England must accept their limitations heading into the Rugby World Cup, Hook can fill Henson gap, 'Weak' team packs plenty of muscle, and more in this edition of What the Papers Say.
Monday, August 15
Out of ideas - Sky Sports - Stuart Barnes says that, sadly, England must now accept their limitations at the World Cup.
Five things England got wrong against Wales - The Guardian - England lacked clarity and struggled to react to what was going on in front of them during their defeat against Wales in Cardiff
England gone backwards since Six Nations - The Telegraph - England have regressed since the opening games of the recent Six Nations, disabusing their faithful followers of foolish notions of optimism for the imminent World Cup campaign. What was always a big ask is now a gigantic poser.
World Cup waiting - Sky Sports - Who has sealed their place in Martin Johnson's England World Cup squad and who is left biting their nails?
Loose Pass - Planet Rugby - This week we will mostly be concerning ourselves with apparel issues, two eyes, recruitment and World Cup form notes...
Countdown to the 2011 Rugby World Cup - The Independent - As we count down to the opening fixture we take a look at the greatest World Cup moments in this daily series.
Hook can fill Henson gap - BBC - Wales' World Cup options in Gavin Henson's absence
Time running out for Johnson - The Daily Mail - England ’s 19-9 defeat by Wales in Cardiff on Saturday raised grave concerns about the national team’s readiness for the World Cup next month. Sportsmail explores the key issues for manager Martin Johnson to address before naming his 30-man tournament squad next Monday.
Moody should be the grumpy one after my mishap - London Evening Standard - After playing in any match I'm usually very hard on myself and rarely feel satisfied with how I've performed. Even if I have done well I seem to remember the mistakes I made, more than the things I executed well. I think this mindset actually helps me to be a better player, as it means I'm rarely satisfied and always looking to improve but it doesn't always make me very good company in the days after a match.
'Weak' team packs plenty of muscle - New Zealand Herald - What a fascinating All Black team scenario we have coming up against the Boks at Port Elizabeth next weekend - Piri Weepu possibly getting some game time at first five-eighths and real selection battles at prop, lock, loose forward, the wings and fullback.
Second wind - Rugby News NZ - Former Wallaby midfielder Steve Kefu has already packed a busy career in and his ITM Cup stint with Bay of Plenty may not be the end of it.
Injured or not, Gavin Henson must go to the World Cup with Wales - The Guardian - Gavin Henson took 30 minutes to prove his undimmed genius against England in Cardiff. Injury should not keep him at home
Apps rush: Rugby Kicks, DK The Human Body, Gigsandtours and more - The Guardian - What's new on the app stores on Monday 15 August 2011
Plenty to ponder - Sky Sports - Stuart Barnes says that England need more than a black shirt if they want to compete with New Zealand.
Gilbert has released a new line of rugby cleats. The Gilbert Virtuo 8S is part of the exciting new product. Check it out.
The entire All Blacks apparel line has been updated for 2013/14. Check out the New Zealand All Blacks polo.
The Nike Tiempo is a solid rugby cleat and one of few styles still made from full-grain natural leather.
The Gilbert Blitz 8S rugby cleat is a great cleat at a great price of $69.99. Get a new pair of cleats today.
A cool looking all black rugby cleat with the high performance adidas is known for. Get in the Gear!
Wear the crest of the British and Irish Lions on your t-shirt. A great look for the summer.
The All Blacks Performance t-shirt is black with hints of blue from the training jersey. Very Cool.
The New Zealand All Blacks training jersey for 2013/14. Get in the Gear!
The USA Rugby Pro Alternate rugby jersey is perfect for any fan of the Eagles. Get yours to wear during the summer Test matches.
The NEW All Blacks 2013/14 jersey has arrived at World Rugby Shop. Dare to wear the colors of the All Blacks.