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Big six who have stamped their authority on the Six Nations so far | Paul Rees

Big hitters, gamechangers, impact backs, formidable forwards – here are six players who have made an impression after two thrilling roundsAge 30, Wales, flanker, caps 15 Continue reading…

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France drop players for ‘inappropriate behaviour’ after Scotland defeat

• ‘They failed to respect their duty as international players,’ says FFR• Police found no crime committed after report of sexual assaultSeveral players have been left out of the France squad to face Italy in their next Six Nations game after the French…

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French rugby players questioned over Edinburgh bar fight

French rugby federation confirms some of its players are being questioned over incident after Six Nations game at MurrayfieldFrench rugby players are being questioned by police after a fight in a bar in Edinburgh following the team’s game against Scotl…

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Six Nations: talking points from the weekend’s action

Wales have case for moral victory in loss to England, Scotland prepare for ‘Big One’ and Ellie Kildunne’s stock continues to riseOne minute Eddie Jones is using the media to put pressure on opposition captains and fly-halves, the next he is criticising…

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Greig Laidlaw’s nerveless kicking carries Scotland to cathartic win over France

• Scotland 32-26 France• Laidlaw kicks 22 points as Scotland avenge Cardiff humiliationThis will hardly have them dreaming of a first championship of the century, but Scotland are back on track at least. They were their usual selves, brilliant when the…

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Scotland v France: Six Nations – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the match at MurrayfieldTownsend shakes up Scotland as redemption is soughtEmail ben.fisher@theguardian.com or tweet @benfisherj 2.32pm GMT Two wounded animals, to use the cliche, will take to the Murrayfield turf today. W…

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Gregor Townsend shakes up Scotland as redemption sought against France | Michael Aylwin

Coach has made six changes after chastening defeat in Wales while the visitors look to salve their own pain of defeat by IrelandThe anguished will gather in Edinburgh on Sunday. France suffered the most agonising of defeats in round one, scuppered by t…

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Greig Laidlaw urges Scotland to be disciplined not frantic against France

• Laidlaw recall intended to bring calm to Scotland’s performance• France bring back Lyon stand-off Lionel Beauxis after six yearsGregor Townsend’s stated aim of playing the highest-tempo rugby in the world has been much misunderstood – not least, it s…

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Scotland make six changes for France clash after drubbing by Wales

Ali Price makes way at scrum-half after poor start to Six NationsGregor Townsend demands response that will ‘energise supporters’Gregor Townsend has responded to last week’s Welsh disaster by making six changes to his Scotland line-up ahead of facing F…

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Six Nations: talking points from the opening weekend

Italy need a pack to complement their impressive youngsters, Scarlets and Wales combine and Johnny Sexton finds a wayOne of the most striking elements of England’s seven-try victory in Rome was the wraparound tactic that set the visitors on the way to …

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Six Nations to review HIA protocol from France versus Ireland match

• Organisers look into use of head injury assessment system• SNRL ‘considering the next steps in respect of those incidents’Another Six Nations match in Paris, another breathtaking finish. And another game overshadowed by controversy regarding head inj…

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Joe Schmidt tells Ireland ‘we can’t rely on Johnny Sexton to keep saving us’

• Ireland coach: ‘We didn’t convert our advantages against France’• ‘Johnny’s ability to win in big moments is second to none’A relieved Joe Schmidt hailed his Ireland team for dragging themselves out of a hole it had appeared for 70 minutes there was …

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Johnny Sexton’s stunning late drop goal secures Ireland win over France

• France 13-15 Ireland• Sexton’s winning kick was a spectacular effort from 45 metresThe sheer nerve. If Ireland were wanting to brandish their championship credentials, they did so with an extraordinary win at the death. For 70 minutes in the Parisian…

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France v Ireland: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 4.45pm GMT kick-offFrance’s Jalibert ends 50-year wait for teenaged No 10Ireland can challenge for title but must beware FranceEmail Tom here or tweet him here, if you fancy 4.25pm GMT We have had one game already and in ty…

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France’s Matthieu Jalibert will end 50-year wait for a teenage No 10 | Michael Aylwin

The Bordeaux Bègles imp has carved up enough men in his first season in the Top 14 to make his selection for Saturday’s match against Ireland feel like a natural opening gambitNot even Jonny Wilkinson started a championship match at fly-half while stil…

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England’s bid for Six Nations hat-trick serves as motivation to rivals | Robert Kitson

Eddie Jones has attempted to ease the pressure on his side by downplaying history but the collective desire to stop them winning a record third successive outright title is intenseSo here is a question: does history have any bearing on the outcome of a…

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Six Nations 2018: six fans preview the tournament

England are slight favourites but Ireland have genuine strength in depth and Scotland are feeling more confident than usualEngland are not being spoken about as clear favourites, which favours us. Given our injury list, I’m not expecting a macabre dism…

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Six Nations: France pick teenage fly-half Matthieu Jalibert for Ireland opener

• Jalibert will make international debut against Ireland• Uncapped Geoffrey Palis will start at full-backThe new France coach Jacques Brunel has named the teenager Matthieu Jalibert at fly-half for his team’s Six Nations opening game against Ireland on…

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Six Nations predictions: England and Ireland may be heading for decider

Wales and Scotland injuries mean the title looks bound for Ireland or England but France are edgy and Italy might excite Continue reading…

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Six Nations 2018: six tournament newcomers to watch out for | Robert Kitson

France have a back-row who makes even Maro Itoje appear sluggish, while another brilliant Leinster product can shineSekou Macalou (France): Pretty much everyone has given up on French rugby. Even when they are not sacking their national coach or having…