Gerard Meagher

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Dec 08

Rejuvenated Owen Farrell hungry to halt Saracens slump against Clermont

England fly-half says he feel stronger and quicker after spell on the sidelines and Champions Cup tie against Clermont is club’s chance to turn their season aroundSaracens may be reeling from the untimely loss of Maro Itoje to a broken jaw but in Owen …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/08/owen-farrell-saracens-clermont-champions-cup-england

Dec 08

Sam Warburton to miss Wales’s Six Nations campaign after knee surgery

• Lions captain has ‘proactive’ procedure and will be sidelined for rest of season• Semesa Rokoduguni a doubt for England as Bath confirm shoulder operationSam Warburton has been ruled out of Wales’s Six Nations campaign after having knee surgery that …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/08/sam-warburton-to-miss-six-nations-after-knee-surgery

Dec 06

England’s Ellis Genge to miss start of Six Nations after shoulder surgery

• Leicester prop damaged shoulder against Wasps• Genge blow deprives Eddie Jones of another England playerEllis Genge is set to miss the start of England’s Six Nations campaign after Leicester confirmed the loosehead prop requires shoulder surgery and …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/06/england-ellis-genge-miss-start-six-nations-shoulder-surgery

Dec 05

RFU considers scrapping promotion and relegation for Premiership

• Changes on the way as game grapples with global calendar• Chief executive Steve Brown says RFU ‘looking at all options’The Rugby Football Union is open to the possibility of getting rid of promotion and relegation to and from the Premiership, accordi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/05/rfu-premiership-promotion-relegation-reforms

Dec 05

Maro Itoje a doubt for start of Six Nations after suffering broken jaw

• Saracens forward will see specialist after injury during defeat to Harlequins• Itoje could miss up to 10 weeks, including England’s opener against ItalyMaro Itoje is a doubt for the start of England’s Six Nations campaign after Saracens confirmed he …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/05/maro-itoje-saracens-broken-jaw-england

Nov 26

Elliot Daly at the top of the class in England’s half-term report

• Wing has been side’s brightest star in autumn internationals• Eddie Jones now two years into four-year World Cup projectA ninth victory of the year, seven more tries and one or two World Cup prospects now burnished in the heat of international battle…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/26/elliot-daly-top-class-england-half-term-report-autumn-internationals-rugby-union

Nov 24

England short of ball-carriers but not excitement against Samoa

Maro Itoje, Ellis Genge and Sam Simmonds to quicken the pulse in England forward line led by co-captain Chris Robshaw, who Eddie Jones says ‘understands his own game beautifully’Dylan Hartley had to be reminded this week that the last time he appeared …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/24/england-samoa-excitement-chris-robshaw-eddie-jones

Nov 23

Easing eligibility rules would boost Samoa, says Tim Nanai-Williams

• Samoan urges following league’s example over dual-nationality players• League players not picked by tier-one nations can turn out for tier-two teamsTim Nanai-Williams believes Samoa could compete on an equal footing if rugby union’s authorities follo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/23/easing-eligibility-would-give-samoa-boost-tim-nanai-williams

Nov 23

Jamie George to make first England start but Dylan Hartley on bench against Samoa

• Hartley had captained England for all 22 Tests since Eddie Jones took over• George Ford and Chris Robshaw named co-captainsJamie George will make his first England start in Saturday’s match against Samoa, with Eddie Jones omitting Dylan Hartley from …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/23/jamie-george-first-england-start-dylan-hartley-on-bench-samoa-rugby-union

Nov 17

Australia’s hardened edge energises Michael Hooper for England test

The Wallabies captain says the tough work is paying off and Michael Cheika’s men are gelling into a team that can win in different waysAs England talk of physical domination prior to their hardest assignment of the autumn, Australia speak of their hard…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/17/australia-michael-hooper-england-test-cheika

Nov 17

Eddie Jones accuses Australia’s Michael Cheika of showing a lack of respect

• England head coach hits back at bullying claims ahead of Twickenham clash• ‘Obviously Australia like the media more than the referee’ says JonesEddie Jones has accused Australia’s head coach Michael Cheika of showing a lack of respect by trying to in…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/17/eddie-jones-accuses-australia-michael-cheika-of-showing-a-lack-of-respect-england-rugby-union

Nov 16

Eddie Jones urges England to ‘physically dominate’ Australia

• ‘We’re playing against the best team in the world,’ says England coach• Owen Farrell recalled and Maro Itoje to be unleashed from the benchEddie Jones has urged England to “physically dominate” Australia on Saturday, insisting his side will do so leg…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/16/owen-farrell-recalled-inside-centre-england-autumn-rugby-union-international-australia

Nov 10

Sam Underhill told to be a defensive leader on second England cap

• ‘What I expect from Sam is a dominant performance,’ says defence coach• Underhill gets chance to build on fine club form and promising England debutSam Underhill has been challenged to produce a “dominant performance” for England against Argentina on…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/10/sam-underhill-england-paul-gustard

Nov 08

England players will consider donating fees to Samoa, says Anthony Watson

• Pacific island’s union declared bankrupt by chairman and RFU to give £75,000• ‘Samoan rugby players are the most naturally gifted on the planet’Anthony Watson has revealed the England squad will consider donating some of their £22,000 match fees to t…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/08/england-players-will-consider-donating-fees-to-samoa-anthony-watson

Nov 07

Eddie Jones makes U-turn and set to unleash his Lions for England

• Jones names all 10 Lions in squad to face Argentina on Saturday• Elliot Daly is surprise inclusion 10 days after damaging knee ligamentsEddie Jones is set to unleash England’s British & Irish Lions at the start of their autumn internationals camp…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/07/eddie-jones-u-turn-lions-england-argentina-autumn-internationals-elliot-daly

Nov 03

Robbie Deans strives to keep Barbarians valuable amid rugby’s clutter

The BaaBaas have several New Zealanders in their side against the All Blacks but their coach insists they can still offer vital experience for budding internationalsIt can be all too easy to laud New Zealand for their black magic, to marvel at their so…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/03/barbarians-all-blacks-robbie-deans-rugby