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Bristol blocks Borthwick from England coaching job

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The resignation from Steve Borthwick was not accepted by Bristol.

The resignation from Steve Borthwick was not accepted by Bristol.

Bristol will “take all reasonable actions” after denying an agreement for Steve Borthwick to become England forwards coach.

The Rugby Football Union had released a statement earlier saying that former England captain Borthwick would join new head coach Eddie Jones’ team without prior notice.

Borthwick signed a long-term deal with Bristol after the World Cup, and previously worked under Jones in coaching the Japan international squad.

He handed in his resignation to the club on Tuesday, but Bristol asserted that they had not been asked for permission to speak to Borthwick and had refused to accept his resignation.

Bristol said they would take “all reasonable actions as necessary to protect the club’s position.”

Before Bristol had intervened, Borthwick was quoted in an RFU statement saying it was a “huge honour to be asked as these chances don’t come around often”.

Eddie Jones had praised Borthwick as a “young coach with great potential” and that his “analytical” approach was a great addition to the England coaching staff.

Eddie Jones to take over England Rugby Team

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Eddie Jones will be the first foreign head coach of England.

Eddie Jones, 55, is set to become the first foreign rugby head coach of England.

The Australian had finalised the details of his appointment with Rugby Football Union chief Ian Ritchie during a meeting in London on Thursday.

Succeeding Stuart Lancaster, the former Japan national coach secured his release from a “long-term contract” with South African franchise the Stormers.

Former England captain Steve Borthwick could be brought in as part of Jones’ coaching team. He is under contract as forwards coach at Bristol and worked with Jones at Saracens and Japan.

Jones has been the frontrunner from the beginning of the recruitment process and will be among the highest paid rugby coaches in the world.

Jones was only appointed as the new Stormers head coach in September after leading Japan to the World Cup in England, during which they recorded a famous victory over South Africa in the pool stage.

He fits Ritchie’s desire to appoint a man with “proven international experience”.

The RFU are keen to have a core of English assistants working under Jones.

NFL Sunday Highlight : New England Patriots vs New York Giants

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New York Giants vs New England Patriots


Tom Brady and the Patriots stay undefeated.

The New England Patriots will stay undefeated and improves to 9-0 after a close win from Stephen Gostkowski’s 54-yard field goal at 1 second remaining.

It was the best of National Football League, as the New England Patriots and New York Giants went toe to toe for the full 60 minutes on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, and entertained in a highly competitive, highly charged matchup that felt like a playoff game.

After Josh Brown made his fourth field goal of the game with 1:47 remaining, Tom Brady drove the Patriots 44 yards, converting a fourth-and-10 on the series.

Gostkowski, the NFL’s leading scorer the last three seasons, sent his winning kick soaring through the uprights.

The Giants (5-5) have given the Patriots fits under Tom Coughlin and nearly pulled off another victory.

But New England proved unbeatable with field goals only, and a 5-yard pass to Odell Beckham Jr. on New York’s final drive was originally called a touchdown, then reversed by a video review.

Both Beckham and New England’s Rob Gronkowski had the longest TD catches of their careers: Beckham for 87 yards and Gronkowski for 76.

Nonetheless, there may be obstacles ahead for the Patriots.

Their number one receiver Julian Edelman left the game on the final play of the first quarter with a left foot injury and did not return.

Edelman slammed his helmet to the ground when he came off the field; and when it comes to players the Patriots can least afford to lose, Edelman is arguably right there behind quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The Patriots would also host the Buffalo Bills who had just beaten the New York Jets by 22-17 as visitors. The team will be well rested following four consecutive days of R&R.

Jason Pierre-Paul: we will get Tom Brady

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Jason Pierre-Paul believes

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is feeling good, talking about ditching the heavy club wrap he wore on his right hand last week and talking big about his chances to sack Tom Brady on Sunday.

“They’re undefeated, but they have to come through here,” Pierre-Paul said Wednesday, referring to Brady and the Patriots. “We’ll get to the quarterback. I’m sure of it. I know I will.”

Pierre-Paul hasn’t held back much since returning to the Giants following a July fireworks accident that damaged his hand.

The Giants host the New England Patriots on Sunday and Pierre-Paul is confident that it’ll be a good day for Big Blue’s defense.

He told reporters, “We’re going to get to the quarterback, I know I am.”

Big Blue has had success against the Patriots and boast two Super Bowl rings to show for it. The Giants used their stout defensive line and tenacious pass rush to defeat New England in both of their Super Bowl meetings in 2007 and 2011. Pierre-Paul was a major part of the Giants’ 2011 Lombardi Trophy.

Although Pierre-Paul acknowledged that he will have a different cast of characters along the D-line when he faces Tom Brady on Sunday.

“Yeah, it’s a different group. It was me, (Justin) Tuck, Osi (Umenyiora), those are pass rushers,” Pierre-Paul added.

The Giants (5-4) are currently sitting on top of the NFC East. But it might not be the best decision to give Brady and company a little extra bulletin board material. We know Bill Belichick and Brady haven’t forgotten about those two Super Bowl losses. Perhaps they now have a little extra motivation.