Andy Bull at Twickenham

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Name: Andy Bull at Twickenham
Date registered: November 8, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/new-zealand-rugby-union-team

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  1. Jonathan Joseph’s turnaround matches England’s change of attitude | Andy Bull — March 12, 2017
  2. Italy’s spoiling tactics outrage England coach Eddie Jones | Andy Bull — February 26, 2017
  3. Six Nations: England take control after a mess of own making against France — February 5, 2017
  4. Battle with Argentina reveals England’s enormous progress | Andy Bull — November 26, 2016

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Mar 12

Jonathan Joseph’s turnaround matches England’s change of attitude | Andy Bull

Dropped against Italy, the centre returned to deliver stiletto blows to Scotland and earn a standing ovation in England’s Six Nations title triumph

Three minutes past the last, England were still playing. They had nothing to gain now, except seven points on top of the 54 they had already scored. But they still had something to prove, to Eddie Jones, who rode them hard in the previous week, and to everyone who watched them against Italy, Wales, and France and wondered whether they were good enough to win this Six Nations, or worthy rivals to the world’s No1 side, New Zealand, whose record of 18 consecutive victories they have now equalled.

So they kept running at the Scots, moving the ball back and forth until, at last, they found an opening and Danny Care was able to slip through for a final try, which, when converted, made it 61-21. That was a record score in the history of the oldest international fixture in the sport, achieved against one the finest Scotland sides in a generation.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/mar/12/jonathan-joseph-england-scotland-six-nations-2017-title

Feb 26

Italy’s spoiling tactics outrage England coach Eddie Jones | Andy Bull

Italy’s plan of avoiding rucks by not committing to the breakdown after tackles frustrated England and annoyed their coach Eddie Jones

Back when Eddie Jones was coaching in Japan he complained that his players spent too much time learning to play the game by rote, running through the same old drills without trying anything new. Always ready with a quote, he said that “everyone drives 10,000 hours but few of us become better drivers”.

A good rugby player, Jones explained, has to be able think on his feet. “A lack of creativity,” he said, “means we have fewer players with the decision-making skills needed to win games of rugby.” Well, against England Italy showed plenty of creativity and Jones’s players were presented with a problem quite unlike any other they had encountered on a rugby pitch. They solved it in the end but it was pretty painful watching them work it out. Italy turned this Test into an 80-minute debate on the intricacies of the offside law.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/feb/26/italys-spoiling-tactics-outrage-england-coach-eddie-jones

Feb 05

Six Nations: England take control after a mess of own making against France

Eddie Jones’s players find a way to win 19-16 after France’s Guy Novés inspires a revival that almost forces a Six Nations major reversal

England’s 15th win, the one that broke the record set by the squad that won the World Cup in 2003, was the tightest yet. There were only three points in it, though you would never have known that from the way the head coach, Eddie Jones, told it after the match was over. “I thought we were awful,” Jones said, “but I always thought we were going to win.”

Sports journalists are usually a thirsty lot, but Jones’s press conferences leave people feeling particularly parched because you have to take so many pinches of salt with what he says. But this line seemed, and sounded, straight. Or at least, as close to it as his public utterances tend to get.

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Related: France played the better rugby but have forgotten how to win again | Michael Aylwin

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/feb/05/six-nations-england-france-eddie-jones-guy-noves-battle-rugby-union

Nov 26

Battle with Argentina reveals England’s enormous progress | Andy Bull

Victory over Argentina in a thrilling and brutal encounter was further proof that England have been transformed under the leadership of Eddie Jones

Late on Saturday afternoon a brilliant red sunset settled over south-west London, making a fitting backdrop for a bloody match at Twickenham. It was a game that contained, as Eddie Jones said, more drama than your average EastEnders omnibus. It was bracketed by two red cards, one for Elliot Daly four minutes from the start, another for Enrique Pieretto four minutes from the finish. In between, including all the extra time at the end of the first half, there was an 80-minute melee, which looked, at times, like one of those cartoon bust-ups in which everything is a blur of flying fists and feet. It was a match you would have to watch back even to begin to understand exactly how it all went down.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2016/nov/26/england-argentina-twickenham-eddie-jones