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Category: England rugby union team

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Fixture pile-up means England may face Six Nations destiny without star players

Eddie Jones unlikely to pick players from Premiership finalistsPremiership criticises World Rugby’s plan for autumn matchesEngland could be missing a host of frontline stars when they go in pursuit of the Six Nations title in October with Premiership c…

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Eddie Jones: rugby union needs to speed up or ‘we will end up like NFL’

England head coach says fatigue no longer a factor in gamesJones wants less replacements and quicker on-field decisionsEddie Jones wants the number of replacements cut, referees to make decisions faster and television match officials to make clear and …

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Eddie Jones has confidence in Saracens group despite playing in Championship

‘I will be comfortable if they are in good form’England head coach says pay cut was not ‘any grand gesture’Eddie Jones will have no qualms picking any Saracens players while they are in the Championship next season after his captain, Owen Farrell, beca…

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Henry Slade: ‘There was never any thought I wouldn’t keep playing with diabetes’

The England player talks about training through lockdown, Exeter’s title push, playing with diabetes and overcoming OCD“I’m ready to crack on,” Henry Slade says as he looks forward to escaping English rugby’s extended lockdown when the season resumes i…

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Manu Tuilagi leaves Leicester for Sale Sharks until end of next season

Centre ensures he remains available for EnglandAcrimonious departure from Leicester confirmed last weekSale Sharks have confirmed the signing of Manu Tuilagi until the end of next season. Tuilagi’s acrimonious departure from Leicester Tigers was rubber…

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Manu Tuilagi set to move to Sale and keep England career alive

Centre to link up with Van Rensburg and bolster Sale title push Tuilagi leaves Leicester after refusing to accept pay cutManu Tuilagi is set to keep his England career alive with a move to Sale after his acrimonious departure from Leicester. The 29-yea…

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Complicated history of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot needs to be taught and honoured | Andy Bull

It’s been sung at Twickenham since at least the mid-60s but it’s now time to respect the spirit behind its undeniable powerEven back before it became a flashpoint in the culture wars, there were all sorts of stories about why, how and when the Twickenh…

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Complicated history of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot needs to be taught and honoured | Andy Bull

It’s been sung at Twickenham since at least the mid-60s but it’s now time to respect the spirit behind its undeniable powerEven back before it became a flashpoint in the culture wars, there were all sorts of stories about why, how and when the Twickenh…

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Twickenham tickets for England games could be corporate-only this autumn

Entry likely to be restricted to box holders and sponsorsPriority will be to fulfil commercial obligationsEngland supporters hoping to attend this year’s autumn internationals have been dealt a major blow after the Rugby Football Union changed its tick…

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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot makes me feel uncomfortable, says Maro Itoje

People should be educated about it, says England lockSong is rooted in US slavery and was written in 1860sMaro Itoje has revealed the England rugby anthem Swing Low, Sweet Chariot makes him feel “uncomfortable” but he does not believe supporters should…

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RFU’s autumn Test plans hit impasse with Premiership clubs

Home unions hope to stage one-off eight team tournamentEngland’s July tour to Japan may well be cancelledPlans for an expanded autumn fixture list, in which England could play up to seven Tests later this year, have hit a roadblock with the Rugby Footb…

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English and French rugby clubs warn they may not release players for Tests

Premiership and European finals pencilled in for OctoberWorld Rugby’s revised international calendar may overlapEnglish and French clubs have put themselves on a war footing in the lead-up to World Rugby next week publishing the revised Test windows fo…

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Will Carling: ‘I didn’t open the curtains for a year, I was so battered’

The former England captain discusses his struggles when his career ended, his loneliness as a young child and how he is now good friends with Brian MooreTwenty-five years ago I might have sneered at the fact Will Carling and I have just talked at lengt…

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RFU may urge England fans against singing Swing Low for link with slavery

Many supporters unaware that song is about slavery‘Historical context’ of song under review by governing bodyThe Rugby Football Union is conducting a review into the use of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot by England supporters, admitting that many of them are…

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Chris Robshaw, ex-England captain, signs for San Diego Legion in MLR

Harlequins flanker had been linked with New YorkCalifornia team employed Ma’a Nonu in 2020 seasonThe former England captain Chris Robshaw has signed for the San Diego Legion in Major League Rugby, the Guardian can confirm. Related: Chris Robshaw: ‘When…

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English rugby has no plans to bring in the Rooney Rule for recruitment

Senior England players have called for broader representationRuling body feels focus should be on diversity at grassroots levelThe Rugby Football Union has no plans to introduce the Rooney Rule to its existing recruitment policy despite calls from seni…

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Ellis Genge says he and Eddie Jones were racially abused in South Africa

‘They started hurling racist abuse at a few of us’Rugby has been a white man’s game for years, he addsEllis Genge has revealed that he and Eddie Jones were subjected to racist abuse on England’s tour of South Africa in 2018. Genge was a non-playing mem…

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Lure of Japan becomes ever stronger for anxious Premiership players

With clubs in crisis in England and the game booming in the Far East, the current trickle of exports may become more of a floodAfter England’s last match, back in March, Eddie Jones was asked to say a few words about George Kruis, whose impending move …

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RFU hopes for cut in Twickenham distancing to one metre and £12m boost

Reduction from two metres would mean 30,000 more fansEngland have four November matches at TwickenhamThe Rugby Football Union is to lobby the government to reduce its physical distancing rule from two metres to one, calculating that the current stipula…

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RFU hopes for cut in Twickenham distancing to one metre and £12m boost

Reduction from two metres would mean 30,000 more fansEngland have four November matches at TwickenhamThe Rugby Football Union is to lobby the government to reduce its physical distancing rule from two metres to one, calculating that the current stipula…