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England Rugby December 2015 - In Review

By kbm
January 6 2016

England Rugby December 2015 - In Review



The RFU Council at its meeting  approved a strategy to invest in Artificial Grass Pitches (AGP) which will see 100 artificial, floodlit pitches installed across the country over a four-year period. 

 RFU announces Artificial Grass Pitches more here


Fifth Anti-Doping Annual Report Released

The Anti-Doping Annual Report for the 2014/15 season has been published on behalf of RFU’s Anti-Doping Advisory Group. 

This is the fifth year rugby’s anti-doping programme has released the findings of its activity in England.  To read the full report click here

Video:Lewis Moody talks about Eddie and the England Captaincy


 Mike Catt, Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree to leave


RFU and Bristol reach agreement for Borthwick

The RFU and Bristol Rugby have reached an agreement to release Steve Borthwick from his coaching contract with the Greene King IPA Championship club.   Borthwick, who earlier this week agreed personal terms to join Eddie Jones’ coaching team, will begin work as England forwards coach with immediate effect. 

Ian Ritchie, RFU Chief Executive said: “We very much appreciate that our approach for Steve has come at a challenging time for Bristol during the season, and in such circumstances I thank them for reaching this agreement. I would like to thank in particular the club’s Chairman Chris Booy for concluding the matter.”

Chris Booy, Bristol Rugby Chairman added: “On behalf of the club we wish Steve Borthwick the very best with England and we are pleased that we can move on and begin the process to recruit a new coach as quickly as possible.”

 This follows Thursday’s announcement that Saracens’ Paul Gustard will link up with Eddie Jones again as defence coach ahead of this season’s RBS 6 Nations.

The RFU have confirmed that Paul Gustard has agreed to join England’s coaching staff as defence coach.

Gustard will leave Saracens where he has been defence and forwards coach for the Premiership champions. The 39 year-old has been part of the coaching group since 2008 having previously spent two seasons at the north London club as a player. He was involved as a coach on England’s tour to Argentina in 2013 while Andy Farrell was away coaching with the British and Irish Lions.

He had an 11-year professional career as a flanker playing in 173 Premiership games for Leicester Tigers, London Irish and Saracens and played at every representative level for England, although uncapped for the senior side. 

Eddie Jones, England head coach said: “I’m really pleased to have Paul join us as he is a quality coach who has done some fantastic things at Saracens. We appreciate that we were able to work with Saracens to get him on board.

“An important part of England going forward is to make sure we keep the traditional and fundamental bits of English rugby in place and that has always been a strong set piece then have a very aggressive defence with Paul Gustard. He has overseen Saracens growth as a team, he has produced an aggressive defence system there and we are hoping he can do the same for England.”  

Paul Gustard said: “To be given the chance with England is hugely humbling and I am thrilled to be involved. I would like to thank Saracens for allowing me to leave and take up this opportunity. I hope that experience will stand me in good stead for this next challenge. 

“This has been a difficult decision to make, but to coach England is an opportunity you just don’t turn down. I have enjoyed ten wonderful years at Saracens, both as a player and as a coach.

“It’s been an incredible journey. I have made some amazing memories as part of such a special group, but there is a very exciting opportunity ahead for me that I’m really looking forward to.

“My focus now is the next six weeks by helping this brilliant playing and coaching group prepare for some important games.”

He will remain with Saracens until the England squad come together ahead of this season’s RBS 6 Nations campaign.

England Elite:

England Rugby - RBS Six Nations 2016 Fixtures 


England U20s

ENGLAND U20will defend their Six Nations title this season with home games against Ireland at Newcastle’s Kingston Park and Wales at Ashton Gate, Bristol. The schedule replicates their senior counterparts, with England kicking off the Championship with back-to-back away fixtures in Scotland and Italy before heading to Newcastle on Friday 26thFebruary, kick off 6.05pm  England U20 Six Nations Fixtures 2016


England Women

England Women’s National Academy side will face the Maple Leafs at Esher Rugby in the first of two fixtures against the Canadian side.

 As part of the Women’s development pathway, the National Academy side includes current senior players – including Latoya Mason, Lotte Clapp and Justine Lucas who all featured in England’s autumn tests - alongside up and coming talent.

 England Men’s and Women’s 2016 Autumn fixtures confirmed




Women 7s

A late surge from England allowed Jo Watmore to cross the line but Australia proved too strong in attack and claimed a 24-7 victory to top pool C.    England Women Dubai 2015 - reach Quarter Final

Men's 7s

 England 7s 2015 - Cape Town South Africa

England Sevens lost out to Scotland 19-0 in the bowl final today to round off a disappointing weekend in Cape Town.

Simon Amor's young side struggled to find the form they showed last weekend, to reach the cup final in Dubai, and never looked like scoring against their neighbours as Scotland brought waves of attack.

An impressive covering tackle from Alex Davis just before the break kept Scotland within reach 7-0, but they extended their lead early in the second half. 

With captain Tom Mitchell in the sin bin a come-back looked unlikely and as the clock ticked down Scotland added their third score.




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