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Chris Jones

Rugby and tennis correspondent of the Evening Standard for 22 years . Now in Sunday Times, ESPN,Mail on Sunday, Express, Mailonline and RugbyPass.

1042 Articles

Latest stadium development set to save Bath £1m despite opposition

Beaten Gallagher Premiership finalists Bath have won a significant off-the-field victory that will save £1m despite angering some…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
12 Jun 2024, 5:02
Exclusive

Barnard Castle: English rugby nursery's latest batch of brothers

The rugby masters at Barnard Castle have an unerring ability to recognise outstanding talent, particularly in sets of brothers wit…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
06 Jun 2024, 10:04
Exclusive

Sam Matavesi's daring request to Navy admiral before cup semi-final

Northampton hooker Sam Matavesi is the Royal Navy’s most high profile professional rugby player which is why he had to ask an Ad…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
28 May 2024, 10:39

Jerry Tuwai makes dramatic Fiji return despite social spat

Two time Olympic gold medalist Jerry Tuwai has proved the doubters wrong and fought is way back into the  the Fiji Airways Men’…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
24 May 2024, 5:55

Zach Mercer challenged by boss to win over Steve Borthwick in final

Gloucester boss George Skivington believes the uniquely talented Zach Mercer can use Gloucester’s European Challenge Cup final w…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
21 May 2024, 10:25

Skivington hints Gloucester have already checked out of Premiership

Argentina international Santi Carreras is in a race against time to help Gloucester's bid for a third European Challenge Cup trium…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
08 May 2024, 11:34

Winless Newcastle boss Steve Diamond calls for relegation return

Newcastle Falcons boss Steve Diamond would back a fast track system that would allow London Irish, Worcester Warriors and Wasps to…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
07 May 2024, 12:18

How 'very smart' ex-GAA star introduced by O'Gara is aiding Gloucester

Gloucester director of rugby George Skivington believes the leadership training of Jonny Cooper, the former Gaelic football star, …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
02 May 2024, 5:52
Interview

'I want to be the best No9 in the world': Varney's new confidence

Gloucester scrum-half Stephen Varney helped Italy enjoy a historic Guinness Six Nations championship this year, but now many of hi…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
01 May 2024, 11:36

'He was the one guy who truly kept Semi Radradra under wraps'

Bristol Bears boss Pat Lam has hailed South African centre Benhard Janse van Rensburg as a “coach’s dream” who has become a …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
24 Apr 2024, 12:45

Caleb Muntz takes positive step in recovery from RWC-ending injury

Caleb Muntz, who helped the Flying Fijians record an historic first win over England but then seriously damaged his knee on the ev…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
22 Apr 2024, 11:33

Fiji Sevens rated just 5 out of 10 for fitness

Fiji men’s 7s coach Osea Kolinisau, who is in a race against time to help defend the country’s Olympic Games sevens gold medal…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
19 Apr 2024, 4:59
Interview

Diamond eyeing 'oven-ready' South African as he promises more signings

Newcastle Falcons boss Steve Diamond is looking for “oven-ready” players as he continues a squad clearout at the Gallagher Pre…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
17 Apr 2024, 7:53
Interview

'I've had some dark times': Hastings opens up on 'hellish' injuries

Gloucester outside half Adam Hastings has an uncanny ability to capture the attention of social media, including an incredible dro…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
17 Apr 2024, 3:20

How the 'ruthless' Premiership is punching far above its weight

Gloucester boss George Skivington believes the success of Premiership clubs in the Investec Champions Cup and the European Challen…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
16 Apr 2024, 10:43

'A big man now': Bulked-up Llewellyn tipped to fill void left by North

Gloucester director of rugby George Skivington believes Max Llewellyn, who has put on 7kgs since moving to the Gallagher Premiersh…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
09 Apr 2024, 9:49

'We will have a discussion about what happens next for Fiji': Gilpin

World Rugby chief executive Alan Gilpin has revealed the question of Fiji’s place on the organisation's council will be discusse…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
09 Apr 2024, 8:11

Flying Fijians 'are running out of time'

Senirusi Seruvakula , the Flying Fijians’ acting head coach, has warned the delay of the naming of the new head coach is hamperi…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
07 Apr 2024, 6:02

Burke eyeing Test honours with eligibility for 2 Six Nations sides

CEO of the Crusaders Colin Mansbridge has insisted the lure of an international career with England or Scotland rather than a larg…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
04 Apr 2024, 9:01

Sanderson reveals growing list of Sale absentees ahead of Euro clash

Alex Sanderson’s bid to win the European Challenge Cup has suffered a serious blow with Sale Sharks flanker Ernst van Rhyn, the …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
03 Apr 2024, 11:02
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