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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 [email protected]

South Africa CEO: ‘PRO14 Could Mean Two Springboks Teams’

The rugby world has been brimming with excitement at the prospect of two South African former Super Rugby teams joining Europe’s PRO12 tournament, but it appears the change to the northern/southern hemisphere paradigm could have a significant impact on the Springboks as well. SARU chief executive Jurie Roux was discussing the introduction of both the Southern Kings and the Cheetahs …

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Opinion: Rugby Needs A Global Salary Cap

Since the dawn of professionalism in rugby it feels like there has been no real agreed plan on how the sport as a whole should progress. England and France have adopted approaches similar to those in football, with privately-owned and run clubs producing players for Test teams. However, most of the other major nations have come to operate some kind …

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The England Outcast XV

Even though England coach Eddie Jones has named a superbly talented 37-man squad to prepare for the autumn internationals this week, a number of talented individuals missed out on selection. We put together a XV made up of these players. 1) Matt Mullan Wasps loosehead Mullan has been in and out of England squads for many years, but it appears …

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England Fantasy Trial Match: The Probables vs The Possibles

England head coach Eddie Jones named a 37-man squad for a training camp last week and it displayed some impressive depth in most positions right across the team. However, what if Jones was to put his charges through a trial match to determine his final starting line-up? Trial matches rarely occur now because of the workload of top players for …

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Chink In The Armour: Why England Must Develop Depth At Fullback

England coach Eddie Jones has spoken of his desire to make his team ‘bulletproof’, but a lack of tried-and-tested options at fifteen could prove lethal to his side in 2019. The Australian has been vocal about the depth his side possess, and it is fair to say that in particular positions the national team can boast some of the best …

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What Eddie Jones’ Latest England Squad Tells Us

After much talk over the fallow summer months, England coach Eddie Jones has named his latest training squad that reveals quite a bit about the Australian’s thinking for the approaching autumn tests against Argentina, Australia and Samoa. Firstly, Jones has rewarded the players who stood up to be counted and walked away from a hostile environment in Argentina with a …

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New Zealand Super Rugby Sides Whitewash Australian Teams

After 25 games between New Zealand’s five teams and Australia’s five sides, the latter’s outfits failed to register a single win over their Antipodean counterparts. It’s a statistic that will not be warmly welcomed by Wallabies coach Michael Chieka as he tries to rebuild the national team’s reputation having won only six of their fifteen fixtures in 2016. Blackout, 0-25. …

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