England rugby

England in Six Nations: Jason Ryles absent because of Covid-19 travel fears

Ryles and his family have chosen not to re-locate from Australia to England this month because of the current Covid lockdown.

The Rugby Football Union say it is hoped Ryles will re-join the coaching staff for England's summer fixtures.

England start their Six Nations campaign against Scotland at Twickenham on 6 February.

Jones will confirm his 28-man squad on Friday 22 January, with the squad meeting at St George's Park next week to begin preparations for the Championship.

Billy Vunipola 'outstanding' despite Ealing defeat, says Saracens' Mark McCall

England head coach Eddie Jones watched from the stands ahead of their opener against Scotland on 6 February.

Sarries are playing in the Trailfinders Challenge Cup to be ready for the start of the Championship season on 6 March.

They were relegated last season because of persistent salary cap breaches.

"I thought Billy was outstanding, genuinely. He has been brilliant with this young group all week. He has been really positive with them," McCall said.

Owen Farrell kicks England to Autumn Nations Cup final victory in extra-time

England were the red-hot favourite just five weeks after pipping France to the Six Nations title. They had 10 times the experience, and home advantage at Twickenham.

But a young France team of second and third stringers led for 65 minutes until the last minute of regulation time when England pulled out a converted try from a lineout drive to tie the score at 19-19.

That forced the final into 20 extra minutes of sudden death, with the first to score the winner.

England suffer double injury blow in Sale's win at Northampton

Lawes departed in the ninth minute after falling awkwardly when challenging Tom Curry for a high ball, the Saints second row catching his right ankle in the turf as his body twisted on landing.

Soon after, England midfielder Tuilagi followed him off the pitch having taken a bang to what appeared to be his left achilles during a bulldozing carry out of defence when Sale were pinned in their own 22.

Cokanasiga stars in first game since England beat USA 12 months ago

Victory over Saracens in their final regular-season game on Sunday week will be enough to confirm a top-four finish. But it looked a distant dream midway through the second half at a rain-swept Recreation Ground as Bath trailed by 17 points before dramatically turning the contest on its head. Hooker Tom Dunn scored two tries in five minutes, then prop Lewis Boyce crossed and scrum-half Ben Spencer’s touchdown sealed an improbable 31-20 bonus-point win.

New England Umbro kit will cost £170

Umbro, more commonly known for their association with football, have taken over from Canterbury as official technical kit partner to the national team in a four-year deal.

In addition to the men’s strip that will be released on September 11, the sportswear giants will also supply the Red Roses women’s team as well as training wear for both sides.

A full men’s ‘pro’ strip will require a large outlay from supporters, who must pay £100 for the jersey, £55 for the shorts and £15 for the socks. However, a replica shirt is available at £70.

England players to have match fees reduced

The poor financial outlook at Twickenham caused by COVID-19 has resulted in the revised amount, representing a £5,750 decrease on the previous figure of £23,000, being agreed with players.

Even allowing for the new, lower, match fee England internationals remain the highest paid in the sport.

The payment covers appearances, training and image rights and will take effect from October when Eddie Jones’ men play their first meaningful game since March by travelling to Rome to face Italy to complete their 2020 Six Nations campaign.

Bath sign England 7s 'emerging talent' Muir

The 24-year-old originally caught the eye of the national set-up while playing for Northumbria University in the BUCS Super Rugby League. He has gone onto represent England Sevens across the globe, making his senior bow at the Assupol International Sevens tournament in South Africa.

His impressive performances led to a call-up to Simon Amor’s 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens squad in San Francisco before joining the programme full time for the 2018-19 World Rugby Sevens campaign.

Haskell distances himself from Billy Vunipola's views on religion

Appearing as a guest on The Good, The Bad & The Rugby which Haskell presents along with Mike Tindall and Alex Payne, Vunipola was asked about the infamous Israel Folau saga, extreme religion and homophobic views that resulted in the termination of his Rugby Australia contract in 2019. 

The Saracens back row said he “wouldn’t go about it the same way”, saying “it’d be more of a conversation” if it were to happen again and that he would “talk to whoever had any questions”. 

Leicester confirm Manu Tuilagi departure

Chief executive Andrea Pinchen confirmed that England stars Tuilagi and Kyle Eastmond, and also Telusa Veainu, Greg Bateman and Noel Reid have left the Welford Road club.

Leicester set their players a deadline of Tuesday evening to sign new deals on reduced terms, to reflect the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and also the upcoming salary cap reductions.

And British and Irish Lions star Tuilagi heads the cast-list of players who refused to accept the wage cuts, and have therefore left the east Midlands club.