Rugby World Cup and Xhaxa’s Meltdown – What the Papers are saying

It’s been a busy weekend in the sporting world and Fleet Street have been kept busy covering all of the action.

The Daily Mail’s back pages focus heavily on England’s semi-final triumph over New Zealand. England face South Africa who overcame Wales Yesterday and England coach Eddie Jones insists he will “not be happy” until his side prove they are the best by lifting the trophy on Saturday morning.

The Mail has hinted that the formidable axis of George Ford and Owen Farrell could be broken up to deal with the midfield threat of Damian de Allende.

Rugby continues to dominate the Daily Mail’s coverage with a four-page spread reflecting on South Africa’s victory over Wales. The Springboks exercised a kicking game which Martin Samuel has stated that Eddie Jones’ men will not mind. He goes on to write that a repeat of the 2007 final, in fact, could have been a desired outcome for the England camp given the randomness of the recent Wales v England Six Nations encounters.

The Sun and the Star respectively focus on ‘that’ strop by Granit Xhaxa in yesterday’s controversial 2-2 draw between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at the Emirates. Paul Brown of the Star has reacted to that stating the Swiss international is set to be stripped of the Gunners’ captaincy.

Supporters are clearly not happy with his performances so far this campaign and he was booed off by the majority of the Emirates crowd as he was substituted by a less than happy Unai Emery in the 61st minute. He ripped off the shirt and the armband and appeared to tell supporters to f*** off as he made his way down the tunnel. This coupled with his less than stellar form are appearing to force Emery’s hand and Arsenal could line up with a new skipper when they face Wolves this Saturday.

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