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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.

Caleb Muntz on how he put his Rugby World Cup nightmare behind him

Caleb Muntz, the exciting young Swire Shipping Fijian Drua outside half, is on course to complete his fight back from the serious …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
14 Dec 2023, 7:43

'Another year with Manu is dead exciting' - Tuilagi committed to keep playing

Alex Sanderson, the Sale Sharks director of rugby, believes Manu Tuilagi still wants to play for England and has no intention of f…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
13 Dec 2023, 10:42

Olympic gold medallist slams current Fiji 7s side

Former Fiji sevens star Vatemo Ravouvou has claimed the current squad competing in the men’s HSBC SVNS Series is undermining the…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
12 Dec 2023, 3:08
Exclusive

'I am horrified... what it does to the national team is catastrophic'

The feel-good factor around American rugby after winning the right to stage the men’s Rugby World Cup tournament in 2031 and the…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
08 Dec 2023, 5:14

Winless Newcastle hoping ill wind will foil struggling French giants

Winless Newcastle Falcons cannot compete with Montpellier’s playing budget or high-profile squad and will need to call upon the …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
07 Dec 2023, 12:42

The message to players as troubled Gloucester face exotic European fixture

George Skivington, the under-pressure Gloucester director of rugby, has demanded his players rediscover their famous “dog” to …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
07 Dec 2023, 4:48

Ben Gollings under increasing pressure to hold onto head coach role

Ben Gollings, the Fiji sevens head coach, is under growing pressure to deliver a win at the Cape Town leg of the HSBC SVNS

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
06 Dec 2023, 4:05

Fijian Drua home matches generate huge windfall for Fiji economy

The success of the Fijian Drua reaching the knock out stages of the Super Pacific Rugby competition in 2023 produced significant f…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
01 Dec 2023, 4:23

Hotly tipped flanker Guy Pepper the latest England back row injured

Guy Pepper, who has  been identified by England head coach Steve Borthwick as a player to watch, is battling to recover from the …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
30 Nov 2023, 6:36

Perry Baker missing as veteran returns to lead USA SVNS

Ben Pinkelman has been handed the captaincy of the USA Eagles as they launch their HBSC SVNS campaign in Dubai

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
29 Nov 2023, 11:36

Fiji veteran could miss triple Olympic gold bid after being axed

Double Olympic Games gold medallist Jerry Tuwai has been left out of the Fiji sevens squad for the opening rounds of the 2023-2024…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
27 Nov 2023, 4:24

Gloucester boss warns young No10 ahead of clash with 'best of the best' Springbok

Gloucester boss George Skivington has rated Handre Pollard as the best No10 in the world and warned young fly-half George Barton t…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
23 Nov 2023, 5:52

Alex Codling: 'I have never been 0-6, so I'm new to this'

New Newcastle boss Alex Codling has insisted that he made the right decision to quit French rugby and take over the bottom team in…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
22 Nov 2023, 8:56

Surgery rules England hopeful out of the Six Nations

Gloucester prop Val Rapava-Ruskin has suffered a “devastating blow” in his bid to break into the England squad, with knee surg…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
21 Nov 2023, 10:02

18-year-old tasked with defending George Ford's spiral bombs

England Rugby World Cup trainee Ben Redshaw has been given the daunting task of trying to catch George Ford’s spiral bombs when …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
16 Nov 2023, 2:28
Interview

Falcons boss hits back at claims that Mateo Carreras has signed French deal

Newcastle head coach Alex Codling has dismissed claims from France that Mateo Carreras, the Argentine wing, has signed a three yea…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
08 Nov 2023, 7:29

Manu Tuilagi has plate put into hand he broke twice at RWC

Manu Tuilagi has had a plate put into his hand after twice breaking a bone during England’s Rugby World Cup campaign and could b…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
07 Nov 2023, 11:47

Bath defend Finn Russell selection call

Johann van Graan insisted he was right to give Finn Russell a week’s holiday which ruled him out of the 24-18 loss to Northampto…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
05 Nov 2023, 7:55

'I am looking at the Mateo situation' - Newcastle address Carreras rumours

Newcastle boss Alex Codling insists the club is determined to fight to hold onto Pumas wing Mateo Carreras who is attracting inter…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
02 Nov 2023, 8:57
Interview

Gloucester No8 Zach Mercer sweating over verdict of scan on ankle injury

Zach Mercer will discover in the next 24 hours if the impressive start to his Gloucester career in the Gallagher Premiership has b…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
01 Nov 2023, 8:59
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