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Penalties are killing England, says Jonny May before second South Africa Test

• England wing vows players will clean up their act after meeting• ‘You might think it’s a silly penalty but it can change the game’England’s players have held a meeting to discuss their on-field discipline and vowed to clean up their act in the second…

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Schalk Brits gives up the biltong and beer for Springbok recall | Robert Kitson

Retired hooker was a spectator for the first Test against England and had to persuade friends his selection was not a jokeSchalk Brits does not look 37 years old but he is giving hope to middle?aged cocktail?drinking holidaymakers everywhere. As recent…

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Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac on Wales shortlist to succeed Warren Gatland

• Glasgow’s Dave Rennie also a contender on extensive shortlist• WRU’s Phillips: Wales will not find another coach like GatlandWales insist they will never have another coach like Warren Gatland as they close in on appointing a successor to the New Zea…

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Schalk Brits called out of retirement – and the stands – for South Africa squad

• Retired Saracens forward watched first Test as fan• Springboks’ boss Rassie Erasmus values hooker’s experienceSouth Africa have added Schalk Brits to their squad for the remainder of their Test series against England – a month after the veteran Sarac…

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Pressure mounts on England’s Eddie Jones to rediscover his touch | Robert Kitson

In the wake of the first Test defeat in South Africa, questions arise over the coach’s selectorial touch and autocratic styleLosing the odd game of rugby is an occupational hazard but, as Eddie Jones knows all too well, it can become a habit. Thirteen …

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Warren Gatland admits James Davies adds to Wales selection predicament

• Flanker scores his first try for Wales in defeat of Argentina • Gatland: ‘We are very lucky … I’ve got a little bit of a headache’Deep inside San Juan’s Estadio del Bicentenario the Wales head coach could not help but raise a smile. Warren Gatland ha…

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Faf de Klerk: ‘Altitude was a factor in England’s loss to South Africa’

• England based at sea level in Durban for tour• Jamie George admits effects of high altitude ‘did kick in’South Africa believe England were the architects of their own spectacular demise in the first Test on Saturday because Eddie Jones’s squad failed…

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Dan Carter: ‘Seeing a psychologist allowed me to confront my demons’

The World Cup winner discusses what makes a great player, rugby’s mental burdens and switching sports for Soccer AidDan Carter may be one of the leading rugby players of any era, a World Cup winner and the record points scorer in Test rugby, but he adm…

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Eddie Jones: ‘I’m proud of the boys but we need to fix our discipline‘

• England coach blames indiscipline for Springboks’ comeback• Jones says tunnel confrontation with fans was ‘about red wine’Eddie Jones attempted to play down an incident in the tunnel at Ellis Park following his side’s thrilling 42-39 defeat by South …

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Eddie Jones: ‘I’m proud of the boys but we need to fix our discipline‘

• England coach blames indiscipline for Springboks’ comeback• Jones says tunnel confrontation with fans was ‘about red wine’Eddie Jones attempted to play down an incident in the tunnel at Ellis Park following his side’s thrilling 42-39 defeat by South …

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Change of pace leaves England at a loss and clubs playing catch-up | Paul Rees

South Africa defeat exposes what Eddie Jones already knows: that rugby is faster and more fluid at international levelWhen the Premiership clubs raise the issue of Eddie Jones’s national squad training sessions this summer, bristling at a high attritio…

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S’Busiso Nkosi powers South Africa to stunning comeback win over England

• South Africa 42-39 England• Springboks roar back from 24-3 down in thrilling first TestEngland have been involved in some eventful matches since Eddie Jones took over as their head coach two and a half years ago but none as spectacular as this. In a …

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South Africa v England: rugby union first Test – live!

Live updates from the first Test of England’s tourAustralia 18-9 Ireland | New Zealand 52-11 FranceAnd you can email Paul here, or tweet him here 4.23pm BST That’s an excellent try by England, glorious evidence of the menace of their backs. Ford was in…

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Australia end Ireland’s unbeaten run as David Pocock returns in style

• Wallabies 18-9 Ireland• Six Nations champions lose for the first time in 13 matchesFrom Surfers Paradise to total wipeout. Ireland’s 12-match winning run hit the rocks against a fired-up Australia as David Pocock’s late try sunk the Six Nations champ…

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Australia v Ireland: rugby union international – live!

Updates from the first Test at Suncorp Stadium in BrisbaneNew Zealand 52-11 France: All Blacks cruise after key yellowFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @rrjparkin 11.27am BST Carbery slots the penalty, from about 10m out, dead in front. Not a…

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All Blacks cut loose against France after yellow card opens floodgates

• New Zealand 52-11 France• All Blacks had trailed 11-8 at half-time in first of three TestsA questionable yellow card to France lock Paul Gabrillagues allowed New Zealand to score three quick tries and set up a thumping 52-11 victory in the first Test…

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Eddie Jones expects fresh England to bounce back against South Africa | Robert Kitson

Head coach knows a fierce first Test awaits but believes his side have put their poor Six Nations behind themBy the time Eddie Jones’s England squad complete their three-Test trek around South Africa this month, several big questions will have been ans…

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Eddie Jones relishes writing next chapter in his history with South Africa | Gerard Meagher

From his role in the Springboks’ 2007 World Cup triumph to his abrupt exit from the Stormers the England head coach and the rainbow nation have a colourful relationshipAlun Wyn Jones’s dry wit aside, Eddie Jones is rarely described as avuncular. Uncles…

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Wales recall Rhys Patchell for first Test against Argentina

• Fly-half lost confidence after being targeted by Eddie Jones • ‘We told him to get back on horse quickly,’ Warren Gatland saidRhys Patchell makes his first start for Wales since his uncomfortable evening at Twickenham in February when the swagger he …

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London Sevens offered a perfect template for rugby league nines

Let’s hope the people in charge of promoting rugby league were among the crowd of 50,000 at Twickenham on SaturdayBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredAround 50,000 people went to a rugby event last Saturday. They all seemed to have a ball, cheering…