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Saturday, March 21, 2015

England Men's National Rugby Team News

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March 21, 2015 - George Ford kicks 2 penalties & 7 conversions in 55-35 win over France
"The history books will record England again fell just short in their RBS 6 Nations title bid. But this 12-try rollercoaster was a match that had it all, as the curtain came down on the Championship with an encounter that may not have decided the destination of the title but will still live long in the memory." - RBS 6 Nations

March 14, 2015 - George Ford kicks 2 penalties & 2 conversions in 25-13 win over Scotland
"Tries from Jonathan Joseph, George Ford and Jack Nowell secured the win but coach Stuart Lancaster, while doing his best to accentuate the positives will have to concede much more is needed. This was England's 73rd Calcutta Cup victory over Scotland in 133 matches stretching back to 1871 but it won't certainly won't merit much more than a footnote in the history books of such a fabled rivalry." - RBS 6 Nations

February 14, 2015 - George Ford kicks 3 penalties & 3 conversions in 47-17 win over Italy
"From stuttering to convincing, England maintained their unbeaten start to the 2015 RBS 6 Nations with a substance over style victory against Italy at Twickenham.... George Biagi's interception had England back peddling again until a desperate cover tackle set up a period of possession for the hosts that concluded when George Ford reduced arrears with the first of his three penalties.... Danny Ciprani has waited nearly seven years for his return to the England fold and he scored with his first touch after replacing Ford, accelerating away from Italian shirts for a simple try that he also converted." - RBS 6 Nations

February 6, 2015 - George Ford hits four kicks in 21-16 win over Wales
"In the Welsh capital there was a glimpse that England have a genuine talent pulling the strings of attack in George Ford. Yes, the young Bath fly-half had a couple of kicks from hand charged down and fluffed a penalty and a conversion. More importantly he wasn't intimidated by Welsh defenders haring down on him. He stood flat on the gainline, making space for those around him. The 21-year-old worked well with his Bath teammate Jonathan Joseph outside him at centre, and also often stepped when deep to offload to Anthony Watson. Both Watson and Joseph scored tries for England, and Ford kicked the rest." - Telegraph

February 4, 2015 - George Ford to start at fly-half
"Danny Cipriani, who has not featured in a Six Nations squad since 2008, is also named on the bench as fly-half cover for George Ford after Stephen Myler was ruled out of contention with a calf injury." - Telegraph

January 27, 2015 - Owen Farrell out for Six Nations
"England fly-half Owen Farrell has been ruled out of the whole of the Six Nations because of a knee ligament injury. The Saracens star hurt his knee during his club's Champions Cup defeat to Clermont Auvergne on Sunday. England coach Stuart Lancaster has three other fly-halves in his squad ahead the Wales showdown - George Ford, who is likely to start, Stephen Myler and Danny Cipriani." - Sky Sports

January 25, 2015 - Owen Farrell injured
"Farrell hurt a knee during Saracens’ 18-6 defeat by Clermont.... Farrell’s injury appears of most concern. The fly-half twisted his left knee when tackled and left the field in the 19th minute. He left the stadium on crutches after the game, with his knee in a brace, and claimed to have no idea how bad it was. His diagnosis mirrored that of Saracens’s director of rugby, Mark McCall, who said: 'It’s a knee injury and we don’t know the full extent of it yet. It’s complicated with knee injuries. Sometimes you can [walk off without a limp like he did] and it’s more serious than it looks. But we’ll get it looked after and we’ll know about it in the next few days'." - Guardian

January 13, 2015 - Danny Cipriani under consideration
"Cipriani, who has not featured in a Six Nations squad since 2008, has revealed that he met Stuart Lancaster on Monday last week, when the England coach outlined to the Sale fly-half what he needed to do to win his place back in the national squad. England kick off the Six Nations against Wales in Cardiff on Friday Feb 6. The Sale fly-half, who made two appearances off the bench for England in their defeats by New Zealand in Auckland and Hamilton last June, says he is facing a “vital” two weeks as he also weighs up a possible move to join the French Top 14 and Heineken Cup champions Toulon next season.... Cipriani, who must force himself into one of the three fly-half places which were held by George Ford, Owen Farrell and Stephen Myler during England’s autumn campaign, which met with only mixed success, said that he was working on several aspects of his game. 'All areas I can improve on, but definitely ­taking the ball to the line, goal-kick percentages and trying to be an all-round leader as a fly-half because it is such an important role in the team' Cipriani said on Tuesday night on Rugby Tonight." - The Telegraph

January 10, 2015 - Owen Farrell still ailing
"England fly-half Owen Farrell missed Saracens' narrow defeat by Gloucester on Friday with a "minor strain", just a month before England begin their Six Nations campaign against Wales. Farrell, 23, has struggled for fitness and form this season and was replaced by George Ford at fly-half for England during the autumn internationals. Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said: 'He has a very minor strain. We are very confident he will be fit for Munster next week.' Farrell aggravated an old quad muscle injury in September against London Irish, which saw him go on to play just 84 minutes in a month. England head coach Stuart Lancaster dropped him for the first time in two years for the game against Australia in November, which England won 26-17." - BBC

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