Gerard Meagher

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Schalk Brits has no regrets about ending nine-year Saracens career

The ‘Peter Pan’ of north London rugby is planning to celebrate whatever the result of Saturday’s Premiership final against Exeter at TwickenhamSchalk Brits will be celebrating win, lose or draw after Saturday’s Premiership final. The South African hook…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/25/rugby-union-premiership-final-saracens-exeter-schalk-brits

Eddie Jones set to name English replacement for coach Paul Gustard

England will have like-for-like replacement, says JonesElliot Daly named ahead of Danny Cipriani at full-backEddie Jones has revealed that the list of candidates to be his new defence coach is exclusively English as he closes in on Paul Gustard’s succe…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/25/elliot-daly-danny-cipriani-england-barbarians

Chris Ashton back at Twickenham with point to prove to Eddie Jones

• Toulon back set to take on England as a Barbarian on Sunday• ‘I’d love to play for England one day. I’ve not shut it off’There is something irresistible about the possibility of Chris Ashton and Danny Cipriani lining up as opposing full-backs when En…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/23/chris-ashton-twickenham-point-prove-eddie-jones

Mark McCall tells Alex Sanderson to resist England and stay at Saracens

• Sanderson has been linked with replacing Paul Gustard• McCall says he should be Saracens’ next director of rugbyAlex Sanderson has been urged to stay at Saracens and reject any approach to be England’s next defence coach but his current director of r…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/22/saracens-england-mark-mccall-alex-sanderson-defence-coach

Danny Cipriani could make his England comeback in full-back role

• Cipriani set for first game under Eddie Jones against Barbarians• Nathan Hughes returns to stake claim for South Africa tour spotDanny Cipriani could make his first England appearance under Eddie Jones in the No 15 jersey after he was named amon…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/21/danny-cipriani-england-comeback-full-back

Paul Gustard’s move to Harlequins may hurt England’s World Cup preparations

• Gustard to coach Harlequins after England’s South Africa tour• Injury to Wasps’ Jack Willis adds to Jones’s back-row problemsEngland’s World Cup preparations have been thrown into turmoil with their defence coach, Paul Gustard, leaving Eddie Jones’s …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/20/paul-gustard-harlequins-england-world-cup-eddie-jones

England’s Kyle Sinckler: ‘I don’t want to lose the fire in my belly’

Prop heads for South Africa knowing a troubled reputation follows him but insists he must keep ‘that extra juice I need to play at the top level’Whenever Eddie Jones is asked about England’s strength in depth he has only to count to three before expres…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/20/england-kyle-sinckler-south-africa-tour-fire-in-my-belly-rugby-union

Newcastle’s Dean Richards: I’ve absolutely no interest in any England job

• RFU already preparing to replace Eddie Jones in 2019 or 2021• ‘I laughed … I just don’t fancy it,’ Falcons director of rugby saysDean Richards has stated he has “absolutely no interest” in being England’s head coach, suggesting he would not last a we…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/18/newcastle-dean-richards-no-interest-england-job-rfu

Owen Farrell can captain England with rule of fear, says Eddie Jones

• Farrell can be like Australia’s George Gregan, says Jones• Coach not sure if Dylan Hartley will return as captainEddie Jones expects Owen Farrell to rule through fear as captain in South Africa next month but believes the playmaker cannot repair the …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/17/owen-farrell-captain-england-rule-of-fear-eddie-jones

Eddie Jones tells Danny Cipriani: step out of line and you are going home

Fly-half in England party after 10 years without a startNew Zealand hit out over Brad Shields selectionEddie Jones has warned Danny Cipriani he will be sent home from South Africa if he steps out of line after the fly-half received a first senior Engla…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/10/danny-cipriani-back-in-for-england-amid-brad-shields-call-up-controversy

Danny Cipriani in England frame for South Africa with Jones set to roll dice

• Jones considers 20 players ‘unavailable’ through injury or fatigue• Cipriani and Hurricanes’ Brad Shields may be called upEddie Jones will on Thursday roll the dice and name an England squad missing 20 frontline players – including a number of Britis…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/09/eddie-jones-england-tour-squad-south-africa

Andy Farrell signs extended Ireland deal to dampen England’s hopes

• Defence coach agrees extended contract to summer of 2020 • England hoping to have next coach lined up after World CupAndy Farrell’s chances of replacing Eddie Jones as England’s next head coach look slim after he signed a contract extension with Irel…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/09/andy-farrell-ireland-extended-deal-england

Brad Shields asks for New Zealand release in order to play for England

• Hurricanes flanker could join Eddie Jones’s squad in South Africa• New Zealand-born Shields qualifies for England through parentsBrad Shields has made an official request to be released by New Zealand Rugby for England’s tour of South Africa in an at…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/20/rugby-union-new-zealand-england-south-africa-brad-shields

England and New Zealand dispute over Brad Shields may end up in court

• New Zealand have threatened to block England picking Shields• Jonathan Joseph ruled out for six months and will miss tourEngland and New Zealand will be on a collision course that may end in the courtroom should Eddie Jones seek to select Brad Shield…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/19/england-new-zealand-rugby-union-dispute-brad-shields-may-end-in-court

Eddie Jones allowed to pick Brad Shields for England’s South Africa tour

• New Zealand-born flanker Shields joins Wasps next season• Shields could play for Hurricanes after three-Test seriesEddie Jones will have the green light to select Brad Shields for England’s summer tour of South Africa despite the fact the New Zealand…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/18/eddie-jones-allowed-pick-brad-shields-england-south-africa-tour

Eddie Jones allowed to pick Brad Shields for England’s South Africa tour

• New Zealand-born flanker Shields joins Wasps next season• Shields could play for Hurricanes after three-Test seriesEddie Jones will have the green light to select Brad Shields for England’s summer tour of South Africa despite the fact the New Zealand…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/18/eddie-jones-allowed-pick-brad-shields-england-south-africa-tour