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2019 Articles

Northampton Saints' clash with Leinster will be a real test of their credentials this campaign
Northampton Saints' clash with Leinster will be a real test of their credentials this campaign
Northampton’s double-header against Leinster in the Champions Cup, starting on Saturday, will provide a great test of where they really [...]
December 5, 2019
Bristol Bears have the potential to become Premiership big-hitters under Pat Lam and Steve Lansdown
Bristol Bears have the potential to become Premiership big-hitters under Pat Lam and Steve Lansdown
Bristol Bears turned heads on Wednesday when they announced the signing of Fijian international Semi Radradra on a three-year contract [...]
November 28, 2019
Exeter Chiefs are underdogs no longer – they must step up and end their European hoodoo in the Champions Cup
Exeter Chiefs are underdogs no longer – they must step up and end their European hoodoo in the Champions Cup
This season is a big one for Exeter Chiefs. They are no longer an up-and-coming side who can rely on [...]
November 21, 2019
Saracens' Premiership points deduction leaves the Champions Cup wide open for challengers
Saracens' Premiership points deduction leaves the Champions Cup wide open for challengers
Saracens’ 35-point deduction for breaching Premiership salary cap rules has dominated the news in recent weeks and I think it [...]
November 14, 2019
Eddie Jones has enriched English rugby but the RFU should try and hire Steve Hansen
Eddie Jones has enriched English rugby but the RFU should try and hire Steve Hansen
Firstly, I want to hold my hands up: I called the Rugby World Cup final completely wrong.  I have rewatched [...]
November 7, 2019
England v South Africa: Rugby World Cup final victory can top the achievement of 2003
England v South Africa: Rugby World Cup final victory can top the achievement of 2003
It’s the eve of the Rugby World Cup final and I could hardly be more confident. England come into their [...]
October 31, 2019
Ollie Phillips: England can beat the All Blacks and win World Cup
Ollie Phillips: England can beat the All Blacks and win World Cup
This is the big one. Eddie Jones has always said to judge him on this World Cup, and England’s semi-final [...]
October 24, 2019
England require maximum muscle to see off Australia as unlucky George Ford misses out
England require maximum muscle to see off Australia as unlucky George Ford misses out
For the first time in Rugby World Cup history it is genuinely feasible that any of this weekend’s eight quarter-finalists [...]
October 17, 2019
Ollie Phillips: World Cup fixture cancellation disadvantages Wales but France mutiny can go either way
Ollie Phillips: World Cup fixture cancellation disadvantages Wales but France mutiny can go either way
Typhoon Hagibis may not have directly affected Wales’s Rugby World Cup fixtures but the tropical cyclone has still managed to [...]
October 10, 2019
Ollie Phillips: Argentina are a potential banana skin, but exactly the kind of test England need
Ollie Phillips: Argentina are a potential banana skin, but exactly the kind of test England need
England are in good form and their World Cup has been wholly positive so far, but Saturday’s game against Argentina [...]
October 3, 2019
England's game against USA is a chance for fringe players to impress
England's game against USA is a chance for fringe players to impress
The fact Eddie Jones can make 10 changes to his starting XV to face the USA and still put out [...]
September 25, 2019
New Zealand and South Africa will be the main contenders at an evenly poised Rugby World Cup - and this weekend's match could be crucial
New Zealand and South Africa will be the main contenders at an evenly poised Rugby World Cup - and this weekend's match could be crucial
This is one of the most evenly poised Rugby World Cups in a long time. Previously, New Zealand have been [...]
September 19, 2019
George Ford has given Eddie Jones a dilemma with his excellent World Cup warm-up
George Ford has given Eddie Jones a dilemma with his excellent World Cup warm-up
I wasn’t convinced to start with but it seems Eddie Jones has been pretty crafty by selecting his 31-man squad [...]
September 12, 2019
Ollie Phillips: Still places to play for in England's final World Cup warm-up against Italy
Ollie Phillips: Still places to play for in England's final World Cup warm-up against Italy
England head to Newcastle United’s St James’ Park for their final warm-up game against Italy tomorrow before they fly to [...]
September 5, 2019