 23-12 Test defeat in Blo…

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Wales’ new defeat of Argentina prompts Warren Gatland to scorn England

• Wales win 30-12 in Santa Fe to end summer tour unbeaten • ‘Where we are and where England are is poles apart,’ says coachWarren Gatland rubbed salt into England’s wounds by claiming they and Wales are “poles apart” after his side jumped above Eddie J…

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England coach Eddie Jones and his methods still in favour with RFU

• Saturday’s defeat by Springboks makes it five in a row •Jones extended his £750k-a-year contract in January until 2021The Rugby Football Union has insisted it still has faith in Eddie Jones and has no plans to review his contract despite England’s sh…

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Indecision, spats and flogged players – England crumble under Eddie Jones

A fifth successive Test defeat and loss of series in South Africa has exposed an unhealthy regime that needs a drastic rebootThe Eddie Jones era has been nothing if not educational for the Rugby Football Union. The idea was to hire the world’s most exp…

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Eddie Jones: ‘Defeat to South Africa was like a horror movie’

• Loss in Bloemfontein was England’s fifth defeat in a row• ‘We are not handling the key moments well,’ says JonesEddie Jones has compared England’s latest loss to “a horror movie” after watching South Africa condemn his side to a premature series defe…

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Owen Farrell’s captaincy style leaves his England teammates rudderless | Paul Rees

England captain’s strident approach to referee Roman Poite contrasted sharply with cool demeanour of South Africa counterpart Siya KolisiLeadership is one of sport’s intangibles. Eddie Jones caused a stir when he made Dylan Hartley his first captain, g…