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About Graham Jenkins

Graham Jenkins is a freelance sports journalist who has been reporting around the rugby globe for over 20 years. A former editor of the leading rugby union website Scrum.com, he is a veteran of five World Cups and cites England’s 2003 triumph as the most memorable moment of his professional career – closely followed by a night out with Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal.

Graham Jenkins's latest articles

No winner but World Rugby still loses

The British & Irish Lions’ tour of New Zealand came to an enthralling and painfully frustrating conclusion at Eden Park on Saturday night. The occasion may have failed to provide a winner but there was certainly a loser. Leading writer Graham Jenkins explores the sport’s shortcomings that can no longer be ignored by World Rugby.

Sarries focused on the journey - not the destination

Crowned Kings of Europe once again last month with a hard-fought 28-17 victory over French rivals Clermont Auvergne, Sarries then saw their hopes of a ‘double double’ dashed by Exeter Chiefs in an epic Premiership semi-final defeat just a week later. Leading writer Graham Jenkins looks at what’s behind Saracens ongoing success.

Lions racing against time to beat the All Blacks

As daunting the prospect of facing the world’s best side on their own patch, the most formidable challenge facing the British & Irish Lions this summer is arguably not the All Blacks but the precious little time they have to ready themselves for an eagerly-awaited Test series. Leading writer Graham Jenkins looks at what Warren Gatland is doing to address the situation.

Is the sport really putting players first?

World Rugby and the rugby union’s key stakeholders announced the latest long-term calendar for the game with great fanfare last month highlighting the ‘harmony’ it had brought to the sport.

Leading writer Graham Jenkins looks at claims it appears to have promoted disharmony with many concerned that the international schedule and the changes it has subsequently triggered actually jeopardise player welfare.

Should England get excited by a defeat?

Such a high-profile failure to perform and complete a clean sweep may well be cause for muted celebration. Rugby writer Graham Jenkins assesses the potential effect of England’s loss to Ireland at the weekend.

There is no substitute for hard work

England have successfully clinched the 6 nations and equalled the All Black’s 18 match winning streak. Graham Jenkins reflects on where Eddie Jones and the team are at.

England's growing belief will have All Blacks on high alert

This England side just refuses to accept defeat. Leading writer Graham Jenkins considers whether England’s growing unrelenting self belief will be causing the All Blacks any concern.

Farrell is a captain in everything but name

England flyhalf, Colin Farrell appears to have taken another step forward in his game development under Eddie Jones. Leading writer Graham Jenkins highlights Farrell’s progress and growing leadership influence within the national side.

The prospect of the Six Nations never fails to lift the gloom

The prospect of the Six Nations never fails to lift the gloom that can descend as quickly as the sun at this time of year in the northern hemisphere.

What are the challenges facing each coach and who will bolster their CV with a Six Nations title? Who will take a step nearer the exit?

Leading writer Graham Jenkins looks at the respective coaches prospects.

Coaches must lead quest to change collision culture

A spate of dismissals have hogged the headlines in recent weeks, and often divided opinion, with referees determined to underline World Rugby’s commitment to player welfare and eliminate dangerous play. Leading writer Graham Jenkins looks at what’s behind the actions and who is to lead the behaviour change.