#5. Raffi Quirke (Sale Sharks) Who needs Faf de Klerk? With the South African away on international duty, Sale fielded the young 20-year-old at scrum-half and he made the difference in a dominant first half for the hosts. Having exploited a gap in the Bath defence, he offloaded to send McGuigan through for Sale’s second score of the game.
A number of players are gunning to play for Eddie Jones’ refreshed England team during the Autumn Nations Series. Plenty of players have made a solid first impression so far this weekend, putting their hand up for selection – but that certainly wasn’t the case for.
Eddie Jones was able to lead Japan to a first World Cup win in 24 years. Japan pulled off the biggest shock in Rugby World Cup history on this day in 2015 with a stunning 34-32 win over South Africa at the Amex Stadium in Brighton. A try by Karne Hesketh in the final minute helped Eddie Jones’ side end their long wait for another victory in the quadrennial tournament.
#5. Sam Jones The most tragic of them all. On 30 September 2016 Jones was called up to the senior England squad by coach Eddie Jones for the Autumn Internationals. However while training with England he suffered multiple leg injuries in a judo session, which ruled him out of the Tests and led to his retirement in March 2018.
13. Gordon Brown The ex-Labour Prime Minister was playing for Kirkcaldy High School in Fife at age 16 when he received a boot to the head that tore and detached his retina in his left eye. This injury nearly blinded him, but didn’t stop him from earning a Ph.D. in history from the University of Edinburgh or taking over the PM slot from Tony Blair.
Bristol 9-26 Saracens: Londoners back with a bang after their year in the wilderness Saracens made a stunning return to the Premiership last night by ransacking Bristol’s fortress. In their first match back on the big stage since being demoted for multiple salary cap breaches, the Londoners picked up from where they left off.
#1. Schalk Brits (Saracens) The hooker deserves to be acclaimed as the greatest import in the history of the Premiership. He is that good. Joining the club in 2009, the South African helped to redefine the role of the hooker with his pragmatic style of play, making over 200 appearances for the club, winning a heap of trophies.
Having settled on his coaching staff, England head coach Eddie Jones will focus on building a squad who can challenge for honours in France When the Gallagher Premiership season has yet to kick off, it feels unnecessarily early to be reaching for our England lenses, however Eddie Jones’ announcement of a training squad on Tuesday brings the prospect of selection firmly into focus.
Are Eddie Jones’ England showing enough improvement to keep the head coach in a job? According to The Rugby Paper the England Rugby Football Union has “sounded out” possible replacements to take over from Jones, who is on the coaching hot seat. The paper is also reporting that one particular contender is “house hunting” in the Twickenham area.
Pat Lam, who has been linked as a possible replacement for England boss Eddie Jones in 2023, has committed his long-term future to Bristol Bears. The Director of Rugby agrees a new five-year contract, following the completion of his existing deal, until the end of the 2027/2028 campaign.
Rugby headlines as petition calls for Phil Steele's Scrum V return and huge name lined up for World 12s
The latest news from around the world of rugby Here are your morning headlines for Friday 17 September. Eddie Jones lined up by World 12s organisers The organisers of the proposed World 12s want to recruit England head coach Eddie Jones. The concept for a 12-a-side tournament was launched last week, with the proposal for the best players in world rugby to be recruited via an eight-team franchise system to play in three consecutive weekends next August and September.