Stuart Lancaster has selected a back-line with just 91 caps between them which includes debutants Nowell and Burrell
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Sunday 25 November 2012
Thursday 22 November 2012
England coach makes six changes for South Africa, with no place for Sharples or Care
Wednesday 21 November 2012
Stuart Lancaster has not been afraid to wield the axe since succeeding Martin Johnson as England boss, but he has stopped well short of using a chainsaw. Until last night.
Tuesday 13 November 2012
Saracens wing Chris Ashton has replaced Ugo Monye in England's 23-man squad for Saturday's Cook Cup international against Australia at Twickenham.
Sunday 11 November 2012
Sometimes the ball seems to favour the right side of the field
Thursday 08 November 2012
Leicester hooker Tom Youngs will make his Test debut against Fiji on Saturday after being confirmed in one of the most inexperienced England sides of the professional era.
Thursday 08 November 2012
Stuart Lancaster has been predicting for weeks that the England team selected to start the first match of the autumn series, against Fiji on Saturday, would be different from the one that squares up to the All Blacks next month. What he did not expect was to find himself reselecting his side before a ball had been kicked or a pass thrown at Twickenham.
Monday 05 November 2012
Injury and suspension may be the bane of a coach's life, but they take the pain out of team selection. The failure of the London Irish centre Jonathan Joseph to complete Monday's training session at the England base in Surrey effectively ruled him out of next Saturday's meeting with Fiji at Twickenham, thereby sparing Stuart Lancaster and his back-room staff an awkward decision in midfield. It now seems certain that Brad Barritt of Saracens and Leicester's Manu Tuilagi will be reunited in the back division.
Sunday 04 November 2012
Freddie Burns and Billy Twelvetrees, the two Gloucester midfielders mounting a strong case for promotion to the full England squad, have been called up for training ahead of this weekend's opening autumn international against Fiji at Twickenham.
Saturday 03 November 2012
The Sale chief executive, Steve Diamond praised his side’s resilience after they ignored the distraction of the club’s off-field difficulties to defeat London Irish 21-9 last night.
Friday 02 November 2012
Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea feels that Christmas has come early for his Aviva Premiership leaders after playmaker Nick Evans agreed a new three-year contract.
Wednesday 31 October 2012
Stuart Lancaster may be a master of system and process, but there is not a system or process in the whole wide world of sport that can prevent a virulent outbreak of old-fashioned orthopaedic trauma. The England head coach acknowledged yesterday that the injury fallout from the last round of Premiership fixtures was every bit as serious as he feared at the time – and that it has cost him the services of Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and, almost certainly, Jonathan Joseph for the opening autumn international against Fiji on Saturday week.
Tuesday 30 October 2012
Chris Robshaw has been confirmed as England captain for the QBE autumn Tests against Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
Monday 29 October 2012
England may have gathered at a new training base – the national football centre at St George's Park in Staffordshire – but they are suffering from an age-old problem: a rash of injury concerns ahead of the autumn internationals. Having called in two forwards, the London Irish hooker David Paice and the Harlequins lock George Robson, because of the trauma suffered by Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes during Northampton's weekend defeat by Saracens, they added to their reinforcements yesterday by sending for Matt Mullan, the Worcester prop.
Sunday 28 October 2012
London Irish 28 Harlequins 31
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