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England Rugby Union June 2006 In Review

By Kath 2/7/06
August 9 2006

England Rugby Union June 2006 In Review - Oh Dear where do we start.... Well? We need to look at what we can build upon, get a stable side and start winning again! But what would I know about it all eh???

 England Rugby June 06 - In Review

England Rugby June 2006 - Oh dear 7s, Saxons, U21s and them down under all beaten overall!  Oh dear!  Never mind our Patrick is looking for Rogues - would you like to be one of our Rogues then?             Unofficial England Rogues Gallery  and our Claire is also looking for help, she writes ...... Being 6534 miles from home gave me the challenge of finding some rugby. It was this challenge that made me realise that our posters around the world must be a pretty dedicated bunch when it comes to seeing our great sport.          Finding rugby on TV...    

Editor's comment :- Does anyone know the way, there just has to be a way ( a song here me thinks )!  Anyway moving on to this month.

England Sevens Final Round of this year's IRB Sevens Tournament to be held at Twickenham ( The Home of Rugby) - Emirates Airline London Sevens Fixtures and Results 3rd/4th June 2006 plus squad - Eng 7s -Twickenham 3/4Jun

London Sevens - Day 1 - Sat June 3rd - Photos copyright of  (tjs10)

Big Thank you to tjs10 for the photos and see more of tjs's photos here....

  England Saxons set off to Canada with a new look squad and name but?  

England Saxons lose in Canada  England Saxons beaten on first outing against Scotland A in the 2006 Churchill Cup. Head Coach Jon Callard says they vow to bounce back!   England Saxons 2nd Outing

Our hopes were high when the England U21 side flew off to France for the start of the 2006 IRB U21 World Championship.

 England U21s take on World Pool Seedings here...  The team, which includes three new caps, will once again be led by Leicester Tigers centre Matt Cornwell.  London Wasps hooker Rob Webber, Saracens prop Tom Mercey and Leeds Tykes scrum half Danny Care all step up from England U19s to gain their first U21 caps. England U21s vs Fiji   and England U21s Win in Vichy

And then we had the elite squad touring down under!  Once again this was not the full squad being sent down under as many of our players were being rested after a long season.  So within the elite we had a number of youngsters again out to prove their worth or at least that is what we hoped First match up was against Australia on the 11/6/06  Australia v England Match Preview  and although we were beaten and beaten well, it was no where near the previous results of those other Hellish Tours.  No,  I am not despondent at all, as I saw the emergence of  England players who by this time next year will have gained much more experience and confidence at this levelAustralia vs England  Match Review 11/6/06.   Of course, I was ridiculed for trying to be positive but that is they way I saw it and still do!  We can all wallow in self pity but it gets us nowhere, you have to look for what you can build on.

And so onto the next test ............Australia v England 2nd Test Preview  - Again another defeat this time the margin greater and the whole world and his dog was baying for blood, Andy Robinson's blood to be correct.   Whilst I also was fed up with another loss and again saw some of our young players being given the runaround, I still do not feel the end of the world has come like many!  And as I said in my review "The thing I keep in the back of my mind is, we have the following personnel still at home Charlie Hodgson, Jonny Wilkinson, Harry Ellis, Sheridan, Vickery, Thompson, Grewcock and Borthwick and some I have missed.  We need now to work on consistency of team personnel now, we desperately need to settle".   Australia vs England 17/6/06  Match Review

One thing I would like to add and I have been saying this for nearly a year now - England in my opinion will not retain the Rugby World Cup in 2007.  The reason I feel this, is because England are not at or near the standard of class, personnel or winning ethos they were one year prior to the 2003 RWC.  Simple really, we are not good enough at the moment, we thought we had strength in depth but the young talent coming through have never really been blooded.    The summer tests down under will have done them the power of good but in my opinion it is really too late for 2007.  I hope I am wrong and Brian Ashton sprinkles magic dust on everyone but.........................

And last but not least our regular columnist Ed Budge gives us his review of the disappointing Summer Tours to Australia as well as the state of England Rugby in general. Not for the faint hearted.   Ed Budge's Rugby Review - June 2006


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