Robert Kitson

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Nov 29

Exeter’s Jack Nowell set for return after recovery from fractures

• England wing likely to play against Bath on Saturday• Scotland flanker suspended for three months over ‘gross misconduct’England’s Jack Nowell is set to return to Premiership action on Saturday for the first time in eight weeks as the leaders, Exeter…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/29/exeter-jack-nowell-injury-bath-rugby-union

Nov 28

The one cloud on England’s horizon – is there life beyond Eddie Jones? | Robert Kitson

Finding a successor to the World Rugby Coach of the Year in 2019 is already concentrating minds at Twickenham and the search may lead to the PremiershipThe choice of Eddie Jones as World Rugby Coach of the Year was hardly the most startling news ever t…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/28/eddie-jones-england-coach-successor

Nov 27

Autumn Tests prove sharpest cutting edge will lift Six Nations crown | Robert Kitson

All Blacks’ style of skill and pace, a trend enthusiastically embraced by Scotland in autumn internationals, points way forward for England, Ireland and Walesthose who assume this has been just another routine autumn of Test rugby have not been paying …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/27/autumn-tests-internationals-six-nations-new-zealand-scotland-england-ireland-wales-rugby

Nov 24

Damian McKenzie the latest in a long line of All Black all-rounders

Diminutive full-back with blistering pace and wonderful awareness has come a long way in a short time for New ZealandOn the 1,000-acre dairy farm near Waikaka in the remote part of Southland where Damian McKenzie grew up there was plenty of time to dre…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/24/damian-mckenzie-all-black-all-rounder-wales-autumn-internationals

Nov 20

Eddie Jones turns to Maro Itoje and Chris Robshaw for England openside

• England coach out of options for No7 shirt after Sam Underhill concussion• Itoje or Robshaw will be given role against Samoa at Twickenham on SaturdayEngland are considering entrusting their No7 jersey to either Maro Itoje or Chris Robshaw on Saturda…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/20/eddie-jones-itoje-robshaw-samoa-openside-flanker

Nov 18

Chris Robshaw: ‘There is always extra spice when England play Australia’

The England flanker believes victory over the Wallabies on Saturday can restore Twickenham to a world rugby fortress after the painful 2015 World Cup exitEngland’s official position as the world’s second-best team hangs in the balance at Twickenham on …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/18/chris-robshaw-england-australia-autumn-international

Nov 17

Eddie Jones ready to throw his England pen if it makes great TV against Australia

The head coach was heavy on sarcasm as he aims to make England’s Vauxhall Viva stop stalling and leave Australia cursing at Twickenham on SaturdayWhen Eddie Jones was trying to motivate his Australia teams before playing England he instinctively knew w…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/17/eddie-jones-england-pen-sarcasm-australia-cursing

Nov 16

England get up to speed by unleashing May, Watson and Daly on Wallabies

Eddie Jones excited by the prospect of using his blistering back three against Australia at Twickenham as Owen Farrell returns to the sideEveryone agrees top-level rugby is getting quicker and England are now maintaining the trend. Rarely have they eve…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/16/england-eddie-jones-australia-twickenham-jonny-may-anthony-watson-elliot-daly

Nov 15

Courtney Lawes backs Owen Farrell to lead England charge against Australia

• ‘He’s a brilliant leader and exceptional player,’ says fellow Lions tourist• Saracens and England fly-half to return after missing Argentina winOwen Farrell is being tipped to drive a sharply improved England performance as Eddie Jones prepares to re…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/15/owen-farrell-england-australia-autumn-internationals

Nov 15

Bravo, France, but at what cost to rugby’s transparency and integrity? | Robert Kitson

France will put on a good show but the vote to award it rather than South Africa a second World Cup has all the hallmarks of naked self-interestIt is worth keeping in mind on these occasions that rugby union usually strikes gold with its World Cup host…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/15/bravo-france-2023-rugby-world-cup-vote-transparency

Nov 14

Odd couple Jonny May and George Ford can gel for England against Australia

He may not have been the perfect housemate but George Ford would happily accommodate his Leicester team-mate in the England side on SaturdayEngland’s odd couple will be reunited this week if, as expected, the fit-again Jonny May is involved against Aus…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/14/jonny-may-george-ford-england-australia

Nov 12

England may hope Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje can calm Eddie Jones’ fury | Robert Kitson

Australia can be stopped at Twickenham only if a reshuffle by the hosts brings dynamism to a team so ponderous against ArgentinaTo say the weekend’s other games in Cardiff, Dublin and Paris put England’s opening autumn effort into sharp perspective is …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/12/ngland-owen-farrell-maro-itoje-eddie-jones-australia-autumn-international-rugby-union

Nov 10

Rejigged England need fast start against Argentina to keep Eddie Jones happy

The England coach wants his players to ‘own their performance’ in the absence of so many leading players and with World Cup calculations coming into playEngland will wear dark grey for their opening autumn Test against Argentina but a dull, monochrome …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/10/england-argentina-eddie-jones

Nov 10

Ben Youngs: ‘When we found out the dreadful news, rugby wasn’t important’

England scrum-half has no regrets about missing the Lions tour to support his family and sister-in-law, and is ready for the two-year journey to the World CupAs the national anthems play at Twickenham on Saturday Ben Youngs will gaze up into the stands…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/10/ben-youngs-england-eddie-jones-2019-world-cup-argentina

Nov 09

Henry Slade given opportunity to challenge for England No12 shirt

Exeter centre will start against Argentina on Saturday having shown Eddie Jones that he has learned to do the small things wellAs Eddie Jones explained his England midfield selection for the Argentina Test there were echoes of the Exeter director of ru…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/09/henry-slade-opportunity-england-argentina-autumn-internationals

Nov 09

Farrell and Itoje ‘furious’ at sitting out England’s date with Argentina

• Eddie Jones makes the changes based on ‘gut feeling’• Elliot Daly and fellow Lions regular Anthony Watson start on wingsEddie Jones has revealed Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje were furious to learn they would sit out England’s autumn international again…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/09/henry-slade-replaces-farrell-england-autumn-rugby-union-series-opener-argentina