It is 10-years to the day since England lifted the Webb Ellis trophy
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Tuesday 01 February 2011
The Gloucester centre Mike Tindall, a short-priced favourite to beat Nick Easter to the England captaincy against Wales on Friday, was back on the training field yesterday, as were the Leeds flanker Hendre Fourie and the Wasps lock Simon Shaw, neither of whom played an active part in last week's red-rose camp in Portugal.
Sunday 30 January 2011
Saturday 29 January 2011
Friday 28 January 2011
Italian rugby has its weaknesses, but as the scrum is very definitely not among them, the Azzurri's second-string international with England Saxons at Worcester tomorrow is likely to prove highly significant. The hosts have picked two "bolters" for World Cup selection, the Harlequins prop Joe Marler and the London Irish forward Alex Corbisiero, in their front row, and a top-notch performance from either man – or, indeed, both – could force the red-rose manager Martin Johnson to adjust his thinking ahead of the global gathering in New Zealand this autumn.
Monday 24 January 2011
Martin Johnson today reinforced his injury-hit squad ahead of the RBS 6 Nations - but he is remaining tight-lipped over who will captain England into the championship.
Wednesday 12 January 2011
England manager Martin Johnson revealed today that Courtney Lawes could be back in action before the end of the RBS 6 Nations.
Tuesday 11 January 2011
England have suffered a major blow ahead of their RBS 6 Nations campaign with the news that Northampton forward Courtney Lawes will miss the entire championship.
Monday 10 January 2011
Saturday 11 December 2010
Saturday 27 November 2010
How times change. Three weeks ago, England spent the first 25 minutes of their autumn campaign living down to levels of expectation that were located somewhere near the earth's core.
Friday 26 November 2010
Martin Johnson was barely able to contain his excitment on the eve of England's showdown with South Africa as he told his men: "This is what you play for."
Thursday 25 November 2010
England manager Martin Johnson has reverted to his strongest line-up for Saturday's Investec Test against South Africa.
Sunday 21 November 2010
"Not every game," Martin Johnson said, "will be played the same way as the Australia game." Which was the England manager's way of saying, when he named his starting XV against Samoa, that just because the home side exhilarated one week, don't expect them to do so seven days later.
Saturday 20 November 2010
There is not much point in a team staging the rugby equivalent of a Lord Mayor's Show, as England did in beating the Wallabies at Twickenham last weekend, if they fail to avoid the thing that traditionally comes after it.
Friday 19 November 2010
Martin Johnson has warned his England players ahead of the clash with Samoa that their heroics against Australia last week could easily be forgotten in today's "instant society".
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