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2019 Articles

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
Ollie Phillips: George Ford's Ireland performance gives Eddie Jones a World Cup selection headache
Ollie Phillips: George Ford's Ireland performance gives Eddie Jones a World Cup selection headache
I was busy getting married on Saturday so didn’t watch England against Ireland live, but it’s fair to say the [...]
August 29, 2019
Pressure on England to beat Ireland as Eddie Jones names probable World Cup XV
Pressure on England to beat Ireland as Eddie Jones names probable World Cup XV
For England’s third World Cup warm-up match, against Ireland on Saturday, Eddie Jones has selected a team that almost looks [...]
August 22, 2019
Ollie Phillips: England's World Cup hopefuls face baptism of fire in Cardiff against Wales
Ollie Phillips: England's World Cup hopefuls face baptism of fire in Cardiff against Wales
Eddie Jones is keen to have a good look at new recruits in the warm-ups ahead of the World Cup, [...]
August 15, 2019
Ollie Phillips: Eddie Jones is being decisive with England World Cup squad but his intensity could backfire
Ollie Phillips: Eddie Jones is being decisive with England World Cup squad but his intensity could backfire
Eddie Jones’s decision to name his World Cup squad almost four weeks before the official deadline is one typical of [...]
August 8, 2019
Ollie Phillips: Warren Gatland should groom Andy Farrell as his British and Irish Lions successor
Ollie Phillips: Warren Gatland should groom Andy Farrell as his British and Irish Lions successor
Warren Gatland’s unveiling as the British and Irish Lions coach on Wednesday was hardly surprising, but it was an appointment [...]
June 13, 2019
Ollie Phillips: Why well-drilled Saracens will be too strong for Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership final
Ollie Phillips: Why well-drilled Saracens will be too strong for Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership final
The Premiership final is here and it’s no surprise to see Saracens and Exeter Chiefs facing off at Twickenham on [...]
May 30, 2019
Ollie Phillips: Don't expect a shock – Saracens and Exeter are streets ahead of their Premiership play-off rivals
Ollie Phillips: Don't expect a shock – Saracens and Exeter are streets ahead of their Premiership play-off rivals
The Premiership semi-finals are upon us this weekend and it is very much a case of challengers taking on heavy [...]
May 23, 2019