Newcastle’s Kieran Brookes (right) challenges England team-mate Marland Yarde during yesterday’s training session in Auckland

Reject to England star - John Wells on Newcastle Falcons' Kieran Brookes

From fifth-choice at Leicester Tigers to full England honours, Newcastle Falcons head coach John Wells lauds prop-forward Kieran Brookes.

Manu Tuilagi of England off loads the ball to set up a try for Chris Ashton during the International Test Match

Roger Uttley: New Zealand experience will serve England well

Ex-England captain Roger Uttley says Stuart Lancaster's side have benefited from their tour to New Zealand, regardless of results

Newcastle’s Kieran Brookes (right) challenges England team-mate Marland Yarde during yesterday’s training session in Auckland

Newcastle Falcons' Kieran Brookes on brink of full England debut

Newcastle Falcons prop Kieran Brookes has been named on the England bench for tomorrow's test against New Zealand

Jonny Wilkinson of England

Roger Uttley: Jonny Wilkinson's resilience apparent from young age

Having managed Jonny Wilkinson on his first England tour, Roger Uttley saw the qualities which would make him a global superstar

Toby Flood

Roger Uttley: Home advantage is key in Premiership semi-finals

Former England captain Roger Uttley predicts a Northampton v Saracens Premiership final, ahead of this weekend's semis

Scott Wilson in action for England

Scott Wilson fit for Newcastle Falcons despite England withdrawal

Under-20s prop given a full pre-season rather than another summer on Junior World Championship duty.

Keith Richardson

North East native in bid to sharpen up youth rugby coaching

Ex-England A coach Keith Richardson aims to point youth coaches in right direction following launch of new book

Sione Kalafamoni of Gloucester tackles Paul O'Connell of Munster

Roger Uttley: Thrilling weekend to feast on as Euro giants lock horns

Former England captain Roger Uttley picks his way through a mouth-watering weekend of rugby union action

England international rugby player Geoff Parling visits his old club Stockton, and coaches the U13's

Scrum Down: Geoff Parling remains grounded with Stockton RFC

England and Lions star back to his roots to extol the virtues of volunteering.

England's Danny Care (L), Ben Morgan and Karl Dickson (R) celebrate

Roger Uttley: Second place is no disgrace for England ahead of World Cup

Former England captain Roger Uttley says England's Six Nations campaign has left them in fine shape ahead of next year's home World Cup

England player Luther Burrell (l) and Joe Launchbury (c) combine to tackle Jamie Roberts of Wales

Roger Uttley: England are now a side who know what they're doing

Former England captain Roger Uttley believes England have what it takes to win a tightly-contested Six Nations Championship

Zach Kibirige of England is tackled by Max Abbott of Ireland

Zach Kibirige on his 'lucky' solo try at Newcastle Falcons' home ground

England Under-20s speedster Zach Kibirige is playing down his efforts despite Kingston Park try footage going viral

Former Newcastle Falcons captain Ian Peel

Ian Peel relishing Kingston Park return with England Under-20s

Falcons favourite preparing England U20s for repeat of last year's victorious World Cup final, as Newcastle hosts the action

Manu Tuilagi of England in action

Roger Uttley: 'Arrogant' England image will motivate Wales

Ex-England captain Roger Uttley says Wales will be fuelled by historical and stereotypical images of the arrogant English oppressor at Twickenham.

Jack Nowell of England is hauled down by the French defence during the RBS Six Nations match

Roger Uttley: Territory the key to Calcutta Cup success for England

Former England captain Roger Uttley says England must win the territorial battle in Edinburgh on Saturday.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster

Roger Uttley: Stuart Lancaster's England face tough Six Nations start

Former England captain Roger Uttley says France away on Saturday means England must hit the ground running.

Nigel Wray, the owner of Saracens

Roger Uttley: Big decisions will shape rugby union's future

Former England captain Roger Uttley argues the current game is a far cry from the one he knew, and ponders the way forward

Jamie Noon of England

Jamie Noon pursuing career as a rugby agent

Former Falcons and England centre hopes to mirror on-field success with career as an agent

Pumas triumph no mean feat

A relatively inexperienced England XV took on the Argentina Pumas hammering them at both scrum and line-out

Black banned after bust-up

ALAN Black, the former Gosforth and Wasps captain, has been banned from England, European and Premiership games until June after attempting to hit a player with a programme.


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