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Category: England rugby union team

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Te’o and Billy Vunipola return late to hotel after alcohol-fuelled night out

• Players out after second-half capitulation against Scotland• Pair breached team protocol and may be punished by JonesBen Te’o and Billy Vunipola have found themselves in hot water after arriving late back at the England team hotel following an alcoho…

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Making Maro Itoje captain could give England a new dimension | Robert Kitson

Recent World Cups and Six Nations have been won by sides led by talismanic forwards at the heart of the actionWhenever England flatter to deceive the mind drifts back to Brighton sea front. The date was 19 September 2015 and the beach was packed with f…

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Alun Wyn Jones says don’t rule out Warren Gatland coaching England

• Gatland will leave Wales after World Cup in Japan• ‘In professional sport you never say never,’ says Wales captainThe Wales captain, Alun Wyn Jones, believes it is possible Warren Gatland will one day coach England. Related: Wales crush Ireland to wi…

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Wales’s rising sons set the northern hemisphere benchmark for Japan | Robert Kitson

England may have lost the plot at Twickenham but grand slam winners could write another happy endingHow quickly modern rugby’s wheel of fortune spins. A few weeks ago Ireland were an irresistible force, enjoying such critical acclaim that back-to-back …

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Six Nations’ team of the tournament: Wales and England dominate best XV | Nick Evans

Alun Wyn Jones was arguably the pick of the bunch as grand slam winners Wales and England dominate our columnist’s listA big part of what Saracens do well and exactly the same with Wales, Williams has been brilliant throughout and his ability to play o…

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No doubting that Warren Gatland’s Wales deserve their grand slam | Robert KItson

High-class defence and rare stamina make Wales second in the world and leave their Six Nations rivals struggling in their wakeThere is no such thing as an accidental grand slam. Winning five games on the trot in testing conditions against reliably moti…

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England taking their foot off the gas is a recurring theme, admits Eddie Jones

• Coach says lessons will be learned in time for World Cup• ‘We need to get the right people in to help us sort it out’Eddie Jones has conceded England have a mental block to work through, with no more competitive games before the World Cup.Having romp…

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Henry Slade dazzles but England’s kamikaze show will leave its mark | Gerard Meagher

Fears of a damp squib proved gloriously misplaced but such a dire collapse should worry Eddie Jones as Japan loomsDead rubbers have a funny way of coming to life. England were home and hosed by half-time, playing with a swagger that reinforced their fe…

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England salvage Six Nations draw after Scotland’s spectacular comeback

• England 38-38 Scotland• England lead 31-0 in first half and crumble in the secondThe championship may have been decided but the drama had scarcely begun. Scotland, looking utterly bereft at Twickenham once again, resurrected themselves from a 31-0 de…

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England v Scotland: Six Nations finale – live!

Six Nations updates from the 5pm GMT kick-off at TwickenhamWales crush Ireland to win Six Nations and grand slamEmail Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh with your thoughts 5.04pm GMT Ah, that didn’t take long. Vunipola collects a clearance and barrels forwar…

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We owe all of Scotland a big effort against England, says Stuart McInally

• Captain agrees Scots have underperformed in 2019 Six Nations• ‘We are going to come down here and fight for everything’Scotland’s captain, Stuart McInally, has accepted his side have under-performed in the Six Nations as they attempt to salvage their…

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England hope lesson of history will help put Murrayfield shock behind them

• Eddie Jones’s side motivated by last year’s defeat by Scotland• Ben Youngs promises England will be ‘ruthless’Eddie Jones has been giving history lessons this week, albeit with his usual touch of revisionism. Asked why England’s unbeaten record over …

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Twickenham ready for Saturday storms but all looks set fair for Wales | Robert Kitson

England should lift the Calcutta Cup but the real glittering prize can be Warren Gatland’s yet againRarely has the country been in greater need of a glorious Six Nations finale as a distraction from real life. Even Theresa May might benefit from puttin…

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Why Manu Tuilagi’s Racing snub is a victory for Leicester and England | Ugo Monye

Centre’s decision will only benefit the player in the long term as he looks to finish off an impressive Six Nations campaignIt is a badly-kept secret that some players have made a point of being spotted at French clubs in an attempt to boost their wage…

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Eddie Jones puts pressure on ‘tired’ Wales in push for Six Nations title

• England coach: ‘I see a Wales team that looks tired’• Jones says dropped Cokanasiga can play 100 TestsWarren Gatland has told Eddie Jones to mind his own business after the England coach said Wales looked “tired” before their Six Nations decider with…

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Joe Cokanasiga dropped for England’s Six Nations clash with Scotland

• Eddie Jones omits wing despite stellar display against Italy• Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Ben Moon and Mark Wilson returnJoe Cokanasiga is a shock omission from the England side to face Scotland on Saturday following his man-of-the-match performance ag…

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Manu Tuilagi signs new Leicester deal to end speculation over England future

• England centre had been in discussions with Racing 92• Any move to France could have ended World Cup hopesThe England centre Manu Tuilagi has ended speculation about his future by signing a new deal with Leicester.Tuilagi’s previous contract with the…

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Eddie Jones enlists Einstein and Newton to give England power boost

• England aim to hit Scotland hard in Six Nations• George Ford aims to disrupt Scotland’s Finn RussellEngland have turned to Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton for inspiration as the Six Nations title race enters its final days. Rugby dressing rooms are …

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After four England games it is clear Cokanasiga is no ordinary Joe | Robert Kitson

The giant winger has provoked plenty of hype but it is impossible to ignore the blindingly obvious – he is a rare talentPlenty of talented players have played for England but some are more gifted than others. Those of us lucky enough to have been aroun…

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England showed their best moves but how will they play in bigger games? | Nick Evans

There was much to admire in England’s attack against Italy although the big backs did show defensive frailtiesTwickenham seemed strangely subdued on Saturday – that’s what happens when 80,000 people already know the outcome before the match – but for t…