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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.

EXCLUSIVE: Haskell reveals new strategy in bid to reclaim England spot

James Haskell has turned to a sports psychologist who helps mixed martial arts fighters and poker players in a bid to regain his E…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
06 Dec 2017, 5:37

EXCLUSIVE: Azzuri 'nowhere near' England or Ireland - O'Shea gives brutal assessment

Conor O’Shea accepts his Italy team will need England to suffer a serious drop in performance to give the Azzuri any chance of p…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
30 Nov 2017, 9:22

EXCLUSIVE: Details of England women's lucrative new deal revealed

England’s women’s players have struck a new new deal thrashed with the RFU after their one year full time contracts will contr…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
20 Nov 2017, 8:16

Eddie Jones makes public apology...before attacking journalist's 'professionalism'

Eddie Jones moved from defence to attack better than his players today as he dealt with the fall-out from the television pictures …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
13 Nov 2017, 14:25

EXCLUSIVE: Change rule or continue to watch Argentinian rugby decline - Bosch

Marcelo Bosch helped Argentina reach the 2015 World Cup semi-finals but fears the Pumas will not make a similar impact in Japan un…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
10 Nov 2017, 9:57

England scupper hopes for an unofficial fourth Lions test

The prospect of an unofficial “ fourth” Lions test against the All Blacks appears to have been scuppered by England’s decisi…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
10 Jul 2017, 20:40

Chris Ashton ready to unleash 'Le Splash'

Chris Ashton is ready to unleash “ Le Splash” on French rugby having started training with his new club Toulon after five year…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
07 Jul 2017, 8:45

Catrakilis has to fill big boots at Harlequins

Demetri Catrakilis is relishing the daunting job of replacing All Black Nick Evans as the Harlequins play-maker and main points sc…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
05 Jul 2017, 20:53

Queenstown welcomes some Lions

Now there are two Remarkables to be seen in Queenstown. One is a group of imposing figures seemingly dominating the winter sport m…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
04 Jul 2017, 0:39

Lions great Edwards wants Warburton recalled

Sir Gareth Edwards is urging Warren Gatland to recall British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton to the starting XV for the sec…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
25 Jun 2017, 23:03

Why Venter is the right man for the Boks

While the All Blacks and British and Irish Lions test series is dominating rugby, it is easy to miss the dramatic influence Dr Bre…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
23 Jun 2017, 4:08

Lions "amateur" selection

Arthur Porritt has a special place in New Zealand sporting history having won the country’s first Olympic medal, grabbing bronze…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
17 Jun 2017, 20:38

Premiership clubs ready to splash the cash

The good news is that Todd Blackadder had a very good holiday in Italy and Greece. The bad news for New Zealand rugby is that Blac…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
12 Jun 2017, 20:43

Four reasons for Lions hope

Conor Murray, Sean O’Brien, Jonathan Davies and George North remain untainted by the fall-out from the British and Irish Lions o…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
07 Jun 2017, 6:35

Gatland and Umaga square up to media

Warren Gatland bemoans the recurring questions about “Warrenball” while Sonny Bill Williams steps in to deflect attention from…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
06 Jun 2017, 2:55

Lions Attrition Rate

One of the few positives to come out of the British and Irish Lions debacle against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians was the …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
05 Jun 2017, 3:19

Nick Evans could pose a rare opportunity for English rugby

Wayne Smith has made it clear he will never coach against the All Blacks when he stands down from his role at the end of this seas…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
02 Jun 2017, 6:59
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