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England’s Mike Brown says abusive fan had no right to accuse him of not trying

• ‘I was very happy with my reaction; I’m not a robot’• ‘Don’t ever say I’m not trying. It’s rude and way off the mark’England’s Mike Brown has hit back at the fan who abused him and Joe Marler following the second Test defeat in Bloemfontein and says …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/19/england-mike-brown-abusive-fan-not-trying

England coach Eddie Jones and his methods still in favour with RFU

• Saturday’s defeat by Springboks makes it five in a row •Jones extended his £750k-a-year contract in January until 2021The Rugby Football Union has insisted it still has faith in Eddie Jones and has no plans to review his contract despite England’s sh…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/17/england-coach-eddie-jones-and-his-methods-still-in-favour-with-rfu

Brad Shields talks ‘chip butties’ after winning starting spot for England

• New Zealander takes place of Robshaw for SA Test• Shields: ‘My grandparents were very English’Only a few months ago an England team-sheet containing Brad Shields and Danny Cipriani and lacking Chris Robshaw would have been about as likely as Eddie Jo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/14/england-hand-brad-shields-start-second-test-south-africa-chris-robshaw-dropped-rugby-union

Joe Launchbury set to return as England fight to keep South Africa series alive

• Lock has recovered from injury that ruled him out of first Test• Brad Shields may replace Chris Robshaw in reshuffled packEngland’s efforts to mount a series comeback against South Africa have been boosted by the return of a fit-again Joe Launchbury….

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/13/joe-launchbury-returns-england-fight-keep-series-alive

Schalk Brits gives up the biltong and beer for Springbok recall | Robert Kitson

Retired hooker was a spectator for the first Test against England and had to persuade friends his selection was not a jokeSchalk Brits does not look 37 years old but he is giving hope to middle‑aged cocktail‑drinking holidaymakers everywhere. As recent…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/12/schalk-brits-biltong-beer-springbok-recall-england

Penalties are killing England, says Jonny May before second South Africa Test

• England wing vows players will clean up their act after meeting• ‘You might think it’s a silly penalty but it can change the game’England’s players have held a meeting to discuss their on-field discipline and vowed to clean up their act in the second…

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Nick Isiekwe close to first Test start for England against South Africa

• Eddie Jones could pick seven Saracens players in first Test• Kyle Sinckler in contention for front row against South AfricaWith the Indian Ocean sparkling in the sunshine outside their hotel, England’s first few days in South Africa have not been awa…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/06/nick-isiekwe-first-test-start-england-south-africa