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  • How the joint World Record Unbeaten run came about

    How the joint World Record Unbeaten run came about

    How England equalled New Zealand's 18-match winning streak, game by game

    With victory over Scotland at Twickenham, England matched the All Blacks' 18-match winning streak. This is how they did it

    England 60-3 Uruguay – 10 October 2015

    A valedictory team selection by Stuart Lancaster – throwing George Ford, Owen Farrell, Henry Slade and Alex Goode into the back-line – but it falls to Nick Easter to get England, already out of their own World Cup, going with a hat-trick. Slade sparkles in the second half.

    Scotland 9-15 England – 6 February 2016

    A scrappy contest illuminated by Mako Vunipola's delightful offload to set up Jack Nowell's decisive try. Both Vunipola brothers shine throughout – – as Eddie Jones's tenure begins with a victory.

    Italy 9-40 England – 14 February 2016

    England take a slender 11-9 lead into half-time but superior fitness pays off in the second half with Jonathan Joseph running in a hat-trick. Maro Itoje makes an impressive first international appearance from the bench.

    England 21-10 Ireland – 27 February 2016

    Johnny Sexton's fitness dominates the buildup and while he shines, England edge home with quickfire tries from Anthony Watson and Mike Brown. Ireland, depleted through injury, fail to take late chances.

    England 25-21 Wales – 12 March 2016

    With George Kruis and Itoje impressive England take a 19-0 lead but Wales fight back with three late tries and are left to bemoan a line judge's call that George North is in touch at the death. It remains the only match in which England have been outscored in the last 20 minutes.

    France 21-31 England – 19 March 2016

    Echoes of the World Cup defeat by Wales as England keep pulling ahead before conceding costly penalties but two late kicks from Owen Farrell seal a first grand slam since 2003. Itoje and Kruis in particular catch the eye again. George Kruis celebrates England's Grand Slam-sealing win over France. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian

    England 27-13 Wales – 29 May 2016

    Shorn of any Saracens and Exeter players, , but buoyant after the grand slam, England cruise with five tries despite George Ford's troubles from the tee.

    Australia 28-39 England – 11 June 2016

    England slip to an early 10-0 deficit before . Australia contribute four of seven tries in a thrilling contest but Farrell finishes with 24 points for England. James Haskell performs wonders throughout.

    Australia 7-23 England – 18 June 2016

    Showcased best in the eye of an Australian storm just before half-time. Haskell and Chris Robshaw again dovetail to excellent effect as England complete a first ever series win in Australia.

    Australia 40-44 England – 25 June 2016

    Farrell again notches 24 points in a breathless match. Australia score five tries but again wonder how they are beaten. J, who suffer the ignominy of a home series whitewash.

    England 37- 21 South Africa – 12 November 2016

    Another slow start from England but Elliot Daly's booming penalty gives them a 20-9 lead at the break. Ben Youngs shines as England stretch clear before a late rally from the wounded Springboks, who are beaten by England for the first time since 2006.

    England 58-15 Fiji – 19 November 2016

    A breathless start and a furious finish from England . Daly crops up on the wing for the first time, as does Semesa Rokoduguni, who scores two tries but has not been seen in England colours since.

    England 27-14 Argentina – 26 November 2016

    England show considerable character after . A tired Pumas side claw back to within two points shortly after half-time but Farrell's kicking, and a Jonny May try, get England home.

    England 37-21 Australia – 3 December 2016

    Again Australia take a 10-0 lead and end up ruing further missed opportunities. Tries in quick succession from Youngs and Marland Yarde give England breathing space to equal their best run of 14 straight victories.

    England 19-16 France – 4 February 2017

    An average first half, compounded by May's early yellow card. England miss the power of the absent Vunipola brothers and are staring down the barrel with 20 minutes to go after Rabah Slimani's converted try. Jones turns to his "Finishers", though, and .

    Wales 16-21 England – 11 February 2017

    England leave it even later in a thunderous Test match with Daly eventually providing the match-winning score. Wales boss the breakdown but England demonstrate their character and composure under pressure.

    England 36-15 Italy – 26 February 2017

    Jones says England "didn't play any rugby" but the ledger records a six-try bonus point victory. The hosts are shaken by Italy's anti-rucking tactics but gather themselves in the second half when Jack Nowell crosses twice.

    England 61-21 Scotland - 11 March 2017

    Against an underwhelming Scotland side, England finally fire in the 2017 Six Nations . Inspired by a Jonathan Joseph hat-trick and Owen Farrell's boot, England raced into an early lead and never let up.

  • 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!

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