England vs Wales RWC 2015
58-56-12: This is England’s Win-Lose-Draw rate against the men in red.
126 tests and 134 years later, England have the advantage when playing in England, having won 36 matches to Wales's 19.
Results - past three-meetings…
Wales 16 (Webb) England 21 (Watson, Joseph)
England 29 (Care, Burrell) Wales 18
Wales 30 (Cuthbert (2)) England 3
TV: Live on ITV, highlights on ITV
England: Mike Brown; Anthony Watson, Brad Barritt, Sam Burgess, Jonny May; Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs; Billy Vunipola, Chris Robshaw (c), Tom Wood; Courtney Lawes, Geoff Parling; Dan Cole, Tom Youngs, Joe Marler.
Replacements: Rob Webber, Mako Vunipola, Kieran Brookes, Joe Launchbury, James Haskell, Richard Wigglesworth, George Ford, Alex Goode.
Wales: Liam Williams; George North, Scott Williams, Jamie Roberts, Hallam Amos; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Taulupe Faletau, Sam Warburton, Dan Lydiate; Alun Wyn Jones, Bradley Davies; Tomas Francis, Scott Baldwin, Gethin Jenkins.
Replacements: Ken Owens, Aaron Jarvis, Samson Lee, Luke Charteris, Justin Tipuric, Lloyd Williams, Rhys Priestland, Alex Cuthbert.
James Haskell takes you behind the scenes at the England send off at the O2 Arena
Great opportunity for fans of England rugby to take a sneak view at what happened behind the scenes at the O2 Arena when Take That and other stars give the boys a rousing send off, just prior to the start of the Rugby World Cup.
James Haskell – 'the biggest game of my career' against Australia
England flanker James Haskell has said that next Saturday's Rugby World Cup game against Australia this coming weekend would be the biggest of his career, if selected to be involved.
England's match against the Wallabies is effectively a must-win showdown for the hosts' quarter-final hopes as a result, and Haskell is confident that the defeat to Wales will help to spur them on.
"If I'm involved I think it will be the biggest game of my career. We're obviously playing the World Cup in our country. We wanted to go to the final, tonight's been a setback, but it just makes us more hungry to go on and improve”
Rugby World Cup: Do-or-die for James Haskell and England
James Haskell knows England cannot afford another slip-up after they were beaten by an injury-hit Wales at Twickenham.
After picking up maximum points in their Rugby World Cup opener against Fiji, Stuart Lancaster's side were overturned by Wales in dramatic fashion on Saturday night.
Wasps flanker Haskell was on the pitch when a converted Gareth Davies try levelled the scores at 25-25 before Dan Biggar's long-range penalty sealed it.
That leaves the Red Rose three points behind both Wales and Australia with two games to play and the Wallabies are up next.
Defeat on Saturday could put a premature end to England's hopes of a second World Cup crown and Haskell has every intention of ensuring that is not the case.
"It is a do or die attitude for us now, but we have got to hope that this will bring the best out of us," said Haskell.
"It is knockout rugby for us from now on, really that is the only way for us to look at it.
"The guys will go away and whoever is involved next week will know that they are carrying the weight of the country on their shoulders to get that victory.
"If I'm involved I think it will be the biggest game of my career. We're obviously playing the World Cup in our country. We wanted to go to the final, it has been a setback, but it just makes us more hungry to go on and improve."
Agincourt? Prince Harry pays Royal visit to England Camp to rally the troops.
O2 inside line captures some great footage as Prince Harry, who is vice patron of England's Rugby Football Union and honorary president of the tournament's organizing committee, took time out of his busy schedule to make a visit to PennyHill Park this week.
PennyHill Park is the home of the England rugby team during the Rugby World Cup and Prince Harry was there to urge and encourage the England team onto victory in their do or die pool match against Australia this weekend.
Prince Harry or Prince Henry as he is officially known, watched as the lads went through their paces in training. Then he sat in on a number of team meetings, as well as addressing the players.
Shades of Henry V famous speech before the battle of Agincourt? Let’s hope so, with the same result for England!
Wasps - Key pointers for the coming season which kicks off tonight
Major ins – Tom Bristow (Leicester Tigers), James Downey (Glasgow Warriors), Jimmy Gopperth (Leinster), Frank Halai (Blues), James Johnston (Saracens), Brendan Macken (Leinster), Charles Piutau (Blues), Alex Rieder (Rotherham Titans), Dan Robson (Gloucester), George Smith (Lyon), Jamie Stevenson (London Scottish).
Major outs – Charlie Davies (Newport Gwent Dragons), Will Helu (Edinburgh), Ed Jackson (Newport Gwent Dragons), Tom Lindsay (Gloucester), Jack Moates (Jersey), Will Taylor (Scarlets), Tom Varndell (Bristol), Chris Bell, Andy Goode, John Yapp (all retired).
On paper, no one’s summer additions compares to Wasps. Christian Wade will be joined in the back three by Frank Halai and Charles Piutau, forming one of the most exciting position groups in the Premiership, while George Smith adds his colossal experience and formidable ability to a back row of James Haskell and Nathan Hughes.
The club’s longstanding issue at hooker seems to have been solved by moving Ashley Johnson into the front row and they’ve bulked up at tighthead, adding 140kg of Samoan muscle in the form of former Saracen, James Johnston.
It’s a big season for Hughes, not only because Wasps have invested heavily and will be expecting results from their talented squad, but also because he qualifies for England (under current rules) in 2016. With ball in hand and space to build up momentum, Hughes is as uncontainable as any forward in the Premiership and with Smith and Haskell putting in the graft, he should be free to roam the pitch and search for mismatches.
If Wasps don’t return to the playoffs with this squad, something will have gone very wrong. From one to fifteen they have talent and depth and are without doubt in the best shape to challenge for the Premiership since they last won the competition in 2008.
The Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony
Today’s video release on JHTV at 1.30pm is the RWC Opening Ceremony video which I made.
I was disappointed and saddened some chose to denigrate what had been an incredible and moving personal experience. An experience that was a result of the connection the players have with the England fans.
Critics attempting instead to portray the capturing of a magical moment as some sort of crass, self-indulgent beauty parade.
I have been waiting for the right time to post this video and felt the semi-final week, which despite England's sad non-involvement, is building towards a great climax, was an appropriate time.
Offering an unique insight as to what happens on game day. I hope all the rugby fans amongst you will enjoy watching this video. I would love to hear your comments.
BEGINNERS GUIDE TO RUGBY SERIES
The Beginners Guide series is a comprehensive, yet light touch coverage of the great game of rugby starting with the origins and history of the game. Moving through to the players, the kit they wear, the positions they occupy and then addresses some of the key rules, strategies and set pieces of the game such as the scrum, line-out and breakdown areas of the game. As well as tackling, forward passes and rules around knocking on the ball.
The Beginners Guide to Rugby video series is completely free-to-air.
The Beginners Guide is targeted at people young and old, male or female who are either completely or virtually new to rugby and who want to have a better understanding of the game.
Written and narrated by James Haskell, the series has been made with the simple ambition of making the game easy to understand. To enable people new to the sport to appreciate the enjoyment and excitement the game so richly provides.
The structure of the box set is there is one, comprehensive, main video, which is some twenty minutes in duration and covers most of everything anyone new to the game would ever to need to know about rugby to enjoying watching it.
There are then thirteen short supporting, single topic videos, which cover just the specific area of the game, as defined by the video title, such as the line-out, scrum, mauls, tackling and so forth.
Want to know more? Check it out HERE.
Wasps RFC team news: James Haskell and Joe Launchbury return for Bath match
England forwards James Haskell and Joe Launchbury return to Wasps’ starting pack for tomorrow’s Ricoh Arena showdown with Bath.
Tomorrow's match comes after last weekend's disappointing 26-21 defeat in the Aviva Premiership opener against Harlequins.
“It was a frustrating performance at The Stoop,” Young said, “but we’ve had a real boost this week having most of our internationals back. They have enjoyed being back, too, and they add some extra experience to the group.
“You win things with a squad, not just three or four players. We have 28 games on the bounce now after the late start and the teams that tend to get to the top of the league are the ones that don’t just have the best 15 but also the best overall squad.
“Our squad will be tested through the season, and the internationals won’t play every game, but over the next couple of weeks we’re likely to see full-strength teams across the board."
Young added: “Bath will also have the majority of their internationals back for this match and it doesn’t get much tougher in the league than facing a side who deservedly reached the Premiership Final last season.
“We’ve got a lot of new players, and when some have only been with you a week or two, they’re not going to get everything 100-per-cent But at this stage of the season you’ve got to get your best players on the field, and hope they pick up as much as they can as quickly as possible.
“We turned the Ricoh into a bit of a fortress last season, and did really well there, so it’s important we start the same way this year. We want teams fearing coming there, and we don’t want them going away with anything."
Young continued: “It’s a big match for us, playing against last year’s finalists, and we know it’s going to be a tough game, which is what you want at this stage of the season.
“We never clicked at all at Quins. We never got going in attack, we played laterally but between the two 15 metre lines, so we didn’t get any width on the game, stretch Quins’ defence and give our talented runners enough space to operate. We need to stretch Bath, and play with more penetration.
“In defence we need more bite; we are giving away too many easy points, at this stage averaging over 20 points per game, which is putting a lot of pressure on our attack, so we need to be meaner.”
Wasps RFC team to face Bath
Rob Miller; Christian Wade, Elliot Daly, Ben Jacobs, Frank Halai; Jimmy Gopperth, Joe Simpson; Matt Mullan, Carlo Festuccia, Jake Cooper-Woolley, Joe Launchbury, James Gaskell, James Haskell (captain), George Smith, Nathan Hughes.
Replacements: Ashley Johnson, Simon McIntyre, Lorenzo Cittadini, Kearnan Myall, Sam Jones, Dan Robson, Ruaridh Jackson, Sailosi Tagicakibau.
James Gives YouTube Star KSI A Quick Introduction To Rugby
KSI - is one of the world's most influential and bankable YouTube stars.
The 21-year-old is one of the UK’s most popular digital media superstars, boasting more than 9,000,000 subscribers to his two YouTube channels (to put that into context, Tom Cruise has just 4,000), and a portfolio of brand endorsements to rival David Beckham.
The concept behind his spiralling success (he is already very wealthy) may baffle those whose teenage years are behind them, but it has been hugely effective.
Olatunji films himself playing video games - usually his beloved Fifa - and then uploads the footage to YouTube.
Definitely one of those,***!? If only I thought of that first, moments.
So what does every young YouTube millionaire want to do?
Naturally, learn to play rugby...
Click here to read the KSI story.
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