Gerard Meagher

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Feb 20

Paul Gustard: I am sat three feet from Eddie Jones. The tension never goes

• Defence coach feels England have adaptability to win in Scotland• We want to be sure we’re prepared for everything, adds GustardThe message coming out of the England camp in the buildup to one of the most hotly anticipated Calcutta Cup matches in rec…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/20/paul-gustard-england-defence-coach-scotland-prepared-for-everything

Feb 19

Eddie Jones welcomes David Moyes behind enemy lines before Scotland

• West Ham’s David Moyes and Stuart Pearce invited to Q and A• England coach has often spoken of admiration for footballEddie Jones and his England assistants will pick the brains of one of Scotland’s highest-profile football coaches by welcoming David…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/19/eddie-jones-inside-line-england-scotland-six-nations-david-moyes

Feb 18

Soft-spoken Joe Launchbury out to show England’s hard edge in Scotland | Gerard Meagher

Second-row forward expects a stern test at Murrayfield and has converted those who doubted his game had sufficient steelThe problem for Joe Launchbury has always been one of perception. At first Eddie Jones was not convinced – and neither was Warren Ga…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/18/england-soft-spoken-joe-launchbury-scotland-hard-edge-six-nations-rugby

Feb 16

Wasps’ James Haskell ready to take pay cut to extend England career

• Flanker targets ‘pot of gold’ at 2019 World Cup in Japan• 32-year-old says priority is to remain in PremiershipJames Haskell said he will happily take a pay cut to extend his England career as far as the 2019 World Cup, insisting that he considers th…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/16/wasps-james-haskell-pay-cut-england

Feb 14

Joe Marler admits to pain of missing out on England games

• Marler has missed Italy and Wales games through suspension• ‘I really need to knuckle down,’ says Harlequins propFive minutes before full time at Twickenham, it struck Joe Marler like a sledgehammer. Until that point Marler had avoided watching any o…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/14/joe-marler-admits-pain-missing-england-games-six-nations

Feb 11

Eddie Jones calls on Georgia’s help to bolster England scrum

• ‘Strongest scrum pack in world’ to visit for training sessions• Jones hopes injured players will be fit to face ScotlandEngland’s pursuit of a third consecutive Six Nations title shows no signs of relenting this week with Eddie Jones revealing he has…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/11/eddie-jones-georgia-bolster-england-scrum

Feb 08

Eddie Jones attacks Wales’s Alun Wyn Jones for conduct towards referee

• England coach lambasts captain’s behaviour against Scotland• Eddie Jones reveals he has complained to World RugbyEddie Jones has lit the fuse before England’s Six Nations showdown with Wales by lashing out at Alun Wyn Jones, describing his behaviour …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/08/eddie-jones-wales-alun-wyn-jones

Feb 08

Jonathan Joseph replaces Te’o in England team to face Wales

Eddie Jones picks Joseph for Twickenham Six Nations gameTwo changes for Jones as Danny Care starts at scrum-halfJonathan Joseph has been recalled to the England side to face Wales on Saturday with Eddie Jones also handing a start to Danny Care at scrum…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/08/jonathan-joseph-back-in-england-rugby-union-team-to-face-wales-in-six-nations

Feb 07

England train to counter Six Nations threat of Wales’s Scott Williams

• Eddie Jones focusing on Wales tactic of ball stripping• Jones: ‘Every time Williams sees the ball he tries to rip it out’England have been preparing for the Six Nations showdown against Wales on Saturday with a training drill designed to combat the t…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/07/england-counter-six-nations-threat-wales-scott-williams

Feb 02

Ben Te’o ousts Jonathan Joseph to start for England against Italy in Six Nations

Fit-again Te’o lines up in No13 position outside Owen FarrellEddie Jones picks Courtney Lawes in the back-row for Rome tripBen Te’o has been handed only his second start for England after he was named at outside-centre to face Italy on Sunday. Te’o has…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/02/ben-teo-ousts-jonathan-joseph-to-start-for-england-against-italy-in-six-nations

Feb 01

Courtney Lawes hungry for more England domination in Six Nations

• Northampton forward relishing involvement as flanker• ‘I prefer playing at six because you get to make more tackles’When Eddie Jones talks about wanting England to be hungry as they hunt a third Six Nations title in a row, he is speaking literally wh…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/01/courtney-lawes-hungry-england-domination-six-nations

Jan 31

England’s Danny Care set for scrum-half start against Italy

• Care played against Samoa in England’s win in November• ‘Eddie Jones just says keep doing what you’re doing’Danny Care believes he can do no more to convince Eddie Jones that he deserves to be England’s starting scrum-half for the Six Nations and the…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/31/england-danny-care-scrum-half-role-italy

Jan 31

Youthful Ireland can challenge for Six Nations title but must beware France

Joe Schmidt dismisses claims his side are title favourites but they have more depth than their rivals – if they can banish their tendency to start slowly and their poor record in ParisJoe Schmidt does not care much for mind games. Asked if there was a …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/31/ireland-six-nations-france-joe-schmidt

Jan 29

Lack of 2017 credit for Italy’s good rugby against England irks Conor O’Shea

• Coach frustrated that Italy’s ‘no ruck’ tactics overshadowed display• ‘I thought the clarification to the law was done too hastily’Conor O’Shea has claimed Italy did not get the credit they deserved for giving England an almighty scare at Twickenham …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/29/lack-2017-credit-italy-good-rugby-against-england-irks-conor-o-shea-six-nations

Jan 28

Rome return evokes warm family memories for England’s Maro Itoje | Gerard Meagher

Saracens forward made his England debut in the Six Nations meeting in Italy in 2016, watched by his father EfeThe Six Nations is now a family affair for Maro Itoje but, as he prepares to return to the scene of his England debut to face Italy on Sunday,…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/28/rome-return-family-memories-maro-itoje-england-six-nations

Jan 26

Ben Te’o gives England Six Nations boost after funding own rehab regime

• Centre set to face Italy after paying ‘thousands’ for six-week camp • Denny Solomona may start on right wing as injury toll mountsThe return of Ben Te’o is a rare shining light in England’s injury gloom and the Worcester centre has revealed he dug in…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/26/england-six-nations-ben-teo-in-line-to-face-italy-rehab