Jones’s long-term future had been uncertain since he guided England to their first World Cup final for 12 years last November. In the buildup to the tournament he had regularly hinted he would leave his role upon its completion but Sweeney acknowledged after the final defeat by South Africa that it “made sense” for Jones to stay until 2023. The following month Sweeney insisted he was in “no rush” to tie Jones down for a further two years but negotiations continued and were concluded a few weeks ago with the announcement delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. … [Read more...] about Eddie Jones agrees new England contract until 2023 World Cup
Brazil 1962 world cup squad
Of course the club game is important, and France has a rich history, but international rugby has to come first. If a union falls, so does the game within its borders and that is why a global season – in which tournaments would be played in blocks and would, by removing overlaps, tempt clubs to take the strain off their wage bill by agreeing to central contracts – should be seriously considered. … [Read more...] about World Rugby must be able to govern to shape a game that delivers for all
Although Klopp has stuck faithfully to a 4-3-3 for much of the season to ensure he can fit Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane into his side, Fabinho and Keita now give him greater flexibility. … [Read more...] about New Liverpool signings Fabinho and Naby Keita will light up Anfield next season… but how will they play together?
“I don’t want to sound pedantic, by which I mean I am going to be pedantic but when Zé Maria, who I vaguely remember from Championship Manager, says of the 1996/97 Parma team in Big Paper that “There were players on the bench who had won the World Cup in 1990“, someone may want to remind him that West Germany actually won the World Cup and Parma’s squad at that time had slightly less than one of our Germanic friends, which rather sadly, I knew. However, they did have Lillian Thuram, who won the World Cup a year later so perhaps he is thinking of that. Also when he talks about Adriano and says, “I had to mark him when he was at Inter and I was at Perugia. I remember a game when our centre-back tried to haul him down by the neck and Adriano dragged the guy along for 10 metres, broke away and scored. I’m not sure that’s how it happened. Memory is a funny old thing …” – Noble Francis … [Read more...] about Longing for the days of local Herberts waving smut toys behind reporters
“He knows so much about Bobby Moore so he was really excited. Not long before I got the script, we watched a documentary about Bobby Moore and I found it fascinating." … [Read more...] about Michelle Keegan is unrecognisable with platinum blonde hair in behind-the-scenes photos for Tina & Bobby