Rugby Union Today: England’s exceptional side

Date published: March 26 2020

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we look back to the outstanding England team that dominated the sport in the early part of the 21st century.

What’s on the site

When England claimed the 2003 World Cup, it was the culmination of an outstanding run as they became the best team in the world. We relive those couple of years in our ‘Greatest Test sides’ feature.

In the global showpiece event against Australia, flanker George Smith lined up for the opposition and there is a piece on the Wallabies legend, who earned 111 caps for his country.

What’s in the news

Ex-England star Alex Corbisiero has revealed that he was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year. The 31-year-old has undergone surgery and a bout of chemotherapy to get rid of the tumour.

Meanwhile, the RFU reckon they could lose up to £50million over the next few months due to the financial impact of the coronavirus. England head coach Eddie Jones has agreed a 25 per cent pay cut in an effort to combat the struggle they will endure.

Finally, number eight Billy Vunipola will remain at Saracens, despite the Londoners’ relegation to the Championship. Sarries will play next season in England’s second tier but Vunipola has joined several players in committing to the club.

What’s on social media

What some are no doubt going to look like after the coronavirus pandemic is over.

What’s on TV

All potential rugby union action has been postponed due to the coronavirus.