Oliver Brown Chief Sports Feature Writer 31 May 2018 • 4:03pm One wonders sometimes if Eddie Jones takes his cues for England training straight from the screenplay of Full Metal Jacket. For his boot camps are acquiring the type of “attrition rate” – that clinical rugby shorthand for dislocated ankles, cruciate ligament damage, and other career-ending nastiness – seldom found outside the notorious ‘Hell Week’ for US Navy Seals. All along, Jones’ justification for inflicting every shade of purgatory upon his troops has been to make them 20 per cent fitter for next autumn’s World Cup in Japan. This argument becomes tricky to sustain, though, when you run out of players to put through the mangle. Now, Bath owner Bruce Craig, alarmed at seeing five of his cohort... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any … [Read more...] about Eddie Jones is over-training England to dull exhaustion. How long can it last?
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To report corrections & clarifications, contact: Please indicate whether you're responding to content online or in the newspaper. The following corrections & clarifications have been published on stories produced by USA TODAY's newsroom: April 2018 News: A previous version of this story misstated Elliot Rodger's weapons. He used both a knife and a gun. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/31/masculinity-traditional-toxic-trump-mens-rights/99830694/ Video: A previous version of this video misstated the number of Americans living with unhealthful levels of pollution. https://www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/video/33952141/8-of-americas-10-most-ozone-polluted-cities-are-in-this-state/ Opinion: Because of an editing error, a headline in an earlier version of this column incorrectly described Amy Wax's job status. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/20/black-students-law-school-amy-wax-column/510510002/ … [Read more...] about Corrections & Clarifications
After spending nearly four years behind bars for killing a wounded Taliban fighter in what he later described as a “moment of madness”, Royal Marine Sgt Alexander Blackman has devoted himself to helping those in need. It isnearly a year since Sgt Blackman was finally released from prison, after his conviction for murder was downgraded to manslaughter on the grounds on diminished responsibility due to combat stress - and he is now helping other veterans through hard times. Sgt Blackman is working for a new service, called ExFor+ , which was launched at the Houses of Parliament earlier this year - and he is helping wounded veterans find work after they leave the armed forces. In the UK, about 200,000 - or one in five - ex-forces veterans of working age are not in work, and an estimated 7,000 of these are living rough. ExFor+ is a not-for-profit ‘community interest company’ offering veterans help and advice in retraining for civilian jobs. ExFor+ says it … [Read more...] about What Royal Marine Sgt Alexander Blackman is doing now is brilliant
Pope Francis did not tell a journalist that “hell does not exist”, the Vatican has insisted. Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari published a report of an interview with the pontiff, and said he had asked him where “bad souls” go upon death, and where they are punished. The 93-year-old atheist, a co-founder of the La Reppublica newspaper, quoted Francis as saying: “They are not punished. Those who repent obtain God’s forgiveness and take their place among the ranks of those who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot be forgiven disappear. Read more 10 of the most spiritual places on earth “A hell doesn’t exist, the disappearance of sinning souls exists.” The Vatican confirmed what was believed to be the pair’s fifth meeting, but insisted the pope had not granted Mr Scalfari an interview. The article “was the fruit of his reconstruction” and not a … [Read more...] about Vatican insists Hell is real after reports Pope Francis said it doesn’t exist and sinning souls just ‘disappear’
Donald Trump has declared that the US will withdraw from Syria “very soon”, saying that it’s time to “let other people take care” of the situation there. “We’re knocking the hell out of Isis. We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon,” the President said while speaking in Ohio. “Let the other people take care of it now.” The president added: “We’re going to have 100 per cent of the caliphate…we’re taking it all back.” Read more Turkey 'to launch wider offensive against Kurds' after taking Afrin Last year, Kurdish militias captured the Syrian city of Raqqa, Isis’s de-facto capital, with the help of US forces. But even as Isis has lost significant strongholds such as Raqqa, experts warn that the terrorist group remains a lethal force. Also during his speech, Mr Trump suggested delaying the implementation of a revised trade deal with South Korea until after an … [Read more...] about Donald Trump says US will withdraw from Syria ‘very soon’ as it is time to ‘let other people take care of it now’