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Dec 04

Autumn internationals: All Blacks still top but southern powers feel Test fatigue | Paul Rees

New Zealand remain the yardstick but their flaws feed Lions’ hopes for next summer even though the settled order of the Six Nations is in need of a shake-up

The All Blacks remain at the top of the world rankings by a comfortable margin, but their defeat by Ireland in Chicago, which ended a record of 18 consecutive Test victories, gave the Lions succour before the tour next year. New Zealand’s next Test is against the Lions on 24 June in the first of three and if they remain comfortable favourites to win the series, Ireland showed in two matches against them that they can crack under pressure.

Related: Ireland clinch first ever win over All Blacks to end New Zealand’s record streak

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2016/dec/04/autumn-internationals-new-zealand-lions-six-nations

Nov 26

Battle with Argentina reveals England’s enormous progress | Andy Bull

Victory over Argentina in a thrilling and brutal encounter was further proof that England have been transformed under the leadership of Eddie Jones

Late on Saturday afternoon a brilliant red sunset settled over south-west London, making a fitting backdrop for a bloody match at Twickenham. It was a game that contained, as Eddie Jones said, more drama than your average EastEnders omnibus. It was bracketed by two red cards, one for Elliot Daly four minutes from the start, another for Enrique Pieretto four minutes from the finish. In between, including all the extra time at the end of the first half, there was an 80-minute melee, which looked, at times, like one of those cartoon bust-ups in which everything is a blur of flying fists and feet. It was a match you would have to watch back even to begin to understand exactly how it all went down.

When it was over, England – reduced to 14 men for the majority and 13 for a good long stretch – won by 13 points, 27 to 14. It was one of their very best victories here in recent years and, along with their wins in the first two Tests against Australia back in June, the most significant marker yet of their extraordinary progress under Jones. He had promised that this match would be a test of his team’s “manhood”. It turned into something much tougher than that, an examination of their ability to adapt, improvise and overcome. It wasn’t just the loss of Daly, Dan Cole was sent to the sin-bin, too, and Billy Vunipola missed the second half because of an due to injury.

Related: England 27-14 Argentina: rugby union international – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2016/nov/26/england-argentina-twickenham-eddie-jones

Nov 26

England and Owen Farrell dig deep to win 14-man battle with Argentina

• England 27-14 Argentina
• Hosts play 76 minutes with fewer than 15 after Elliot Daly is sent off

Christmas is looming but six cards did not make for a festive encounter. England played for all but four minutes at least one man down after Elliot Daly’s dismissal for a dangerous tackle, but held on to record their 13th consecutive victory. Of greater concern than the wing’s ban for the final match in the autumn series against Australia next weekend was the knee injury suffered by the No8 Billy Vunipola at the end of the opening half which left him in clear pain.

Daly became the first England player to be sent off since Lewis Moody against Samoa 11 years earlier to the day and Daly could not have picked a worse weekend to tackle the No8 Leonardo Senatore in the air and leave him to fall to the ground head first. World Rugby had announced a crackdown a few days before on challenges that involved contact with an opponent’s head and three players were sent off in club matches on Friday night.

Related: England 27-14 Argentina: rugby union international – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/26/england-argentina-autumn-internationals-match-report

Nov 24

Elliot Daly’s pace and work rate earns England nod from Eddie Jones

England coach likens the increasingly influential wing to Jason Robinson as he reshuffles his squad for the ‘test of manhood’ Argentina are expected to provide

The sports scientists who work alongside England’s players informed the coaches this week that, statistically, the squad have never been happier. Given England have won their past 12 games it hardly needed a wellbeing survey to reach that conclusion and Eddie Jones has his own trusted method anyway. “I look at their faces in the morning. Then I look at the figures – if the face is no good and the figures are no good then we have a problem.”

Winners, in other words, tend to be grinners and Jones does not need the latest hydration readings to know who of his players to unleash against Argentina on Saturday. Elliot Daly and the recalled Jonny May, Mike Brown, George Kruis and Tom Wood are all busting to tackle the Pumas and Jones is smart enough to tap into this primal force. “Science gives you a base but rugby is not a scientific game,” he said after announcing a starting XV notable for their upbeat body language. “It is a feel game: 60% art, 40% science. Small margins are for cycling. We’re not cyclists, we’re rugby players.”

Related: England players are warned to remain disciplined against Argentina

Related: George Kruis earns quick reward from England after rapid return to fitness

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/24/elliot-daly-eddie-jones-england-argentina-rugby

Nov 23

England players are warned to remain disciplined against Argentina

• Incident-packed Test between Ireland and New Zealand a point in question
• Joe Launchbury banned for reckless kick in game against Fiji

England’s players have been warned to keep their discipline against Argentina amid rising scrutiny on those who commit dangerous tackles. Having already had Joe Launchbury banned for a reckless kick at a ruck against Fiji, the home coaches will be reminding the squad to behave themselves against at Twickenham on Saturday.

With World Rugby having announced a specific crackdown on illegal hits entering this month’s Test matches, England’s assistant coach Paul Gustard says all players should be aware of their responsibilities following the incident-packed Test between Ireland and New Zealand in Dublin last Saturday in which two All Blacks were cited and Malakai Fekitoa was subsequently banned. “Every coach in the land is aware of the consequences if you have contact with the head,” Gustard said. “There has been a specific focus brought to this aspect of the game but I don’t think anyone has ever coached tackling around the head. We’re certainly not doing that.

Related: George Kruis earns quick reward from England after rapid return to fitness

Related: England’s Joe Launchbury banned for two weeks for kicking Fiji centre

Related: England recall Jonny May for Argentina match in place of Semesa Rokoduguni

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/23/england-players-warned-remain-disciplined-argentina

Nov 20

Worry for England as Joe Launchbury cited for kicking Asaeli Tikoirotuma

• If sanctioned punishment would range from four to 12 weeks
• Others facing disciplinary committee include Nicolás Sánchez and Sam Cane

Joe Launchbury has been cited for kicking the Fiji centre Asaeli Tikoirotuma in England’s 58-15 victory at Twickenham on Saturday.

Related: Eddie Jones on his way to building an England team for all seasons | Paul Rees

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Nov 20

Sean Maitland says Scotland have found X factor to unlock defences

• Saracens wing praises new centre Huw Jones after 19-16 win over Argentina
• Scotland to complete autumn campaign against Georgia in Kilmarnock

Sean Maitland believes Scotland are starting to hit all the right notes because they now have the X factor. The wing says the likes of Finn Russell, Stuart Hogg and the new centre Huw Jones have the talent to unlock any defence after a narrow 19-16 win against Argentinaon Saturday.

Jones in particular has quickly proven himself to be a game‑changer in his first two Test starts. He scored a brace against Australia last week and followed up with a sublime assist for Maitland’s try on Saturday.

Related: Scotland steal victory over Argentina thanks to Greig Laidlaw’s late penalty

Related: Vern Cotter hails Scotland’s ‘complete performance’ despite late defeat

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/20/rugby-union-sean-maitland-scotland-found-x-factor-unlock-defences

Nov 19

Scotland steal victory over Argentina thanks to Greig Laidlaw’s late penalty

• Scotland 19-16 Argentina
• Captain kicks 14 points at Murrayfield to move Scots up world rankings

A last-gasp penalty from Greig Laidlaw rescued a win for scrappy Scotland, who put on an error-strewn display at Murrayfield, but did just enough to see off Argentina.

There was little to separate the teams before Nicolás Sánchez scored the opening try for the visitors five minutes after half-time, but Scotland hit back with wing Sean Maitland’s touchdown four minutes later. Vern Cotter’s men were devastated when they allowed Australia to snatch victory with a late penalty last week, but this time it was their captain, Laidlaw, who was celebrating after he kicked over in stoppage time. His 14-point contribution could yet prove vital for Scotland’s World Cup hopes as they now climb above the South Americans in the World Rugby rankings, to eighth place.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/19/scotland-argentina-autumn-internationals-match-report

Nov 13

Liam Williams supplies stirring remedy for woes afflicting Wales

Scarlets player immune from Welsh team-mates’ white-line fever – scoring an inspirational try and providing antidote to Argentina’s high balls

Wales may have ended their autumn blues against Argentina but there are few signs their white-line fever has been cured. Liam Williams seems to be only one immune – a bundle of energy on his return on Saturday – and you have to wonder where Wales would be without him.

It was his try against the disappointing Pumas, shortly after half-time, that finally gave Wales belief a run of five straight defeats could be ended, that their ears might stop ringing following their awful performance against Australia the week before. It was also Williams who carried the fight to New Zealand over the summer – always a counterattacking threat and immaculate under the high ball.

Related: Wales ring changes and end woeful run with narrow win over Argentina

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/13/wales-liam-williams-white-line-fever-argentina-try-rugby-union

Nov 11

Rugby union: 10 things to look out for in autumn internationals | Gerard Meagher

Courtney Lawes must be at the top of his game for England, Scotland will miss Nel in revenge mission, Italy poised for ‘Black-lash’ and Ireland reap rewards

Second-guessing the complexities of Eddie Jones’s attacking strategy is often a bootless errand. Is Elliot Daly selected in the hope that George Ford and Owen Farrell can stretch the heavy South Africa forwards and unlock space for him or to add his booming left boot to what will be a heavy reliance on kicking? Or is Jonathan Joseph’s groin niggle simply not worth the risk?

Related: Eddie Jones backs England to hit their peak for next World Cup final

Related: Wales coach Howley drops Dan Lydiate and Jamie Roberts for Argentina Test

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/11/rugby-union-10-things-to-look-out-for-in-autumn-internationals

Nov 10

Wales coach Howley drops Dan Lydiate and Jamie Roberts for Argentina Test

• Sam Warburton and Alun Wyn Jones return to much-changed side
• Rob Howley: ‘We were disappointed – we made a reaction with our selection’

Wales have not been prone to paradigm shifts in their nine years under the current management team but the manner of Saturday’s defeat to Australia has prompted radical changes for Saturday’s encounter with Argentina in Cardiff.

Jamie Roberts and Dan Lydiate, two key figures in the series-winning third Test between the Lions and Australia in Sydney three years ago, were dropped by Rob Howley, who is Wales’s interim head coach while Warren Gatland is taking a sabbatical to prepare for next summer’s Lions tour to New Zealand.

Related: Wales call up teenager Keelan Giles to squad for Argentina clash

Related: Spirit of Anthony Foley suffuses Ireland’s Chicago surprise against All Blacks | The Breakdown

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Nov 08

Wales call up teenager Keelan Giles to squad for Argentina clash

• ‘He has got a bit of X-factor’ says Neil Jenkins of 18-year-old Ospreys wing
• Decision on availability of Alun Wyn Jones to be made in coming days

Wales have called up the 18-year old wing Keelan Giles as they look to get up to speed against Argentina on Saturday after last weekend’s chastening defeat to Australia dropped them to seventh in the world rankings.

Giles, who has scored eight tries for Ospreys this season after impressing for Wales at under-20 level, replaces Hallam Amos, who suffered a shoulder injury that may require surgery after coming on as a replacement against the Wallabies.

Related: Wales’ Gethin Jenkins: ‘My whole life has been rugby, that’s not going to change’

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Nov 05

Nicolás Sánchez leads rout with 29 points as Argentina thrash Japan

• Japan 20-54 Argentina
• New Japan coach Jamie Joseph picked 13 uncapped players

Nicolás Sánchez, Matias Moroni and Santiago Cordero scored two tries apiece as a rampant Argentina thrashed an inexperienced Japan as the Pumas warmed up in style for next Saturday’s autumn international in Wales.

Related: Wales v Australia – live!

Related: Pablo Matera: ‘If you’re a nervous flyer you can’t play for Argentina’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/05/japan-argentina-international-rugby-union-match-report

Oct 08

Australia’s Samu Kerevi takes advantage as Argentina miss home comforts

• Argentina 21-33 Australia
• Kerevi scores two tries in frantic Twickenham encounter

Argentina’s decision to give up home advantage resulted in the third highest crowd of the Rugby Championship season, but it cost them on the field as they were left with the wooden spoon in an exciting but messy game. Australia finished as runners-up to New Zealand a month before they begin a grand slam tour of Europe, but they will inspire neither awe nor fear.

Related: Louis Picamoles beefs up Northampton for French test against Montpellier

Related: Saracens take steady approach to Europe as Premiership clubs look to dominate

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/oct/08/argentina-australia-rugby-championship-match-report

Oct 06

Argentina’s Daniel Hourcade urges World Rugby to tighten residency rule

• Coach wants end to ‘misuse’ of rules on overseas-born players
• World Rugby reviewing three-year residency qualification period

The Argentina head coach, Daniel Hourcade, has urged World Rugby to end “misuse” of the residency rule that allows Test sides to naturalise overseas-born stars.

The sport’s governing body has launched a review into the three-year residency qualification period for a nation to select a player born abroad. Argentina were the only nation at last year’s World Cup without any foreign-born players in their squad.

Related: Will northern exposure help southern hemisphere nations cool their losses? | The Breakdown

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/oct/06/argentina-daniel-hourcade-residency-rule

Oct 01

London proves lush habitat for Jaguars and Pumas hunting cash

Jacksonville v Indianapolis on Sunday, Argentina v Australia next Saturday, NBA at the O2 and baseball mooted for the London Stadium – capital’s appeal has marquee sports lining up for a slice of the action

When the NFL played its second fixture in London eight years ago there was anxiety behind the scenes. The novelty factor guaranteed the first game would always be a success but returning to Wembley a year later was viewed as a test of American football’s sustainability in the UK. Was it a fad? Never mind expansion, could the sport’s popularity be sustained? The game’s backers need not have worried. London’s appetite for gridiron has not been sated, it remains voracious.

The bombastic bandwagon rolls back in to town on Sunday with Jacksonville Jaguars against Indianapolis Colts at Wembley, followed by another game at football’s national stadium on 30 October after Twickenham, the home of rugby union, holds its first fixture a week earlier. That will make it 17 regular season games in a decade and close to three-quarters of the 32 NFL teams will have appeared on these shores.

Related: NFL week four predictions: Jaguars’ Wembley visit to end in another defeat

Related: MLB ‘very interested’ in playing regular-season game in London in 2017

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/oct/01/london-jacksonville-jaguars-argentina-pumas-marquee-sports

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