International

Former England Wing Could Be Set For Shock Summer Return

Eddie Jones, the England coach, has told Chris Ashton that he remains in his plans ahead of the summer tour to Australia as the Saracens wing prepares to return from his 10-week ban against Bath on Friday night. Ashton was in scintillating form before he was cited and harshly suspended in January for making contact with the eyes of Ulster’s Luke Marshall …

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Gorgodze Is Not Happy With Parisse’s Call To Block Georgia From Six Nations Entry

Georgia’s Mamuka Gorgodze has hit out at Italy rugby captain Sergio Parisse for suggesting that the Italians deserve their place in the Six Nations above some of Europe’s second tier sides. Due to Italy’s general struggles in the tournament, there has been some talk of promotion/relegation being introduced with the potential for second tier European nations like Romania and Georgia getting …

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English Clubs Look To Block Call Up Of Future England Star

England’s Aviva Premiership clubs could block Eddie Jones’ bid to pick Ospreys teen star Sam Underhill for this summer’s tour to Australia and are likely to demand he leaves the Liberty Stadium if he wants to play for the Red Rose, reports the Telegraph. The dynamic openside flanker has been pinpointed by Grand Slam winning coach Jones as the answer …

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England Preparing To Fast Track Rugby League Convert For Summer Tour

England are ready to fast-track another rugby league convert into their squad this summer after being advised that he can make a bigger impact in union than his former team-mate in Australia, Sam Burgess. Ben Te’o is joining Worcester from Irish province Leinster at the end of this season, as a means of furthering his ambition to wear the Red …

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RPA Chief Makes Bold Claim Over Joe Marler “Gypsy Boy” Furore

England prop Joe Marler has been ‘hung out to dry’ and made the subject of ‘an excruciating media witch-hunt’ after being called to account by World Rugby over the Samson Lee ‘gypsy boy’ insult. That’s the view of the English Rugby Players’ Association, which has issued an extraordinarily worded statement on the affair through its chief executive Damian Hopley. [adsenseyu2] …

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England Grand Slam Star Likely To Become Rugby’s Biggest Ever Earner

Rugby Union sensation “Super” Maro Itoje may become the sport’s biggest-ever earner. The 21-year-old, man of the match in England’s Six Nations defeat of Wales on the weekend, dreams of one day captaining his country. And experts say the 6ft 5ins lock is expected to become England’s first £1million a year player and his potential earnings dwarf the amounts paid …

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The Saga Of Joe Marler, A Cautionary Tale Or A Storm In A Teacup?

The case keeps rearing its ugly head. It seems few are speaking of the Grand Slam possibilities this weekend as the issue of a comment in a game that has now been played out lingers. Joe Marler was overheard on the referee’s microphone calling Samson Lee a ‘gypsy boy’ in reference to his traveller background. By half time Marler of …

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Is Six Nations Relegation Talk Just A Knee-Jerk Reaction?

While England stole the limelight having edged out France 31-21 to claim the grand slam in Paris, Wales ensured they would finish as Six Nations runners up with a 67-14 demolition of Italy at the Principality stadium. However with Wales’s title ambitions ended at Twickenham a week earlier, and Italy assured of bottom spot regardless of the result, much of …

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