Hartley facing battle to be fit for Six Nations after Northampton remove hooker from training

Dylan Hartley facing battle to be fit for Six Nations after Northampton remove England hooker from training

    • The 32-year-old has not played in last two Northampton matches 


    • Director of rugby Chris Boyd described the injury as a ‘grumbly’ knee


  • Eddie Jones picks his squad on January 17 before Ireland match on February 2

Dylan Hartley may not play before England’s Six Nations opener against Ireland as he struggles with a knee injury.

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Article source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/article-6563109/Hartley-facing-battle-fit-Six-Nations-Northampton-remove-hooker-training.html

Wasps halt miserable run with deserved Gallagher Premiership win over Northampton Saints

Wasps stopped their miserable run of form with a much-needed 27-16 win over Northampton at the Ricoh Arena.

The hosts had won only one of their last 13 fixtures in all competitions but they deserved this morale-boosting victory by scoring three tries to one.

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Article source: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-union/club-rugby/wasps-vs-northampton-saints-result-score-gallagher-premiership-standings-highlights-a8714536.html

O’Gara: Schmidt instilling confidence the key to Ireland success

O’Gara – a panellist on Virgin Media, the Guinness Six Nations host broadcaster in Ireland – gave his view on Ireland’s remarkable 2018 Grand Slam as part of a special programme on Sunday night.

Ireland overcame France in their opening match of the 2018 Championship thanks to a thrilling drop-goal deep into added time slotted by O’Gara’s one-time rival for the No.10 jersey Jonathan Sexton.

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Article source: https://www.sixnationsrugby.com/2019/01/07/ogara-schmidt-instilling-confidence-the-key-to-ireland-success/

Gallagher Premiership Rugby Round 12 Preview

There is plenty of pressure on all 12 Gallagher Premiership Rugby clubs as they look to finish on a high ahead of the latest hiatus for European and Premiership Rugby Cup action.

With just a few points separating fourth from bottom, the table has been in a seemingly constant state of flux over the last few rounds as the teams have jockeyed for position.

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Article source: https://www.premiershiprugby.com/2018-2019/gallagher-premiership-rugby-round-12-preview/

Stats review: France’s midfield conundrum and England’s fitness boosts

For England and Eddie Jones, the returns from injury of Billy Vunipola and Joe Launchbury were great news while in Scotland, Edinburgh’s charge continued up the Guinness PRO14.

Over in France, another enthralling week of Top 14 action has given Jacques Brunel plenty to ponder ahead of Wednesday’s Guinness Six Nations squad announcement – we have taken a particularly close look at his midfield options here.

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Article source: https://www.sixnationsrugby.com/2019/01/07/stats-review-frances-midfield-conundrum-and-englands-fitness-boosts/

Ted Hill and Marcus Smith named in England Under-20’s Elite Player Squad

England international back-row Ted Hill has been included in the England Under-20’s 32-mate Elite Player Squad for the 2018/2019 season.

Hill won his first senior cap during last year’s autumn internationals, coming off the bench against Japan at the age of 19.

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Article source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2019/01/04/ted-hill-marcus-smith-named-england-under-20s-elite-player-squad/

England Women announce contracts and squad

England Women head coach Simon Middleton has announced the Elite Player Squad (EPS) for the 2019 season.

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Article source: https://www.englandrugby.com/news/england-women-contracts-red-roses-and-squad/