England Go Third in Rugby Union Ranking

It’s been a mixed period for Eddie Jones in his 4 years as England coach seeing in the team’s record breaking winning streak . England’s record win over Ireland lifts them up to third in the World Rugby Men’s Ranking on a weekend when Scotland, Zimbabwe and Mexico also made gains.

Ireland behind one match England and it showed as Eddie Jones men ran in eight tries, seven of them converted, to win 57 – 15 at Twickenham.

It’s been a rocking start to the year for Dylan Hartley and depending on his injuries he may or may not continue to be England’s 2019 Rugby World Cup captain. The England hooker dealt with multiple concussions already this year missing a good chunk of the six nations. Because of injury and suspension through out his career, having missed to many important games, he will be desperate to lead England out and the saints man set piece expertise will be missed should he not be fit.

England Fixtures – RWC 2019

England vs TongaSapporo
England vs USAKobe
England vs ArgentinaTokyo
England vs FranceYokohama

Forty players have been called up in total, with Mike Brown.  Alex Dombrandt, Marcus Smith, Tom Dunn and Ollie Thorley added despite missing out on the World Cup training squad named earlier this month.

England head coach Eddie Jones said,” our preparation is about making sure the players peak for the world cup . It’s not abiut being ready now for it.”

“Some players we feel will benefit now from being away from the camp for a little bit and will do specialised strength and conditioning work.

“We want to keep the squad fresh and alive which is important and we want to make sure there is a little bit of cooperative competition for selection and edge around.”

“We are in Bristol this week as a bit of a change of scenery and pace,” Jones said.