Robert Kitson

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Feb 21

England plan to target Scotland’s Finn Russell, says Courtney Lawes

• ‘He’s a quality player and we don’t want him to have a sniff at all’• English also looking to minimise Greig Laidlaw’s kicking chancesEngland’s forwards will head north on Thursday vowing to give Finn Russell another torrid day at the office in the C…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/21/courtney-lawes-says-england-plan-target-finn-russell-scotland-six-nations

Feb 20

Owen Farrell’s leg problem is unlikely to stop him facing Scotland

• England talisman has sat out physical training sessions • Nathan Hughes and Joe Marler expected to returnEngland are confident Owen Farrell will be fit to face Scotland on Saturday despite the leg problem which has restricted his ability to train ful…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/20/owen-farrell-leg-injury-will-not-stop-him-facing-scots

Feb 19

Follow the French and let’s have Six Nations in Newcastle and Manchester | Robert Kitson

England should venture outside their London moneypit and take a big game to rugby lovers otherwise disenfranchised by geography and, in some cases, historyIt is October 2007 and the clear Mediterranean sky is turning from sapphire blue to purest velvet…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/feb/19/england-six-nations-newcastle-manchester

Feb 12

Nathan Hughes is fit to replace injured Sam Simmonds for England

• Joe Marler and James Haskell also back after suspension• Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw ruled out for rest of Six NationsEngland have lost one No 8 but gained another before the Calcutta Cup match against Scotland in Edinburgh next week. Exeter’s Sam …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/12/nathan-hughes-replace-injured-sam-simmonds-england

Feb 12

Happy retirement to Ian Robertson, last of the BBC’s cherished sporting voices

Corporation’s rugby correspondent will call it a day at the end of the 2018 autumn internationals and after 46 years on the firmIt is not easy putting words to televised sporting pictures, let alone painting the whole verbal picture for radio listeners…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/feb/12/ian-robertson-retirement-last-cherished-bbc-sporting-voice

Feb 09

‘We don’t use history, we don’t look at trends’: inside the mind of Dylan Hartley

• Captain’s more mature approach in preparing for internationals• ‘History is history. We can only affect what happens on Saturday’Many people believe Dylan Hartley is fortunate still to be captain of England. Maybe he is in some respects but every foo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/09/dylan-hartley-england-captain-six-nations-history

Feb 09

Wales eager to make England’s ‘Jones the Gob’ rue his trash talk | Robert Kitson

A quietly upbeat Wales travel to Twickenham stinging words of England coach Eddie Jones to give them added incentiveFor hundreds of thousands of noisy neighbours on either side of the Severn Bridge this remains the most eagerly anticipated weekend of t…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/09/wales-england-jones-the-gob-trash-talk

Feb 07

Maro Itoje puts friendship on ice in heat of battle with Alun Wyn Jones

The England youngster’s duel with his Lions second-row partner could hold the key to victory in the Six Nations match against Wales at TwickenhamLast summer’s Lions tour to New Zealand is history but the unlikely friendships it forged endure. The partn…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/07/maro-itoje-alun-wyn-jones-england-wales-lions

Feb 07

A great Six Nations weekend – but where were the Saxons and Wolfhounds? | Robert Kitson

The A teams used to provide supporting roles to the main event but also offered valuable international experience to fringe players looking to make the step upAll the best Six Nations championships start with a bang and, encouragingly, this one has bee…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/feb/07/six-nations-saxons-wolfhounds-rugby-union

Feb 06

Richard Wigglesworth shows benefit of age with focus on England future

The 34-year-old scrum-half has shrugged off pain of rejection after last World Cup and has hopes of playing in Japan next year after recallThe last time Richard Wigglesworth won a cap for England it coincided with “one of the worst weeks of my life”. S…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/06/richard-wigglesworth-england-wales-six-nations

Feb 02

Eddie Jones tells England to be ruthless against Italy or face the axe

• Ben Te’o back after impressing in no-holds-barred training session• Jones wants England to raise their intensity for Rome openerBack when Eddie Jones rose early to watch Six Nations games in his native Australia one thing always caught his eye. The m…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/02/eddie-jones-england-italy-brutal-ben-teo

Feb 02

England’s bid for Six Nations hat-trick serves as motivation to rivals | Robert Kitson

Eddie Jones has attempted to ease the pressure on his side by downplaying history but the collective desire to stop them winning an unprecedented third successive outright title is intenseSo here is a question: does history have any bearing on the outc…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/02/england-six-nations-hat-trick-motivation-rivals

Jan 30

Chris Robshaw and Mike Brown recover to give England a lift for Six Nations

• Jack Nowell also declared available to face Italy on Sunday• Eddie Jones upbeat after ‘best training week we’ve had as a team’Physically and mentally England are suddenly in a better place than they were a few days ago. Eddie Jones, 58 on Tuesday, ha…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/30/chris-robshaw-mike-brown-england-six-nations-italy

Jan 30

Six Nations 2018: six tournament newcomers to watch out for | Robert Kitson

France have a back-row who makes even Maro Itoje appear sluggish, while another brilliant Leinster product can shineSekou Macalou (France): Pretty much everyone has given up on French rugby. Even when they are not sacking their national coach or having…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/jan/30/six-nations-outstanding--new-caps

Jan 29

George Ford: ‘I have learned that doing less is more sometimes’ | Robert Kitson

England fly-half George Ford says he has mellowed but admits to having an obsessive perfectionist side that needs to be harnessedIf George Ford could be granted three wishes on the eve of a potentially gripping Six Nations he would make the following r…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/29/george-ford-learned-less-is-more-england-six-nations

Jan 24

Casualty list forces Eddie Jones to appeal to England’s ‘hunger’ | Robert Kitson

Instead of parading the captains and coaches at the Six Nations launch the six team doctors might have been betterThe 2018 Six Nations Championship does not start for another 10 days but is already shaping up to be the survival of the fittest. England …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/24/six-nations-england-wales-ireland-france-italy-scotland-injuries