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England seal controversial win over Springboks

Ahead of the first Quilter Autumn International, many England fans were questioning Eddie Jones’ future as Head Coach with less than a year remaining until the start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The arrival of the Springboks in Twickeham offered an opportunity for Jones and his new-look England side to prove the doubters wrong.

Sports Gazette offers a taste of the match-day experience at the home of English rugby, including some confidence South Africans, contrasting the pessimism amongst the English contingent.

England would go on to win 12-11 in a hotly-contested game. However, the match will be remembered for a no-foul call from a seemingly high and late tackle from England fly-half, Owen Farrell, just minutes after he had put the hosts ahead with a late penalty.

England take on the world’s best side, the All-Blacks next and will need to improve in several key areas of their game if they want to make it back-to-back wins.

Darren Barnard
Darren, 24, is a graduate of the University of Exeter, where he attained a degree in Drama. Following that, he travelled through Asia and Australia for two years, encountering entirely different sporting cultures. Unable to his watch his beloved Spurs and Chicago Bears as regularly as he was accustomed to, he was encouraged to pursue other countries sporting passions. An interest in AFL and NRL was unavoidable as he became infatuated with Australia's similar passion for sport. However it was among the corruption and chaos of Asian football, where he formed a lifelong friendship with the players and supporters of Than Quảng Ninh F.C.
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