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No doubting that Warren Gatland’s Wales deserve their grand slam | Robert KItson

High-class defence and rare stamina make Wales second in the world and leave their Six Nations rivals struggling in their wakeThere is no such thing as an accidental grand slam. Winning five games on the trot in testing conditions against reliably moti…

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France survive Italy scare thanks to Damian Penaud’s one-man show

• Italy 14-25 France• Penaud stops Italy scoring then puts game beyond doubtItaly’s losing sequence in the Guinness Six Nations extended to a record 22 matches but France were pushed all the way before prevailing 25-14 at the Stadio Olimpico.The form o…

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Italy v France: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-off in RomePaul Rees: Gatland and Schmidt hope for happy endingEmail Tom or tweet @Tbassam with your thoughts 1.08pm GMT 31 mins: Italy deal with the French threat well and we’re back in midfield. 1.06pm GM…

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Johnny Sexton back to his best as Ireland steamroller France into submission

• Ireland 26-14 France• Irish fly-half scores try and kicks six pointsIreland rediscovered their 2018 mojo to thump France 26-14 and sustain their slender Guinness Six Nations title hopes. Related: Ireland 26-14 France: Six Nations – as it happened Co…

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Ireland v France: Six Nations – live!

All the action from the 3pm kick-off in DublinHenderson wants Ireland to make a point against FranceFeel free to email Niall or to tweet @niallmcveigh 2.16pm GMT Team news update: A late injury blow for Ireland, with full-back Rob Kearney ruled out wit…

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Iain Henderson wants Ireland to make a point against France

Second-row is aware that after their loss to England the long gap until another home game provides added incentiveSeven changes for Ireland for Sunday afternoon’s match at the Aviva Stadium, and none for France from their win a fortnight ago against th…

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Ireland ring changes in bid to recapture their champion formula

• Joe Schmidt replaces six forwards in team to face France• 2018 champions have lost to England and toiled in RomeFive weeks into the Six Nations it seems Ireland are still looking for whatever it was they lost in that opening round defeat to England. …

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France will look to exploit Ireland weaknesses in Six Nations, says Brunel

• Coach names unchanged 23 for Sunday’s clash in Dublin• Squad ‘knows what to expect’ after watching IrelandJacques Brunel believes France can exploit “weaknesses” in Ireland’s game in Sunday’s Six Nations clash in Dublin.The France coach has named an …

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Six Nations verdict: Gatland’s Wales really have forgotten how to lose | Ugo Monye

England should finish strongly but Ireland and their rusty half-backs look as if they peaked last yearAs Warren Gatland says, they have forgotten how to lose and it is amazing the way they are able to ramp up their performance levels when they need to….

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France full of optimism after youngsters show their class | Michael Aylwin

Impressive win over Scotland with a side that included two Under-20s world champions helped erase bad memoriesIt might be too early to call them back, but there was something invigorating about watching France dismantle a fellow Six Nations side of ped…

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France turn screw with late fourth try as Scotland’s losing Paris run continues

• France 27-10 Scotland• French atone for debacle at TwickenhamFrance have remembered at last. Beautiful rugby is all very well but without the route to victory they have found it empty of late. This time they played beautifully and with the bloody-min…

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France v Scotland: Six Nations 2019 – live!

Updates from the 2.15pm BST kick-off at the Stade de FranceNo respite for O’Shea and Italy with Ireland up nextAnd why not email Barry or tweet @bglendenning 1.31pm GMT From Stuart Bathgate’s match preview: Of the Scotland team’s key quartet, only the …

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Weakened Scotland bidding to expose self-belief of unpredictable France

Despite missing a cluster of key players this weekend Scotland believe they can win in Paris for the first time since 1999Having failed to win in Paris so far this century, Scotland will attempt to end that trend on Saturday with something akin to a se…

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Scotland turn to Peter Horne as Finn Russell’s replacement against France

• Fly-half joins Blair Kinghorn and Nick Grigg in Scotland team• Injuries force four changes for Six Nations Test in ParisPeter Horne has been handed the Scotland No 10 jersey against France following the injury to Finn Russell.The full-back Blair King…

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Scotland lose injured Finn Russell as France drop Lopez and Parra

Coach Brunel denies backlash after criticism from half-backsRussell is ruled out after failing to pass head injury protocolsFinn Russell has been ruled out of Scotland’s Guinness Six Nations clash with France on Saturday after failing to recover from a…

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Scotland are hopeful Finn Russell will be fit to face France in Paris

• Fly-half hurt playing for Racing 92• Stuart Hogg will not be availableFinn Russell has given Scotland hope that he may face France on Saturday despite going off with a head injury in Paris on Sunday.The fly-half failed an initial head injury assessme…

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England kicking on but strategy for Wales could include power game | Nick Evans

France caved under pressure from kicking but Eddie Jones may mix it up with Tuilagi and the Vunipolas against WalesFrance’s death by a thousand kicks at Twickenham started the week before in Paris. England have been extremely well coached in both match…

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Six Nations: talking points from second round of fixtures

Player welfare versus flow of the game, Ireland’s own Beauden Barrett and England kicking on with an All Blacks tacticEarly this season officials were hard on players whose acts risked causing a head injury. It led to a flurry of cards and bans but the…

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England 44-8 France: Six Nations player ratings from Twickenham

Tom Curry was magnificent, bloodied but unbowed in the England back row, while Gaël Fickou was out of sorts and out of position on the France wingElliot Daly 8 Getting better at full-back, with the pace to spot gaps and go through them. Kicked well to …

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England’s Owen Farrell and his gang of enforcers steamroller France | Andy Bull

Taking revenge on teams who beat them in 2018, England have shown no mercy against Ireland on the Six Nations’ opening weekend and now the FrenchThis Six Nations is starting to feel like a slasher flick, with England ticking off their victims one by on…