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Thursday, November 08, 2012

O2 Inside Line: Episode 1, Season 3

England have been hard at work preparing for their QBE Autumn Internationals, which start off against Fiji this coming weekend. A new look O2 Inside Line returns as we give you a look at what they've been up to off-field leading up to the game.

The show was hugely popular last year during the Six Nations, and then again during the Rugby World Cup, with James Haskell as host. This time around it follows a slightly different format and has a new presenter, Layla Anna Lee.

Layla will be conducting interviews from inside the camp with not only the players themselves, but coaching staff and all those involved in the succesful running of a training camp.

England play Fiji, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand as part of a packed few weeks that is sure to put Stuart Lancaster's squad through their paces ahead of new year's Six Nations.

Through the show we'll get exclusive access to Player Cam, match analysis from members of the squad, and a look at some skill challenges, where players will go head to head against the clock.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "O2 Inside Line is a fantastic way for fans to get closer to the team  and see what life is like for the players, management and staff as we build up to the crucial 80 minutes at Twickenham each Saturday."

England vs Fiji, Saturday, 10 November, Kick-off: 14:30 GMT

England team:
Alex Goode, Charlie Sharples, Manu Tuilagi, Brad Barritt, Ugo Monye; Toby Flood, Danny Care, Joe Marler, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Tom Palmer, Geoff Parling, Tom Johnson, Chris Robshaw (captain), Thomas Waldrom.
Replacements: David Paice, David Wilson, Mako Vunipola, Joe Launchbury, Tom Wood, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Mike Brown

Fiji team:
Simeli Koniferedi, Samu Wara, Vereniki Goneva, Sireli Naqelevuki, Watisoni Votu, Metuisela Talebula, Nicola Matawalu; Ratu Makutu, Viliame Veikoso, Deacon Manu, Leone Nakawara, Apisolame Ratuniyarawa, Api Naikatani, Malaki Ravulo, Akapusi Qera.
Seremaia Naureure, Setafano Samoca, Manasa Saulo, Sekonaia Kalou, Iliesa Ratuva, Kelemedi Bola, Josh Matavesi, Ravai Fatiaki

To get the inside scoop on the England squad every week of the QBE Internationals, as well as fun features and team chat, sign up for alerts and watch O2 Inside Line on RFU TV at O2InsideLine.com

Posted by Rugbydump at 6:55 pm | View Comments (14)

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Facepalm November 08, 2012 9:53 pm

The most uninspiring England team for a long long time.

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TechnoMouse November 08, 2012 10:04 pm

Much less interesting than previous episodes, bit too over-produced now as well. Bring back Austin Healy and Haskcam!

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TechnoMouse November 08, 2012 10:04 pm

Layla isn't too bad on the eyes, she can stay...

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stroudos November 09, 2012 8:09 am

Yep. Healey and Haskell might not be everyone's cup of tea but the overall level of banter was so much better with those two involved.

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Big Dave November 08, 2012 10:22 pm

whats the reading/poem at the start, I did enjoy it...

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stroudos November 09, 2012 8:12 am

Thought it was a waste of a minute myself.

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Idaven November 09, 2012 12:56 am

Really boring video, really fit bird.

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stroudos November 09, 2012 8:12 am

That Happy Monye golf shot at 2:10 is bloody brilliant!

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medicaluke November 09, 2012 3:18 pm

Totally agree. This just seems like some overproduced PR campaign whereas Healy and Haskell were actually funny and it felt amateur, especially with the Haskcam.
Not as funny. Probably introduced her for some eye candy and not her sense of humour.

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s_conner November 09, 2012 3:23 pm

I'd like to get inside her line, if you know what I mean.

As soon as I read 'Layla' and 'new presenter' I knew that a) she'd be fit, b) that it wouldn't be funny and c) that she'd be coming on to the players (as yet unproven)

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Reality November 10, 2012 2:42 pm

Did you not see the bicep grab at 4.10? Who knows what she was grabbing off-camera?

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Jaded Forward November 09, 2012 11:28 pm

Whew! I was worried that the show would make the England squad seem charismatic and interesting off the field, and then we'd end up being disappointed with their uncharismatic, uninteresting play. But this seems to fit them just about right. My expectations remain comfortably low.

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Disco November 10, 2012 12:49 pm

Isabelle Ithurburu is the new face of Canal+ rugby and she's intelligent, interested in rugby and is a distinguished journalist. I encourage the involvement of women at every level of the game from the paddock to the microphone but this production is just basic, basic advertising by O².

Austin and Abby put the players on the backfoot during interviews because they know more about rugby and the history of the sport than the combined knowledge of most of the current squad.

I think it's a shame that the culture of caring about the history of the game has been replaced by tabloid coverage whereby the wider audience's penchant for gossip and laughs takes precedent over more substantial rugby reporting. Young rugby players today have very little exposure to what happens off the rugby field in the lives of professional rugby players. Little is known about training and the exercises employed to improve the game of an international player. Instead we watch them bake cakes.

Poems recited by players in the dark went from classy to cringe-worthy for me around about the time Lawrence Dallaglio dragged the English game from the BBC and Bill MacLaren's truly poetic dance, onto the front pages of the News of the World into the gutter and onto Rupert Murdoch TV.

I love the new game as much as I love rugby in any other era, I'd just prefer to watch rugby than to spend part of my Saturday morning looking at Thomas Waldron's face while still taking in the devastating beauty of Layla the new presenter who healed a heart broken by Abby.

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07015678 November 13, 2012 3:44 pm

Pro Rugby players make terrible inspirational readers. They just look like meat heads,
talentlessly blurting out words they probably don't understand.

I don't think O2 will ever get this Inside Line thing right. Although there is clearly a huge rugby audience in England, and this is a better effort than that absolute trash with the extremely irritating Abby and that horrifically arrogant d1ck head Austin Healy presenting. RWC Haskell Cam was the worst thing 02 and the RFU could have done. They all just came across so poorly with a tragic sense of idiotic humour and over confidence whilst under performing and messing things up off the field too. The direction they've gone in makes sense and the lads actually seem nice enough, but unfortunately it's really boring.

02, please insert something interesting to these videos. No one cares who shares a room with who and how long they take in the shower, etc (even with the sexual innuendos with a smoking hot presenter). Something interesting about how the squad works at the business end of training. Don't rely on squad personalities. You make the England squad look thick as mince and dull as muck, which I suspect they are any way.

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