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Owen Farrell changes tackle technique amid fear of red and yellow cards

• World Rugby has changed directives over no-arms tackles• England captain working with strength and conditioning coachThe England captain, Owen Farrell, has had to change his tackling technique amid fears of a flurry of red and yellow cards at the Wor…

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England’s Joe Cokanasiga and Mark Wilson are doubts for World Cup opener

• Both players miss full training in Japan with knee injuries• Jamie Ritchie to miss Scotland’s opener against IrelandJoe Cokanasiga and Mark Wilson have emerged as potential doubts for England’s opening match of the World Cup against Tonga next Sunday…

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‘Preparation is everything’: the real Eddie Jones’s hard road to Japan

In helping England’s coach write his autobiography Donald McRae has gained a unique insight into the uncompromising AustralianThree years ago Eddie Jones surprised me for the first of many times. We met to discuss how we would work together on a book w…

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Taking on England at the Rugby World Cup is strange for me – but USA are ready | Will Hooley

Will Hooley was brought through the youth ranks with England but now relishes joining his ‘rugby family’ on the biggest stageIt’s 2005 and the camera is glaring in my face. I’m 11 years old and taking part in CBBC’s Jonny’s Hotshots, about to meet my r…

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Rugby World Cup 2019: England team guide

The semi-finals are the minimum for Eddie Jones’s side … and they will have their eyes on much more Continue reading…

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Brave new world: Japan braces for ‘anything-can-happen’ World Cup | Robert Kitson

The defending champions New Zealand look mortal and the chasing pack sense the opportunity to lift the Webb Ellis CupThe sumo wrestlers of Japan will have competition for the next seven weeks. Suddenly there will be big men everywhere, blocking out the…

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Eddie Jones keen to capitalise on local knowledge at Rugby World Cup

England fine-tuning for in humid conditionsJones: ‘Everyone is ready to start work now’Eddie Jones believes Japan’s sweltering conditions will give England the edge over their World Cup rivals as he seeks to take advantage of his inside knowledge of th…

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England’s Joe Cokanasiga admits nerves when facing Wales and Wallabies

• Both sides are potential quarter-final opponents for England• South Africa’s Eben Etzebeth under investigation over brawlJoe Cokanasiga has revealed he still suffers from pre-match nerves when playing for England, citing matches against Wales and Aus…

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Kyle Sinckler ready to play two World Cup games in five days for England

• Sinckler one of only two tighthead props in squad• England face Tonga and USA during the first weekKyle Sinckler has insisted he is relishing the prospect of playing two matches in five days at the start of England’s World Cup campaign, claiming he i…

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‘I would have had to turn water into wine’ to sway Jones, says Cipriani

• Fly-half had ‘no expectation’ of going to World Cup with England• ‘Eddie is a very strong character and is not going to be swayed’England’s ousted fly-half Danny Cipriani says it would have taken a miracle for Eddie Jones to pick him in his 31-man sq…

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Dylan Hartley’s friends reacted to World Cup omission ‘almost like I died’

• Hooker talks of devastation at losing ‘ultimate send-off’• ‘I wake up most nights thinking about it … it’s just shit’Dylan Hartley has said friends reacted to the news he had missed out on England’s Rugby World Cup squad almost as though he had die…

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From flat whites to All Blacks: how Piers Francis forged World Cup dream

An unusual gap year set the Gravesend-born fly-half on a path through the New Zealand rugby system and eventually a place in England’s squad in JapanA number of England’s squad have taken a long and winding road to the looming Rugby World Cup. Manu Tui…

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From flat whites to All Blacks: how Piers Francis forged World Cup dream

An unusual gap year set the Gravesend-born fly-half on a path through the New Zealand rugby system and eventually a place in England’s squad in JapanA number of England’s squad have taken a long and winding road to the looming Rugby World Cup. Manu Tui…

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Typhoon leaves England stranded at airport amid World Cup travel chaos

Squad delayed for five hours at Tokyo international airport‘We are excited to arrive in Japan,’ says head coach Eddie JonesEngland’s World Cup quest got off to an inauspicious start amid the chaotic fallout from Typhoon Faxai, with the squad stranded a…

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Jonny Wilkinson: ‘It took a few years for the pressure to really build. And then it exploded’ | Andy Bull

Jonny Wilkinson, England’s World Cup winning fly-half, speaks about his battle with mental illness and why no amount of trophies can ease the pain of depressionIt is October 1999, and a 20-year-old Jonny Wilkinson is sitting on the edge of a bed in Cli…

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Eddie Jones leaves no stone unturned in preparation for the unexpected | Robert Kitson

England’s management has instilled a calm in the World Cup squad that captain Owen Farrell believes will ensure they can deal with any unforeseen problems in JapanThe 2019 Rugby World Cup does not kick off until Friday week but the chances of a mellow,…

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Australia’s departure for Rugby World Cup delayed by Typhoon Faxai

• Japan bracing for record-breaking wind and rain• England are due to fly to Japan on Sunday eveningThe Australian team’s departure for the Rugby World Cup has been delayed after meteorologists warned a typhoon featuring 130-mile-per-hour winds is due …

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Eddie Jones tells England players a World Cup win brings rich rewards | Gerard Meagher

Coach says tournament victory would make history and earn England players ‘personal happiness’ as well as ‘financial benefits’England fly to Japan on Sunday under clear instructions from Eddie Jones to change the “whole course of history” by lifting th…

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England lose nothing but gain little with final warm-up in Newcastle

Eddie Jones made early tweaks before England thrashed Italy 37-0 at St James’ Park in their last action before the World CupThey say to always leave them wanting more and there can be little doubt England managed that. This was a first home Test agains…

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England fail to impress in World Cup warm-up victory over Italy

• England 37-0 Italy• Four second-half tries secure win after dismal openingIf this is how England are going to respond to unfamiliar surroundings at the forthcoming World Cup in Japan they are not going to frighten many opponents. Make all the polite …