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England Rugby - April 2010 In Review

By Patrick
May 4 2010

A relatively quiet month for the senior team after the Six Nations campaign finished last month, but there was still plenty going on including the England U18's wrapping a third consecutive Grand Slam, the launch of the RFU's new illicit Drugs Policy, and the announcement of this year's Churchill Cup fixtures...



New dates for Eng v New Zealand & Baa Baas v South Africa

England will kick off the Investec Internationals against New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on November 6, 2010.† The contest for the Hillary Shield has been brought forward from December 4 following the agreement of Premier Rugby Limited and the Professional Game Board.

This year's overall Investec International schedule is now as follows:

November 6: England v New Zealand (2.30pm)
November 13: England v Australia (2.30pm)
November 20: England v Samoa (2.30pm)
November 27: England v South Africa (2.30pm)

The MasterCard Trophy game between the Barbarians and 2007 Rugby World Cup winners South Africa will take place on Saturday, December 4 (2.30pm), a day earlier than previously scheduled.


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England U20 Coach Mark Mapletoft on the Move to Harlequins

National Academy and England U20 Coach Mark Mapletoft has accepted the role of Assistant Coach at Harlequins for season 2010/11 reporting directly to Director of Rugby Conor O' Shea. Mark will start his new role on July 1st.

Since being appointed as a National Academy Coach in January 2007 Mapletoft has spent the last three years working within the RFU Elite Rugby Department under Rob Andrew, Head of Elite Coach Development Kevin Bowring and Head of Elite Player Development Stuart Lancaster.

During his time in the Elite Rugby Department Mapletoft has spent two seasons as Assistant Coach to Nigel Redman where the highlights were an U20 Grand Slam in 2008 and reaching the IRB Junior World Championships Final in 2008. Since then Mark has led the England U20 programme as Head Coach finishing third in last season's U20 Six Nations and again reaching the final of the Junior World Championships. This season expectations are even higher and having secured second place in this year's U20 Six Nations he is fully committed to achieving the ultimate goal of winning the 2010 Junior World Championships, which take place in Argentina in June.†

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England Saxons - 2010 Churchill Cup Fixtures

England Saxons return in June to the USA for the 2010 Churchill Cup,† facing Russia and the USA Eagles in the pool stages.† Russia are newcomers to this tournament and the Eagles were last year's the Saxons opponents.†††

In 2009 the Saxons recorded victories against Argentina Jaguars (28-20) and The Eagles (56-17) on the way to the final which saw Ireland A take the trophy, beating England 49-22 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Terry Burwell, Churchill Cup Tournament Director, said: "We are delighted to take Churchill Cup VIII back to Denver and to add Harrison to the 10 other cities in the Canada and USA who have hosted the tournament since 2003.†† "Infinity Park is a top grade dedicated rugby ground and we are looking forward to the pool stages there before a bumper finals day at a superb new facility in the Red Bull Arena."


Brad Barritt (Saracens) in action at last year's Churchill Cup†

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England U18 wrap up third successive Grand Slam

England completed their third successive Grand Slam at Under 18 level in style by running in six tries against Ireland at Llandovery.

Hooker Koree Britton, wing Charlie Walker, flanker Chris Walker, centre Elliot Daly, fly half George Ford and full back Ben Ransom all touched down with Ford adding four conversions and a penalty as they wrapped up an 18th successive international win since July 2007.

Patrick Jackson's three penalties and a drop goal from Cahal Marsh kept a competitive Ireland side in the game at half time but they were kept at bay after that until hooker Niall Scammell's late consolation try.

England's free-scoring backs have earned plenty of praise this season, but this win underlined the all-round excellence of their front five, with hooker Britton (Ivybridge Community College) and props Nick Auterac (Oaklands College & Saracens) and Anthony Brennan (Twyford CofE & London Wasps) prominent in the dark set piece corners as well as the wide open spaces.

Captain George Ford - photo courtesy of RFU

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England Women Under 20s earn first win of the season

England, who bounced back from a 36-22 defeat to France last month, produced a dominant second half performance to turn around a 7-5 deficit at the break and take the victory on home soil.

Welwyn fly half Emily Scott was at the heart of England's win, scoring two tries and adding a conversion. Lock Amy Millar was also on the scoreboard for the home side.

England Under 20s Coach Kevin Moggridge said:"I am really pleased with this victory. We gave the players five key areas to work on; to be more clinical in defence and more organised, to be more aggressive at the breakdown, to get the ball out into the wider channels and to maintain contact and presentation skills and I think they achieved all of those.†

"We know what Wales are all about. They are always very spirited and have got good players like their number 8 who really excelled. Their hooker and scrum half also made it difficult around the breakdown and they moved the ball well. It was a really good test and that is exactly what you want at U20s level."


Captain Charlotte Male - Photo Courtesy RFU

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The charitable African rugby-coaching overland expedition

Cheltenham to Cape Town:
Inspiring African communities to unite through rugby

Next January, an ambitious team of six rugby enthusiasts will depart Cheltenham (Gloucestershire, UK) and head south on a 15,000 mile overland expedition, coaching rugby to African youngsters and empowering local teaching staff in ten African countries. The final destination will be Cape Town (SA), five months later. Each African school visited will be given the opportunity to link up with a British school.

Rugby in Africa Ė the coaching expedition

Driving in two Land Rover Defender 300 Tdiís, the team will enter the African continent at Tunisia, and travel through the vast expanses of Libya, Egypt and Sudan. Bhubesi Prideís team will then embark on a unique rugby-coaching programme. Partnered by charities, touraid and United Through Sport, Bhubesi Pride has arranged school visits in ten African countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.


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Student sevens players wanted for RFU/BUCS festivals

Student rugby players are invited to show off their sizzling sevens skills in the 2010 RFU/BUCS Regional Student Sevens Festivals.

As part of the RFUís Play On campaign there are five festivals of sevens rugby in April and May open to any institute which is a member of BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport).

Rugby-playing students of all abilities below first-team level can get involved and smash it up at the regional festivals in London, Exeter, Leamington Spa and Sedgley Park.

Sunday, April 25 sees the London & South East regional festival at Hackney Marshes, the North festival at Sedgley Park RUFC, and the Midlands festival at Old Leamingtonians RFC.

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Illicit Drugs Policy launched

The policy across the whole game in England, from elite to grassroots, to protect the health and welfare of players and the image of the game, will come into effect this month and comprises an integrated programme of education, out of competition testing, assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and sanctions.

Running alongside the RFU's Anti-Doping Programme, the Illicit Drugs Policy has been based on models of existing good practice in other sports (in particular the experiences of the Australian Football League) that were reviewed and debated at the Illicit Drugs Forum held at Twickenham Stadium in July 2009.

While English rugby has operated a robust in and out of competition anti-doping testing programme for the past decade, the World Anti Doping Authority Code does not currently prohibit or test for illicit drug use out of competition.

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England U19 Academies Squad Announced

The Under 19 Academies side forms a development and selection bridge between the England U18 and U20 international set-ups and this weekend's 22-man squad includes players capped at both levels.

Hooker Rob Buchanan (Harlequins), number eight Alex Gray (Newcastle Falcons), scrum half Sam Stuart (Harlequins), wings Marcus Watson (London Irish) and Christian Wade (London Wasps), and full back Jack Wallace (London Wasps) all featured in the Under 20 RBS 6 Nations campaign with Wade also appearing for England Sevens this season.

They are joined by this season's England U18 captain and fly half George Ford (Leicester Tigers) and number eight Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors) who step up after the side completed a third successive Grand Slam earlier this month.

London Irish centre Guy Armitage - Picture Courtesy of RFU

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England Fans Guarantee Their Place at Rugby World Cup 2011

Demand from England fans for official Rugby World Cup 2011, New Zealand travel packages has reached new levels with England Rugby Travelís ticket sales for the Tournament in New Zealand passing the 1,200 mark in the first six weeks.

England Rugby Travel, an Official Travel Agent of Rugby World Cup 2011, New Zealand, and the official travel company for England Rugby and fans looking to follow Martin Johnsonís team next year, has reported outstanding sales after six weeks of being on sale with its official supporter travel packages.

The most popular travel package being sold is the quarter-finals to Final option, which is 19 nights and includes some of New Zealandís greatest scenery as well as two back-to-back quarter-finals in Christchurch, a semi-finals weekend and the Final in Auckland.

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England Silver Plated Ear Rings Offer for St. George's Day

To celebrate the end of all the Six Nations age groups culminating in the English U18 Men's winning the Grand Slam at Easter in LLandovery, Wales, who also share Grand Slam success with the English Women's team and coinciding with all things English on St George's day, for every pair of English Silver Plated Earrings bought online I will send out another pair free. Postage is also free.

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