Rugby Union Today: Eddie’s headaches and Sevens boost

Date published: March 3 2021

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we bring you five headaches for Eddie Jones and a whole heap of stories.

What’s on the site

Planet Rugby features writer James While looks at the big headaches facing England head coach Jones after two disappointing Six Nations defeats.

International Sevens received a huge boost with the unveiling of a shortened HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series calendar ahead of the 2021 season.

Elsewhere, England have called up David Ribbans while Manu Tuilagi has turned to salsa dancing to aid in his recovery from an Achilles injury.

What’s in the news

Former England, Bath, Wasps and Leicester Tigers centre Kyle Eastmond has returned to rugby league after signing a contract with Leeds Rhinos.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s rescheduled Round Three Six Nations game against France is likely to be played in Paris on March 26, according to reports.

What’s on social media

Former England international full-back Mike Brown has honoured his pre-game bet with Wales hooker Scott Baldwin after the Six Nations fixture.

What’s on TV

There is no Six Nations but domestic rugby continues in Europe with a full round of Premiership matches, starting with Leicester v London Irish on BT Sport.

It is also a significant weekend in the PRO14 as the four Irish provinces go head-to-head on Premier Sports in matches that could effectively decide the finalists.