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Neil Squires

Neil Squires is the ex-rugby union correspondent for the Daily Express and has covered eight Rugby World Cups and 30 Five/Six Nations Championships. He has also written four books on the sport including the well-received but commercially catastrophic House of Lancaster, released with impeccable timing, to coincide with England's 2015 World Cup campaign.

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Interview

Ben Youngs: 'The job description of a 9 has changed. Gibson-Park and Dupont are leading the evolution'

It is the most poorly paid position in the Gallagher Premiership but never has the influence of a scrum-half been so high

Neil Squires
Neil Squires
09 May 2024, 2:15
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Interview

Alex Mitchell: Saints 'are in a very good place at the moment'

Northampton have mirrored the England scrum-half's own rise and will travel with confidence to face Leinster in Dublin.

Neil Squires
Neil Squires
01 May 2024, 10:17
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Interview

Rugby’s forever man Mike Brown: 'I'm a driven individual'

Mike Brown may be considered past his sell-by date but he remains a Premiership force at 38.

Neil Squires
Neil Squires
27 Apr 2024, 3:39
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Opinion

'If the South Africans are in, they need to be all in'

What is the point in having South African teams in the Champions Cup if they demean it when it comes to the showpiece games?

Neil Squires
Neil Squires
17 Apr 2024, 6:37
FEATURE
Opinion

'Star power of individual players can grow overall size of rugby's pie'

It is typical of rugby union, the ultimate team game, that Marcus Smith's individual brilliance is mistrusted in certain quarters

Neil Squires
Neil Squires
10 Apr 2024, 11:23
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Opinion

Are English sides underdogs at the business end of Europe?

There maybe six Premiership sides still standing as we head into the Champions Cup knockout stages, but how many will progress fur…

Neil Squires
Neil Squires
05 Apr 2024, 3:55
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Exclusive

Luke Cowan-Dickie: 'I didn’t feel right. I felt like I was going to pass out. Everything was going black in front of me'

The abrasive Sale Sharks hooker feels he owes his new club a favour when he faces his beloved Exeter Chiefs

Neil Squires
Neil Squires
28 Mar 2024, 10:00
FEATURE
Opinion

Is it about time we gave George Ford a bit of respect?

The England fly-half put in a classy performance against France and looks to have sealed Steve Borthwick's trust

Neil Squires
Neil Squires
19 Mar 2024, 11:17
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Opinion

'Borthwick may conclude George Martin is now indispensable'

All the best teams have an enforcer’s presence and in George Martin, England have a natural

Neil Squires
Neil Squires
13 Mar 2024, 12:19
FEATURE
Opinion

A question of nationality

Players playing in this year's Six Nations come from all over the globe and reflect the diverse society we live in

Neil Squires
Neil Squires
05 Mar 2024, 9:55
FEATURE
Exclusive

Our friends in the North

Yorkshire has produced an abundance of talent for the English rugby team and it is a county with rich seams of talent

Neil Squires
Neil Squires
28 Feb 2024, 5:49
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Opinion

'Murrayfield carries with it the feeling of a mugging waiting to happen'

Pipers, pillars and pain: Scotland's backyard has proved unsettling for many an England team

Neil Squires
Neil Squires
20 Feb 2024, 9:32
FEATURE
Opinion

High time conversion charge downs were consigned to history

Players being allowed to charge down conversions but not penalties adds unnecessarily to rugby's complexity.

Neil Squires
Neil Squires
13 Feb 2024, 6:41
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Opinion

For England's dashing debutants, the hard works starts now

Similar to England against Italy Stuart Lancaster blooded six debutants at the 2012 Six Nations but beyond Owen Farrell, who can n…

Neil Squires
Neil Squires
07 Feb 2024, 7:53
FEATURE
Opinion

Nine reasons to be thankful for the Six Nations

From Finn Russell to 'cheesecake' via Shaun Edwards' thunder face, a sideways look at what to expect in this year's Championship

Neil Squires
Neil Squires
01 Feb 2024, 4:29
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