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?
England in the rugby world cup
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
0 Have your say WELSHMAN Nigel Owens has been appointed to referee next Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham. Owens, 44, will emulate fellow Welsh referee Derek Bevan, who controlled the 1991 final - also at Twickenham - when Australia beat England.It will be Owens’ 68th Test match in the middle, while Frenchman Jerome Garces and England’s Wayne Barnes have been confirmed by World Rugby as assistant referees for the final.There is no involvement for South African Craig Joubert, whose controversial late decision during the Scotland versus Australia quarter-final - he incorrectly awarded a penalty to the Wallabies that Bernard Foley kicked and secured a 35-34 win - led to World Rugby publicly stating that he had made an error.Owens said: “This is a huge honour and a privilege for me. I am humbled to have been chosen to referee the Rugby World Cup final.“This is my third World Cup, and I think it has been … [Read more...] about Nigel Owens to referee Rugby World Cup final
0 Have your say Iain Morrison looks back on a world cup that provided lots of action, a couple of surprises and plenty to talk about Team of the TournamentNew Zealand won the event and Argentina put everything on the line but the team of the tourney has to be Japan. They showed what good coaching and the strict application of a game plan could do to the big guns. Scotland were the only team to beat them and the Brave Blossoms’ win over South Africa was not only the biggest upset in rugby history it may have been the biggest upset since Goliath told David to give it his best shot.Turkey of the TournamentIreland failed to fire when it mattered and France were embarrassingly bad but no one can snatch this award from the hosts’ clammy grasp. You feel for Stuart Lancaster and England who were in control of their own destiny before imploding on the home stretch against Wales. They will, to borrow a phrase, be back.Bravery AwardJapan’s skipper Michael Leitch gets … [Read more...] about Iain Morrison: Good, bad and bizarre at the Rugby World Cup