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Coach Eddie Jones and Johnny May - Credit: Getty Images

Definition of schneid - US slang

a losing streak (as in sports)

  • “If the Orioles break the American League schneid this season, it'll be an upset.”
  •  Usually, used in the phrases on the schneid and off the schneid.

England partially salvaged their three-match tour to South Africa by beating the Springboks 25-10 to win the last game and end a disastrous five-loss Test skein. The win boosted the Red Roses into fourth place in the World Rugby standings behind New Zealand, Ireland (highest placement ever), and border rival Wales.

For almost two years, England ranked second to the All Blacks but the bottom fell out during the 2018’s Six Nations Championship when England suffered three losses (Scotland, France, and Ireland) in a row.

The summer tour to South Africa was supposed to return England to prominence but the team lost the first two matches, the initial loss coming after mounting a 21-point lead.

This week, at home in Twickenham, the English Rugby Football Union has called coach Eddie Jones in for a friendly chat. The RFU wants to be assured that Jones has a grip on the English XV as the Rugby World Cup in Japan 2019 looms 15-months away. England were eliminated in pool play in their own hosted 2015 RWC, a national embarrassment in the land where rugby was invented.

Meanwhile, Ireland beat Australia away on tour, winning for the second occasion of the three-match series. The Irish triumphed 20-16, which vaulted them into second in World Rugby rankings, scoring  an over 90.0 tally for the first time but still 3.5 points behind number one New Zealand.

Scotland walloped Argentina 44-15 in Resedencia, ending their tour at 1-1, the loss, the historic win by the USA.

New Zealand beat France at home to win all three games of the French tour. The All Blacks were never challenged by Les Bleus.

In autumn, England will face South Africa, New Zealand, Japan, and Australia in what will be vital matches in preparation for all sides before the RWC in 2019.


Scotland ended their tour at 1-1? Canada's no longer considered a test nation?
Mister Wells--my thoughts exactly.
Unless, of course, Rugby Today is counting Canada as the 51st state and no longer an independent country....