Dylan Hartley

As Premiership players return to clubs, who will take account for an English game spiralling into an unholy mess?

They were at it again this week. Bickering. Finger pointing. Blaming.<p>“You started it.”<p>“No, you started it.”<p>English rugby’s bosses, seemingly …

English Premiership Rugby

Reprimanded North returns for Northampton

LONDON (AFP) -<p>Wales winger George North has been recalled to the Northampton starting line-up for Saturday's Premiership game against Newcastle.<p>Saints announced on Tuesday that North had been "disciplined internally" for missing a training session ahead of a Premiership clash with Sale Sharks on …

Sale Sharks

Premiership: Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints

<b>Trevor Davison starts at tight-head prop for Newcastle after Jon Welsh picked up an injury at Exeter.</b><p>Falcons are set for a club-record home crowd, with more than 27,000 tickets sold for the game at St James' Park.<p>Dylan Hartley is ill so Mike Haywood comes in at hooker as Northampton make five …

Newcastle Falcons

"It's not just about broadcasting anymore": how brands can cut through the £500bn sports market

"Sport is unique. It has the power to bring people together in even the most difficult and fractured of times. It is opportunity rich. The challenge …

Public Relations

Australian coaches the common thread in England's worst sporting week

<b>OPINION:</b> Could England's "worst sporting week" became "failure fortnight"?

Sport (New Zealand)

This is what Newcastle Falcons players said about 'massive' chance to play at St James' Park

It is billed as the ‘Big One’ and the Newcastle Falcons are relishing the opportunity to play at St James’ Park.<p>The Falcons will get the chance to …

Newcastle Falcons

Rugby Stats: Irish numbers stack up individually and collectively

Maro Itoje

Five questions for England and Eddie Jones to answer after Six Nations disappointment

With England slumping to their worst Six Nations finish in 31 years, Eddie Jones is facing questions that have not cropped up since he replaced …

Rugby World Cup

England rugby: what next after the Six Nations failure?

Description England players look dejected following the Six Nations defeat against IrelandCredits Laurence Griffiths/Getty ImagesAlt Text England …

Rugby World Cup


News<p>Governments should focus on "greener" policies to improve the supply and quality of water as climate change and a growing global population …

New Zealand

Ex-All Black prop Ben Franks to rejoin Chris Boyd at English club Northampton

Ben Franks will join the Northampton Saints after three years with London Irish.<p>Former All Blacks prop Ben Franks says linking up with former …

Northampton Saints

'How do I put this nicely... at times you're driven demented with him!' - Johnny Sexton on 'incredible' Joe Schmidt

Peerless Ireland playmaker finally takes deserved place in Grand Slam pantheon<p>He comes to us ceremonially late, the drill-sergeant behind this march …

Six Nations Championship

Comment: Architect of finest hour retreats from centre stage to ensure players feel full force of crowning glory

When I saw a familiar figure standing near the tunnel at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon I had to do a double-take.<p>The Grand Slam party had kicked …

Six Nations Championship

British media rip into Eddie Jones’ England after latest loss to Ireland

BEWARE the slides of March.<p>The wave of optimism has well and truly subsided and England’s Rugby World Cup plans are in “tatters.”<p>Everything that …

Sport (Australia)

England staring down the barrel unless lessons are learned – and fast

The summer series against South Africa looks ominous unless Eddie Jones’s men can address the reasons for their Six Nations implosion<p>An unexpectedly one‑sided Six Nations Championship has made two things crystal clear. There can be no disputing that the runaway grand slam winners, Ireland, are the …

Rugby Union

England will not panic but Eddie Jones must heed Sir Clive Woodward's warning

Sir Clive Woodward picked through the bones of England's dismal Six Nations campaign on Sunday. "If you have got any chance of England doing anything …

Rugby World Cup

England 15 Ireland 24: Five key moments from the match

Keith Earls

England awaits as ‘scummy’ Ireland swoop on Twickenham

Michael Cheika

Six Nations: Ireland complete the third Grand Slam in their history with 24-15 victory over England

It was the grandest of St Patrick’s Day celebrations for Grand Slam-grabbing Ireland as three first-half tries blew England away and completed a big …

Six Nations Championship

Italy vs Scotland - Commentary - Six Nations 2018 - 17 Mar, 2018

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Six Nations Championship

Sexton has one Farrell in his corner and another in his crosshairs at Twickenham

Ireland out-half must be at his best to get better of familiar face in England No 10 shirt<p>Johnny Sexton has two similar photographs from the Lions …

Owen Farrell

Ireland face the wrath of cornered foes as they target third grand slam

Joe Schmidt’s polished squad have extra motivation as they take on England, who face the embarrassing prospect of finishing fifth<p>There are cold-fingered days when rugby is slightly less about running or tackling and more about heart and soul. Twickenham is about to witness one, with Ireland chasing …

Sport (UK)

Assistant ref gets the boot

Owens on line for decider after official attends England training<p>World Rugby have responded to the controversy surrounding assistant referee Marius …

World Rugby

Old Lions friends to become Best enemies in Slam bid

Ireland captain setting sights on fourth World Cup<p>One of the most endearing and recurring features of a Lions tour is the improbable friendships that …

Six Nations Championship

England v Ireland: England player profiles

Johnny Watterson looks as Eddie Jones’s side for the Twickenham showdown<p><b>15 Anthony Watson</b><b><br>Age:</b> 24 Height: 6’1’’ <b><br>Weight:</b> 93 kg (14st 6lbs)<b><br>Caps:</b> 32 …

News (Ireland)

Jones drops Care and Ford in major England rugby shake-up

Eddie Jones tried to draw a line under his disparaging comments about Ireland and Wales as he announced a raft of changes to England’s side for their …

Chris Robshaw

Six Nations England v Ireland Preview

Can Ireland win a Grand Slam? Here’s all the team news, battle areas and TV details you need ahead of their match against England<p><b>Six Nations England</b> …

Rugby Union

Neil Francis: Eddie Jones reaping what he has sowed with exhausted England

A good while ago I was part of an Ireland squad that flew to Atlanta, Georgia for some warm weather training in December/January. It was 10 days of …

News (Ireland)

Embarrassing Eddie Jones comments could have long-term consequences

England head coach may have compromised his Lions future with his ill-judged, unfunny remarks about Ireland and Wales<p>It is just under two months since Eddie Jones signed a two-year contract extension as the England head coach until 2021. His team had won 23 from 24 Tests and everything in the …

Rugby Union

The stats don’t lie – the breakdown has cost England the Six Nations

A loss of key players and refereeing interpretations in the Premiership have weakened Eddie Jones’s hand in the area where international rugby is won and lost<p>One statistic highlights why Ireland have taken over from England as the Six Nations champions and explains why Eddie Jones invited the South …

Rugby Union