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.

International Friendly Full-time Result

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France

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2

England

Ft 90+3

Ht 1 – 0

Alli 39

Rooney 48

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Wembley was lit up in French colours and France’s national motto.

It was an emotional night as more than 70,000 fans honoured the victims of the Paris attacks in Wembley.

The Football Association (FA) had encouraged England supporters to learn the words to La Marseillaise in a show of solidarity and Wembley’s arch was lit up in the blue, white and red of the French flag.

Applause greeted the end of the anthems before a minute’s silence was impeccably observed, with one side of the London stadium creating a Tricolor mosaic with coloured cards.

Earlier, it was reported that France’s game with Germany at the Stade de France was targeted in the attacks.

But France chose to go ahead with Tuesday’s game, which ended 2-0 to England, amid heightened security.

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Prince William and the opposing managers, England’s Roy Hodgson and Didier Deschamps of France lay wreaths before the match.

There was an excellent show of unity for the French national anthem before England and France mixed in with each other for a pre-match team photograph to huge applause.

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England and France mixed in with each other for a complete pre-match team photograph.

England boss Roy Hodgson and his France counterpart Didier Deschamps embraced after joining Prince William, president of the Football Association, in laying flowers for those killed.

The visitors went close to opening the scoring when Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye, one of six Premier League-based players starting for France, fired narrowly over from 25 yards.

Alli, 19, showed great maturity to open the scoring from outside the area as the Tottenham midfielder starting the move with a crunching tackle before firing home.

Rooney doubled the lead with a close-range volley from Raheem Sterling’s cross, the culmination of a move started by Alli.

France’s Anthony Martial was pictured on crutches after the game, possibly handing United boss Louis van Gaal yet another injury problem to deal with.

After the match, Hodgson said: “It was a very poignant occasion and we achieved all the things we wanted to achieve in the remembrance.”

“An act of defiance was better than the other alternative,” he added, relating to France going on the match despite clear security threats.

Meanwhile, France boss Didier Deschamps thanks everyone for their statements and their actions of solidarity.

“We feel very grateful because not just the people at Wembley, but the whole nation has supported us,” he said.

Federer beats Djokovic to reach semi-finals

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Federer and Djokovic sharing a moment after the match.

Rogerer Federer hands Novak Djokovic his first loss at the ATP World Tour Finals in 3 years.

The Swiss brought his top game to the O2 Arena on Tuesday, stopping Novak Djokovic’s ATP Finals winning streak at 15 by beating the top-seeded Serb 7-5, 6-2.

The win put Federer in the semifinals of the season-ending tournament for the 13th time in 14 appearances, and the twenty-second time he has beaten the world number one out of 43 encounters.

”I wouldn’t have picked it maybe before the tournament, just because of his really good record on the indoors, the year he’s had,” said Federer, who lost to Djokovic in the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals.

”But then again, all day I felt good about my chances.”

Djokovic, meanwhile will still qualify for the semi-final by beating Tomas Berdych on Thursday.

His form dipped dramatically after a tight first set, with the Serb winning just 25% of points on his first serve and searching for his usual metronomic accuracy.

“You have those days when you are not feeling your best, not even close to the best,” said Djokovic.

“Credit to Roger for mixing up the pace, giving me always a different ball. He used the slice and spin very wisely. He served very efficiently.

“I made a lot of, lot of unforced errors. I just handed him the win, especially in the second set.”

CSGO betting advice: RGN Pro – North America Series

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cs1Liquid

cs2Method

Odds

75%

25%

Recommendation

medium risk – high bet recommended

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Surely Method did surprisingly well during the first phase of the RGN Finals, and we have to say that they looked way better on Lan compared to their usual online performances.

However, facing Liquid is going to be a completely different story. Especially compared to most of the teams they messed with in the Group stage.

It is highly doubtful that Hiko and friends losing this Bo3, and there is actually quite good chances of watching just a plain 2-0.

We’ll probably watch maps such as de_mirage, de_inferno and de_overpass. If the veto goes this way, Liquid should be better on all of them, and the only map where we may watch a close game will be Mirage.

Betting odds are obviously severely skewed in favor of Liquid, and when we talk about these kinds of values, we highly suggest evaluating a skip due to the extremely low profitability. But if you really want to bet, then the way to go is Liquid.