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Now let’s jump right in, and take a look at all the recent excitement on the world of Rugby.
Jones aiming to go out on a high
A few months ago, it was announced that Eddie Jones, the England head coach since 2015, would be stepping down at the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. In his time with England, he has won the Six Nations 3 times (2016, 2017 and 2020) as well as taken England to the 2019 World Cup final, where they were beaten by South Africa.
Jones doesn’t want that lost final to be a missed opportunity, so will do everything in his power to make amends, and get England there again in 2 years time. After a poor 2021 Six Nations, where England came 5th, he has managed to galvanise the squad, beating Australia 32-15 in a recent Autumn International match at Twickenham.
Before the winter break, they also face off against South Africa, which will also be a stern test. Come through that unscathed, and it will set them up nicely for the 2022 Six Nations. Do well there, and they can start preparing for the World Cup.
Ireland upset the All Blacks
For many years, New Zealand have been one of the most formidable teams in international rugby. The All Blacks are a favourite with for bettors, as they are often able to find ways to win, no matter the opposition, due to their team spirit and quality players. They showed this in recent weeks, easily beating both Italy (47-9) and Wales (54-16).
However, Ireland were able to upset the odds recently, when they produced a stunning performance in Dublin to win 29-20. Unsurprisingly, the Irish players and fans celebrated wildly at full time, while the All Blacks looked surprised more than anything. We assume they’ll brush it off and move on like all good teams do, but other teams will be taking note of how they were beaten.
Tigers are roaring in the Premiership
Over in domestic rugby, and the Leicester Tigers are showing just what a strong team they are. They haven’t finished as Champions in the Premiership since 2013, and only ended in 6th place in the 2020/21 season, but so far this year they have looked unstoppable.
They have played 8 fixtures so far, winning all 8 of them. This includes dominant performances over the likes of Bath (40-23) Worcester (48-3) and Exeter (34-19). They scraped past Saracens in a tight 13-12 game, and just did enough to beat the London Irish 21-16. They take on Wasps next, and given they have started the season poorly, we would be very surprised if the Tigers didn’t make it 9 from 9.
Elsewhere in the Premiership, Saracens are in 2nd with 5 wins from their 7 games, with Harlequins just behind them. At the bottom of the league, and really struggling so far, are Bath, with 0 wins from their 7 games.
Ealing setting the pace in the Championship
One tier down in the Championship, and it is the Ealing Trailfinders who are leading the pack so far, with 5 wins out of their 6 games. They have racked up some impressive scores, including an absolute demolition of the London Scottish, with the final result 101-7.
They have never made it to the Premiership before, and to do so would mean they have to increase the capacity at their ground, or ground-share with another side. If they carry on this form, they’ll certainly get the points to achieve promotion, so will need to work out a solution of where they can play their home games in the Premiership.
Heineken Cup action around the corner
The biggest European competition for domestic teams kicks off in early December, with 24 sides hoping this will be their year. Will Toulouse retain their title? Can Leinster claim a 5th victory? Or will a team that has never previously won be lifting the famous trophy next May? We can’t wait to watch the action play out.