Ian Malin

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Name: Ian Malin
Date registered: November 23, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/england-rugby-union-team

Latest posts

  1. Joost van der Westhuizen obituary — February 6, 2017
  2. England 58-15 Fiji: How they rated at Twickenham — November 19, 2016
  3. Anthony Foley obituary — October 17, 2016
  4. Paul Gustard believes England can learn new skills from other code — October 3, 2016

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Feb 06

Joost van der Westhuizen obituary

One of rugby’s greatest scrum-halves who played a vital role in the historic 1995 World Cup final against the All Blacks

The 1995 World Cup final was the most momentous game in the history of rugby union, the match that helped unite Nelson Mandela’s new South Africa. At the heart of the Springboks’ 15-12 victory over the side many consider to be the greatest ever New Zealand team was the scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen. Van der Westhuizen is perhaps second only to Wales’s Gareth Edwards in the pantheon of leading scrum-halves.

Van der Westhuizen, who has died of motor neurone disease aged 45, gave the pass that June day in Johannesburg for Joel Stransky to kick his winning drop-goal in extra time. But it was his tackle on the fearsome Jonah Lomu, who was in full flight, that sticks in the memory and at the game’s final scrum close to the All Blacks’ try-line it was Van der Westhuizen who was helping push the New Zealand pack backwards as the seconds ticked away.

Related: Joost van der Westhuizen will be remembered for inspirational spirit and dignity | Robert Kitson

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/06/joost-van-der-westhuizen-obituary

Nov 19

England 58-15 Fiji: How they rated at Twickenham

George Ford showed a wonderful range of passing in the second half and as a result earned a mark of 8 out of 10, the highest of any England player

Alex Goode, full-back, 6/10 This was his chance to lay down a marker for the No15 shirt but had few chances to show his counter-attacking skills. Took first international try well.

Semesa Rokoduguni, wing, 7/10 Up against the enormous Nemani Nadolo but his quick feet and own power steadied the nerves of the Premiership’s form wing. Could not stop the giant’s try but made up for it with a second score. .

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/19/how-they-rated-england-fiji-players

Oct 17

Anthony Foley obituary

Ireland rugby international with 62 caps to his name who was a central figure at Munster as a player and head coach

The first game of the Five Nations rugby championship in 1995 was not a happy one for Ireland. Will Carling’s England team swaggered into Dublin and in wretched conditions – the tournament still began in January in those days – their gargantuan pack of forwards helped them to a first win in what was to become a grand slam campaign. There was some consolation for the bedraggled Irish supporters, though. In the dying seconds, Anthony Foley, a 21-year-old flanker from the Shannon club, and one of three debutants in their side, marked his first game with a try from a tapped penalty. A great international career had begun.

Foley, who would go on to win 62 caps in the following decade, became a central figure for Ireland and Munster, whom he would lead to a Heineken Cup victory over Biarritz in 2006. His 202 appearances for Munster are a record. At the time of his sudden death, at the age of 42, he was head coach of Munster and had been preparing his side for their opening game in the European Champions Cup against Racing 92 in Paris. As a mark of respect the game on Sunday afternoon was postponed.

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Oct 03

Paul Gustard believes England can learn new skills from other code

• England defence coach: ‘Other sports can teach us a lot’
• ‘We have turned to judo and rugby league to learn other skills’

England’s last experiment with rugby league may have blown up in their faces when Sam Burgess returned to the 13-man game after the disastrous World Cup last year but one of Eddie Jones’s lieutenants is convinced that union can learn a lot from the other code.

Jones’s England training squad are preparing in Brighton for two days before their four-match Test programme this autumn. But a year on from the Australian masterminding the biggest shock in World Cup history when his Japan team beat the Springboks a couple of miles away at the Amex Stadium, England’s coaches are not on the south coast to enjoy this week’s sunny weather.

Related: Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Premiership action

Related: Gloucester director David Humphreys condemns collapse against Bath

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/oct/03/paul-gustard-england-rugby-union-squad-defence-coach