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Wales can rely on Dan Biggar to adapt to World Cup challenge in Japan | Paul Rees

The fly-half showed in the defeat of England in Cardiff he has the experience and versatility to handle the demands placed on him after Gareth Anscombe’s injuryWhat is the Brexit brouhaha compared to the fly-half debate that has raged in Wales as long …

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All Blacks’ poor form no pointer to World Cup prospects, says Eddie Jones

• England coach believes New Zealand holding themselves back• Jones: ‘Last thing you want is to be flying before World Cup’Eddie Jones believes New Zealand have been holding themselves back for the World Cup. The All Blacks finished third in the Rugby …

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Wales’s James Davies: ‘I take opportunities and change opinions’ | Paul Rees

Scarlets flanker will play alongside his brother, Jonathan, and is ready to stake World Cup claimIf caps were awarded for determination and bloody-mindedness, James Davies would take some catching. The Scarlets flanker has spent his career trying to pr…

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Wales to start Dan Biggar at No 10 as Warren Gatland seeks more ‘edge’

• Coach: ‘We felt it important that Dan starts the game’ • ‘Players are aware they’re under pressure against England’Warren Gatland expects his grand slam champions to show more urgency against England in Cardiff on Saturday after Sunday’s defeat at Tw…

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Wales close Principality roof to create ‘fortress’ atmosphere for England

• Wales’ plan to keep changes to minimum hit by Anscombe injury• Duncan Taylor, John Barclay back for Scotland against FranceMatches between Wales and England in Cardiff this decade have tended to be preceded by a skirmish over the roof at the Principa…

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Players stake final claim for Japan as Eddie Jones begins to wield axe

Mike Brown and Ben Te’o first to fall in fight for a place in England’s 31-man World Cup squad but more will followEddie Jones believes that fighting spirit will be needed to win a World Cup that the England head coach predicts will be the tightest yet…

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Neil Jenkins hails Gatland impact on overhauling Welsh rugby’s mindset

Wales may be closing in on the No1 spot in the world rankings but the kicking coach is ignoring the World Cup hypeWales used to approach World Cups with hype rather than expectation. No major union has failed to qualify for the knockout stages more oft…

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Wales ‘in a good place’ says Warren Gatland with No 1 spot in sight

• Wales could top rankings with favourable weekend results• Grand Slam champions choose strong side for TwickenhamWhen Eddie Jones took charge of England, one of his goals was to supplant the All Blacks at the top of the world rankings before the start…

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Wales’ Taulupe Faletau out of Rugby World Cup with broken collarbone

• Injury-hit No 8 suffers setback in training and needs surgery• ‘Innocuous training ground incident’ resulted in breakWales will be without one of their most experienced and influential forwards in the World Cup after their Lions No 8 Taulupe Faletau …

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Danny Cipriani’s World Cup hopes fade after another Eddie Jones snub

• Gloucester fly-half left out of training squad• Joe Marler gets the nod over Ben MoonDanny Cipriani seems destined to end his career without having played in a World Cup after he was left out of the 38-member England squad that flew to Italy on Monda…

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The Breakdown | Summer squeeze asks questions of rugby’s affair with private equity

The sport is stretching out for money but the product might suffer and Warren Gatland’s Lions are among those at riskSummer’s lease has an even shorter date for rugby union followers. The English season creeps into June this weekend and will stay there…

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Northampton have ‘puncher’s chance’ of upset against Exeter, says Tom Wood

• Northampton recovered from relegation battle to finish fourth• Play-off semi-final rivals Exeter finished top of the PremiershipWhen Northampton lost at home to Newcastle at the beginning of December, they slumped to ninth in the Premiership, three p…

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The Breakdown | Rejuvenated Northampton face mission improbable in Premiership play-offs

The Premiership’s top two sides are the clubs with the lowest player turnover and show how continuity breeds consistencyDavid Young was reflecting on Wasps’ fitful season after their victory against Harlequins last Saturday. It was his side’s fifth vic…

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Saracens set the template for what a top-notch rugby club should be | Paul Rees

With community a core value, it is about more than rugby for the kings of Europe and now Premiership play-off contendersWhen Saracens played their first European Cup final, against Toulon in 2014, it was a meeting of two clubs who had approached the ve…

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The Breakdown | Pat Lam: ‘Being a Bristol Bear is about more than rugby – it’s a vision’

The former Samoa, Newcastle and Northampton No 8 has worked wonders with the Premiership newcomers who have aimed far higher than mere survival this seasonPat Lam is on the shortlist for the Premiership season’s director of rugby award after steering B…

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The Breakdown | Pat Lam: ‘Being a Bristol Bear is about more than rugby – it’s a vision’

The former Samoa, Newcastle and Northampton No 8 has worked wonders with the Premiership newcomers who have aimed far higher than mere survival this seasonPat Lam is on the shortlist for the Premiership season’s director of rugby award after steering B…

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Dean Ryan returns to coaching role after agreeing long-term deal with Dragons

• Ryan to take position as director of rugby with seat on the board• New coach hoping to revive fortunes of the WRU-owned clubDean Ryan will be back in a tracksuit in July when he takes charge of the Dragons in Gwent having spent the past three years w…

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Tadhg Furlong: ‘Mako’s a good craic but he’s an horrendous snorer’

Leinster’s Furlong and Saracens’ Mako Vunipola were roommates on the 2017 Lions tour and the props are full of praise for each other before what they expect will be a breathless Champions Cup finalThey were teammates and roommates on the Lions tour to …

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The Breakdown | Danny Cipriani can show the England cap would fit in Saracens play-off

After being recognised by his fellow pros, the fly-half has a last chance to convince Eddie Jones he should go to World CupDanny Cipriani may not have been recognised by England this season but he has by his peers. The Gloucester fly-half was one of th…

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Wigglesworth and Saracens plot to arm-wrestle Leinster off their perch

Veteran scrum-half believes little details and some Alex Goode magic can be decisive against Leinster in Champions Cup finalCup competitions rarely deliver a final that involves the two strongest teams. Luck of the draw is a factor along with knockout …