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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.

Nienaber lays bare Pollard and Kolisi's World Cup selection chances

Springboks coach Jacques Nienaber is ready to take the key injured pair of captain Siya Kolisi and outside half Handre Pollard to …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
21 Jul 2023, 5:12
Interview

'I'd a bit of a tear in my eye; it was very moving, a proud moment'

Fiji head coach Simon Raiwalui had a tear in his eye when his players linked arms and sang their pre-game song Vanua Domoni as the…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
20 Jul 2023, 2:56
Exclusive

'I know this will send shivers down the spines of their fans'

Andy Nicol is adamant Scotland can cause a Rugby World Cup upset despite the hammer blow of losing Stuart Hogg, their talismanic f…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
13 Jul 2023, 6:32

Flying Fijians receive financial breakthrough with World Cup looming

The Pacific Players Association has helped broker a daily allowance increase for the Flying Fijians achieved against the backdrop …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
12 Jul 2023, 3:45

Rupeni Caucaunibuca defends Fiji training camp call

Rupeni Caucaunibuca, one the greatest Fijian players who set the 2003 Rugby World Cup alight...

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
07 Jul 2023, 2:52
Exclusive

'Anyone who moves to France and wins Player of the Year is really something'

All Black Bruce Reihana has been left “shocked” by Steve Borthwick’s decision to dump Zach Mercer from the 41-strong officia…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
30 Jun 2023, 12:57

Sevens takes a hit, but Fiji safeguard Rugby World Cup bonuses

Fiji Rugby Union trustees board interim chairman Peter Maze has confirmed that while the investigation into the union’s financia…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
27 Jun 2023, 9:06

Fijiana players finally paid missing money totalling £60,271 for representing the country

The Fiji Rugby Union will pay the Vodafone Fijiana XVs players a total of £60,271 ($172,600 ) to end a damaging row over payments…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
23 Jun 2023, 7:21

Jake White not to blame for Bulls problems

Blue Bulls Rugby Union (BBRU) president Willem Strauss has insisted that veteran coach Jake White should not be hammered for a dis…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
23 Jun 2023, 3:55

Rassie addresses Boks' talk that he regards as 'stupid'

Rassie Erasmus is doing his best to dampen expectations as the Springboks prepare to launch their bid to retain the Rugby World Cu…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
23 Jun 2023, 3:45
Exclusive

Samoa add another weapon to their World Cup armoury

Theo McFarland, whose outstanding season at Saracens was ended by an anterior cruciate ligament injury, is on course to add his ta…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
22 Jun 2023, 5:22
Exclusive

London Irish owner turned down 'two or three' offers to buy club

Mick Crossan, the London Irish owner who has seen the Premiership outfit suspended from the league and forced into administration.…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
10 Jun 2023, 3:00
Interview

Mark Evans warns Wales and Australia before RWC as Fijian Drua make big strides

The challenge facing Warren Gatland’s Wales and the Wallabies under Eddie Jones at the Rugby World Cup has suddenly become even …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
05 Jun 2023, 8:18

Fijian Drua lay out the law on future recruitment policy

Fijian Drua CEO Mark Evans has revealed the Super Rugby Pacific franchise has already filled its squad for next season’s campaig…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
02 Jun 2023, 4:15

South Africa rugby chief wants crack down on 'hot-headed thugs'

South Africa Rugby president Mark Alexander is writing to all 15 member unions demanding a crack down on “hot-headed thugs” wh…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
01 Jun 2023, 10:57

Anthony Jelonch confounding surgeon with recovery

France coach Fabien Galthie believes Toulouse flanker Anthony Jelonch could still make the Rugby World Cup after confounding surg…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
18 May 2023, 8:17

Ex-England coach Matt Proudfoot in line for Lions role in South Africa

Matt Proudfoot, who quit as England forwards coach, is one of the names in the hat to become the Lions' new forwards coach.

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
15 May 2023, 3:14

Allan Lamb is helping Dave Ribbans bid for a Twickenham farewell from Saints

Allan Lamb, the former England and Northamptonshire cricket star, is helping Northampton lock Dave Ribbans’ bid to take Northamp…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
11 May 2023, 4:58

Eddie Jones reveals Wallabies will wear white in France

Eddie Jones has revealed the Wallabies will wear their new white jerseys in a World Cup warm-up match against France in August in …

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
28 Apr 2023, 7:34

Anthony Watson could be too pricey for London Irish

Declan Kidney, the London Irish director of rugby, says trying to bring England wing Anthony Watson back to club could be signific…

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
20 Apr 2023, 6:27
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