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Sam Warburton backs Maro Itoje to captain Lions on South Africa tour

Former captain says England lock in good shape to lead touristsDarren Childs resigns as Premiership Rugby chief executiveSam Warburton has backed Maro Itoje to follow in his footsteps and captain the British & Irish Lions this summer in South Afric…

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Eddie Jones escapes sack but faces scrutiny by ‘external rugby experts’

England finished fifth in disappointing Six Nations displayCovid-19 impact and breakdown penalties identified as factorsEddie Jones has escaped the sack as England’s head coach but is set to be placed under greater scrutiny by a team of hand-picked, ex…

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Andy Farrell could still join Lions staff, reveals Warren Gatland

Gatland says door remains open to Ireland head coachIreland tour of Pacific Islands in considerable doubt Warren Gatland has revealed that Andy Farrell – his key lieutenant on the two previous British & Irish Lions tours – could still be added to t…

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Sand dunes, sing-songs and hydrotherapy: how Jersey will prime Lions | Gerard Meagher

The Lions’ two-week training camp in Jersey will be crucial when it comes to preparing the squad for South AfricaThe last victorious British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa was back in 1997 and though it was ultimately delivered by a swing of Je…

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Lions and Premiership clubs at loggerheads over player release

Tourists’ training camp clashes with league play-offsPlayers with English clubs could miss tour selectionThe player release row between the British & Irish Lions and Premiership clubs is set to rumble into next week amid claims from within the leag…

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Premiership Rugby plans midweek fixture shift in effort to bring back fans

PRL looks to move 14-16 May games to middle of the next weekEnglish teams’ European exits make move possiblePremiership Rugby is lining up midweek fixtures next month in an effort to welcome more crowds back into stadiums before the end of the season. …

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Scotland’s Steve Tandy set to join Gatland’s Lions coaching staff

Defence coach leading candidate for South Africa tourGregor Townsend expected to be attack coachScotland’s defensive mastermind Steve Tandy has emerged as a leading candidate to join the British & Irish Lions coaching staff with Warren Gatland forc…

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Alex Sanderson backs Sale to fly under radar to first Champions Cup semi

Sale’s director of rugby hopes a ‘wildcard scenario’ will help his side make club history away to La Rochelle on SaturdayThe received wisdom in Europe is that success comes only by learning from your failures and there are few better placed to pass jud…

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British & Irish Lions to tour South Africa with no England coaches

Gatland set to confirm assistants next weekMitchell to miss out and squad selection could be affectedThe British & Irish Lions coaching staff is set to include no members of the England setup for the first time this century with Warren Gatland due …

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Sale’s Manu Tuilagi set for return from injury in May in boost to his Lions hopes

Centre has been sidelined by achilles injury since September‘He’ll be back for some big games,’ says Sale director of rugbyManu Tuilagi’s hopes of being on this summer’s British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa have been boosted after it emerged …

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Sale’s Manu Tuilagi set for return from injury in May in boost to his Lions hopes

Centre has been sidelined by achilles injury since September‘He’ll be back for some big games,’ says Sale director of rugbyManu Tuilagi’s hopes of being on this summer’s British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa have been boosted after it emerged …

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Rest is best for Leinster’s bid to storm fortress Exeter, says Tadhg Furlong

Prop says fresh legs from missed Toulon tussle boosts chancesFurlong expects fierce performance from defending championsThe Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong believes an extra week’s rest following their last-16 walkover last Friday can work to their advanta…

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Wayne Pivac savours Wales’s Six Nations title after Scotland’s victory

Coach delighted after France’s defeat made them champions‘We knew we could cause upset,’ says Scotland’s Stuart HoggThe Wales head coach, Wayne Pivac, was left to bask in the glory of a first Six Nations title since taking charge after Scotland’s last-…

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‘Win first’: France focus on result with Six Nations on line against Scotland

Les Bleus must win by 21 points or more to deny WalesScotland have the tightest defence in the tournamentIt is International Waffle Day on Thursday and, just in case it is not marked in the diary, the French Rugby Federation provided a timely reminder …

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Eddie Jones eyes new blood for England while his future remains unclear

Coach identifies Marcus Smith and Joe Simmonds for debuts‘There are good young guys, particularly in the 9s and 10s’Eddie Jones has identified Marcus Smith and Joe Simmonds among a number of potential England debutants this summer, with the head coach …

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England players to be asked if Eddie Jones should stay on as head coach

Squad will get say as part of post-Six Nations reviewMaro Itoje and Mako Vunipola have already backed JonesEngland players are set to have a significant say over whether Eddie Jones keeps his job as head coach with the squad invited to give their feedb…

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Eddie Jones faces talks on future with RFU after England’s dismal Six Nations

RFU’s Bill Sweeney will meet head coach after poor campaignJones’s contract is understood to contain a break clauseEddie Jones is facing crunch talks with the Rugby Football Union chief executive, Bill Sweeney, as part of a review into England’s poor S…

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England’s step backwards puts Eddie Jones’s approach in the spotlight

Woeful Six Nations campaign has raised questions about head coach’s ability to continue to get the best out of his squad After the World Cup final defeat by South Africa nearly 18 months ago, Eddie Jones thought long and hard about whether he wanted to…

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George Ford calls on England to ‘win the physicality’ against Ireland | Gerard Meagher

Eddie Jones and his players are determined to temper expectations as the fly-half says England ‘want to leave it all’ in their final Six Nations fixtureIs this a dead rubber or the defining match of England’s Six Nations campaign? A British & Irish…

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Ireland’s Andy Farrell demands courage after ringing the changes for England

Murray, Stockdale and Aki recalled for Six Nations finale‘They’re very buoyant this week, in a determined mood’Andy Farrell has called for courage from Ireland on Saturday as they seek to end a run of four defeats by England with a victory that would d…