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Paul Wassell

Paul Wassell
Paul is an English teacher by day and an avid rugby fan the rest of the time. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook, or contact him at paul@punditarena.com

England Player Ratings V Italy

England v Italy - RBS Six Nations

In a rather bizarre game dominated by interpretations of the law rather than the performance itself, England struggled to build any momentum in the first half before producing a far more impressive effort in the last 30 minutes. Here we rate the entire 23 from one to ten: ________ 1) Joe Marler Early penalty conceded at the scrum after pressure …

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Six England ‘New Cap’ XVs For Every Era Since 1997

Australia v England

Every England coach brings in their own players and caps youngsters for the first time, but by compiling teams made up entirely of new caps under each successive coach, we are able to see why some of them succeeded and why some simply failed. Each side here tells a story of English rugby through the years. Clive Woodward New Caps …

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Five Things Eddie Jones’ England Team For Italy Tells Us

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

In many ways Eddie Jones’ team announcement was one of the most highly anticipated England selections in a long while and it certainly has told us a lot about the Australian’s thinking regarding his side. Whilst most fans could predict the line-ups for the France and Wales games, a clear signpost of a core group of players emerging for the …

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Opinion: England’s North Can Be Ignored No Longer

Northampton Saints v Newcastle Falcons - Aviva Premiership

Despite competing with rugby league and football for the attention of both fans and players, England’s north is a thriving hotbed of talent and potential, yet the ruthless spending power of wealthier clubs across the rest of the country is stunting the development of three of its best teams. Take Newcastle Falcons. In a city completely dominated by football, director …

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How Your Club Could Win A Defibrillator

England v France - International Match

Defibrillators help to save lives and in a fantastic move the RFU are running a competition to give away six kits to clubs across the country. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time, but the chance of survival can be significantly increased when an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is used rather than just CPR alone. As part …

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Eddie Jones Makes Surprising Changes To England Squad For Italy

England Open Training Session

Eddie Jones has cut four players from his England squad and retains 24 men to take on the Azzurri this Sunday. Charlie Ewels, Teimana Harrison and Mike Williams have all returned to their clubs, as well as stalwart Jonathan Joseph – which will come as a shock to some supporters. Joseph has started almost every game during Eddie Jones’ reign …

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Eddie Jones Names England Squad To Take On Italy

Australia v England

England coach Eddie Jones has named a 28 man squad to train at Pennyhill Park this week in preparation for the game against Italy on 26th February. The 23 from the victory over Wales are included, as well as Teimana Harrison, the uncapped Mike Williams, Exeter Chiefs’ playmaker Henry Slade, and the returning duo of stalwarts Anthony Watson and Mako …

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Four England XVs Highlighting The Country’s Depth Of Talent

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

Eddie Jones’ England are now on an unprecedented run of victories for the country, and part of that run of unparalleled form has been down to the depth of talent the head coach can choose from. Even with regulars like Billy and Mako Vunipola, Chris Robshaw and George Kruis out of the team, the side has still defeated both France …

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