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England will remember lessons of 2015 in Six Nations finale, says John Mitchell

Ireland pipped England five years ago in dramatic denouement‘It is dangerous to get too focused on the score,’ says MitchellEngland will learn from the way they lost the 2015 Six Nations title on points difference when they face Italy in Rome on Satur…

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England can learn from Exeter pack, says forwards coach Matt Proudfoot

Eddie Jones has added two Chiefs forwards to his squadHarry Williams and Jonny Hill join Luke Cowan-DickieExeter have won the European Champions Cup and Premiership double this month and they have won over the England head coach, Eddie Jones, who added…

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Barbarians’ foul-up will leave England undercooked for Italy points chase | Paul Rees

Eddie Jones’s side will have to chase points in Rome without any match practice to put pressure on IrelandAs the Rugby Football Union works out the financial cost of having to cancel Sunday’s match against the Barbarians because a number of the invitat…

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Ireland hope to summon Six Nations spirit of 2014 with Italy victory

Ireland will go top if they win by more than 10 points‘Italy will have a shout in how we play,’ Andy Farrell saidThe Ireland captain, Jonathan Sexton, has said what matters most is a victory against Italy, but unless it comes wrapped with a bonus point…

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The Breakdown | Chemistry counts when it comes to Eddie Jones’s selection methods

England’s coach has his favourites and one of his foibles is not always trusting Premiership form as a barometer When Andy Farrell named his Ireland squad last week, attention focused not on who had been selected but on the scrum-half, John Cooney, who…

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Wasps’ Brad Shields: ‘Testing day is nerve-racking, as Sale showed’

The New Zealand-born flanker expresses his concerns about a Covid-19 outbreak upsetting all the hard work and progress made, as Wasps prepare to face Exeter in the Premiership finalBrad Shields is speaking on the day the Wasps squad is tested for Covid…

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Bristol on standby for Premiership final if Wasps have more positive Covid tests

More tests arranged after four players returned positive resultsBristol finished third in table and ready if Wasps pull outBristol will face Exeter in the Premiership final next Saturday if Wasps record more positive tests for Covid?19 next week and ar…

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Bristol see Challenge Cup final as start, not end of European adventure | Paul Rees

Director of rugby Pat Lam says Friday’s game with Toulon is a rung on a ladder to take them to heights of European club gamePat Lam is desperate to win a tournament he never wants to be a part of again, at least with Bristol. The Bears’ director of rug…

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The Breakdown | Forward-thinking Exeter are easy to see coming but far harder to stop

Racing 92 and Wasps know the double-seeking Chiefs will be relentless and intense but thwarting them is another matterBefore England played New Zealand in the 1995 World Cup semi-final in Cape Town, they did not pay too much attention to Jonah Lomu, th…

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Stuart Hogg gives Exeter inside track on Racing’s Finn Russell

The Chiefs full-back has played alongside the French club’s No 10 many times for Glasgow and Scotland but they will be on opposite sides in the European Champions Cup finalWhen Exeter face Racing 92 in the European Champions Cup final they will be prep…

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Gopperth warns Wasps to learn lessons of 2017’s Premiership final hurt

Wasps to face Exeter in repeat of 2017 showpiece‘Hurt can go a long way when it comes to motivation’Moments after Wasps had beaten Bristol at the Ricoh Arena to book their first Twickenham final in three years, their captain, Joe Launchbury, formed a h…

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Eddie Jones feels pool of England prospects has not grown since 2015

Jones says emergence has been consistent, not exceptionalCovid rules demand change in training camp approachEddie Jones reckons he has driven 8,000 miles in the past couple of months watching Premiership games up and down England, eager to spot raw tal…

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Ben Spencer gives Bath hope against Exeter back at the place of pain

Scrum-half’s arrival and a change of focus during lockdown has taken Neal Hatley’s men to within 80 minutes of TwickenhamBath’s last match before lockdown was at Exeter where they were fortunate to lose by only 57-20. They return to Sandy Park for Satu…

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Bristol may use Covid-secure bubble if they make Premiership final

Director Pat Lam says Bristol are on high alert after Sale events‘No one wants to cost the team a trophy’Bristol will consider placing their players in a Covid-secure bubble for two weeks if they defeat Wasps in Saturday’s Premiership play-off semi-fin…

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The Breakdown | Premiership faces serious questions in light of Sale fixture fiasco

Sale v Worcester should have been off when Covid-19 outbreak was confirmed. Instead the title race was put before healthAnyone visiting Sale’s training ground in Carrington last Thursday, the day when coronavirus tests were conducted, would have had to…

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Six Nations may delay 2021 edition over fears of financial crisis without fans

RFU says it would lose £60m with no fans at Six NationsWales head coach: ‘Unions desperate for crowds to watch’The Six Nations countries are considering putting back the start of next year’s tournament because of the financial consequences of playing m…

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Long road winds to an end for Brad Barritt and Chris Robshaw

Saracens and Harlequins senior servants have more than earned their send-offs After Chris Robshaw played his final match for Harlequins at the Stoop last Monday, his club and England colleague Joe Marler posted on Twitter an opening line from a Walt Wh…

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Premiership finale under review after Covid-19 cases postpone Sale match

Officials looking at whether the other five matches can go aheadOnly four teams announced their sides at the scheduled timeSale’s match against Worcester at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday will not go ahead after 16 Sharks players tested positive on Thur…

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Premiership finale under review after Covid-19 cases postpone Sale match

Officials looking at whether the other five matches can go aheadOnly four teams announced their sides at the scheduled timeSale’s match against Worcester at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday will not go ahead after 16 Sharks players tested positive on Thur…

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The Breakdown | James Haskell: ‘There are players all around with demons in their heads’

Flanker reflects on the value of psychology, rugby’s need to extend its horizons and how Eddie Jones transformed EnglandWhat a Flanker, the title of James Haskell’s autobiography, sums up a player who could not have taken the game or his career more se…