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Leader: Robshaw was shackled by Aussies

England 14-20 Australia: The Verdict

ENGLAND WENT into this Test against a supposedly dispirited Wallaby squad full of confidence. Sadly, when the whistle went, the roles had been reversed, with England, not so regal, in…

jamie roberts wales

Wales v Samoa: Five things we learned

I READ a lot of stat sheets prior to writing these articles. But the reason for Samoa’s win against Wales won’t be found on any of them. You can’t measure…

Joe Launchbury

Reality check for Lancaster’s England

STUART LANCASTER had described this autumn as "production time" for England. The Fiji Test was a nice dress rehearsal but Australia was the big opening night. And England fluffed their…

Black sea: Josh Bassett struggling to avoid the Maori All Blacks' defense

Maori All Blacks cast aside Championship XV

CHAMPIONSHIP CLUB rivalry was put on hold on Saturday when a select RFU XV took on the Maori All Blacks at Doncaster’s Castle Park. Despite going down 21-52, head coach…

Hands-up: Visser wants ball

Scotland v South Africa: The Preview

TWO YEARS ago, Scotland went into a Murrayfield Test against South Africa on the back of a 46-point defeat by New Zealand and upset the odds to win 21-17. Last…

Lions fans

Lions 2013: Guide to Sydney

Gullivers Sports Travel Advertising Feature NO TRIP to Australia would be complete without a visit to Sydney – and The British & Irish Lions stop there twice next summer. They…

Clean possession: England functioned well

England 54-12 Fiji: The Verdict

By Owain Jones, Rugby World Editor In a nutshell England performed a satisfactory, if perfunctory job on an underprepared and underpowered Fiji side. The hosts got off to a sluggish…

Worthy effort: Disconsolate Scots

Scotland outclassed by peerless All Blacks

MURRAYFIELD MAY have hosted the world famous All Blacks, but the only way to see the game properly was in a pub where the sounds of the football drowned everything…