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Eddie Jones: ‘Can’t be arrogant or presumptuous’ about the England job

England head coach Eddie Jones has signed a two-year contract extension to stay in the role until 2021. The 57-year-old Australian’s previous deal ran until the the end of the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year. Jones has won 22 of his 23 Tests since taking the role in November 2015, and says extending his deal was “not a difficult decision”. READ MORE: England boss Jones extends contract Listen to the BBC’s Rugby Union Weekly podcast. Source link

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Eddie Jones: England head coach signs contract until 2021

The RFU has started succession planning for when Jones leaves the role England head coach Eddie Jones has signed a two-year contract extension to stay in the role until 2021. The 57-year-old Australian’s previous deal ran until the the end of the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year. Jones has won 22 of his 23 Tests since taking the role in November 2015, and says extending his deal was “not a difficult decision”. “Coaching England is a dream job for me, and I was delighted to be asked to…

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Ireland winger Tommy Bowe announces retirement

Ireland and Ulster winger Tommy Bowe says he will retire from rugby at the end of this season. The 33-year-old won 69 caps for Ireland and played for the British and Irish Lions in 2009 and 2013. Bowe scored a memorable try in March 2009 when Ireland beat Wales in Cardiff to clinch the Grand Slam. Video available to UK users only Bowe relives ‘special’ try against Wales Source link

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London Irish: Brophy-Clews, Fowlie and Hobbs-Awoyemi sign contract extensions

London Irish trio Theo Brophy-Clews, Tom Fowlie and Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi have signed contract extensions. London Irish trio Theo Brophy-Clews, Tom Fowlie and Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi have signed contract extensions at the Premiership club. Fly-half Brophy-Clews, 20, centre Fowlie, 22, and prop Hobbs-Awoyemi, 23, have agreed undisclosed-length deals. Brophy-Clews scored four tries as the Exiles beat Russian side Krasny Yar 47-17 last weekend. London Irish are bottom of the Premiership having won once in the league all season. Source link

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Six Nations 2018: Wales name James Davies and Josh Adams in squad

James Davies helped Scarlets win the Pro12 title in 2017 Wales have named uncapped pair James Davies and Josh Adams in their squad for the Six Nations. Flanker Davies, 27, has been rewarded for his excellent form with Scarlets, while Worcester wing Adams is the top try scorer in the English Premiership. Bath number eight Taulupe Faletau is included despite being ruled out of the first two rounds of the Six Nations with a knee injury. Harlequins centre Jamie Roberts and Bath lock Luke Charteris are left out. The 39-man…

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Tommy Bowe: Ireland and Ulster wing to retire at end of season

Tommy Bowe made his senior Ireland debut against the USA in November 2004 Ireland and Ulster wing Tommy Bowe has announced that he will quit the sport at the end of this season. The 33-year-old, who won 69 caps for Ireland after making his debut in 2004, also played for the British and Irish Lions in 2009 and 2013. A shoulder injury sustained earlier this month ended his slim hopes of being in Ireland’s Six Nations squad. In a tweet Bowe said he “had some incredible years but it’s time…

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Mathieu Bastareaud & James Haskell to face independent disciplinary committee

Mathieu Bastareaud made the comment at the end of Sunday’s win over Benetton Treviso Toulon’s Mathieu Bastareaud and Wasps’ James Haskell will face an independent disciplinary committee in London on Wednesday following incidents in weekend European Champions Cup games. France centre Bastareaud made a homophobic comment during Sunday’s win over Italian side Benetton Treviso. England forward Haskell was sent off for a high tackle on Harlequins’ Jamie Roberts in Saturday’s defeat. Both player are at risk of missing the Six Nations if banned. France play Ireland on 3 February and…

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George North: Scarlets in the market for Wales & Lions wing

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac says they have spoken to Wales wing George North about him joining them for 2018-19. Pivac had previously said they were not in the market for a back-three signing. North is leaving Northampton at the end of 2017-18 and has already pledged to return to Wales. Dragons have also spoken to North, but Cardiff Blues say they want to strengthen their pack while Ospreys have made no comment on the player. North left Scarlets for Northampton in 2013 and because he will return to Wales…

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Mathieu Bastareaud: Toulon centre apologises for homophobic comment

Mathieu Bastareaud made the comment at the end of Sunday’s win over Benetton Treviso Toulon’s Mathieu Bastareaud has been cited after making a homophobic comment during Sunday’s European Champions Cup victory over Benetton. Bastareaud, 29, apologised after the match but will face disciplinary action and, if found guilty, would face a minimum ban of six weeks. The incident occurred in the last minute of a 36-0 Toulon victory in which Bastareaud scored a try. He tweeted: “I want to apologise for my reaction to the player’s insults.” The centre, who…

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European Challenge Cup: Cardiff Blues 18-13 Toulouse

Cardiff Blues scrum-half Tomos Williams scores after Gareth Anscombe’s fine chip and gather European Challenge Cup Cardiff Blues (10) 18 Tries: T Williams, Anscombe Con: Evans Pens: Evans, Anscombe Toulouse (10) 13 Try: Kolbe Con: Ramos DGs: Ramos 2 Cardiff Blues booked their place in the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a game to spare as they held off Toulouse at Cardiff Arms Park. Full-back Gareth Anscombe was the catalyst, scoring a try and a penalty while kicking skilfully out of hand. Cheslin Kolbe had given Toulouse an early lead,…

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