18 is a magic number

As England discovered on Saturday, reaching number 19 is devilishly difficult.  The week before Eddie Jones’ team had made history by steamrollering Scotland to equal the All Blacks’ record of 18 consecutive international victories.  Yet, like the Kiwis, England appeared laboured and out of ideas against a defiant Ireland side. Across sport, 18 appears to mark a major […]

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England should be satisfied despite ending Autumn Internationals in defeat

This afternoon England’s autumn international rugby season ended in an ultimately disappointing 30-22 defeat to New Zealand.  Nevertheless, the nature of the defeat ensures that the upward trajectory of the nation’s rugby team remains, just about, intact.   Two wins from three games was the minimum required for expectant fans.  Although the first half against […]

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