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State of the Nation - Rugby Union: All Blacks will test England credentials

IT seems churlish to suggest given their near impeccable record but England really must do better in 2018 if they are to achieve arguably their biggest goal – beating the All Blacks.

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England captain Dylan Hartley (Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire).

Jones tells Hartley Six Nations captaincy is his if he stays out of trouble

head COACH Eddie Jones insists only another disciplinary implosion can prevent Dylan Hartley resuming as England captain for the RBS Six Nations.

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England's George Ford during the training session at Pennyhill Park. Picture: Yui Mok/PA

Hartley takes backseat as England prepare to round off in style against Samoa

England will enter Saturday’s climax to the autumn series against Samoa without Dylan Hartley at the helm for the first time in a Test under Eddie Jones.

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My call: Joe Launchbury was in charge of line-out calls for England for the first time on Saturday. (Picture: Paul Harding/PA)

Joe Launchbury happy to stand up and be counted for England

A SURFEIT of stellar locks in England’s ranks means Joe Launchbury is continually having to add strings to his bow. And that is not a problem at all.

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Danny Care crosses for England's fourth try (Picture: PA)

Verdict - England 30 Australia 6: ‘Finisher’ Care puts gloss on England’s triumph

CAN someone be named man of the match after playing just eight minutes?

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England's Sam Underhill in action against Australia at Twickenham. Picture: Nigel French/PA

England 30 Australia 6: Late rally adds gloss to battling Twickenham victory for hosts

ENGLAND maintained their dominance over Australia after digging out a hard-earned but controversial win in filthy conditions at Twickenham this afternoon.

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Stolen moment: Englands Dan Luger (centre) celebrates his match-winning try against Australia at Twickenham in 2000. (Picture: PA)

On this day: How victory over Wallabies marked start of World Cup run

England go in search of a fifth straight win over Australia this afternoon as Eddie Jones’s side continue their quest for No 1 status in world rugby.

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Jonny May has recovered from the hamstring strain that saw him sit out Englands win against Argentina last weekend and will face Australia tomorrow (Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire).

May’s fast rehab run is ‘bonus’ ahead of England tackling Australia

Jonny May has warned Australia that the fastest man in English rugby is quicker than ever after clocking a speed he thought beyond his capability.

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WE'LL MEET AGAIN: England's George Kruis, in action against Wales at Twickenham in the Six nations in 2016. Picture: David Davies/PA

England exercise restraint in scrum workout against rivals Wales

George Kruis insists England resisted the urge for a “smash-up” with Wales during yesterday’s unprecedented training session in Bristol in order to gain an insight into their set piece strength.

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England's Dylan Hartley, right, is tackled by Argentina's Nicolas Sanchez during a rugby test match in San Juan, Argentina in June (AP Photo/Emmanuel Rodriguez Villegas)

Adapt or fail – Jones’s England preparing for all eventualities

Dylan Hartley insists Eddie Jones’ pledge to introduce “chaos in the house” has already begun as England’s players seek to become completely self-reliant in time for the World Cup.

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Dejected: Englands women were defeated by the Black Fearns of New Zealand in a pulsating final on Saturday. (Picture: Donall Farmer/PA)

England 32 New Zealand 41: Future uncertain for vanquished finalists

Emily Scarratt admitted to feeling “a bit empty” after England’s women saw their hopes of retaining the Rugby World Cup dashed by New Zealand.

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British and Irish Lions' Sam Warburton and New Zealand's Kieran Read shake hands after the series is drawn at Eden Park. Picture: David Davies/PA

Frustrated Kieran Read left with ‘hollow’ feeling after drawn series

New Zealand captain Kieran Read admitted he felt “hollow” after Saturday’s thrilling 15-15 draw at Eden Park left his team’s series against the British & Irish Lions all-square.

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New Zealand coach Steve Hansen chats with British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland after the third Test. Picture: David Davies/PA

Warren Gatland happy to play Twickenham ‘decider’ against All Blacks

Warren Gatland has admitted he would relish a British and Irish Lions rematch with New Zealand at Twickenham in November.

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New Zealand captain Kieran Read with British and Irish Lions'  captain Sam Warburton after the third Test draw in Auckland. Picture: David Davies/PA

Lions’ tour boss John Spencer targets stronger support from clubs for future tours

JOHN SPENCER has insisted the British and Irish Lions would have won their Test series in New Zealand with just one more week’s preparation.

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New Zealand captain Kieran Read with British and Irish Lions'  captain Sam Warburton after the third Test. Picture: David Davies

Highlights - McGeechan hails success of Lions in New Zealand after dramatic Eden Park draw

FORMER coach Sir Ian McGeechan believes the British and Irish Lions will view their tour to New Zealand as a big success after sharing a dramatic Test series draw with the All Blacks.

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The referee blows the final whistle at Eden Park to signal a drawn series between New Zealand and the British and Irish Lions. Picture: David Davies/PA

Highlights: New Zealand 15 British & Irish Lions 15 - Honours even after thrilling Eden Park stalemate

OWEN FARRELL kicked a penalty two minutes from time as the British and Irish Lions claimed a dramatic 15-15 draw against world champions New Zealand at Eden Park.

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British and Irish Lions Sean O'Brien.

New Zealand v The Lions: O’Brien targets ‘ultimate’ victory by beating All Blacks

Sean O’Brien is ready for the biggest game of his career on Saturday as he chases rugby’s “ultimate” achievement – a Test series win in New Zealand.

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British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland.

New Zealand v The Lions: Rob Howley hoping Warren Gatland can have last laugh in decider

ROB HOWLEY has branded New Zealand media criticism of British and Irish Lions boss Warren Gatland as “an absolute disgrace.”

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British and Irish Lions Liam Williams during training.

Lions aim to secure All Blacks’ respect – Gatland

head COACH Warren Gatland would like to think the British and Irish Lions can leave New Zealand next week with respect and believes there is “another level” in them for tomorrow’s Test series decider.

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British and Irish Lions players train in Queenstown. Picture: Brett Phibbs/New Zealand Herald/AP

Video - Familiarity in Lions’ line-up pleases Warren Gatland ahead of decider with All Blacks

Liam Williams has shaken off his leg concern to allow the British and Irish Lions to name an unchanged team for Saturday’s Test series decider against New Zealand.

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