Posts Tagged "England rugby"

I wish I had a solid connection to Eddie Jones, England’s coach. I don’t, but I have the next best thing – a friend of a friend.

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Ireland 13–England 9. Oh dear.

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Match result: Ireland have denied England the chance to make some serious history, ending their undefeated streak with a 13-9 win in Dublin on Sunday morning (AEDT).

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England are looking to win their 19th match in a row – a world record – when they face Ireland at the Aviva stadium, on Saturday, March 18th at 5pm.

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England coach Eddie Jones launched an extraordinary attack on Italy’s innovative breakdown tactics in Sunday’s Six Nations clash, saying “that’s not rugby” and that the fans should get their money back.

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They say that a champion can be pushed to the edge of the cliff, but it is quite another task to tip them over. This is the stage that England have reached on their current 16-match unbeaten run.

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“Welcome to paradise,” said the waiter as he settled me into my seat on Thursday night at a likely looking Brazilian Churrascaria, the glint in his eye hinting at the prospect of 40 beautiful virgins being paraded before me to choose from, as well as his succulent cuts of juicy meat.

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The point about rugby that gives it such an edge as a spectacle is that there is so much unpredictability about every play and every match.

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Portents were good on arrival at Heathrow when the world’s most friendly immigration agent – a profession where cracking a smile is not part of the job description – discovered I was visiting the UK on rugby business.

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European rugby’s biggest tournament returns on February 4 as England look to retain their Six Nations crown.

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Eddie Jones admitted England were underprepared after they began their Six Nations title defence by scraping past France.

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During the production of our book The Iron Curtain: My rugby journey from league to union, Phil Larder, England’s defence coach for the World Cup winning team in 2003, told me a very funny story.

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By all measures, Australian rugby has had a rather disappointing year. This has been book-ended by a series whitewash at the start and twin losses at the end.

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The convincing win against the Wallabies at the weekend has left it very black and white who the best two rugby teams in the world are.

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For Olympic 200m swimmers it’s the third lap that counts, the gut busting push back up the pool before pure adrenaline commandeers the body for the final sprint home. For 400m runners it’s on the final bend where the race is invariably won or lost.

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It’s the final game of the Wallabies Spring Tour as they try to close it on a winning note against England at Twickenham with the match scheduled to get underway on Sunday, December 4 at 1:30am (AEDT). This is The Roar‘s ultimate guide to streaming and watching the match.

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It pays to know all the rugby laws in case the unexpected happens, like this rare moment in the National 1 competition in England.

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The fix is in from the British rugby establishment going into the England vs Australia Test at Twickenham at the weekend.

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New Zealand will end another stellar year as rugby’s undoubted No.1 team but the gap between northern and southern hemisphere nations has shrunk considerably after a month of unprecedented success for Europe.

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Fullback Mike Brown hopes the momentum gathering behind England’s bid to replace the All Blacks at the summit of world rugby will accelerate this autumn.

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