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Johan Ackermann: player fatigue could harm England’s Six Nations prospects

• ‘Jones must flinch every time the English teams play in Europe’• Johnny Sexton wins annual Rugby Union Writers’ Club awardEddie Jones has been warned he faces a struggle to keep his England squad fresh given the demands placed on some players by the …

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Sam Underhill to miss England’s Six Nations campaign after ankle surgery

• Flanker damaged ligaments playing for Bath in December• Underhill ruled out of action for up to three monthsSam Underhill will miss England’s Six Nations campaign after undergoing an ankle operation. Related: Meet the Clealls: the Saracens twins forg…

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Rugby has to decide now what is an acceptable tackle if it is to thrive | Robert Kitson

For all the philosophical rights and wrongs, those in charge must reach a definitive, far-sighted consensus – just tinkering with tackles will not do if rugby is to be made saferSay what you like about the Rugby Football Union but it leads the world wh…

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Lewis Ludlam taking his chance after patient wait at Northampton | Paul Rees

The flanker has not progressed as quickly as some of his former England Under-20 teammates but has been listening and learning from those around him at Franklin’s GardensThis time last year England were fretting over the lack of options at openside fla…

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Dylan Hartley’s knee injury troubles continue as Six Nations looms

• Northampton omit England hooker from squad to face Wasps• Hartley has only one match to prove fitness to Eddie JonesDylan Hartley has been ruled out for Northampton with a knee injury for the second consecutive week, less than a month before England …

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Paul Gustard: ‘All I wish for England is for them to win the World Cup’

England’s former defence coach refuses to look back as he prepares to take his Harlequins team to Newcastle on SaturdayPaul Gustard does not look like a man laden with regrets. If anything, on a chilly lunchtime in the first week of 2019, he appears ha…

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2019, World Cup fever No 3: rugby union hits Japan amid uncertainty

With Ireland threatening New Zealand and a host of new head coaches on the way, 2019 feels a watershed like no otherWorld Cups always feel like watersheds. Eddie Jones has reminded us often enough that everything else is just sparring; that all that ma…

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Owen Farrell: ‘Confidence can be elusive – you don’t know you’ve lost it’

The England and Saracens fly-half on how a degree course has helped him examine his mistakes and become calmer on the pitch“The thing I liked about it most,” Owen Farrell says, “was having a look at yourself and what you’re doing. Seeing and understand…

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Ben Te’o to make first Worcester start of the season against Saracens

• Ryan Mills’ injury gives England centre his chance• Te’o had break in New Zealand after internationalsBen Te’o will make his long overdue first Worcester start of the season against Saracens on Saturday after he was given extended rest following Engl…

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Jimmy Peters: race pioneer of English rugby who emerged from the circus

Until 1988 Peters, whose father died in a lion’s cage, was the only black man to play rugby union for England. The sport’s historians are now starting to piece together his storyA century later the truth of exactly what happened to Jimmy Peters is just…

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Alex Goode: ‘Everyone wants to knock Saracens off our perch’

Premiership leaders head to Exeter on Saturday and their full-back says maintaining hunger when you have tasted success is always the hardest taskIt was hard not to feel sympathy for Alex Goode during England’s autumn internationals campaign. Not so mu…

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Danny Cipriani: ‘It’s been the same story for six years, hasn’t it?’

Fly-half remains philosophical about his England exile and is enjoying his new leadership role at GloucesterIf Danny Cipriani feels messed around by England he hides it well. You might expect confusion, resentment, even betrayal at how he again finds h…

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England’s Joe Cokanasiga faces battle to prove Six Nations fitness after knee injury

• Wing damaged medial ligament in loss to Leinster• Eddie Jones due to name squad on 16 JanuaryThe England wing Joe Cokanasiga is set to be out of action until the new year and faces a battle to prove his fitness for the Six Nations after Bath confirme…

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Stuart Lancaster insists an England return has never crossed his mind

• ‘I’ve never spoken to Nigel Melville,’ says Leinster coach• Lancaster’s contract in Ireland ends next yearStuart Lancaster has revealed that he has not given any thought to the prospect of replacing Eddie Jones for a second spell as England’s head co…

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Maro Itoje suffers injury blow as Six Nations campaign looms

• England and Saracens lock has chipped bone in knee• Itoje to miss European double-header against Cardiff BluesMaro Itoje’s participation in England’s Six Nations opener against Ireland has been placed into question by a chipped a bone in his knee. Th…

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Warren Gatland among candidates to succeed Eddie Jones with England

• RFU’s Melville plans to speak to Wales coach about his future• Jones’s predecessor Stuart Lancaster also a candidateThe Rugby Football Union interim chief executive, Nigel Melville, is planning to speak to Warren Gatland as part of his search for Edd…

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Pools of intrigue: how the Rugby World Cup groups stack up | Paul Rees

Now that the autumn internationals have been completed we take a look at the prospects for the opening stage in JapanIreland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa Continue reading…

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The Breakdown | Eddie Jones’ tactical rethink plants Owen Farrell at heart of power game

Co-captain is blossoming at fly-half and embodies an England side that will go into Six Nations with a taste for winning uglyGraham Henry used to complain when he was in charge of Wales that rugby there was like a shower without a temperature control: …

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Rugby union power rankings: Ireland overtake New Zealand to be top dogs

Our ratings show Ireland are in pole position and New Zealand have slipped back, while Wales and England have made good progress and South Africa and Australia have much work to doSteve Hansen knew what he was doing when anointing Ireland as the world …

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Sam Burgess: ‘egos’ and ‘selfish players’ behind England’s 2015 World Cup exit

• Tournament hosts England crashed out in pool stage• Burgess defends his performance after crossover from leagueSam Burgess has claimed “individual egos” and “selfish players” contributed to England’s painful 2015 World Cup demise.Burgess was part of …