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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.

Big knock rules Raffi Quirke out again in latest injury set back

Raffi Quirke, the England international scrum half, faces a possible six week recovery period after breaking his jaw in the latest…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
31 Oct 2023, 12:01
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All Blacks great Zinzan Brooke warns 'leggy' South Africa ahead of World Cup final

All Black great Zinzan Brooke has warned the Springboks they could be torn apart in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday by an Ar…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
25 Oct 2023, 3:55
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Thomas Castaignede: 'We have never seen anyone like Antoine Dupont before'

Former French star Thomas Castaignede has no hesitation in describing Antoine Dupont as the sport’s most complete rugby player a…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
04 Oct 2023, 5:10

Matavesi: Fiji are no longer a one trick pony

Northampton hooker Sam Matavesi believes Fiji are proving they are no longer a one trick pony and have the ability to limit their…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
02 Oct 2023, 5:27
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Brad Barritt shares the mental and physical hurdles awaiting Dupont post-surgery

Brad Barritt, the former England and Saracens centre, overcame two cheekbone fractures during his rugby career and fully understan…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
27 Sep 2023, 5:22

The ex Test referee who's revolutionised Fiji's discipline this World Cup

Former international referee Glen Jackson, the Flying Fijians attack and backs coach, has helped the team dramatically improve the…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
26 Sep 2023, 3:32

How the Flying Fijians became 'an 80-minute team'

The Flying Fijians David Silvester has revealed the extensive back ground work that has underpinned the squad’s outstanding

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
23 Sep 2023, 2:42
Analysis

Ireland player ratings vs South Africa | Rugby World Cup 2023

Ireland made a major statement to the rest of the World Cup on Saturday evening at the Stade de France as they overcame the world …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
22 Sep 2023, 16:07
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'People are irritated when he is celebrating... but that energy is food for his team' - Lewis Moody

World Cup winner Lewis Moody urging to England to launch a French version of the Kamikaze Kids on the Rugby World Cup following Be…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
18 Sep 2023, 9:00

What the Wallabies did to Georgia that has Fiji worried

Fiji forwards coach Brad Harris has warned his pack they have to negate the “brutality” of Australia who proved they have a w…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
15 Sep 2023, 3:26

All Black great tells Fiji they face World Cup 'final'

Former All Black Daryl Gibson has told the Fiji players their clash with Australia in St Entienne on Sunday is their “final”.

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
14 Sep 2023, 0:45
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Betsen: Manager's pain will drive France despite great expectations

Rafael Ibanez has endured the crushing disappointment of failing to lead his country to Rugby World Cup glory on home soil which..…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
02 Sep 2023, 3:25
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'The England pack is probably the smallest, least physical pack we have had'

Former captain Nick Easter has delivered a withering verdict on Steve Borthwick’s attempt to make England a competitive force a…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
24 Aug 2023, 10:59

Fiji ring-fence war chest for Rugby World Cup

Fiji rugby chiefs have revealed they have ring fenced a budget of £3.8m (Fiji$11m) to help the Flying Fijians make an impact at t…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
24 Aug 2023, 2:57

'The public doesn't give a rat's ass that he hasn't played in 16 weeks'

Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber has come up with a unique way of portraying the South African public’s attitude to the de…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
14 Aug 2023, 6:36
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'It makes me laugh when coaches of richer nations moan about only having 10 days'

Mark Evans, the Fijian Drua CEO, believes the 33 strong Fiji squad that will arrive in France in two contingents starting tomorrow…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
10 Aug 2023, 6:53

Nienaber explains why Lood de Jager has missed out again

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber insists former Sale Sharks lock Lood de Jager remains a key member of the squad despite missing S…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
04 Aug 2023, 4:45

Albert Tuisue switches position as Fiji name team to play Japan

Gloucester No.8 Albert Tuisue has been drafted into the second row as the Flying Fijians attempt to finish their Pacific Nations C…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
03 Aug 2023, 3:45

Radradra named captain as Fiji name team to face Samoa

Fiji Water Flying Fijians coach Simon Raiwalui has handed the captaincy to centre Semi Radradra and named five new caps in his squ…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
27 Jul 2023, 4:08
Interview

Samoa boss Mapusua explains delayed arrival of Lima Sopoaga in Apia

Relocating his family for a new rugby life in Japan is hampering the attempt of Lima Sopoaga, the former All Blacks fly-half, to l…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
26 Jul 2023, 5:44
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