Gerard Meagher

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Eddie Jones splits captaincy between Dylan Hartley and Owen Farrell

• England role shared during the autumn internationals• ‘I’ll be sacked if we don’t win at least one game,’ Jones saysEddie Jones has claimed the England captaincy has become too big for one man after taking the surprise decision to split the role betw…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/18/england-eddie-jones-dylan-hartley-owen-farrell-autumn-internationals

Dai Young calls for overhaul after ‘ridiculous’ ban for Nathan Hughes

• The Wasps forward has been banned for six weeks• Hughes will miss three of England’s internationalsThe Wasps director of rugby, Dai Young, has described Nathan Hughes’s six-week ban – which rules him out of three of England’s four autumn internationa…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/18/england-wasps-dai-young-nathan-hughes-ban-rfu

Cipriani misses out but Morgan earns call-up for England’s autumn Tests

No place for in-form Gloucester fly-half in Eddie Jones’s squadNo 8 Ben Morgan picked for first time since 2016 as injuries biteDanny Cipriani has been omitted from England’s squad for next month’s autumn internationals but Eddie Jones has handed a rec…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/18/danny-cipriani-ben-morgan-england-autumn-tests-rugby-union

England’s Nathan Hughes suspended for six weeks after ‘what a joke’ tweet

Wasps No 8 will miss three of England’s four internationalsHughes punished for punching an opponent and ill-timed tweet Nathan Hughes has been suspended for six weeks and is unavailable for three of England’s four autumn internationals next month after…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/18/nathan-hughes-suspended-for-six-weeks-after-what-a-joke-tweet

Beefed-up Zach Mercer out to show England he is more than fast feet

The Bath No 8 has added bulk to go with his quick feet and could get a chance with England amid back-row crisisBy his own admission, Zach Mercer is “the last one hanging on”. It is less of a case of the next cab off the rank, more of the last, but one …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/17/zach-mercer-bigger-stronger-england-eddie-jones

England blow as Mako Vunipola joins Eddie Jones’s injury list

•Calf tear rules Saracens prop out of Autumn internationals•Eddie Jones has now lost 15 key players for November TestsEngland’s injury crisis for next month’s autumn internationals has deepened after Mako Vunipola was ruled out for up to six weeks. Wit…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/17/england-injury-blow-mako-vunipola-ruled-out-autumn-internationals-eddie-jones

Taulupe Faletau a major doubt for Wales internationals after breaking arm

• Bath No 8 will require surgery and a plate inserted• Faletau played on after suffering injury on FridayTaulupe Faletau is a serious doubt for Wales’s autumn internationals after the Bath director of rugby, Todd Blackadder, confirmed the No 8 has suff…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/09/taulupe-faletau-broken-arm-wales-internationals-bath

Nathan Hughes could miss England’s autumn campaign after citing for punch

• Wasps No 8 cited for punching Gloucester’s Lewis Ludlow• Dan Robson and Joe Launchbury are also fitness doubtsNathan Hughes is facing the prospect of being suspended for all of England’s autumn internationals campaign after he was cited for punching …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/08/nathan-hughes-england-autumn-campaign-citing-punch

Worcester’s Nick Schonert: ‘You can’t be a one‑trick pony. England want the complete package’

Injury forced the Worcester prop out of the last England training squad but he is determined to stay in Eddie Jones’s plansIt was a footnote to Manu Tuilagi’s latest injury but Nick Schonert’s withdrawal from England’s training squad last month was a b…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/06/nick-schonert-worcester-prop-determined-eddie-jones-england

Saracens front an American gold rush still seeking the nugget of success | Gerard Meagher

Saturday’s night match against Harlequins at the Stoop is the first free-to-air Premiership game on NBC as efforts continue to crack the US marketThe American gold rush is showing no signs of slowing down. Last week the Champions Cup organisers were th…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/05/saracens-american-gold-rush-harlequins-nbc-us

Joe Marler to face no punishment over England suspension comments

• Harlequins prop says comments have been misinterpreted• Marler was contacted by the RFU for clarificationJoe Marler will not face any disciplinary action from the Rugby Football Union over comments outlining how he used to try to get himself suspende…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/02/joe-marler-suspended-avoid-england-duty-rugby-union

Alex Goode refuses to give up on England World Cup dream

• Saracens full-back produced fine display in win over Bath• Statistics show he he is quicker than ever at 30Alex Goode has revealed he has not heard from Eddie Jones for nearly two years but the Saracens full-back has not given up hope of forcing his …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/30/alex-goode-saracens-england-eddie-jones

Ryder Cup: Water, water everywhere – a hacker’s guide to Le Golf National | Gerard Meagher

To the unseasoned and forgetful grubber water hazards are everywhere at the course known as L’Albatros, and even a decent drive can end up in no man’s landTo begin with, a disclaimer: I’m awful at remembering golf courses. It has become an annual tradi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/27/ryder-cup-hackers-guide-le-golf-national

England’s Joe Marler retires from international rugby

• Decision by Harlequins player is bombshell for Eddie Jones• Marler won last of his 59 caps on summer tour of South AfricaJoe Marler has dropped a bombshell by retiring from England duty less than 12 months before the World Cup. The Harlequins prop ha…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/26/joe-marler-england-retires-internationa-rugby

RFU ‘perplexed’ at Agustín Pichot’s attempts to reform rugby calendar

• Pichot wants annual 12-team international tournament• RFU frustrated by ‘ideas we have not been party to’The Rugby Football Union is “perplexed” at moves from World Rugby’s vice-chairman, Agustín Pichot, to drastically reform the international calend…

Permanent link to this article: http://sportgnome.com/blog/2018/09/25/rfu-perplexed-at-agustin-pichots-attempts-to-reform-rugby-calendar/

‘White noise’: RFU banks on new England shirt providing spark

• £95 shirt inspired by ‘sound of England supporters’• Kit is 12th released by RFU in last four yearsIt’s an expression more usually associated with sending people to sleep. But the Rugby Football Union will be hoping that the “white noise” which has i…

Permanent link to this article: http://sportgnome.com/blog/2018/09/24/white-noise-rfu-banks-on-new-england-shirt-providing-spark/