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Pools of intrigue: how the Rugby World Cup groups stack up | Paul Rees

Now that the autumn internationals have been completed we take a look at the prospects for the opening stage in JapanIreland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa Continue reading…

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Rugby union: talking points from the final round of autumn Tests

Ireland have much to thank Schmidt for, Italy bear the brunt of All Blacks’ frustrations and Fiji look ominous foes for AustraliaEngland’s autumn ledger reads as follows: P4 W3 L1; tries scored 10, tries conceded six. They have looked both excellent an…

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Marika Koroibete double helps off-colour Wallabies to victory in Italy

• Italy 7-26 Australia• Hosts have two tries disallowed with match scorelessAustralia survived an early scare before easing past Italy 26-7 in Padua on Saturday. Italy, chasing their first win against the Wallabies, had two early tries ruled out before…

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Rugby union: talking points from the second round of autumn Tests

England take heart from All Blacks defeat, Springboks’ power will test Scotland’s growing optimism and Italy prove a point In 2012 England also went 15-0 up on New Zealand at Twickenham and went on to win 38-21. This time they could not score a point a…

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Ireland’s Jordan Larmour overwhelms Italy with Chicago hat-trick

• Ireland 54-7 Italy• Joe Schmidt’s side score 40 unanswered second-half pointsThe Ireland full-back Jordan Larmour scored a hat-trick of tries and the lock Tadhg Beirne two as Joe Schmidt’s side hammered Italy 54-7 in Chicago. Schmidt omitted many of …

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Jake Polledri: ‘Being rejected by Bristol spurred me on even more’

Gloucester’s Jake Polledri, who faces Munster this weekend, is a flanker who slipped through England’s fingersTalent-spotting is not an exact science, particularly in rugby. Some players develop late or fail to tick the obvious physical boxes, others a…

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Rugby union power rankings: All Blacks still No 1 despite rare defeat | Gerard Meagher

A year from the World Cup New Zealand look good for a hat-trick of wins but Ireland, South Africa and Wales are all on the rise with England and Australia heading in the other directionDefeat by South Africa in Wellington reminded the world that the Al…

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Ireland to face Italy at Soldier Field as part of Chicago November triple-header

Six Nations champions return to scene of historic All Blacks winUSA men and women face New Zealand opponents on undercardIreland will return to Soldier Field in Chicago, the scene of their first and only win over the All Blacks, to face Italy on 3 Nove…

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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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Gregor Townsend demands Scotland improvement in readiness for World Cup

• Head coach challenges his players to get better over next 18 months• Townsend believes recent games have been ‘great for development’It has been a rollercoaster of a Six Nations Championship for Scotland who have hit the highs and the lows, admitted …

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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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Scotland snatch Six Nations victory over Italy with late Greig Laidlaw penalty

• Italy 27-29 Scotland• Greig Laidlaw’s last-gasp penalty denies Italy an upset winWe have seen it all before; a Scotland win over Italy at the death with the final kick going over as the clock ticked down. Four years ago, it was Duncan Weir with a dro…

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Italy v Scotland: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-offScotland target victory in Italy and third placeAnd you can email Niall here, or tweet him here 12.55pm GMT 22 mins: Allan took an almighty hit after that grubber kick, but is OK to slot the conversion o…

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Scotland target victory in Italy and Six Nations third place

• Win in Rome and an England defeat would see Scots finish third• Captain Barclay wants reaction to defeat in DublinScotland start the final day of the Six Nations in a familiar position, one place off the bottom of the table, but victory in Rome, wher…

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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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George North the star of the show as Wales coast past Italy

• Wales 38-14 Italy• North bags two tries in win that puts Wales second in tableWales moved to second in the table with an ultimately comfortable victory over Italy, who suffered their 16th successive Six Nations reverse and will scoop the wooden spoon…

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Wales v Italy: Six Nations – live!

Live updates from the 3pm GMT kick-offEmail Tom here or tweet him here with your thoughts 2.03pm GMT They line up thusly:Wales: L Williams; North, Watkin, Parkes, S Evans; Anscombe, G Davies; Smith, Dee, Francis, Hill, B. Davies, Tipuric, J. Davies, Fa…

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Owen Watkin swaggers into Warren Gatland’s free-running Wales reboot

The young centre’s bravado and footballing instincts epitomise coach’s free-running tactical shift for the game against ItalyMum has not been the word in the Wales camp in the build-up to Sunday’s Mother’s Day match against Italy at the Principality St…

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Owen Watkin swaggers into Warren Gatland’s free-running Wales reboot

The young centre’s bravado and footballing instincts epitomise coach’s free-running tactical shift for the game against ItalyMum has not been the word in the Wales camp in the build-up to Sunday’s Mother’s Day match against Italy at the Principality St…

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Conor O’Shea happy with Italy progress but desperate to beat Wales in Cardiff

• Italy look to end 15-match losing run in Six Nations• ‘We are doing a lot of the right things but we want to win games’Conor O’Shea is one of rugby’s glass half-full characters but even his ebullience in adversity is being tested by Italy’s dire run …