With the build up to the clash between the Argentina Rugby team and their England counterpart, it would be certain to believe that Paul Gustard was certainly at boiling point.

Having been a bit shaken by what he had referred to as an “unfair criticism” of the England with their concession of a late score and three tries by Fiji in the match against South Africa, the defense coach had convened a meeting of the players where he had a talk with them.

And while he refused to make known the reason and contents of the meeting, it is certain that he did not convene a meeting to whisper sweet nothings into the ears of the players.

Responding to the meeting, the England team turned in what Gustard took out time in an interview to describe as an “incredible performance” in the match against the Pumas.

England had played nearly the entire period of the match with just 14 men after Elliot Daly had been sent off following an incident. For two other 10 minutes period, they had played with 13 men after Dan Cole and Joe Marler had been sent to the sin bin.

Jones Confident Of Dethroning All Blacks In 2019

The former Japanese coach and the current England rugby union coach, Eddie Jones, is a confident man.

He says that he sees England toppling the world champion All Blacks side at the 2019 Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan in three years time. Under coach Jones, Japan came into the limelight by defeating Springboks in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. They parted ways after the World Cup in England and now Jones is the coach of the England rugby team.

Jones has been instrumental in the kind of turnaround that the England team has showcased of late. They have won the Six Nations Grand Slam and also beat the mighty Wallabies in the June tests under his coaching. There is no doubt that he is one of the top international rugby coaches of this modern era.

Eddie Jones feels that the England team has it in them to defeat the New Zealand team come the 2019 World Rugby Cup. The difference between the two teams is just 2 or 3 percent and the chance for England defeating the defending champions in Japan is 100%, according to Jones. Continue reading “Jones Confident Of Dethroning All Blacks In 2019”

Tuilagi comes back for Wales game

England centre Manu Tuilagi, 24, has been named in the national squad for their Six Nations match against Wales on Saturday, at Twickenham. Tuilagi had not played for the national team since June 2014 due to groin injury and disciplinary issues. He replaced Alex Goode in the 24-man England squad.


Manu Tuilagi has scored eleven tries in 25 appearances for England. Injury and disciplinary issues has hampered his playing career. Last year, he was out of the World Cup squad after he admitted that he assaulted police officers in April, 2015.

James Haskell, the England flanker, said that he is a very special player. He is pace, power and strength personified. He believes that, like always, he would leave an impact in the coming match. He has played with Tuilagi against some of the best teams in the world and he really a threat to them. Haskell further added that he was really missed at the World Cup. In fact, he is always missed whenever he is not in the team.

England face Wales on Saturday 12th March, and are still on course to complete a grand slam, having successfully despatched France and Italy. Tickets for the match at Twickenham were snapped up in a matter of minutes, but there are still some available via this link.

Meanehile, Lock Joe Launchbury has also been named among 14 forwards for the Saturday match. He earlier missed the Ireland match because of hamstring injury. Paul Hill has been replaced by Prop Kieran Brookes, while hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie will stay with the squad as Jamie George’s cover.

According to reports, England head coach Eddie Jones stated that Jamie George sustained an injury to his arm during this afternoon’s training so Luke Cowan-Dickie remains with the squad as cover while Jamie undergoes further medical assessments.

On Thursday, Eddie Jones will announce his starting XV.

BT to become sponsors of Scotland Rugby

The Scottish Rugby Union or the SRU has confirmed a new deal with broadcast giants BT that will see them become the principal sponsors for all the teams in Scotland Rugby, including the men’s and women’s national teams.

The three year deal is expected to bring about yet another new kit for the national teams when the deal kicks in this July, signalling the end of a four year long association with the Royal Bank of Scotland or the RBS Group that will now become the official banking partner of Scottish Rugby.

BT has been slowly and steadily making its presence felt in Scotland Rugby for some time now. First, they signed an agreement to become the shirt sponsors for Edinburgh Rugby and the Glasgow Warriors, the country’s only two professional teams in 2013 and followed it up by acquiring the naming rights for the national stadium Murrayfield.

A new deal also saw BT become the new sponsors of the country’s domestic league and cup tournaments and the three regional academies run by the SRU.

BT already sponsors the Rugby Sevens team of Scotland and this new deal will see them have a monopoly over all the national teams, including the three age groups teams as well. The Scotland Under-20 side will become the first national team to sport the new outfit bearing the new sponsor’s name when they kick of their campaign in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship this June. Continue reading “BT to become sponsors of Scotland Rugby”