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Six Nations 2018 verdict: Guardian writers on their highs and lows

The players of the tournament, the outstanding matches, best and worst moments and team of the championshipRobert Kitson: Conor Murray. Epitomises the team Ireland have become: classy, smart, consistent, strong, versatile. Probably the world’s best scr…

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Second place in the Six Nations is no reason for Wales to pop any corks

• ‘We were happy to win ugly against France,’ says Taulupe Faletau• Coach Warren Gatland must explore new ideas on tour of AmericasLike all the coaches bar Joe Schmidt, like all the teams bar Ireland, Warren Gatland and Wales finished the Six Nations C…

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From Ireland’s win to England’s loss, the Six Nations was settled in Paris | Paul Rees

Ireland and England’s campaigns were summed up by their final few seconds in the French capital, with Ireland surging to victory and England losing after a fumble at the breakdownThe outcome of the 2018 Six Nations was settled in Paris. It was where Jo…

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Wales scramble into second spot after Liam Williams try subdues France

• Wales 14-13 FranceRarely have a side clinched second place in the Six Nations with less conviction. Wales were outplayed for vast tracts of this game, but are indebted to France for allowing them not only to stay in the game but to hold the lead for …

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Wales v France: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the tournament finaleScotland snatch victory over Italy with late penaltyAnd email Niall here or tweet him here, if you fancy 9.44pm GMT The Six Nations comes to a close in Cardiff, but the tournament’s final match may lack a t…

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Warren Gatland calculates risks as Wales look to absorb France blows | Paul Rees

Coach laces abandon with pragmatism in Six Nations against French side who rely on power and straight-line runningPoints make prize money in the Six Nations. The title may have gone west but the cost to the Welsh Rugby Union of defeat against France in…

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Dan Biggar returns at fly-half as Warren Gatland makes seven Wales changes

• Captain Alun Wyn Jones returns for home match against France • Mathieu Bastareaud to lead France after Guilhem Guirado injuryWarren Gatland has made seven changes to Wales’ starting lineup for Saturday’s Six Nations finale against France in Cardiff.A…

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The stats don’t lie – the breakdown has cost England the Six Nations | Paul Rees

A loss of key players and refereeing interpretations in the Premiership have weakened Eddie Jones’s hand in the area where international rugby is won and lostOne statistic highlights why Ireland have taken over from England as the Six Nations champions…

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Liam Williams may face France despite sin-binning and withdrawal against Italy

• Wales full-back was substituted immediately after time in sin-bin• Warren Gatland says player must retain but control his emotionsLiam Williams is in contention to face France in Cardiff on Saturday despite being substituted at the end of his period …

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Six Nations: talking points from the weekend’s action

France must not get carried after beating England, while Ireland will need to bolster their defence at TwickenhamWhen the post-match debate centres on whether England were poorer in Murrayfield or Paris, there is definitely trouble at mill. They never …

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England’s misery in Paris underlines home truths facing Eddie Jones

Limp loss to France caps a year of decline for a coach whose methods are under renewed scrutiny as in-form Ireland loomThis time 12 months ago England were sitting where Ireland are now. They had just stuck 61 points on Scotland to retain their Six Nat…

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Don Armand called up but Eddie Jones does not expect quick England fix

• Player in squad to face Ireland after Lawes and Hughes ruled out• ‘We probably won’t get better at breakdown until the World Cup’Don Armand has been called up by Eddie Jones for England’s final Six Nations match against Ireland on Saturday after Cour…

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Ireland leave faltering England in their wake with Six Nations title | Andy Bull

Eddie Jones dreams of perfection but his England side look a long way away and in reality were overtaken by Ireland a year agoSometimes it is only when you look back that you realise you have crossed a border. A year on from England’s 13-9 defeat by Ir…

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Late rally against France cannot hide England’s breakdown at the breakdown | Gerard Meagher

Eddie Jones’s men were short of inspiration, leaving the coach with much to ponder in terms of personnel and preparationThe battle was lost and the war long gone with barely a shot fired in anger until the closing stages. Thus did England unravel in Pa…

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Late rally against France cannot hide England’s breakdown at the breakdown | Gerard Meagher

Eddie Jones’s men were short of inspiration, leaving the coach with much to ponder in terms of personnel and preparationThe battle was lost and the war long gone with barely a shot fired in anger until the closing stages. Thus did England unravel in Pa…

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France 22-16 England: how the players rated in the Six Nations game

French danger man Maxime Machenaud lived up to his billing, while an out-of-sorts George Ford was substitutedHugo Bonneval 5 Couldn’t repeat his thrilling form against Italy after departing for a head injury assessment. He didn’t return after the break…

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Uninspired England’s title hopes ended by scrappy defeat to France

• France 22-16 England• Penalty try conceded by Anthony Watson tilts contest to the FrenchEngland should seek sponsorship from the RAC. Their title challenge broke down in the French capital, their chariot not so much swinging low as missing a wheel an…

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France v England: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 4.45pm GMT kick-offThe Forgotten Story of … France v England (1992)And feel free to drop Scott an email with your thoughts 4.18pm GMT Breaking news … Ireland have just beaten the travelling circus troupe known as Scotland…

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Eddie Jones tells England: ‘Playing France is a test of your manhood’

The England coach, still smarting from Six Nations meltdown at Murrayfield, calls for a vigorous and brutal reaction in ParisBy the time England emerge from the dressing rooms at the cavernous Stade de France their Six Nations title prospects could be …

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Jacques Brunel has brought France together, but can he bring success? | Andy Bull

Brunel took the job nobody wanted by succeeding Guy Novès and has lifted the gloom but now needs results, starting against England in ParisBack in 2009, Jacques Brunel made a bet with his players at Perpignan. If they won the championship that season, …