Paul Rees

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Jan 20

Eddie Jones has Georgia in mind to root out weak from England’s pack

England coach plans fearsome training battle in Tbilisi during Six Nations to test forwards against world’s finest scrummagersThe England squad will enjoy the warmth of the Algarve, if enjoy is the right word with Eddie Jones promising three days of tr…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/20/eddie-jones-georgia-england-pack-six-nations

Jan 20

Wales prepare front-five passing game for opening match against Scotland

Coach Robert Howley has decided to put the emphasis on an offloading approach when his side greet the Scots in CardiffRobert Howley will put a close friendship on hold in the first week of the Six Nations as Wales, who finished fifth last season after …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/20/wales-front-five-passing-game-scotland-six-nations-robert-howley

Jan 19

Injured Rhys Priestland pulls out of Wales’ Six Nations squad

• Fly-half ruled out for bulk of Six Nations with hamstring injury• Wales to face Scotland in autumn internationals for the first timeRhys Priestland is likely to miss the majority of Wales’s Six Nations campaign due to a hamstring injury. The fly-half…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/19/wales-blow-injured-rhys-priestland-pulls-out-six-nations-rugby

Jan 11

Eddie Jones, Dylan Hartley and the imperceptible art of captaincy | The Breakdown

The England coach’s choice of captain remains controversial but, as Sam Warburton and Gareth Edwards have proved, great leadership is about much more than what happens on the pitchA captain leads but is not always a leading player. Eddie Jones attracte…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/11/eddie-jones-dylan-hartley-art-captaincy-england

Jan 07

Eddie Jones shows faith in old guard as England regulars toil for their clubs | Paul Rees

The England coach will have the World Cup in mind as he chases a third straight Six Nations title and his selections of Dylan Hartley and James Haskell reflect his belief in leadership and experienceBefore Eddie Jones’s England players returned to thei…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/jan/07/eddie-jones-england-six-nations

Jan 04

Guy Novès sacking symptomatic of French conflict going back 23 years | Paul Rees

France coach tried to restore Les Blues to the way they were before flamboyance was squashed under dumbbells, medicine balls and outside influencesOne of rugby union’s more unusual books goes some way to explaining recent events in France. Guy Novès la…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/04/guy-noves-sacking-france-rugby-the-breakdown

Jan 03

Wales suffer Six Nations blow with George North set to miss opener

• Northampton wing out for a month with knee injury• England warned not to rush Underhill back after concussionWales’s plans for the Six Nations have suffered a setback, with George North a doubt for the start of the tournament. He has not played for W…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/03/wales-six-nations-blow-george-north-injured-rugby-union

Jan 01

Eddie Jones turns to 6ft 3in, 18st Cokanasiga to bolster injury-hit England

• London Irish’s Joe Cokanasiga drafted in after injury to Jack Nowell• Five England players withdraw from two-day Six Nations training campThe London Irish wing Joe Cokanasiga joined England’s training squad in Brighton on Monday with Exeter’s Jack No…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/01/eddie-jones-england-training-camp-five-injuries

Dec 23

Wales to name Warren Gatland’s successor as coach a year in advance

• WRU to make final decision in the summer of 2018• Rennie, Pivac and Boyd on a three-man shortlistWales will announce Warren Gatland’s successor in the summer – more than a year before the new head coach takes up the position.The Welsh Rugby Union has…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/23/wales-successor-warren-gatland

Dec 21

Elliot Daly and Nathan Hughes injury blows for Six Nations campaign

• Injured Wasps pair both ruled out for at least half of the tournament• Daly and Hughes limped off with injuries against La Rochelle on SundayThe England and Lions three-quarter Elliot Daly will miss the Six Nations Championship next year after sustai…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/21/elliot-daly-nathan-hughes-wasps-injury-blows-england-six-nations-campaign-rugby-union

Dec 17

No return date for Bath’s Sam Underhill after concussion in England game

• Bath’s Todd Blackadder says flanker is still showing symptoms• Anthony Watson impresses at full-back with Eddie Jones watchingBath are not setting a return date for their England flanker Sam Underhill, who has not played since sustaining a second con…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/17/sam-underhill-bath-england-no-return-date-concussion

Dec 12

Wales’ Six Nations hopes hit by Taulupe Faletau’s knee injury

• Faletau likely to miss three or four months after knee ligament injury• Joins fellow back-rower Warburton in treatment room for tournamentWales will be without two of their Lions Test back-rowers for the Six Nations after the Bath No 8, Taulupe Falet…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/12/wales-six-nations-taulupe-faletau-injury

Dec 03

Victory over Springboks must not lull Wales into false sense of security | Paul Rees

Liam Williams, George North and Justin Tipuric are among the players who will return for the Six Nations but it is the lack of ball-carrying options that will tax coach Warren Gatland going forwardRelief was quickly followed by reality for Wales. Victo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/03/rugby-union-wales-south-africa-six-nations

Dec 03

Sam Underhill: ‘If Eddie does not text you that is probably a good thing’

The Bath and England flanker talks about Eddie Jones’s unrelenting demands, how law changes have left tacklers exposed and his desire to improve in attackSam Underhill is the epitome of the modern professional rugby player: self-motivated, clean-cut, t…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/03/sam-underhill-eddie-jones-text-england-bath-tackling

Dec 01

Wales must raise bar against South Africa to keep fans in their seats

Restless supporters – rather than rugby – have dominated debate in Wales before the visit of the Springboks that rounds off the autumn international seriesThe main topic of debate in Wales this week has not been Saturday’s meeting between two middle ra…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/01/wales-raise-bar-south-africa-fans-seats

Nov 30

Wales must take opportunities against South Africa, says Warren Gatland

• ‘We are expecting a hard encounter against a side developing some depth’• Lood de Jager: Wales have a lot of experience and some smart playersWales and South Africa end the autumn Test series in Cardiff on Saturday in a match that, because it is…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/30/wales-must-take-opportunities-against-south-africa-warren-gatland