Hartley scored tries against New Zealand and Japan in the autumn, only his third and fourth scores in 97 England caps
Co-captain Dylan Hartley is absent from England’s initial Six Nations squad because of a knee injury.
The Northampton hooker has not played in nearly four weeks and will not be available for England’s tournament opener against Ireland on 2 February.
The men in the middle have been selected as Gallagher Premiership Rugby returns from the European hiatus for Round 10.
Experienced official Wayne Barnes takes charge of the weekend’s opening clash as Worcester Warriors welcome Northampton Saints to Sixways under the Friday night lights.
England men’s head coach Eddie Jones has named a 35-man squad to begin preparations to play Ireland in their opening Guinness Six Nations match in Dublin on 2 February 2019 (kick off 4.45pm, live on ITV). Continue reading
As Europe’s premier competitions enter their final pool stage match-ups, the men in the middle are poised and ready to keep order as several Gallagher Premiership Rugby sides dart for the line.
The Rugby Football Union (RFU), Premiership Rugby (PRL) and the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) have set out the focus areas for their continued action to mitigate the risk of player injuries in the English professional game. Continue reading
Jack Nowell has played 28 times for England and featured in two British and Irish Lions tests in New Zealand
England’s Jack Nowell still looks upon himself as a winger, despite impressing at full-back for Exeter.
scored a try within four minutes against Castres on his return after two months out with a hamstring injury. Continue reading
Eddie Jones has been warned he faces a struggle to keep his England squad fresh given the demands placed on some players by the Champions Cup. Saracens and Exeter are still in contention for qualification and Gloucester’s head coach, Johan Ackermann, believes fatigue could impact on the national team’s prospects at the
Six Nations. Continue reading
Dan Biggar made his Wales debut against Canada in November, 2008
Northampton director of rugby Chris Boyd has eased Six Nations injury fears over Dan Biggar.
Three full-time women’s contracts announced
Hunt, Scarratt Breach will transition from Sevens
RFU will confirm 28 full-time contracts on 3 Jan 2019
The first England Women XV contracts for the 2019 season have been awarded to three players transitioning from the England Women Sevens programme.
2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup finalists Natasha Hunt and Emily Scarratt will move to the England Women XVs programme from 1 January 2019 alongside rising star Jess Breach. Continue reading
Wales’ most expensive Six Nations tickets in history have completely sold out.
Top-priced tickets for Wales’ two home games at the Principality Stadium during this year’s tournament were priced at £110.