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    Perpignan sign Paddy Jackson on two-year deal

    Ireland fly-half Paddy Jackson has joined Perpignan on a two-year deal.The 26-year-old's contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster was revoked in April following a review into his behaviour after he was acquitted on rape charges.Perpignan sporting director Christian Lanta told the French club's website: 'Paddy Jackson, in the tradition of Irish 10s, knows how to bring his individual qualities to benefit the collective. Perpignan have signed Paddy Jackson, pictured playing for Ireland in 2017, on a two-year deal 'He is a proven kicker, a talented playmaker, Paddy can bring his international experience to the team.'Jackson and team-mate ...

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    Wales make late change to XV as Rob Evans replaces injured Wyn Jones

    Wales have been forced into a late change for Saturday's Test against Argentina with prop Rob Evans stepping in for Wyn Jones.Jones injured his calf in training, so Evans has been drafted in to add his experience to the front-row in San Juan, where Nicky Smith will start on the bench.Wales will come up against an experienced tight-five at the Estadio Del Bicentenario - with the injury change potentially working in their favour against the Pumas. Rob Evans (pictured) will step in for Wyn Jones - who has suffered a calf injury during training Argentina's matchday squad is made up ...

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    England coach Eddie Jones determined to prove doubters wrong ahead of Ellis Park Test

    Defiant England will enter hostile territory, encounter alien conditions and face fired-up rivals on Saturday, armed with a fervent desire to dispel the negativity which has engulfed them in recent months.Results and rows have combined to create a siege mentality among the squad - a spiky, us-against-the-world mood. Three defeats in the Six Nations and a fifth-place finish burst the bubble of English prosperity under Eddie Jones. Late last month, a grim ordeal at the hands of the Barbarians - who plundered nine tries and enjoyed the freedom of Twickenham for long periods - intensified the sense that a crisis was ...

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    England's game against South Africa is the biggest of Eddie Jones' tenure

    It has been a rough couple of months for Eddie Jones and England, on and off the pitch. The only bright spot was a strong final quarter against Australia, which led to a very good victory, but I believe they will win at Ellis Park on Saturday evening - because they have to.This is a huge game and a pivotal moment for England, the biggest of Eddie’s tenure. Start this tour on the wrong foot and it could go horribly pear-shaped, with much of the progress of Eddie’s first two seasons going to waste. But England feel they have a ...

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    Owen Farrell leads captain's run as England put prepare for first Test against South Africa

    Stand-in England captain Owen Farrell stepped into Dylan Hartley's shoes on Friday as he led the captain's run ahead of England's first Test against South Africa.Farrell is filling in for Hartley for the entirety of the upcoming series against the Springboks while he recovers from concussion and will hope to leave an impression as a strong leader by leading Eddie Jones's men to victory.The 26-year-old took the reins in Johannesburg as the England squad limbered up for their clash at the Emirates Airlines Park on Saturday. Owen Farrell (left) is hoping to lead England to victory in South Africa as temporary ...

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    South Africa are ready to bound into a new era against England

    There's a new wind of optimism sweeping through South Africa. The Springboks have licked their wounds and are ready to bound back into action.Since losing to New Zealand in the semi-final of the 2015 World Cup – where they ran the eventual world champions desperately close at Twickenham – South Africa have plumbed some serious depths.2016 was officially their most pitiful ever year of Test rugby. The Springboks lost an unprecedented eight Tests out of 12. Captain Siya Kolisi is ready to lead the South African rugby team into a new era this summer Last month Kolisi was appointed as ...

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    Ireland and Australia train in Brisbane ahead of first Test

    Ireland and Australia have fine-tuned their final preparations ahead of locking horns in the first of a three-match Test series Down Under this weekend.The Wallabies will host Joe Schmidt's side at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.And the two sides both trained on the pitch on Friday as part of the captain's run ahead of the opening Test this weekend. Ireland's players jog around the Suncorp Stadium during the captain's run on Friday Ireland coach Joe Schmidt talks tactics with his staff ahead of the first Test on Saturday Ireland captain Peter O'Mahony was in high spirits ahead of the start ...

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    David Denton ready to seize Scotland opportunity after injury return

    Watching David Denton rampaging around the training pitch ahead of Scotland's first game of their summer tour against Canada is a joy to behold.Animated, smiling, never wanting to stop. He is in his element. It has not always been thus. In fact, it has been a rarity of late.'I had a bad habit of picking up injuries late in the season and missed some of the summer tours because of that,' said Denton who had been counted out of three of the previous five summer tours. David Denton has struggled with injuries in the past but finally looks back to ...

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    Gatland urges Premiership to give Lions an extra week to prepare for South Africa Tour

    Warren Gatland claims English clubs will be jeopardising their players' safety if they do not budge in the stand-off over Lions tour scheduling.Premiership Rugby chief Mark McCafferty intensified the row this week by insisting it would be commercial 'suicide' to shorten the club season to allow an extra week of preparation.The 2021 tour of South Africa is already set to be shortened to five weeks but Gatland, who has led two tours, is adamant the Lions need a greater share of the calendar. Warren Gatland has responded to PRL by insisting they have an extra week for preparation Widespread calls ...

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    Mike Brown should not be picked on the wing for England's first Test against Springboks

    The selection of Mike Brown on the wing is the big question mark in Eddie Jones’s England team to take on South Africa on Saturday. Of all the matches I’d have stuck with Brown at full back, this is the one.Brown divides opinion, but I understand why Eddie has been so loyal to him. He is physical, passionate, in your face and on his day a very fine Test full back.At Ellis Park, with the home crowd baying and a few ‘bombs’ coming down from the stratosphere, I would be more than happy to see him at full back. The selection ...

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    Eddie Jones says Brad Shields is one of us now as 'mind-blowing' flanker prepares for England debut

    Eddie Jones declared that Brad Shields has proved his allegiance to England after fast-tracking the Kiwi forward into the match-day squad for Saturday's first Test at Ellis Park. The Wasps-bound import from the Hurricanes has been selected at the earliest opportunity, and his dedication to adapting to an alien environment was hailed by his new team-mates as ‘mind-blowing’.Jones said: ‘He has fitted in extremely well and everyone knows he is genuine about wanting to play for England. The transition for him has been very good. Brad Shields has been fast-tracked into England's squad for the first Test against South Africa The ...

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    'To shorten Premiership for Lions would be suicide' claims chief executive Mark McCafferty

    Curtailing English top-flight rugby's season to give the British and Irish Lions more time to prepare for their tour of South Africa in 2021 would be 'suicide' for the domestic competition, Premiership Rugby Chief Executive Mark McCafferty has said.The Lions played 10 games in six weeks in New Zealand last year, including one match just days after arriving, and there have been calls to give them more time to prepare when they travel to South Africa.However, McCafferty told British media that the Lions had not even broached the subject with club rugby and that paring back the season would hurt ...

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    Gareth Anscombe backs pal Brad Shields to shine for England

    The last time Gareth Anscombe faced Argentina, he was playing for the Junior All Blacks in 2011 alongside Brad Shields.On Saturday, the fly-half will take on the Pumas in a Wales jersey - while Shields is set to make his England debut in South Africa.It has taken Anscombe almost three years to establish himself as a key member of Warren Gatland's squad, but he expects Shields to make an immediate impact under Eddie Jones. Auckland-born fly-half Gareth Anscombe pictured in action for Wales earlier this year'There are a few of us from that Under 20 that team who are still ...

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    England return to scene of Bok beating as they prepare for SA series

    When England go back to Ellis Park on Saturday, just four of their players will have first-hand experience of the ordeal that awaits, after being swamped by a 'green wave' there six years ago.The high-altitude stronghold of Springbok rugby will serve as a hostile backdrop to the series opener - and the last time the national team were there, they were subjected to a primal onslaught. Back in 2012, under Stuart Lancaster, England were brutally battered in the Johannesburg venue where Eddie Jones' side have to front up this weekend. Joe Marler, Ben Youngs, Chris Robshaw and Owen Farrell - ...

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    Saracens lock George Kruis hailed as a 'phenomenal asset' after signing new deal

    England lock George Kruis has signed a new three-year contract with Premiership champions Saracens.  The club announced that Kruis' new deal will extend his stay at Allianz Park until 2021.Saracens prop Vincent Koch has also signed an extension for the next four years until 2022.  George Kruis has signed a new contract with Premiership champions Saracens until 2021 The new deals follow terms recently agreed by club captain Brad Barritt and Saracens' senior coaching team, led by rugby director Mark McCall.Kruis and Koch played key roles in Saracens' title success this term and last year's Champions Cup final triumph, while 25 ...

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