RPA chief executive Damian Hopley said: “The RPA would like to place on record our thanks to the RFU for their collaboration in agreeing to this extension. It is a very challenging time for rugby in England but the EPS and RPA are very grateful this process has been conducted in good faith throughout despite these trying circumstances.” … [Read more...] about England rugby players accept 25% wage reduction for 2020-21 season
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“While the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic made the traditional Autumn Test window unfeasible, we remained determined to deliver a unique and compelling tournament proposition which would ensure world class rugby for our fans globally, and competitive matches for players, unions and federations. … [Read more...] about England to play Ireland, Wales and Georgia in new Autumn Nations Cup
Defence coach John Mitchell, also a back-row mentor, explained that they had decided Curry would wear six because of his “bigger carrying”. It seemed like a deliberately vague and slightly elusive answer. The two are similar in stature. Then Mitchell elaborated: … [Read more...] about How have England changed their game in order to team up Tom Curry and Sam Underhill?
Jones will at least be helped by the fact his captain, Owen Farrell, is the latest of Saracens’ senior England players to commit to the club despite their relegation to the Championship. The England coach said he has no qualms about selecting Farrell and co despite Saracens playing in the second tier - an apparent change of tune, having previously suggested reluctance, prompting Mark Wilson’s loan move from Newcastle to Sale. It has also been reported one or two may have a brief spell in Super Rugby. … [Read more...] about Jones open to England TV documentary series that could boost RFU finances
Farrell’s dismissal against Wasps raised more questions about his suitability as captain, but in the current climate a red card for a high tackle is an occupational hazard. His immediate predecessor as captain, Dylan Hartley, had a far worse disciplinary record and the 2003 World Cup leader, Martin Johnson, was no stranger to the workings of the sport’s judiciary. … [Read more...] about Owen Farrell sets tone but an England captain also needs a clear head