Rugby Union Today: England squad and the short side

Date published: January 17 2019

Another busy day in the rugby union game as Eddie Jones named his squad for England’s game against Ireland in the 2019 Six Nations.

What’s on the site

England will be without co-captain Dylan Hartley for their opening Six Nations encounter against Ireland with the hooker still struggling with a knee injury. Check out details of the full squad here, which saw Mike Brown, Dan Cole and Billy Vunipola all return.

Elsewhere, ‘the short side’ is back, looking ahead to a big weekend of European action. It is the final round of group matches and there are some big games as Edinburgh face Montpellier, which is also covered in this preview, and Munster host Exeter Chiefs,

Finally, we have gone back a couple of years in our Video of the Week, where Glasgow Warriors memorably produced an outstanding display to beat Leicester Tigers and qualify for the Champions Cup quarter-finals for the first time.

What’s in the news

Wasps signed their second All Black in as many days after confirming the deal to bring Jeff Toomaga-Allen to the Ricoh Arena. This follows Malakai Fekitoa putting pen-to-paper.

What’s the odds looking like

Ireland are 1/3 favourites with bookie Betfred. They have England down at 9/4, whereas a draw is a long-shot at 25/1.

What’s on social media

Going back a few days but well worth sharing after Bundee Aki posted this video of a young fan getting rather overwhelmed by his appearance before the Connacht v Sale game.

What’s on TV

We’ve reached the final round of the Champions Cup pool stages and BT Sport covers all the action, starting with Edinburgh versus Montpellier and Newcastle Falcons against Toulon on Friday.