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The Rugby Football Union are already preparing for life after Eddie Jones, it emerged this week. That in itself isn’t controversial. One day he will have to step aside – it just depends whether that will be at the end of his contract in 2021 or following the 2019 World Cup. Jones is well aware [...]
Eddie Jones arrives at the autumn internationals under pressure after six defeats from his last seven games and the England head coach’s life hasn’t been made any easier by a raft of key players being unavailable for next month’s matches. Losing Mako and Billy Vunipola to injury is massive and the absence of Chris Robshaw [...]
Exeter have been consistently challenging Saracens for top honours in the Premiership over the last few years, but they have yet to really translate their domestic form into European competition. The Chiefs’ game-plan has been undermined in the Champions Cup and coach Rob Baxter will need to add new strings to their bow this season. [...]
I find some of the messages coming from England coach Eddie Jones confusing. He says he picks players on form and his side will be comprised of the best performing players from the Premiership. But if you look at the squad that simply isn’t the case. Alex Goode has been brilliant for Saracens over a [...]
Nobody should discredit Joe Marler for his decision to retire from international rugby at a relatively young age so that he can spend more time with his family. Marler doesn’t want to be a dad who never sees his children and you have to respect that. Joe’s upfront and will say if he doesn’t [...]
Will Spencer’s red card and subsequent four-week ban for a high tackle during Leicester’s 41-35 defeat by Wasps last weekend has sparked a perennial debate in rugby. High tackles are a complicated subject. The focus of rugby’s administrators is to reduce concussions and they’re understandably hot on the issue at the moment. The law change [...]
The Premiership season moves so quickly and we’re already approaching the third round of fixtures – and the third west country derby. Before you know it the The Champions Cup will roll around and November’s internationals will be upon us. England have not been playing well of late, so this period is a chance for [...]
Anyone who plays Exeter away from home first game of the season are always going to be in for a rough ride. But Leicester Tigers’ crushing 40-6 defeat last weekend had far-reaching consequences, with head coach Matt O’Connor sacked just 48 hours later. Typically after one game you don’t change coach. It’s unusual behaviour and [...]
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