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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.

Sanderson: 'I am sure the players will reference it in smaller groups'

Alex Sanderson, the Sale director of rugby, will send his men out against Exeter Chiefs at the AJ Bell Stadium on a revenge missio…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
29 Mar 2024, 4:26

Diamond demands law change while accusing Tigers of illegal activity

Newcastle Falcons consultant director of rugby Steve Diamond wants to outlaw the driving maul from an attacking five metre lineout…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
26 Mar 2024, 14:05

Gareth Baber answers SOS: 'I just want Fiji to be successful'

Gareth Baber knows all about handling the massive expectations of a nation after masterminding the Fiji men’s defence of their O…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
23 Mar 2024, 6:40

'I would welcome Saudi investment': Diamond details Newcastle backing

Newcastle Falcons are preparing to host representatives of the Saudi sovereign Public Investment Fund (PIF), hoping to attract cru…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
22 Mar 2024, 6:47

Fiji legend Jerry Tuwai raises concerns to new coach ahead of Olympics

Double Olympic gold medal winner and sevens legend Jerry Tuwai has admitted he is not yet fit enough to bid for a place in Fiji’…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
21 Mar 2024, 5:28

Gollings' Fiji successor outlines 'criteria' for Olympic gold defence

Newly-appointed Fiji 7s men’s head coach Osea Kolinisau has arrived from the USA to replace Ben Gollings, who it has been reveal…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
12 Mar 2024, 4:22
Opinion

France player ratings vs Wales | 2024 Guinness Six Nations

France player ratings: With eight changes from the draw with Italy, the French needed a big performance and a record score in Card…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
10 Mar 2024, 12:08
Interview

Lancaster on the 'second lease of life' that's driven Care to 100 caps

Former England head coach Stuart Lancaster has paid tribute to the special skills that marked Danny Care out as an outstanding aca…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
07 Mar 2024, 11:35

Fiji's Attorney-General adds to mounting pressure on Ben Gollings

Fiji’s Attorney-General Siromi Turaga has added his voice to the growing concerns over the performance of the national 7s men’…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
06 Mar 2024, 14:45

Fijian Prime Minister sends emphatic message over Ben Gollings' future

Fiji sevens head coach Ben Gollings’ failure to win a leg of the HSBC SVNS since his appointment has now been raised by the coun…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
04 Mar 2024, 3:32

Pearson gunning for England return as Borthwick called to make changes

Tom Pearson is hoping his man of the match performance in front of Steve Borthwick in England A's thumping 91-5 win over Portugal …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
26 Feb 2024, 10:35
Interview

'Nothing scarier': Tuilagi backed to do 'special things' vs Ireland

The concept of mis-firing England throwing a player into a Guinness Six Nations clash with Grand Slam champions Ireland who has no…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
26 Feb 2024, 7:41

Ben Gollings has degraded Fiji sevens squad claims ex wing

The latest failure by Ben Gollings to deliver an HSBC SVNS title at the Vancouver SVNS has seen another call for the head coach to…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
26 Feb 2024, 6:35

England A ratings vs Portugal | 2024 Welford Road

Steve Borthwick, the England head coach, was present and wanted to see some of the country’s best talent operate at a higher lev…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
25 Feb 2024, 8:50
Interview

Drua CEO Mark Evans outlines plans to avoid Fijian exodus abroad

The potential loss of Byrne comes as a tropical depression is bringing flooding to parts of the island nation, but Drua chief exec…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
20 Feb 2024, 11:20

Fiji delay naming of Raiwalui successor as French coach gets backing

The Fiji Rugby Union has confirmed there will be a delay in naming a head coach to replace Simon Raiwalui, whose time in charge en…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
16 Feb 2024, 3:28

'Bring Tuwai into coaching team and eject players past their prime' - Delasau

Vilimoni Delasau, the former Fiji rugby sevens wing, wants double Olympic Games gold medallist Jerry Tuwai added to the coaching t…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
12 Feb 2024, 3:29
Opinion

Italy player ratings vs Ireland | 2024 Guinness Six Nations

Italy player ratings: Ireland may have made six changes but if you turn up in Dublin without your two best ball carriers and with …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
11 Feb 2024, 11:05

Calls mount for Fiji to appoint homegrown head coach

Interviews have started to take place with a decision expected later this month, and former Flying Fijians rugby wing Vilimoni Del…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
07 Feb 2024, 4:33
Interview

'He hasn't killed anyone': Davies on Feyi-Waboso's choice and trolls

Davies, who won 37 caps at outside half for Wales, also had an outstanding rugby league career but that has not stopped him being …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
06 Feb 2024, 8:07
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