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England’s relentless defence is fast becoming the real deal | Robert Kitson

The World Cup finalists suffocated Ireland but the challenge is to develop their attack to match a defence with few peersSeventeen years have now elapsed since England won their first – and so far only – Rugby World Cup on an unforgettable night in Syd…

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Jonny May’s magical try makes you realise why you fell in love with game | Andy Bull

England wing had the length of the pitch in front of him but a sidestep past Chris Farrell set him on his way to a memorable try – if only there had been a crowd at Twickenham to see itOh, but Jonny May scored a lovely try, one of the best anyone has s…

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‘He’s obsessed with getting better’: Eddie Jones hails May’s finishing ability

‘He’s a great role model for all the players in the team’May now joint-second on all-time England try-scorers listEddie Jones has hailed England’s match-winner Jonny May as among the best finishers he has seen. May’s two tries, the second an individual…

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England 18-7 Ireland: Autumn Nations Cup player ratings from Twickenham

Maro Itoje outshone even Jonny May for England, but Rónan Kelleher and CJ Stander had days to forgetElliot Daly Will struggle to showcase his talents in a team instructed to kick so much. Ireland not really able to put pressure on him. 6/10 Continue re…

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Ireland and Andy Farrell left with much to ponder after defeat by England | Michael Aylwin

Problems with scrum and lineout were punished ruthlessly by Jonny May as Ireland were manhandled out of the gameA first glimpse of a future without Ireland’s longstanding think tank at half-back, a first glimpse of a side that cannot quite summon the f…

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Jonny May runs in rapid double as England see off Ireland

England 18-7 IrelandWing scores two first-half tries in Autumn Nations Cup victoryStill no thunderous noise from the empty stands nor much sign of the all-court game to thrill an armchair audience, but England quietly continue to notch up valuable vict…

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England v Ireland: Autumn Nations Cup – live!

Live updates from Twickenham, kick-off 3pm GMTIreland dismiss ‘United Nations’ jibe from England coach Eddie JonesFeel free to email Lee or tweet @BloodandMud with your thoughts 2.14pm GMT Tell me everything that’s on your mind by emailing me or tweeti…

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Ireland dismiss ‘United Nations’ jibe from England coach Eddie Jones

Kicking coach Richie Murphy says Jones is playing ‘games’Andrew Porter’s scrummaging technique also questionedIreland have hit back at Eddie Jones’s “games” after the England coach took aim at their scrum and described their squad as the “United Nation…

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Locks Maro Itoje and James Ryan will be key as England and Ireland face off

The two men may well line up alongside each other for the next Lions tour but Itoje will not ‘waste time’ by focusing on his rivalEven if Maro Itoje and James Ryan did not play international rugby in the same position the pair would have a lot in commo…

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Forwards dictate rugby matches and England’s will be key against Ireland | Ugo Monye

Eddie Jones comes in for criticism but a lot of teams would be happy to play the way England do if it brought them a similar level of successThe old saying goes that forwards dictate whether you win or lose, backs by how many. In England’s case at the …

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Eddie Jones commences the mind games for England’s visit from Ireland

Coach points the finger at Andrew Porter’s scrummaging‘Any England-Ireland game has always been a contest up front’Eddie Jones has questioned the legality of Ireland’s scrummaging on the eve of a Twickenham showdown he has billed as England’s most impo…

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Jonathan Joseph fit to face Ireland but Ford has to settle for place on bench

Four changes for Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup clashCurry, Underhill, Mako Vunipola and Sinckler all backJonathan Joseph has recovered from a back injury to take his place on the wing in England’s starting XV against Ireland on Saturday with George For…

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Johnny Sexton out of Ireland’s Autumn Nations Cup match against England

Ireland captain sustained hamstring injury in win over WalesRobbie Henshaw will also miss Twickenham clash due to injuryIreland captain Johnny Sexton has been ruled out of Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup clash with England following a scan on a hamstring…

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Ireland pile pressure on Pivac as Wales slip to sixth straight defeat

Ireland 32-9 WalesWales slump to sixth successive defeat in game of 31 penaltiesA contest pockmarked by penalties and a lack of composure will have caused Ireland’s group rivals England few concerns. Ireland again showed an inability to react to the un…

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Ireland pile pressure on Pivac as Wales slip to sixth straight defeat

Ireland 32-9 WalesWales slump to sixth successive defeat in game of 31 penaltiesA contest pockmarked by penalties and a lack of composure will have caused Ireland’s group rivals England few concerns. Ireland again showed an inability to react to the un…

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Ireland v Wales: Autumn Nations Cup – live!

Minute-by-minute report of the 7pm kick-off in DublinMurphy ends 23 years at Leicester with abrupt departureStuart Hogg urges Scotland’s rugby side to build on feelgood factorEmail Luke with any thoughts | Tweet @lukemclaughlin 7.56pm GMT A spot of hal…

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Ireland make seven changes for Wales Autumn Nations Cup tie

James Lowe and Jamison Gibson-Park to make first startsO’Mahony, Henderson and Van der Flier recalled to XVTwo New Zealand-born players will make their first starts for Ireland against Wales in Dublin on Friday night as the head coach, Andy Farrell, ma…

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State of the nations: how the Autumn Nations Cup contenders shape up | Robert Kitson

England should be more ambitious, Georgia can show what they can do while Wales could face a long monthEngland Continue reading…

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France take win but not title as Dupont and Ntamack sparkle against Ireland

France 35-27 IrelandAntoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack impress for runners-upNo miracles in Paris, but France were almost more impressive in winning by less than the 31-point margin that would have brought them the title. They were happy to let that gon…

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France v Ireland: Six Nations 2020 decider – live!

Six Nations updates from Stade de France, kick-off 8.05pm GMTEngland’s bonus-point win in Italy puts pressure on IrishAnd feel free to email Lee or tweet @Bloodandmud 8.13pm GMT 5 mins. Murray, who appears to have replaced his foot with a ICBM launcher…