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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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Eddie Jones tells Six Nations to consider relegation after latest Italy defeat

• Italy have lost 21st successive Six Nations matches• England coach says competition must feature best teamsEddie Jones has called for Six Nations organisers to consider introducing relegation after Italy fell to a 21st successive Championship defeat …

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Rampaging Joe Cokanasiga looks like England’s own Jonah Lomu | Robert Kitson

The winger showed off the skills to match his more obvious strength and speed and left Italy in his considerable wakeBlue is not the colour to wear at Twickenham. This was the 29th time England have hosted a Six Nations Test against Italy, France and S…

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Eddie Jones out for Six Nations revenge after Scotland taunts last year

• England head coach turns thoughts to Scots after win over Italy• ‘I remember everything that was said, how they carried on’The destiny of the Six Nations may be out of England’s control despite their 57-14 win against Italy, but Eddie Jones warned th…

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England 57-14 Italy: Six Nations player ratings from Twickenham

Joe Cokanasiga, who wreaked havoc right from the start and always posed an attacking threat, was England’s man of the match in their 43-point win over ItalyElliot Daly Came into the line time and again, adding another playmaking option with no Slade. I…

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Irrepressible Manu Tuilagi inspires England to thumping win over Italy

• England 57-14 Italy• Tuilagi and Brad Shields score two tries apieceEngland had size but for Italy there were only more sighs. The home side have scored more than 100 points in their last two games here in the Six Nations, but they will not win the t…

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England v Italy: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 4.45pm GMT kick-offWomen’s Six Nations: England thrash Italy 55-0And you can email Barry here or tweet him here 4.49pm GMT 2 min: England 0-0 Italy England get the ball out wide, Cokanasiga catches a high ball and almost pu…

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Italy not planning champagne rugby against England, Sergio Parisse says

• Italy intent on putting pressure on hosts at Twickenham• ‘We respect England but will play our own game,’ says captainIt has been England’s party line all week that they are expecting the unexpected on Saturday, all too aware of how they were bambooz…

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Joe Cokanasiga and England’s heavy artillery primed to flatten Italy | Robert Kitson

The selection of Te’o, Tuilagi and Cokanasiga alongside each other has been made with one eye on the World Cup and should give the home side formidable firepower at TwickenhamAs sure things go, sticking a few quid on England to beat Italy at Twickenham…

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Italy’s Conor O’Shea backs Nations Championship despite relegation threat

• Team finishing bottom of Six Nations would face play-off• ‘If the rich kids just win everything we don’t have a game’The Italy head coach, Conor O’Shea, has come out in support of World Rugby’s controversial proposal for a new global league despite t…

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Joe Cokanasiga to start against Italy in Six Nations as England turn on power

• Wing to make first start in championship in one of five changes• Ben Te’o also comes in as Eddie Jones opts for heavyweight XVJoe Cokanasiga will make his first Six Nations start for England, against Italy on Saturday, with Eddie Jones also pairing B…

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England kick Saracens questions into touch in bid to avoid distractions

Scrutiny of Saracens’ finances avoided in favour of Jamie George’s views on how England can put pressure on WalesWith two games of the Six Nations left and Wales two points ahead, England’s players and coaches were happy enough to talk about the off-fi…

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Defence coach John Mitchell warns England to beware Italy’s tactics

• The Fox is gone but Conor O’Shea’s side will not just lie down• Mitchell: ‘They’ll come with something, let’s hope it’s positive’England are expecting Italy to lay another tactical trap at Twickenham on Saturday but the defence coach, John Mitchell, …

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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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Conor Murray seals bonus-point victory as Ireland survive Italy scare

• Italy 16-26 Ireland• Azzurri led 16-12 at the break but failed to recreate 2013 heroicsIreland tiptoed out of Rome with an unconvincing victory, claiming the four-try bonus point but enduring a serious scare from Italy. Quinn Roux, Jacob Stockdale, K…

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Italy v Ireland: Six Nations – live!

Live updates from Stadio Olimpico, kick-off 3pm (GMT)O’Shea’s long wait goes on and there is little respite for ItalyFeel free to email Will or tweet @Will_Unwin 2.43pm GMT Some good news for English rugby today … Related: England run in nine tries i…

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Conor O’Shea’s long wait goes on and there is little respite for Italy

Sergio Parisse’s absence will make life even more difficult when Ireland visit RomeThe waiting goes on for Conor O’Shea. After three years as Italy’s head coach, he still has to taste victory in the Six Nations and it is set to be unlucky 13 for the fo…

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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…