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Eddie Jones hand grenades will not faze us, says Wales’s Neil Jenkins

• Home coach keen to focus on rugby not words• Wales know they must impose their own gameWales are ready for a war of words in the buildup to their match against England in Cardiff a week on Saturday, with Eddie Jones making an early start on Sunday by…

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Eddie Jones hand grenades will not faze us, says Wales’s Neil Jenkins

• Home coach keen to focus on rugby not words• Wales know they must impose their own gameWales are ready for a war of words in the buildup to their match against England in Cardiff a week on Saturday, with Eddie Jones making an early start on Sunday by…

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The Breakdown | England lead the way in turning to pace, not the set-piece, for tries

With referees awarding fewer penalties in the Six Nations, sides in possession have a greater licence to go on the attackSpring has come early in the Six Nations. The opening two rounds have been relatively open, assisted by a sharp drop in the penalty…

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Ireland need Welsh favours if Six Nations defence is to stay on track | Paul Rees

Joe Schmidt admitted his side hope England stumble in Cardiff but says Ireland raised the temperature against ScotlandIreland now know they need to lean on others if they are to defend their Six Nations title. They finish their campaign in Cardiff and …

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Burden of expectation the only obvious banana skin for England in Le Crunch

France will set out not to lose at Twickenham rather than to win but the hosts should surely have too much for themAs Eddie Jones plots the second instalment of his side’s Six Nations programme against France at Twickenham on Sunday, he has deleted a r…

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Wales use Italy Six Nations trip to test strength in depth for World Cup

Warren Gatland will field all 31 of the players he has taken to France and Italy as he looks to prepare his players for JapanEach country had an extended break in the Five Nations, the odd number of teams in the tournament meaning someone sat out a rou…

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The Breakdown | Bold England are contenders for World Cup but don’t write off Ireland

Eddie Jones’s positive selection and tactics in Dublin showed his side have hunger and desire, while Joe Schmidt’s team have overcome adversity beforeEddie Jones has been around long enough to appreciate that destiny lies at the end of a road blighted …

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Wales flanker Thomas Young to make Six Nations debut against Italy

• Young steps up after adapting to intense Wales training• Garry Ringrose and Devin Toner out for IrelandThomas Young is in line to make his Six Nations debut for Wales against Italy in Rome on Saturday after impressing in training in Nice.The 26-year-…

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Six Nations: talking points from opening round of fixtures

John Mitchell key for England; Wales’ Dan Biggar offers alternative denied to France; Scotland’s chance to show ambition; England women face formidable French packIreland have won every match in the final round of the Six Nations under Joe Schmidt, but…

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Six Nations 2019: team-by-team guide | Paul Rees

England’s visit to Dublin could determine Joe Schmidt’s swan-song strategy for Ireland, Wales are more than the sum of their parts and France’s appetite for attack is backCoach Joe Schmidt Continue reading…

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Warren Gatland full of confidence while Brunel tries to engineer French revival

• Wales coach says his side can win Six Nations title• France leave out Bastareaud to give Ntamack a chanceAs Warren Gatland was using the Six Nations launch to make a case for Wales winning the title, France’s head coach shrugged his shoulders when as…

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The Breakdown | Wales and Ireland replaced volatility with consistency under Kiwi coaches

Last Six Nations hurrahs arrive for Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt – and what an impact they have had on their teamsBack in the day when rugby was amateur but toying with professionalism, Wales and Ireland could usually be found scrapping for the Five …

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Ross Moriarty’s recovery ‘massive’ for Wales as they prepare for France

• Flanker available after timely return from concussion• Backs Liam Williams and Gareth Davies also fit againWhen Warren Gatland named his squad for the Six Nations last week, he chose 39 players because so many were carrying injuries and he wanted to …

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Eddie Jones: Pressure all on Ireland in Six Nations opener against England

• Ireland have won their last 12 matches in Dublin• Jones: ‘Ireland have got to carry the weight of pressure’Eddie Jones says the pressure will be on Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday when England aim to become the first visiting country to win …

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Henry Slade: ‘I’m not small but my game is putting others in space’

The Exeter playmaker is finally becoming a regular at 13 for England, and his guile is a welcome counterpoint to the pure power currently dominating the gameNothing more succinctly sums up the state of the professional game than Henry Slade’s belief th…

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The Breakdown | Rugby union’s obsession with bulk over speed and skill must be reversed

Charging into an opponent to exploit weight advantage is legitimate but how many more players like Pat Lambie will have their careers ended early before anything is done?Pat Lambie retired from rugby this week at the age of 28, the latest player done t…

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Warren Gatland may coach in Premiership again after Wales farewell

• ‘I have had a couple of discussions,’ says Wales head coach• Gatland enjoyed success coaching Wasps in 2000sWarren Gatland, who ends his 12-year association with Wales at the end of the World Cup, has held discussions about his next full-time job and…

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England’s Eddie Jones admits spying on rivals in past – but has no use for it now

• ‘We used to send people out in costumes to watch training’• Jones no longer sees point as ‘you see everything in games’Eddie Jones has admitted spying on opponents in the past, but says he stopped doing so a decade ago because it had become a waste o…

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Eddie Jones’ willingness to push the boundaries shows forward thinking

England coach wants to try wing Jack Nowell as a flanker and is keen to shake up a game he says has become methodicalEddie Jones was not thinking aloud when he said that he fancied trying out the Exeter wing Jack Nowell as an openside flanker. The Engl…

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Joey Carbery helps Munster kick battling Exeter Chiefs out of Europe

• Pool 2: Munster 9-7 Exeter• Don Armand try not enough in epicSaracens will again be the only English club in the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup after Exeter lost narrowly in a gruelling match at Thomond Park. The Chiefs did not just hav…