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Eddie Jones pleased with progress on his second anniversary | Robert Kitson

Thirteen of the match-day 23 are back at Murrayfield after two years of serious improvement, according to the England coachEddie Jones has a vivid recollection of the buildup to his first game as England coach against Scotland in Edinburgh. Two years o…

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England play legally insists Eddie Jones in war of words over penalties

• ‘The most successful teams infringe but we try to play legally’• Eddie Jones responds to concerns of Scotland’s Gregor TownsendEddie Jones has dismissed concerns over England’s discipline and claimed statistical analysis shows “the most successful te…

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England plan to target Scotland’s Finn Russell, says Courtney Lawes

• ‘He’s a quality player and we don’t want him to have a sniff at all’• English also looking to minimise Greig Laidlaw’s kicking chancesEngland’s forwards will head north on Thursday vowing to give Finn Russell another torrid day at the office in the C…

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Nathan Hughes’s 15-20 carries will have England’s backs licking their lips | Nick Evans

If Eddie Jones does decide to put Nathan Hughes straight into the starting lineup against Scotland on Saturday, my guess is he will play for 60 minutes before the cavalry come onIt comes as no surprise to hear England’s coaches have been glowing about …

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Gregor Townsend names unchanged team to face England in Six Nations

• Coach resists calls to drop fly-half Finn Russell• WP Nel, Tim Swinson and Nick Grigg named as replacementsGregor Townsend has kept faith with the players that beat France as the Scotland head coach named an unchanged team for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup…

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Paul Gustard: I am sat three feet from Eddie Jones. The tension never goes

• Defence coach feels England have adaptability to win in Scotland• We want to be sure we’re prepared for everything, adds GustardThe message coming out of the England camp in the buildup to one of the most hotly anticipated Calcutta Cup matches in rec…

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Eddie Jones looks for an inside line as England prepare to face Scotland

• West Ham’s David Moyes and Stuart Pearce invited to Q and A• England coach has often spoken of admiration for footballEddie Jones and his England assistants will pick the brains of one of Scotland’s highest-profile football coaches by welcoming David…

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Soft-spoken Joe Launchbury out to show England’s hard edge in Scotland | Gerard Meagher

Second-row forward expects a stern test at Murrayfield and has converted those who doubted his game had sufficient steelThe problem for Joe Launchbury has always been one of perception. At first Eddie Jones was not convinced – and neither was Warren Ga…

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Simon Berghan desperate to change Scotland story against England

The Edinburgh tighthead wants to help turn the tables at Murrayfield after last year’s humiliation at TwickenhamChristchurch may be the most English of New Zealand’s cities but Simon Berghan, when he was growing up there, was always aware of being on t…

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Eddie Jones enforces ‘never stand still’ credo in brutal week for England

Squad were put through an intense week of scrum, lineout and fitness work in preparation for the Calcutta Cup match in ScotlandThe England squad’s reward for two victories in the opening rounds of the Six Nations was a brutal training week, starting wi…

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Big six who have stamped their authority on the Six Nations so far | Paul Rees

Big hitters, gamechangers, impact backs, formidable forwards – here are six players who have made an impression after two thrilling roundsAge 30, Wales, flanker, caps 15 Continue reading…

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Wasps’ James Haskell ready to take pay cut to extend England career

• Flanker targets ‘pot of gold’ at 2019 World Cup in Japan• 32-year-old says priority is to remain in PremiershipJames Haskell said he will happily take a pay cut to extend his England career as far as the 2019 World Cup, insisting that he considers th…

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Joe Marler admits to pain of missing out on England games

• Marler has missed Italy and Wales games through suspension• ‘I really need to knuckle down,’ says Harlequins propFive minutes before full time at Twickenham, it struck Joe Marler like a sledgehammer. Until that point Marler had avoided watching any o…

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World Rugby admits Gareth Anscombe’s try for Wales should have stood

• TMO was incorrect to disallow score during defeat at Twickenham • WR’s head of referees acknowledges error to coach Warren GatlandWorld Rugby have confirmed to Wales that the television match official Glenn Newman was incorrect in law when he disallo…

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Nathan Hughes may return to replace injured Sam Simmonds for England

• Joe Marler and James Haskell also back after suspension• Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw ruled out for rest of Six NationsEngland have lost one No 8 but gained another before the Calcutta Cup match against Scotland in Edinburgh next week. Exeter’s Sam …

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Six Nations: talking points from the weekend’s action

Wales have case for moral victory in loss to England, Scotland prepare for ‘Big One’ and Ellie Kildunne’s stock continues to riseOne minute Eddie Jones is using the media to put pressure on opposition captains and fly-halves, the next he is criticising…

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Gareth Anscombe insists Wales were not denied victory by TMO ruling

• Anscombe believes he scored try but says: ‘We had chances to fix it’• ‘We’re disappointed, but proud of way we played in second half.”Gareth Anscombe is adamant that he should have been awarded a first-half try but does not believe the failure of the…

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Resilience keeps England on the right side of fine margins | Robert Kitson

Hatred of losing – and a dash of good luck – saw Eddie Jones’s side hold off Wales to secure a Six Nations win at TwickenhamThere is no more tantalising – or irrelevant – phrase in the sporting lexicon than “if only”. Modern Test rugby is almost entire…

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Eddie Jones calls on Georgia’s help to bolster England scrum

• ‘Strongest scrum pack in world’ to visit for training sessions• Jones hopes injured players will be fit to face ScotlandEngland’s pursuit of a third consecutive Six Nations title shows no signs of relenting this week with Eddie Jones revealing he has…

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Warren Gatland baffled by TMO’s decision not to award try – video

Warren Gatland described the decision by the television match official not to award Wales a first-half try as ‘pretty disappointing’ as his side slumped to a fifth straight Six Nations defeat by England Continue reading…