England rugby

Cokanasiga named in England’s Rugby World Cup squad

The 21-year-old was born in Fiji but moved to England with his family when he was three-years-old.

He currently plays for Bath in England and got his first call up to join the England rugby team back in 2017.

Some other players included in the squad by Coach Eddie Jones are Maro Itoje, Mako Vunipola, Billy Vunipola, Owen Farrell, Manu Tuilagi, Anthony Watson and Ben Youngs.

Among those missing out are Brad Shields and Danny Cipriani.

England is pooled Tonga, France, Argentina and USA.

England beat Wales 33-19 in WC warm-up

The result means the All Blacks climb back above Wales to top of the world rankings despite the weekend's record defeat to the Wallabies.

An England line-up featuring only a handful of regular first-choice starters overpowered Wales thanks to tries from Billy Vunipola, Joe Cokanasiga and Luke Cowan-Dickie, as well as flawless kicking from captain and flyhalf George Ford.

Dylan Hartley set miss out on Rugby World Cup for England

The injured hooker was one of the high-profile names missing when England coach Eddie Jones announced a squad of 29 players to attend a training camp next week. Also absent was former England captain Chris Robshaw and No 8 Nathan Hughes.

The group did not include players who featured in the English Premiership semifinals or final – champion Saracens, Exeter, Gloucester or Northampton – because of the mandatory five-week rest period. These players will be added in later enlarged squads, with a final 31-man Rugby World Cup party to be named on July 4.

Warren Gatland '100 per cent' rules out replacing Eddie Jones as England coach

The New Zealander was on Wednesday confirmed as Lions coach for the third successive time after he led the tourists to Australia and New Zealand in 2013 and 2017 respectively.

The 55-year-old is standing down as Wales coach after 12 years once their Rugby World Cup campaign concludes in Japan later this year.

England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) have reportedly been interested in Gatland succeeding Jones but the Kiwi coach was having none of it.

Bavadra to make his sevens debut for England

He will add a bit of Fijian flair to the English side.

The 18-year old played only two tournaments for his Bishop Burton before being selected into the England 7s squad.

Meanwhile, England is pooled with Fiji, Argentina, and Ireland.

     

England number eight defends Folau's post

Folau, a fundamentalist Christian, was informed by Rugby Australia on Thursday he would be sacked if he could offer no good reason for a social media post that said gay people would go to "hell" if they did not "repent".

Vunipola said he had been told by three people to withdraw his apparent support for Folau's post.

"He's saying how we live our lives needs to be closer to how God intended them to be. Man was made for woman to pro create that was the goal no?," Vunipola wrote on Instagram.

England still mentally scarred from 2015 World Cup

England fell apart in the second half against Scotland as a 31-0 lead was squandered with only a converted injury-time try salvaging a 38-38 draw.

Jones now plans to recruit an expert to work on his team's mentality.

"It's like we have some hand grenades in the back of a jeep and sometimes they go off when there's a lot of pressure," said Jones.

"We have a few of them and we've got to get rid of them."

Joseph added to England squad

The centre has not featured for his country since last year's tournament and missed nine months of action due to an ankle injury.

However, Joseph returned for club side Bath this weekend and the 27-year-old – who has scored more tries in Eddie Jones' tenure than any other England player – will travel to Portugal on Wednesday with the rest of the squad.

Joseph has 17 tries in 40 matches for England, who begin their Six Nations in Dublin on February 2.

England rugby wants John Mitchell

The BBC is reporting that Mitchell is understood to be Jones' number one target to replace Paul Gustard as England defence coach.

Mitchell is head coach at the Blue Bulls Super Rugby side in Pretoria and was assistant to Clive Woodward with England between 1997 and 2000.

The 54-year-old's contract in South Africa runs until 2019, so an early release would need negotiating.

England have been without a defence coach since Gustard's departure to Harlequins following the tour of South Africa in June.

Vunipola out of Lions tour

Vunipola had been nursing the injury throughout the Aviva Premiership while playing for Saracens.

England backrower James Haskell will replace Vunipola and will join the camp following the Premiership final this weekend.

Vunipola, who was born in Australia, has played 34 tests for England and was expected to be the starting number eight for the Lions in their three-test series against the All Blacks.

Lions coach Warren Gatland said he was disappointed for Vunipola, who had been looking forward to joining the squad