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England Rugby News

May 26

Wasps back Beale ruled out of Premiership final

Kurtley Beale is ruled out of Saturday’s Premiership final between Wasps and Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham (14:30 BST).

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40018239

May 26

Sean Maitland: Scotland wing signs new Saracens deal

Scotland international wing Sean Maitland signs a new contract with Saracens to stay at the club until 2020.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40058345

May 25

European Rugby Champions Cup play-off final: Northampton Saints v Stade Francais

Tom Wood returns to captain Northampton in the Saints’ only change for Friday’s Champions Cup play-off against Stade Francais.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40002127

May 25

Eight new faces as Robshaw and Ford share captaincy

Eddie Jones has named eight uncapped players in his England squad to face the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday, while Chris Robshaw and George Ford have been named as co-captains.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/news/england/31692.php

May 25

England name eight uncapped players to face Barbarians, Chris Robshaw and George Ford to captain

Chris Robshaw and George Ford will co-captain an England squad featuring eight uncapped players against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40046212

May 25

Netani Talei: Harlequins back-row forward announces retirement

Harlequins and Fiji international back-row forward Netani Talei announces his retirement with immediate effect.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40046503

May 25

Chris Robshaw to return as England captain for Barbarians match

• Robshaw will share armband with George Ford at Twickenham
• Eddie Jones says Robshaw has been ‘terrific’ in mentoring younger players

After restoring Chris Robshaw to the England captaincy for Sunday’s match against the Barbarians, albeit on a temporary, shared basis, Eddie Jones reeled off another of his motoring metaphors. “I don’t think he is the best bloke at being at the front of the bus but he is a very good bloke at being in the middle part of the bus ensuring the front works with the back.”

If that appears to be faint praise, make no mistake of the regard in which Jones now holds Robshaw. He calls him his “glue player” and while he stops short of admitting he has been proved wrong after describing Robshaw as “not outstanding in any area” in a newspaper column during the 2015 World Cup, he has long since been convinced of the flanker’s qualities.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/25/chris-robshaw-england-barbarians-rugby-union

May 25

London Irish: Nick Kennedy pays tribute to squad effort in Championship promotion

London Irish director of rugby Nick Kennedy hails a true squad effort after their promotion back to the Premiership.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40042291

May 24

London Irish beat Carnegie to win promotion

London Irish are promoted back to the Premiership at the first attempt as they convincingly beat Yorkshire Carnegie.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40037242

May 24

England players could face New Zealand in autumn Barbarians game

• Barbarians would give England players useful experience against All Blacks
• Alex Goode believes he can still force his way into Eddie Jones’s plans

A number of England players could face New Zealand at Twickenham this autumn after all with the Barbarians hopeful Eddie Jones will agree to release a few of his prized assets to play for them on 4 November.

The All Blacks turned down the RFU’s lucrative proposal of a match against England, instead honouring their agreement to a match with the Baa-Baas to mark their 125th anniversary, denying Jones the chance to pit his side against the world champions.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/24/barbarians-alex-goode-england-rugby-union

May 24

Christian Day: Premiership Rugby’s extended season plans are ‘upsetting’

Northampton Saints lock Christian Day says proposals to extend the Premiership season to 10 months are “upsetting”.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40027160

May 23

George Ford up for task of inspiring England attack in Owen Farrell’s absence

• As Barbarians and tour of Argentina loom, Eddie Jones lays down challenge
• Denny Solomona hopes to be fit for tour despite foot injury

George Ford has accepted he must shoulder the responsibility for inspiring England’s attack in the absence of his fellow playmaker Owen Farrell after Eddie Jones conceded his fly-half’s form has tailed off towards the end of the season.

Ford is expected to start for England at fly-half against the Barbarians on Sunday and he will be charged with leading an inexperienced backline in Argentina next month, one which may yet include Denny Solomona. Jones revealed on Sunday that the New Zealand-born wing was unlikely to be fit for the tour but Solomona is hopeful he may still take his seat on the plane, despite a foot injury.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/23/george-ford-england-attack-owen-farrell-absence-barbarians-argentina-tour

May 23

London Irish: Nick Kennedy not looking beyond second leg of Championship final

London Irish coach Nick Kennedy refuses to get ahead of himself with his side on the verge of Championship promotion.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40015222

May 23

Rupert Cooper: Cornish Pirates sign Plymouth Albion back row

Championship side Cornish Pirates sign Plymouth Albion back row Rupert Cooper on a one-year contract.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40014990

May 22

County Championship: Matt Shepherd urges Cornwall to ‘nullify’ Lancashire

Scrum-half Matt Shepherd says Cornwall must “nullify” Lancashire to beat them in Sunday’s County Championship final.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40003386

May 22

Freddie Burns: Leicester Tigers have been in ‘some dark places’, says departing fly-half

Departing Leicester fly-half Freddie Burns says he is proud of the club turning around a troubled season.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40000311

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