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England v Barbarians under threat after visiting players breach Covid protocols

A ‘number of Barbarians’ left team hotel without permissionRFU reviewing whether Sunday’s game can still go aheadThe Rugby Football Union has announced it is reviewing whether or not the England v Barbarians fixture, scheduled to take place at Twickenh…

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The Breakdown | Chemistry counts when it comes to Eddie Jones’s selection methods

England’s coach has his favourites and one of his foibles is not always trusting Premiership form as a barometer When Andy Farrell named his Ireland squad last week, attention focused not on who had been selected but on the scrum-half, John Cooney, who…

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George Ford is injury doubt for England’s Six Nations Italy clash

• Fly-half’s issue may force Eddie Jones to rejig backline• Captain Owen Farrell could move back to No 10George Ford has emerged as an injury doubt for England’s Six Nations finale against Italy a week on Saturday, potentially forcing Eddie Jones into …

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Elliot Daly out of England’s clash against Barbarians with mystery leg injury

Jones: ‘We’re not sure what it is – we’re running tests’Piers Francis back having recovered from coronavirusElliot Daly has been omitted from England’s 32-man training squad for Sunday’s clash with the Barbarians due to an unspecified injury.Also missi…

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England’s Ellis Genge: rugby union needs to get with it to prosper

People are interested in that off-field stuff, he addsGenge is is preparing for Barbarians match on SundayThe England prop Ellis Genge has called on rugby union’s authorities to embrace commercialisation for the development of the game, claiming player…

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Eddie Jones feels pool of England prospects has not grown since 2015

Jones says emergence has been consistent, not exceptionalCovid rules demand change in training camp approachEddie Jones reckons he has driven 8,000 miles in the past couple of months watching Premiership games up and down England, eager to spot raw tal…

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No ban on England fans singing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot at Twickenham

Lyrics of song linked to slavery will no longer be up in stadium England teams will kneel for Black Lives Matter before gamesEngland supporters will not be banned from singing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot when allowed back into Twickenham but it is underst…

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Blow for Eddie Jones as Courtney Lawes is ruled out for England’s autumn Tests

Forward will miss 12 weeks with ankle injuryCentre Manu Tuilagi already ruled out for six monthsCourtney Lawes will miss England’s six-game autumn schedule after being sidelined for 12 weeks by an ankle injury. The Northampton forward, who has won 85 c…

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Blow for Eddie Jones as Courtney Lawes is ruled out for England’s autumn Tests

Forward will miss 12 weeks with ankle injuryCentre Manu Tuilagi already ruled out for six monthsCourtney Lawes will miss England’s six-game autumn schedule after being sidelined for 12 weeks by an ankle injury. The Northampton forward, who has won 85 c…

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Joe Marler: ‘I was in complete denial there was anything wrong with me’ | Donald McRae

The England prop on the psychiatric help that transformed his life, and why Eddie Jones is the most supportive coach he has known On a hushed morning in East Sussex, Joe Marler looks around the kitchen which he smashed up in misery 18 months ago. Marle…

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Joe Marler: ‘I was in complete denial there was anything wrong with me’ | Donald McRae

The England prop on the psychiatric help that transformed his life, and why Eddie Jones is the most supportive coach he has known On a hushed morning in East Sussex, Joe Marler looks around the kitchen which he smashed up in misery 18 months ago. Marle…

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Eddie Jones names 12 uncapped players in England training squad

Jones was unable to select from six clubs due to play-offsEngland have six upcoming fixtures starting against BarbariansEddie Jones has named 12 uncapped players, including the 19-year-old Gloucester back-row forward Jack Clement, in a training squad t…

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England centre Manu Tuilagi ruled out for six months by torn achilles

Tuilagi was injured during Sale’s win at NorthamptonEngland centre is set to undergo surgery next weekThe England centre Manu Tuilagi has been ruled out for six months after tearing the achilles on his left leg.Sale’s director of rugby, Steve Diamond, …

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The Breakdown | James Haskell: ‘There are players all around with demons in their heads’

Flanker reflects on the value of psychology, rugby’s need to extend its horizons and how Eddie Jones transformed EnglandWhat a Flanker, the title of James Haskell’s autobiography, sums up a player who could not have taken the game or his career more se…

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Chris Robshaw’s career can be measured by the noble manner he handled failures | Andy Bull

Former England captain went through the rugby mill but came out the other side a better player and an unchanged manWatching Chris Robshaw play his last matches for Harlequins got me thinking about the first time I met him. It was early one winter morni…

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Pat Lam happy for Bristol’s England players to miss 11 Premiership games

Key players available for only three of first 14 club gamesQuins v Exeter to kick-off next season on 20 NovemberThe new Premiership season will start on 20 November when Exeter visit Harlequins but England players are unlikely to feature in more than t…

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England rugby players accept 25% wage reduction for 2020-21 season

Agreement will be in place for one yearRFU has made commitments to player welfare initiativesEngland’s players have accepted a 25% wage reduction for the 2020/21 season, the Rugby Football Union has announced. The one-year arrangement with England’s me…

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Rugby union turns to Amazon Prime for Autumn Nations Cup to boost finances

Streaming service set to broadcast new November tournamentEngland to play Ireland, Wales and Georgia in eight-team eventRugby union’s bid to build a more sustainable financial future is set to see Amazon Prime unveiled as the broadcast partner for the …

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The Breakdown | Owen Farrell sets tone but an England captain also needs a clear head

His red card for a high challenge was inevitable after crackdown and again exposed a flaw in No 10 when frustrations boil overIt seems like another generation, but it is not quite a year since the World Cup in Japan kicked off. Owen Farrell’s red card …

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Eddie Jones will spend time in US with San Diego Legion – England allowing

MLR team plans wide-ranging consultant role‘Preparation is everything’: Don McRae on Eddie JonesJones: rugby needs to speed up or ‘we will end up like NFL’England coach Eddie Jones will spend time in the US in 2021, Covid-19 allowing, in his consultanc…