England Desperate for a Win

The England rugby team finally seems ready to win something on the world stage, with a fantastic victory against Australia in their return to international rugby in the Australian Series helping to give them a nudge in the right direction to becoming a global rugby superpoer once more.

Every summer the England team make their way down to the Southern hemisphere and are daunted by the superpowers of rugby who lie in their wait – and typically they suffer from some home sickness woes, and get a good beating!?

As a result of their travel woes, amongst other factors, the team has a tough time standing up to the likes of New Zealand and Australia and rarely end up playing their best.

However, this time, with Eddie Jones as their head coach, they seem to be all prepped up to prove the critics wrong!

The opening of the series was a great moment for the country as they were able to get one over the host team. The momentum that is being built up is considered crucial for the country to be able to win the series in Australia this time, and they certainly got off to the right start.

Many fans and former players will tell you that the team has little to no chance of winning the series Down under, with their mental strength as well as squad depth being questioned.

The first Test series has resulted in victory for the team, and it was a mtach in which they definitely became a team that was more determined and desperate to win than their Southern hemisphere counterparts.

More performances like that one will surely make Eddie Jones and his team Series champions – with flanker George Ford claiming that the team now has a never-say-die attitude that has been missing in recent tours, and that they are desperate to win again to keep the run going.

It’s one thing beating Scotland in the Six Nations (though still worth wtaching and you can even get tickets on this site) but another altogether to beat Australia on their own turf!?

The victory in Brisbane has also turned up the heat on Australia, who had been expecting a comfortable win but must now regain their game-face and go again. Whilst they have their past victories which will add to their confidence, they will know that England will be tough to beat.

Australia have won four out of seven recent competitive matches against England in recent years, which could give them the much needed confidence to gain the Series victory.

For Eddie Jones, a victory in the Series would be a great achievement and another feather added to his cap.

Jones slams rival rugby league

Rugby league is not about skills, it is a game designed to hurt people. That was Jones’s opinion of the rival sport when asked about his thoughts on Sam Burgess’s failed attempt to play in rugby union.

In 2014, Burgess decided to walk away from the South Sydney Rabbitohs to represent England at the 2015 World Cup. Despite making the starting XV, he was blamed for the poor showing at the tournament when England were dumped out in the pool stages.

Jones went on to say that England had a confused strategy at the World Cup, in which Sam was a non-event. Burgess was a member of a squad that holds the record of registering the worst result by a host country in the history of World Cup rugby. This made him a scapegoat and eventually, Burgess returned to play in the NRL for the next season.

Although Burgess was attacked by Jones, the 27-year-old Rabbitohs star was paid a compliment as Jones said that he would have been a great Test player if he had stuck at it. The comments from England coach come when another rugby league star Ben Te’o is about to make his debut for England against the Wallabies on Saturday night.

Folau should be played at Full-back

The Aussies would be taking a big risk if they play Israel Folau at a central position instead of his more familiar full-back role in the Brisbane Test on Saturday, believes England’s center Jonathan Joseph.

Despite the fact that Folau has spent most of his career playing at full-back, NSW Waratahs’ trainer Daryl Gibson has played the 27-year-old in a midfield position this year.

Bath Rugby ace Joseph believes that Folau is a greater threat as a full-back, where he is at his counter-attacking best. The Wallabies head coach should utilize Folau’s strengths and play him in his accustomed position.

Joseph also added that he was thrilled by the prospect of playing alongside Ben Te’o, who is all set to debut for England at inside center. He believes Ben is a great addition to the squad as his off-loading games are good and he is defensively very tough.

While English coach Eddie Jones is likely to have Maro Itoje as the blindside flanker, Itoje’s teammate Mako Vunipola says that it could be a great move as it would give an extra lineout option. Itoje is a good player with the ability to carry and tackle hard.

The first of the three Tests will start on June 10 followed by the Melbourne Test on June 18 and the Sydney Test on June 25.

England look to rattle Wallabies

England under Aussie coach Eddie Jones are determined to upset Australia in the opening Brisbane Test on Saturday. Jones is priming his boys for a physical onslaught on the Australian side, who eight months ago humiliated the hosts in the World Cup with a 33-13 victory at Twickenham.

But now optimism is running high within the English ranks as they have not yet lost a match under their new coach. Earlier this season, Jones guided his side to win the first Grand Slam in thirteen years. To motivate his side for the upcoming series, Jones has been providing the players with footage of cricket’s Bodyline Ashes tour.

Jones wants his players to employ an aggressive approach from the beginning of the opening Test. Traditionally, the English rely on their scrum and set piece play, which dominated the Wallabies in the past. However, under Mario Ledesma and Michael Cheika’s guidance, the Wallabies scrum easily overpowered England in the victory at Twickenham last year.

Meanwhile Australia will field four of the props from that World Cup match including tighthead Sekope Kepu, who will link up with Greg Holmes, Scott Sio, and James Slipper.

Tuilagi indispensible for England

Richard Cockerill, the Director of Rugby of the reigning Aviva Premiership champions the Leicester Tigers believes his star man Manu Tuilagi should be the first name on the team sheet for the England Rugby Team, adding that his star man has an X-factor about his game which will be a key asset to the plans for the future, irrespective of the emergence of Luther Burrell.

The British and Irish Lions centre missed all of the autumn internationals for the country after suffering a pectoral muscle injury last year and only returned to match fitness before the Six Nations Championships kicked off.

Luther Burrell and Billy Twelvetrees took full advantage of the absence of the powerful Leicester man to form an effective partnership for the England Rugby Team at the centre but Cockerill believes his star player will reclaim his first team place.

He mentioned that Tuilagi is a key player for the Tigers but if one goes through the recent reports in the press, it would seem he is surplus to requirements for Stuart Lancaster and the England team. Only time will tell about the future but there is a lot of rugby to be played. He added that everyone has seen him play over the last couple of seasons and have seen what he is capable of which was particularly evident in the game against All Blacks when the England Rugby Team beat them.

Cockerill went on to mention that the other players have played brilliantly to cover for his absence but when Manu Tuilagi comes into the England team, it has a menacing look about it and if Lancaster wanted to build a team for the next decade, the Tuilagi should be at the centre of all his plans because he has that X-factor in his game that no one has.

Lancaster hopes European impasse will be resolved

Stuart Lancaster, the head coach of the England Rugby Team has admitted that he concerned with all the talk surrounding the collapse of the European rugby structure and has mentioned that a European rugby tournament must continue in order to boost the country’s chances in the 2015 Rugby World Cup on home soil.

The English had last hosted the tournament in 1991, losing out to arch rivals Australia in the final and have been drawn in Pool A for next summer’s extravaganza alongside the Wallabies as well as Wales, their bitter rivals from the Six Nations as well the winner between the Cook Islands and Fiji who meet in a playoff final.

The England Rugby Team boss hopes that the impasse over the European rugby tournaments comes to a quick resolution after the French and English clubs expressed a willingness as far back as 2012 to sever connections with the European Rugby Cup led Heineken Cup. The existing contracts with the clubs and the tournament end this summer and the English clubs are still pushing for a Rugby Champions Cup.

Lancaster stated that given a choice, he’d rather see the English clubs play in a European tournament but added that they will just have to wait and see what transpires in the end.

He went on to mention that he is aware what is going on but he is not directly involved in it. He stated that it will be a huge blow if it doesn’t happen but it’s still early to comment on what will happen and will wait and see what happens.

The England Rugby Team boss, a former coach of Leeds Carnegie is desperate for his players to test themselves against the best players ahead of the Rugby World Cup to boost the chances of the team.

England Rugby Team need to win Six Nations

Chris Robshaw has reacted to the stunning and spirited performance that the England Rugby Team put up against the Rugby World Cup holders New Zealand as they came very close to upsetting the odds and beat the world champions by declaring that the team needs to win the upcoming Six Nations title in order to show that there has been progress made by the team in the right direction.

The All Blacks suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Englishmen in an autumn international last season at the Twickenham Stoop and the world champions more than made up for that humiliating defeat by winning a thrilling QBE Internationals match against the old enemy by 30-22 but they were made to look extremely ordinary by a spirited England team.

The New Zealand motivates itself by claiming to be the most dominant team in the history of rugby but even such a team needed to count on individual brilliance to overcome an England Rugby Team that has often been blasted as boring, dull, and drab and the most hyped team in the world by the press from the rugby world.

At one point, England were trailing 17-3 before they scaled an almost impossible mountain and took a 22-20 lead at one point before New Zealand rallied back to take the game 30-22 in the end.

And although it was just the team’s second loss in the last eleven international and that too, in a captivating and energy sapping test against the world champions, England Rugby Team skipper Robshaw believes that is still unacceptable.

He mentioned that the England team is very close to where they want to be but they still need to win a major title in order to add some sort of credential to their name as well.

EMBARRASSING TIMES

This has to be one of the most embarrassing times for the England rugby circuit. Sam Burgess, who plays forward for the England rugby league, is facing a possible two game ban for what he did on the field, when the team was playing against Melbourne Storm.

Burgess has been accused of grabbing Will Chambers between the legs and injuring him during the later part of the game.

This move, often termed as the squirrel grip, is illegal in any rugby match, and if the charges against Burgess are found to be true, then he will face a ban from two next upcoming games. But a proper investigation needs to be planned before any verdict is dictated, as neither the referee nor the commentators caught anything on the field. It was later found in the game footage, and officials are going to look in to the matter.

In other England rugby news, Coach Stuart Lancaster really has a vision this time for the team, and he wants England to come up as the rugby champions of the world.

And when asked what his tactics were going to be, he replied that first and foremost, he wants the team to get rest. The season has ended quite a while back, and the players of the England rugby team need loads of rest, before they can start training again for the next upcoming event.

Lancaster’s basic approach is that, move aside any obstacle that the players might face, and give them the opportunity to shine on the field. And he does not prefer over working players. The scenario in England and its rugby clubs right now is such that, there are huge squads, and rotations can be more frequent, so that players are not called forth to play over and over again till they burn out.

Ashton hails England Rugby Team

Chris Ashton, the winger of the England Rugby Team has hailed the performances of his England international team mate Alex Corbisero following the stunning series victory of the British and Irish Lions against Australia last month.

And Corbisero, who was absolutely stellar in his role at prop as he scrummaged the Wallabies to submit, was singled out for praise by Ashton for his dominant displays which many critics have also hailed as the pivotal moment in the team’s triumph Down Under.

Corbisero, who recently made the move to the runners of the Aviva Premiership the Northampton Saints also made a very early breakthrough for the Lions with a try in the second minute and Ashton has lauded the performances of the 24 year old prop and hailed him as the superhero of the team. Ashton also made it clear that the team was immensely impressive as well and hailed the team effort as he passed on his congratulations to all players on the team which won emphatically 41-16 in the final match at the ANZ Stadium and singled out the England Rugby Team player Corbisero for special praise.

Ashton took to his official page on Facebook where he stated that it is no wonder that Corbisero loves superheroes because he himself is one and he also congratulated all other members of the triumphant Lions side.

Christian Wade, the winger for the London Wasps, who was also a part of the tour and played on the tour match against the ACT Brumbies, also took to his Facebook page to celebrate the victory. The highly rated 22 year old, who has been tipped for success with the England Rugby Team admitted that the victory in the series was unbelievable and admitted that the entire experience has been absolutely amazing for all the players.

Warren Gatland reluctant on Jonny Wilkinson

England and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has ruled out making a fresh approach for former England international Jonny Wilkinson regarding his availability for the Lions tour of Australia in the summer. Wilkinson was named as the European Player of the Year, merely 24 hours after leading his side Toulon to glory in the Heineken Cup over Clermont Auvergne in the final, helping the big spending French side to continental glory.

The English veteran, who starred for the England national team and booted them to glory in the final of the 2003 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, was asked by Gatland to be a part of the Lions’ squad for the upcoming tour of Australia before he announced the 37-man squad for the tour.

However, the 33 year old rejected that opportunity owing to commitments with Toulon as well as his deteriorating fitness. And with Gatland reluctant to ask the England legend Jonny Wilkinson to be a part of the squad once again, there is a growing voice urging the New Zealander to pick up the phone and ask him once again.

Gatland has, however, confirmed that Wilkinson remains in his plans if either one of Owen Farrell or Jonathan Sexton are injured but also admitted that his recent exploits with Toulon have done nothing to convince him that an immediate call-up is necessary. He stated that he has been over with the conversation he had with Wilkinson once before and nothing has changed since then.

Gatland mentioned that if any player picked up an injury while on the tour, then there might be another conversation with Jonny Wilkinson. He added that Jonny is a very good player but as far as he is concerned, the conversation is over for the moment and there is nothing new to say.