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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.

France player ratings vs Ireland | 2024 Guinness Six Nations

France player ratings: In a match that laid bare the stark disparities between expectations and reality, France found themselves …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
02 Feb 2024, 16:18

Flying Fijians make four-man shortlist for Simon Raiwalui successor

Head coach of the Fijian Drua Mick Byrne is one of four applicants hoping to replace Simon Raiwalui and take charge of the Flying …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
01 Feb 2024, 4:53
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Ex-boss Steve Diamond backs Fin Smith to step up for England in crisis

Diamond was director of rugby at Worcester Warriors when Smith broke into the first team having starred for England U20s as they w…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
30 Jan 2024, 6:13

Pressure mounts on Gollings with New Zealand legend linked with Fiji

Ben Gollings' position as head coach of Fiji men’s sevens continues to attract speculation after he failed to deliver the title …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
30 Jan 2024, 4:54

Jerry Tuwai and coach Ben Gollings issue statement regarding their damaging rift

Double Olympic gold medallist Jerry Tuwai and Fiji sevens men’s head coach Ben Gollings have issued a joint statement insisting …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
24 Jan 2024, 3:19
Exclusive

Ojo asks one thing of England after Feyi-Waboso’s call-up

Former England wing Topsy Ojo is calling on head coach Steve Borthwick to give Immanuel Feyi-Waboso a chance to showcase his raw t…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
17 Jan 2024, 9:10

'It’s not healthy': Fiji chair to hold talks to fix internal rift

Fiji Rugby Union interim chairperson Peter Mazey is to hold talks with double Olympic gold medallist Jerry Tuwai and Fiji Sevens h…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
10 Jan 2024, 10:47

Ben Gollings makes plea for patience in wake of legend's brutal criticism

Fiji men’s 7s head coach Ben Gollings, the subject of a personal attack from sevens legend Jerry Tuwai, has attempted to head of…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
08 Jan 2024, 3:31

Axed Fiji star Jerry Tuwai launches scathing attack on Ben Gollings

Double Olympics gold medalist Jerry Tuwai  has reacted to being told he must prove he is good enough to be part of the current Fi…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
06 Jan 2024, 5:38

'I know England are speaking about him and he is on their radar'

Guy Pepper, who made a Premiership record equalling 34 tackles in the defeat by Saracens,  can take a step closer to an England c…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
04 Jan 2024, 9:19

Pat Lam provides Ellis Genge injury update amid fears of missing Six Nations start

Bristol Bears boss Pat Lam has insisted Ellis Genge, one of the strongest candidates to replace Owen Farrell as England captain, i…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
03 Jan 2024, 8:54

How Saracens are turning to the Premier League for inspiration

Saracens backs coach Kevin Sorrell is tapping into the expertise of leading Premier league football teams to ensure the reigning G…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
03 Jan 2024, 3:24

Drua set Super Rugby Pacific sights high after Fiji's World Cup campaign

Fijian Drua head coach Mick Byrne has warned Super Pacific Rugby opponents that his team are only going to get better after reachi…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
02 Jan 2024, 11:25

Bath head coach admits Handre Pollard is too good to target

Johann van Graan, the Bath head coach, has admitted it is pointless to target double World Cup winner Handre Pollard when the Prem…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
29 Dec 2023, 4:26

Manu Tuilagi to miss the start of England's Six Nations campaign

Manu Tuilagi has suffered another significant injury and will miss the start of England’s Six Nations campaign while Sale Sharks…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
28 Dec 2023, 8:36

Statement: Championship clubs in England hit back at RFU plans

The English Championship clubs have hit back at the Rugby Football Union’s plans for the second tier of the English rugby pyrami…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
22 Dec 2023, 9:16

Pat Lam reveals when Premiership squad cuts are expected to be imposed

Bristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam does not expect maximum squad sizes to be imposed on Gallagher Premiership clubs as part o…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
21 Dec 2023, 10:37

'Just bad luck': Raffi Quirke and Sale teammate add to England's injury list

Sale Sharks scrum-half Raffi Quirke has suffered another significant injury which will stop him pressing for England selection thi…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
20 Dec 2023, 7:02

Newcastle Falcons suffer nightmare journey home from South Africa

Newcastle Falcons bid to end their ten game losing run this season has become even tougher after a nightmare journey back from the…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
19 Dec 2023, 7:53

Fiji swoop for dual code international Barrie-Jon Mather

Barrie-Jon Mather, who played rugby union for England and rugby league for Great Britain, has the job of ensuring the Flying Fijia…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
17 Dec 2023, 9:08
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