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
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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?
The halcyon days of England’s 2016 feels like ancient history in the midst of recent results. Back then, the way Eddie Jones manoeuvred his replacements appeared to epitomise his decisiveness and tactical ingenuity. He borrowed the phrase ‘finishers’ from former Randwick teammate Michael Cheika, who had used the term to describe Australia’s bench during Rugby World Cup 2015. Punters lapped up the supposed originality. During the three-Test series against the Wallabies two years ago, two strikingly early changes altered England’s course. In the opening match, Luther Burrell was sacrificed for George Ford after 29 minutes. The tourists were 10-6 down and went on to win 39-28. With 32 minutes gone... 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 … [Read more...] about Why England’s bench in Cape Town could hold a clue to their Rugby World Cup 2019 tactics
Free rugby World Cup tickets brought a smile to the face of a Tetsworth man who won a national radio competition. Rugby mad Rob Fulbrook, 31, met England hero Jonny Wilkinson, after winning four tickets to watch England's opening match against the USA, on Virgin Radio's Rock n' Roll Football Show, on September 7.He said: "The question was 'who coached the 2003 England World Cup team?' and I just had to text the answer. I then had a phone call saying I was on a short list of 10, and at 9am they announced that I had won. I don't know whether I was picked at random or if it was because I told them I'd swim there if necessary."So that night Rob, an installations engineer and supervisor, and friends Giles Clemtson from Oakley, Ged Ridout and John Phillips, organised transport and accommodation, and were on their way to France at 6am the following morning.He said: "It was a fantastic day and night. We had our first beer at 9.30am, and had a few more beers with some of the Americans during … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup tickets win for Rob
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