RUGBY chiefs have confirmed England will play a Test match in Newcastle for the first time next year as part of the preparation for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The match will take place exactly a year today on Friday, September 6, 2019 and is the first home England game to be played away from Twickenham since 1998. Newcastle beat Manchester to the honour of hosting the fixture, which is just the latest big rugby event lined up at the home of Newcastle United. Premiership side Newcastle Falcons drew a club-record crowd of 30,000 for their game with Northampton Saints at the stadium in March. The finals of Europe’s two biggest club competitions, the Heineken Champions Cup and the European Challenge Cup, will both be played on Tyneside next May. And just last week, Newcastle was shortlisted to host a number of 2021 Rugby League World Cup games. England head coach Eddie Jones said he believes St James’ Park is the perfect place to host the warm-up game before the team departs for … [Read more...] about England to play Rugby World Cup warm-up match at St James’ Park
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Desford's Emily Scarratt has been named vice-captain of the England Women's squad for the Rugby World Cup Sevens which will take place in San Francisco on July 20-22. Abbie Brown captains an experienced side that includes six Olympians and nine members of the Team England squad that won bronze at the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The 12-strong group also includes Burbage forward Vicky Fleetwood. Eighth-seeded England will face ninth seeds Ireland in their first game at 8.12pm (BST) on July 20 with their second game set to take place the following days. “We have a very tight squad and the players’ willingness to work exceptionally hard for each other has been demonstrated consistently throughout the season,” said England Women Sevens head coach James Bailey. “The Commonwealth Games illustrated what we are capable of which gives us confidence for the World Cup. We see San Francisco as a celebration of all of the hard work that the entire unit of players … [Read more...] about Scarratt and Fleetwood in England’s Rugby World Cup Sevens squad
Put simply, England's tour of South Africa was a disappointment, even having won the third Test in the wet at Newlands. Eddie Jones will have reclined back in his seat for the flight back to England feeling happy to have snapped a five-Test losing streak, but predominantly a little miffed at the way some selections have panned out on tour. Players given opportunities to prove their worth as starters - Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Henry Slade - failed to hit the mark. Jones now has nine Tests - this autumn's four fixtures and the Six Nations - followed by a unknown number of warm-up matches to settle on a 31-man squad to take to Japan. Here's who might be heading to the Rugby World Cup next year.... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register … [Read more...] about England’s Rugby World Cup 2019 squad: Who is on track to make the plane for Japan?
It is that time in the sporting cycle when ABC goes out of the window for some, instead being replaced by ABE — Anyone But England. Yes, the football World Cup is upon us and with it the inevitable questions about who we in the Celtic nations should be backing. It is a dilemma for many and you can imagine more than a few pub arguments when Gareth Southgate’s team run out for their first game in Russia. Personally, I don’t see it as something to lose sleep over. WHY IT’S NOT A PROBLEM FOR ME Wales are the only international team I support passionately. Whenever I see our incredibly talented competitors performing on the global stage, I feel a surge of pride. We are a small nation and I am with our sportspeople every step of the way. When Wales’ footballers reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016, they sent the spirits of three million people into the stratosphere. It was a magnificent achievement and I enjoyed every single minute of it. It underlined how much … [Read more...] about Should we support England in the World Cup?
A Rutland teenager was watched by hundreds of millions of people as he took a starring role in the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup. Ed Anthony, 14, from Tinwell, played the key part in the famous story of the birth of rugby when William Webb Ellis, as a schoolboy in 1823, broke the rules of football when he caught the ball and ran with it.Ed, a pupil at Rugby School, played Webb Ellis both in the introductory film and live in person at Twickenham on Friday (September 18), where he scaled a tower of rugby players to seize the ultimate prize of the Rugby World Cup, the Webb Ellis Trophy.Ed, who auditioned for the role of Webb Ellis along with some of his rugby-playing peers, said he never imagined he would be offered such an amazing opportunity.“It’s been an incredible time being at Rugby School during the world cup year, but to get this role as well was quite something,” he added. “Being selected to play the role of William Webb Ellis has just been … [Read more...] about Tinwell teenager stars in Rugby World Cup ceremony