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Author Archive for Gerard Meagher

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Twelve years after the Lions’ bloody battle in Pretoria, player welfare is still a concern

Attritional contests are things of the past but there has been no change to the exhausting number of games on the calendar Listen to anyone involved in the British & Irish Lions’ agonising defeat by South Africa in the second Test in 2009 and one w…

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Erasmus to continue water-carrying role as ‘mindgame’ talk dismissed

Assistant coach says director of rugby will be ‘running the water’Mzwandile Stick: ‘We’ll see the egos between the four lines’South Africa have confirmed their director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, will continue to act as a water carrier on Saturday in th…

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Gatland fury after South African Marius Jonker appointed Lions Test series TMO

Lions management angry that a neutral official is not availableJonker declined to send off Faf de Klerk for high tackleWarren Gatland has been left furious before the British & Irish Lions’ first Test against the Springboks on Saturday after being …

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South Africa sweating over fitness of captain Kolisi for first Lions Test

Kolisi returning from 10 days in isolation after Covid-19Pollard or Am could lead Springboks if Kolisi misses outSouth Africa were braced on Monday for the prospect of going into the first Test against the British & Irish Lions without their inspir…

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Alun Wyn Jones could make surprise return to Lions squad

• Lock back training with Wales after dislocating shoulder• ‘He has made a remarkable recovery,’ says Warren GatlandAlun Wyn Jones is on the brink of completing a miraculous return to the British & Irish Lions squad after making a “remarkable recov…

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Alun Wyn Jones could make surprise return to Lions squad

• Lock back training with Wales after dislocating shoulder• ‘He has made a remarkable recovery,’ says Warren GatlandAlun Wyn Jones is on the brink of completing a miraculous return to the British & Irish Lions squad after making a “remarkable recov…

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Eddie Jones’ new-look England? First let’s see if this team survive the summer | Gerard Meagher

The head coach may crave revolution before the 2023 World Cup but as it stands he is in a strange halfway houseIt is unclear whether Eddie Jones wants to change the world but he is looking for a new England. He has given his squad that label this summe…

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Eddie Jones’s England finally bring gruelling season to an end

• Canada visit Twickenham for friendly on Saturday• Alex Dombrandt to make debut in depleted sideAs the curtain finally comes down on the English rugby season at Twickenham on Saturday, Eddie Jones’s squad has a depleted feel to it. Senior players are …

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Eddie Jones praises Gareth Southgate and admits to borrowing his ideas

England rugby coach Jones copied thoughts on squad relaxationJones to give debut to Alex Dombrandt against CanadaEddie Jones has revealed how he has borrowed from Gareth Southgate’s coaching manual after saluting his opposite number for guiding England…

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Eddie Jones praises Gareth Southgate and admits to borrowing his ideas

England rugby coach Jones copied thoughts on squad relaxationJones to give debut to Alex Dombrandt against CanadaEddie Jones has revealed how he has borrowed from Gareth Southgate’s coaching manual after saluting his opposite number for guiding England…

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Eddie Jones praises Gareth Southgate and admits to borrowing his ideas

England rugby coach Jones copied thoughts on squad relaxationJones to give debut to Alex Dombrandt against CanadaEddie Jones has revealed how he has borrowed from Gareth Southgate’s coaching manual after saluting his opposite number for guiding England…

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Eddie Jones praises Gareth Southgate and admits to borrowing his ideas

England rugby coach Jones copied thoughts on squad relaxationJones to give debut to Alex Dombrandt against CanadaEddie Jones has revealed how he has borrowed from Gareth Southgate’s coaching manual after saluting his opposite number for guiding England…

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Eddie Jones praises Gareth Southgate and admits to borrowing his ideas

England rugby coach Jones copied thoughts on squad relaxationJones to give debut to Alex Dombrandt against CanadaEddie Jones has revealed how he has borrowed from Gareth Southgate’s coaching manual after saluting his opposite number for guiding England…

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Eddie Jones praises Gareth Southgate and admits to borrowing his ideas

England rugby coach Jones copied thoughts on squad relaxationJones to give debut to Alex Dombrandt against CanadaEddie Jones has revealed how he has borrowed from Gareth Southgate’s coaching manual after saluting his opposite number for guiding England…

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Eddie Jones praises Gareth Southgate and admits to borrowing his ideas

England rugby coach Jones copied thoughts on squad relaxationJones to give debut to Alex Dombrandt against CanadaEddie Jones has revealed how he has borrowed from Gareth Southgate’s coaching manual after saluting his opposite number for guiding England…

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Lions rocked before Sharks match after two players forced to isolate

Tourists waiting on tests as Sharks game delayedRemainder of tour of South Africa now in perilThe British & Irish Lions have been hit by a positive Covid-19 test, throwing Wednesday night’s match against the Sharks into jeopardy and raising even mo…

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Lions tour in turmoil as Bulls match called off and Covid hits Springboks

Saturday’s game off amid 11 South Africa positive testsOutbreak in Georgia camp puts Springboks match in doubtThe British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa has been plunged further into disarray after the match against the Bulls on Saturday was po…

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Every England player facing USA can make shirt their own, says Eddie Jones

Starting XV against USA will feature eight debutantsJones cites 2017 tour debuts of Tom Curry and Sam UnderhillEngland host the United States at Twickenham on Sunday afternoon on US Independence Day, but it is Eddie Jones’s side for whom new beginnings…

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Eddie Jones finally hands Marcus Smith England Test debut against USA

Harlequins fly-half one of eight uncapped players in young sideLewis Ludlow to be England’s first uncapped captain in 37 yearsEddie Jones has declared Marcus Smith ready for the international stage after finally handing the Harlequins fly-half a Test d…

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Joe Marchant tips Harlequins teammate Marcus Smith to shine for England

Fly-half Smith hoping to be in Eddie Jones’s squad against USA‘Exceptional’ Smith can ‘get bums off seats’, says MarchantNot so long ago there was a regular reminder from Eddie Jones and his players that England wanted to put smiles on people’s faces a…