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  • England Team to face Wales

    England Team to face Wales

    There are two changes to the England starting XV that defeated France 19-16 at Twickenham Stadium last weekend.

    Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) starts on the right wing with Jack Clifford (Harlequins) named at flanker to win his ninth cap.

    Tom Wood (Northampton Saints) and Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby) are included as finishers in an otherwise unchanged bench.

    "It's been a great week of focused preparation and we can't wait to play Wales," said England head coach Eddie Jones. "Playing Wales in Cardiff is one of the biggest games in world rugby and we're excited. These are the games you want to be part of as a player and a coach. "It's a game that is going to be decided on the basics of the game. You do the fundamentals of the game well and you win the game of rugby.”

    “We have a young team eager to play well at the great Principality Stadium. "We don't need extra motivation this week; we play Test rugby because we want to be the best for England. Every game for us is important and our supporters, and Wales is our next game so it's the most important."

    England match-day 23 for the RBS 6 Nations game against Wales

    15. Mike Brown (vice captain, Harlequins, 56 caps)

    14. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 19 caps)

    13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 30 caps)

    12. Owen Farrell (vice captain, Saracens, 48 caps)

    11. Elliot Daly (Wasps, 9 caps)

    10. George Ford (Bath Rugby, 31 caps)

    9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 66 caps)

    1. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 47 caps)

    2. Dylan Hartley (captain, Northampton Saints, 80 caps)

    3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 70 caps)

    4. Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 38 caps)

    5. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 54 caps)

    6. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 8 caps)

    7. Jack Clifford (Harlequins, 8 caps)

    8. Nathan Hughes (Wasps, 4 caps)

     

    Replacements

    16. Jamie George (Saracens, 13 caps)

    17. Matt Mullan (Wasps, 14 caps)

    18. Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 4 caps)

    19. Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 46 caps)

    20. James Haskell (Wasps, 71 caps)

    21. Danny Care (Harlequins, 67 caps)

    22. Ben Te'o (Worcester Warriors, 4 caps)

    23. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 23 caps)

  • Haskell and Farrell on O2 Inside Line Live

    Haskell and Farrell on O2 Inside Line Live

    James Haskell and Owen Farrell answer your questions with Vernon Kay.

    The bromance continues! Hask and Faz joined O2 Inside Line Live to answer questions sent in by you. From what animal they would be, their toughest opponent, the calmest player in camp and what they are watching on Nexflix.

    Vernon Kay chats to James and Owen and they answers a selection of questions sent in to Englang Rugby.

    Check out the full video Here!

  • England Name their 25 Man Squad for French Game

    England Name their 25 Man Squad for French Game

    Jones retains 25 players ahead of France match

    England head coach Eddie Jones has retained 25 players ahead of Saturday's opening RBS 6 Nations game against France at Twickenham Stadium (kick-off 4.50pm, live on ITV).

    Lock George Kruis (Saracens) will go for a further medical assessment to determine the extent of a knee injury picked-up in training on Tuesday.

    Several players who missed the Old Mutual Wealth Series in the autumn return including James Haskell, Maro Itoje and Jack Nowell.

    Joe Marler is also included having recovered from a fractured leg sustained less than a month ago.

    Jones will name his side to face France on Thursday.

    Forwards

    Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints).

    Backs

    Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers). 

  • Dylan Hartley Confirmed as England Six Nations Captain

    Dylan Hartley Confirmed as England Six Nations Captain

    Dylan Hartley has retained the England captaincy and will continue to lead the side in the RBS 6 Nations, head coach Eddie Jones has said.

    Speaking at the official launch of the championship, Jones said that Hartley will stay in the role despite serving a six-week suspension for striking Leinster's Sean O'Brien while playing for Northampton Saints in December.

    Jones stated: "I haven't actually told him... shall I say now? I'd like to announce Dylan's the captain."

    The red card given to Hartley was the third of his career, but Jones said he still has faith in the 30-year-old.

    He remarked: "I think he's ready. He trained well on Tuesday and has still got a couple of days to go. We're pleased to have him back. It's the continuity of the job."

    Hartley himself commented: "I'm here on behalf of the team. The challenge is to use this week as best we can to get the preparation right for a huge first game."

    Under Jones regime, England have won every match and a second successive Grand Slam will see England break the record of 18 successive wins set by New Zealand last year.

    The coach also said James Haskell was in the running to play in the opening match next week against France, but people would have to "wait and see" if he features in the game, having only just come back from a serious toe injury.

    While much has been said about Hartley, Jones himself was the centre of attention as he sported a black eye and a large dressing next to it. Having joked that the players had been using mixed martial arts during training, he admitted that he simply slipped and banged his head against a bathroom cabinet.

  • Wasps make light of Haskell's 'outstanding' 35 seconds

    Wasps make light of Haskell's 'outstanding' 35 seconds

    James Haskell 'totally fine' after suffering head injury on comeback.

    Wasps boss Dai Young delivered a positive fitness bulletin on James Haskell after the England flanker's long-awaited comeback from injury lasted less than a minute.

    Second-half substitute Haskell appeared to be knocked out following a tackle on Leicester full-back Freddie Burns as Wasps claimed a gripping 22-16 Aviva Premiership victory at the Ricoh Arena.

    James Haskell was helped from the field during the game against Leicester He was then helped off, having featured for just 49 seconds in his first appearance since suffering a serious toe injury during England's successful Australia tour last summer.

    And while the initial signs are good, Haskell will face a fitness race against time for next Saturday's key European Champions Cup clash against French heavyweights Toulouse.

    "He is totally fine now," Wasps rugby director Young said. "He had a real big hit and had a bang on the head, so he has got to go through the protocols.

    "It was the best '36-second' comeback ever, so he is having a bit of a ribbing off the boys, but all jokes aside, thankfully he is okay. He took a nasty bang to the head. "He went in low to make the tackle, and it was pretty much head on body.”

    "We've all been really eager to get him back on the field, and he's had a big build-up, but he is totally fine, laughing and joking and having a bit of banter”

  • Guess the Player from the Description

    Guess the Player from the Description

    This is a great must see video. O2 Inside Line invites some special guests to describe some of their favourite rugby stars and in turn the rugby players have to guess which one of them the three lads are describing.

    Check out the video HERE

  • Greenwood's Favourite 5: Eddie Jones critiques James Haskell's suit

    Greenwood's Favourite 5: Eddie Jones critiques James Haskell's suit

    Will Greenwood has selected his favourite moments from the third week of the autumn internationals.

    England made it 12 wins on the bounce with a comprehensive victory over Fiji on Saturday and injured flanker James Haskell, who was working as a Sky Sports pundit at Twickenham, had his suit critiqued by Eddie Jones and was then tackled by Billy Vunipola.

    In Paris, Tevita Kuridrani produced an incredible finish for Australia's third try in their win against France, while Sam Davies spared Wales' blushes with a last-gasp drop goal against Japan.

    The game of the weekend was in Dublin where New Zealand exacted revenge for their loss in Chicago by beating Ireland 21-9 at the Aviva Stadium. Malakai Fekitoa scored a try in either half for the world champions with the outstanding Beauden Barrett also touching down.

    Click Here to watch Will's favourite five moments..

  • England Team to Face Fiji

    England Team to Face Fiji

    Semesa Rokoduguni will win his second cap for England in Saturday’s Old Mutual Wealth Series game against Fiji (2.30pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports 2)

    The Bath wing earned his first cap against New Zealand in 2014. Teimana Harrison starts at flanker and is the only change to the England pack that helped seal a first victory over South Africa in 10 years with uncapped lock Charlie Ewels named among the replacements.

    “We’ve picked a side we believe can beat Fiji,” said England head coach Eddie Jones.

    Jonathan Joseph returns to the team at outside-centre with Elliot Daly switching to the wing, while Alex Goode starts at full back for England.

    Back row Nathan Hughes is named among the replacements along with Exeter Chiefs back Henry Slade and Worcester Warriors centre Ben Te’o.

    “England at Twickenham is the game Fiji will have targeted on their tour. They are one of the iconic rugby nations of the world and we respect them enormously.

    "They bring flair and an unbridled enthusiasm to move the ball at pace with running skills – if the game becomes unstructured they can be very a dangerous team. They’ll come to Twickenham with no fear and hungry to cause an upset.

    “While we were satisfied with last week’s result against South Africa, there was plenty to improve on. We want a much more complete performance on Saturday – we want to be in total control of the game and tidy-up the things we didn’t do well enough last weekend. We’re looking forward to it.”

    England match-day 23 for the Old Mutual Wealth Series game against Fiji

    15. Alex Goode (Saracens, 20 caps), 14. Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby, 1 cap), 13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 26 caps), 12. Owen Farrell (vice captain, Saracens, 44 caps), 11. Elliot Daly (Wasps, 6 caps), 10. George Ford (Bath Rugby, 27 caps), 9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 62 caps), 1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 36 caps), 2. Dylan Hartley (captain, Northampton Saints, 76 caps), 3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 66 caps), 4. Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 36 caps), 5. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 50 caps), 6. Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, 52 caps), 7. Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints, 2 caps), 8. Billy Vunipola (vice captain, Saracens, 30 caps).

    Replacements

    16. Jamie George (Saracens, 9 caps), 17. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 43 caps), 18. Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 1 cap), 19. Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, uncapped), 20. Nathan Hughes (Wasps, 1 cap), 21. Danny Care (Harlequins, 63 caps), 22. Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors, 1 cap), 23. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 2 caps).

  • The 2016 Coventry & Warwickshire Sports  Awards

    The 2016 Coventry & Warwickshire Sports Awards

    The 2016 Coventry and Warwickshire Sports Awards will celebrate and reward the outstanding achievements and the exceptional successes of the many sporting stars from the area.

    Recognising sportspeople from all disciplines and of all abilities from across the region. The Sports Awards will show to the wider community that Coventry and Warwickshire is home to some of the most successful sporting talents and rising stars in the country today.

    The awards presentation dinner, take place on Wednesday, 5 October 2016 at The Ricoh Arena. Supported by businesses and organisations from across the West Midlands. who recognise the importance of supporting sport in their local community.

    The evening will be a stylish and high profile affair. As we welcome a host of sporting personalities to present each award.

    2016 is set to be a fantastic year for sporting stars from across the Coventry and Warwickshire region.

    Good luck to all those shortlisted!

  • Renowned Rugby Artist launches her debut exhibition at the school of Rugby

    Renowned Rugby Artist launches her debut exhibition at the school of Rugby

    Painting portraits of well-known rugby players is Leanne Gilroy's speciality and her debut solo exhibition at the Lewis Gallery in the renowned Close at Rugby School is well worth a visit between now and 23 September.

    A percentage of her sales will go to the Matt Hampson Foundation and the oil paintings of, among others, Jonny Wilkinson, Jonah Lomu, Richie McCaw and Erika Roe, Twickenham's most illustrious streaker, are all striking pieces of work. Gilroy is even working this week on a portrait of James Haskell; there has to be a joke about crayons in there somewhere.

    Leanne gained a first class honours degree in Illustration in 2010 and has been producing commissions ever since, her most recent being a high profile commission from World Rugby and an international rugby player. Leanne’s practice incorporates the use of a variety of textures and colours in multiple layers to produce portraits of great likeness and detail. She captures the essence of each individual and combines this exactness with a free and abstract contemporary style.

    In September 2016 Leanne is embarking on her debut solo exhibition titled ‘In This Place’. Through her paintings, she captures and portrays iconic moments and great players from the game of rugby union; exhibited in the place it all began. Born and raised in the town, and passionate about the game and its heritage, Leanne is perfectly placed to explore and promote the game through her unique style of painting.

    Exhibitions and Art Events

    September 2016 – ‘In This Place’ – Debut solo exhibition – The Lewis Gallery, The Close, Rugby School, Rugby.

    February 2016 – ‘Radius’  – kookooshaboo Exhibition – Floor One Gallery, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby.

    September 2015 – present – Collection of paintings and limited edition prints exhibited at Anna Lorimers Gallery, Henry Street, Rugby.

    March 2015 – present – ‘Rugby’s Got Balls’ by kookooshaboo – 5 sculptures located in the centre of Rugby.

    June 2015 – present – kookooshaboo healing arts workshops – Hospital of St Cross, Rugby

    September 2015 – January 2016 – Two paintings selected for the Rugby Open Exhibition – Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby.

    September 2011 – September 2015 – Collection of paintings and limited edition prints exhibited at Vanilla, Rugby.

    May 2015 – July 2015 – kookooshaboo workshops – Clifton Primary School, Clifton Rugby.

    May-July 2013 – Edge Arts Collective Shoe workshops – held at various schools across Northamptonshire.

    June 2012 – Edge Arts Collective Jubilee Arts Workshop – Lutterworth, Leicestershire.

    February 2012 – Edge Arts Collective Exhibition – Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire.

    November-December 2012 – Edge Arts Collective Exhibition – Verve Gallery, Rugby.

    June 2010 – D&AD New Blood Exhibition – Truman Brewery – London

    June 2010 – Degree show – The University of Northampton

    March 2010 – Regional finalist – Lloyds TSB Art of Nurture competition. Exhibition held at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

    June 2009 – Art Exhibition – Daventry Library

    September 2008 and 2009 – 15x15x15 Exhibition – The Gallery – University of Northampton

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