Gerard Meagher

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Danny Cipriani determined to stay focused on keeping England place

• Cipriani believes training trip to Malibu will help• 30-year-old preparing for first season with GloucesterDanny Cipriani is hoping a summer surfing trip to Malibu will help him to retain his place in the England side through to the Rugby World&…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/09/danny-cipriani-england-world-cup-gloucester

James Haskell clears DJ decks for new lease of life with Northampton

The flanker has rejoined England’s fold after missing out for the summer tour of South Africa and used some of his downtime to play a DJ set to 4,000 farmers in BlackpoolJames Haskell was too busy honing his deejaying skills to worry about regaining hi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/08/james-haskell-dj-northampton-england

Jonny May hopes his trip to Texas will keep him up to speed

• England wing is keeping ahead of chasing pack• May inspired by Olympic champion English GardnerWhile Jonny May acknowledges a 100-metre sprint between the world’s fastest wings is a fanciful if fascinating idea, it is a safe bet the England internati…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/07/jonny-may-summer-trip-texas-england-wing

Chris Ashton to play full-back at Sale despite England wanting him as wing

• Ashton found out about call-up through WhatsApp group • ‘I enjoyed my time at full-back at Toulon,’ says AshtonChris Ashton has revealed he is set to play at full-back for Sale following his move back to the Premiership, less than a week after Eddie …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/06/chris-ashton-full-back-sale-england-wing-eddie-jones

Dylan Hartley still striving for fitness as he takes reduced England training

• Hooker switched to conditioning in afternoon session• Hartley has cleared concussion protocolsDylan Hartley faces a race against time to be fit for the start of the season following five months out with concussion after it emerged he did not take a f…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/05/dylan-hartley-england-concussion-fitness

‘Glint in Chris Ashton’s eye’ convinced Eddie Jones about England return

• Wing’s decision to leave Toulon for Sale pays dividends • Dylan Hartley returns, Michael Rhodes included for first timeEddie Jones was convinced Chris Ashton still has an international future by the “glint in his eye” only minutes before he ran Engla…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/02/chris-ashton-eddie-jones-england-training-squad-sale-dylan-hartley

Steve Black: ‘Cipriani is a fountain of energy … the dream never left him’

Ten years after his last start for England Danny Cipriani will pull on the No 10 shirt against South Africa and his mentor believes the 30-year-old will now flourishSteve Black’s pride is palpable. Danny Cipriani has just been handed his first England …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/22/danny-cipriani-fountain-of-energy-dream-england-south-africa

Referees caught in middle of World Rugby’s lack of clarity on laws | Gerard Meagher

France have been on wrong end of decisions against New Zealand, with World Rugby and referees disagreeing over vital interpretationsSteve Hansen was asked this week if he would consider putting the series trophy on the line for the All Blacks’ dead rub…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/21/referees-world-rugby-new-zealand-france-clarity-laws

Johnny Sexton ensures Ireland gain revenge on Australia to level series

• Australia 21-26 Ireland• Sexton kicks 16 points as Ireland taste victory in MelbourneThe green machine is back up and running. Ireland head to Sydney with the series all square after a first away win over Australia for 39 years, founded on their fero…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/16/australia-ireland-international-rugby-match-report

Five things England must address when they face South Africa | Gerard Meagher

Brad Shields has a chance to make his mark in the No 6 jersey, while Maro Itoje could benefit with guidance from Ben YoungsPaul Gustard put on a brave face when addressing the fact that 14 tries have been conceded in the past two matches by claiming th…

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Australia end Ireland’s unbeaten run as David Pocock returns in style

• Wallabies 18-9 Ireland• Six Nations champions lose for the first time in 13 matchesFrom Surfers Paradise to total wipeout. Ireland’s 12-match winning run hit the rocks against a fired-up Australia as David Pocock’s late try sunk the Six Nations champ…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/09/australia-ireland-summer-international-match-report

Eddie Jones relishes writing next chapter in his history with South Africa | Gerard Meagher

From his role in the Springboks’ 2007 World Cup triumph to his abrupt exit from the Stormers the England head coach and the rainbow nation have a colourful relationshipAlun Wyn Jones’s dry wit aside, Eddie Jones is rarely described as avuncular. Uncles…

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England’s Billy Vunipola ready to fell South Africa’s ‘oak trees’

England’s returning No 8 is excited by the physical battle ahead in South Africa – ‘if we are annoying them it means we’re in their faces, otherwise they will just bully us off the park’If there was any doubt as to whether Billy Vunipola’s luck with in…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/01/billy-vunipola-england-south-africa-oak-trees

Springboks rejuvenated before England tour after Rassie Erasmus shake-up

• Confidence high as coach recalls five overseas-based players• ‘We must maintain physicality and bring smartness into game’The Springboks’ 2007 World Cup winning coach, Jake White, wrote a recent column in which his optimism over South Africa’s series…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/01/springboks-rejuvenated-england-tour-rassie-erasmus

Jones’s new attack coach charged with increasing England’s try count

• Scott Wisemantel aims to inject new life into back division • Short-term contract will cover his presence in South AfricaScott Wisemantel, England’s new attack coach, having cast his eye over their Six Nations woes, is in no doubt as to the task that…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/31/england-new-attack-coach-scott-wisemantel

Eddie Jones’s England training methods to come under scrutiny

• Rugby’s powerbrokers concerned over rise in injuries• Jones responded to criticism from Bath’s ownerEddie Jones’s training methods will be at the top of the agenda at the board meeting between the powerbrokers of the English game amid an escalating r…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/31/eddie-jones-england-training-scrutiny