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Eddie Jones Admits England Have Leadership Issue

Eddie Jones, the Head coach of the England team, has admitted that team have an “ongoing leadership issue” after the surprise defeat against Scotland in Six Nations at Murrayfield last weekend – the Scots took a commanding lead in the first half, and ENgland never recovered, eventually losing the match by 25 points to 13.

During the first half of the match, England struggled to deal with the tactics of Scotland, especially at the breakdown, when Scotland was overwhelmingly dominant. This was in spite of the fact that England actually had more power and weight in their pack.

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PARISSE – WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE

Italy skipper Sergio Parisse says they have nothing to lose when they clash with England in the Six Nations opener on Sunday. Both sides are set to meet at the Stadio Olimpico, with England expected to emerge victors.

Italy have never defeated England even after 23 meetings. Their last victory in the championship was when they faced Scotland three years back. On the other hand, England are the favourites in the tournament and they are keen on becoming the first team to win three outright titles.

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ASHTON LOVING LIFE IN TOULON

The departure of Chris Ashton from European Champions Saracens at the end of last season raised a few eyebrows in England and since his arrival at Toulon, rugby fans will be wondering just what the RFU let go.

Having seen his international career falter for a number of different reasons, the 30-year-old took the decision to quit England’s shores for warmer, and more lucrative, climes ahead of the new season. Settling in amongst a host of world class talent at Toulon, it was wondered if Ashton could continue his try-scoring prowess with some of the biggest and best names in the business.

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Leigh Halfpenny – Slow motion behind the posts

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Robin van Persie expresses his joy in returning to the Netherlands squad

It had been 2 years since Robin van Persie was able to make his presence in the international stage but in a recent 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match of Netherlands against France, he was called by Dick Advocaat.


Unfortunately for Robin van Persie, his return to the Netherlands team was a disastrous one as his national team suffered a 4-0 defeat against the French outfit and he could only perform for a few minutes as he came into the pitch at the 64th minute and was later injured.

The player himself has stated that his injury is not very serious but for some reason, various media outlets are saying the total opposite. Those media outlets are claiming that it’s a very serious injury which could even threaten the professional playing career of Robin van Persie.

Nonetheless, before the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Netherlands and France kicked off on August 31, Robin van Persie displayed his joy in being called up and making a return to his national side as the veteran attacker said:

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CHEIKA FACING WORLD RUGBY INVESTIGATION

Michael Cheika’s conduct during Australia’s 30-6 defeat by England at Twickenham has been referred for investigation by World Rugby.

The Wallabies head coach was infuriated by a number of refereeing decisions and when a Michael Hooper try was disallowed in the first half, he appeared to mouth “fucking genius” in reference to the decision made by the referee Ben O’Keeffe.

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ENGLAND DROP KRUIS FOR AUSTRALIA

England coach Eddie Jones has dropped Saracens lock George Kruis for the upcoming encounter against Australia to be played at Twickenham on Saturday.

Kruis played 55 minutes in the game against Argentina which the red rose team went on to win 21-8 and the 27-year-old’s place in the squad is taken by Bath’s Charlie Ewels.