Alan Shearer: Defeat may be Southgate’s last

Gareth Southgate has taken us on one heck of a journey over the past eight years, but I suspect Sunday’s defeat by Spain will be his last game as England manager, writes Alan Shearer for BBC Sport. https://twitter.com/BBCSport/status/1812801822567874962 Right now Gareth will be hurting like hell after what happened in Berlin but my feeling is that, when the dust settles on the final of Euro 2024, he will decide he’s had enough. It should be his decision to stay or go -...


England to face Spain in Euro 2024 final

England will face Spain in Sunday's Euro 2024 final in Berlin after beating the Netherlands 2-1 in the semi-final. The Three Lions are hoping to go one step further than at Euro 2020 when they lost the final on penalties to Italy, writes BBC Sport. https://twitter.com/itvfootball/status/1811141746878808094 But in their way are the best team at Euro 2024 so far, three-time champions Spain. This will be England's third match against Spain at a European Championship - and the Three Lions triumphed in the previous two. https://twitter.com/itvfootball/status/1811147533827051889 In...


Top 3 club sign ups: Opportunity in Ireland

Three more clubs have signed up to The Players Platform, with an exciting opportunity available in Ireland for players to explore.  Based in picturesque Limerick, the club has superb facilities and has an excellent professional network of contacts that can assist with employment and relocation.  Players are largely homegrown, but the club is looking to add to the squad from overseas.  https://twitter.com/ThePlayersPlat_/status/1810333932811903333 Meanwhile, a club in Derby is recruiting for the men’s, women’s, touch, mixed ability and their mini and junior sections. The first...


England’s ‘massive opportunity’ to shock All Blacks

New Zealand v England first Test Date: Saturday, 6 July Kick-off: 08:05 BST Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin Coverage: Live on Sky Sports, listen to commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sounds and follow live text commentary on BBC Sport website and app. When England last toured New Zealand 10 years ago, the All Blacks were on top of the rugby world, writes BBC Sport correspondent Chris Jones. After winning the World Cup in 2011, Steve Hansen's side were on an extraordinary run that would culminate in...


Team news: New Zealand v England

England head coach Steve Borthwick said there is no bigger challenge than playing the All Blacks in New Zealand after naming his side for Saturday's first Test in Dunedin, writes the BBC's Chris Jones in Auckland. Joe Marler and Will Stuart come in at prop as Borthwick makes two changes to the team that started the 52-17 win over Japan a fortnight ago. https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby/status/1807968687493652807 Meanwhile prop Fin Baxter and wing Ollie Sleightholme are set to make their England debuts from the bench. "The...


The Players Platform partners with The Rugby Tour Specialists

The Players Platform are delighted to announce an official partnership with The Rugby Tour Specialists. Boasting a global portfolio of clients, The Rugby Tour Specialists have provided world class tours and pre-season training camps for more than 1,000 teams across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.  From schools to universities and elite level rugby, since 2009 The Rugby Tour Specialists have enabled teachers, coaches and parents to run immaculately planned and memorable rugby tours on their behalf.  Director of The Rugby Tour...


Alan Shearer: ‘We have to accept this is England’s identity’

England are into the quarter-finals of Euro 2024 and ultimately that is all that matters but, for 95 minutes, that was a desperate performance against Slovakia, writes Alan Shearer on the BBC Sport website. I was watching it thinking it was Iceland and Euro 2016 all over again, because we were just as bad as we were in that embarrassing defeat, but then Jude Bellingham has saved us with a world-class finish. Up until then, we had been awful. You never give...


Dean Richards: Striking parallels between England and Springbok World Cup-winning team

Former England Rugby international Dean Richards insists the Three Lions can triumph at this summer’s European Championships in Germany, despite a modest performance during the group stage. The seasoned director of rugby, who led Leicester Tigers to multiple Heineken Cup and Premiership titles, sees striking parallels between the England football team and the Springbok squad that clinched back-to-back Rugby World Cup victories. “Nobody remembers the group stage games if you go on to win the competition,” said Richards.  “South Africa won the last...


Top 3 club sign-ups: Opportunity in the Channel Islands

The Players Platform is delighted to welcome aboard three more clubs looking to recruit players ahead of the 2023/24 season. https://twitter.com/ThePlayersPlat_/status/1803422303713194456 A London-based club, who play in the Herts/Middlesex Counties 2 league, are seeking props, hookers, wingers and centres. Meanwhile, a club in the Channel Islands and a club located in Dumfries and Galloway are looking for players of all positions. The Scottish club plays in National 3 Southwest, and are recruiting for both their men's and women's teams. Download our...


Consett RFC celebrate 100 years with a centenary dinner

Consett Rugby Club proudly celebrated their 100th anniversary with a gala dinner on Saturday, which saw a number of rugby legends in attendance including former England captain Dean Richards and World Rugby hall of famer Sue Dorrington.  https://twitter.com/ThePlayersPlat_/status/1802631121206734977 Consett are one of a number of clubs to have signed up to The Players Platform since its launch last month and have lined-up a number of high profile events to mark the milestone.  A pivotal figure in the club’s history, Roy Tyreman, who has been...