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Rugby union’s charms buried under defensive landslide in Autumn Nations Cup | Robert Kitson

A climate in which flair is seen as too risky bodes ill for England v France, and the game cannot afford another turkey Common ground is hard to find these days. Whether it be politics, the climate crisis or sport, there is generally a hardcore prepare…

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England face Autumn Nations Cup final mismatch against depleted France

Dispute with Top 14 stops coach Galthié using front-line starsNone of the starting XV in February win over England will playEngland’s Autumn Nations Cup final against France on Sunday is in danger of descending into farce after Les Bleus named a desper…

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Wales’s Nick Tompkins blames new rules for making it ‘harder to attack’

Centre apologises for lack of attacking rugby in Nations CupTompkins pleased with Wales’s improvement against EnglandNick Tompkins has apologised to supporters for the lack of attacking rugby in the Autumn Nations Cup, blaming the post-lockdown emphasi…

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Billy Burns shines on debut as Ireland stutter to victory over Georgia

Ireland 23-10 GeorgiaHosts’ laboured win sets up third-place play-off with ScotlandBilly Burns enjoyed a try-scoring full international debut but was forced off injured as Ireland secured second place in Group A of the Autumn Nations Cup with a laboure…

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All Blacks’ Argentina revival a lesson to Wallabies on winning mentality

Australia will never win anything important again until they bring a big-game mindset to big gamesFor all the criticism of the All Blacks this year, Saturday’s 38-0 win against Argentina in Newcastle showed they are still capable of winning most games …

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Ireland v Georgia: Autumn Nations Cup – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the 2pm GMT kick-offSam Underhill helps England find a way to pass Welsh examinationEmail Luke | Tweet @LukeMcLaughlin with your thoughts 1.46pm GMT The debutant fly-half, Billy Burns, has a chat:#TeamOfUs“It’s my turn now…

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Sam Underhill helps England find a way to pass Welsh examination | Andy Bull

England’s No 7 showed flair with the ball in hand as Eddie Jones’s men mixed brawn and skill to overcome WalesBy day Parc y Scarlets doesn’t look much. And on an endless stretch of a dull grey day like Saturday, it looks even less, an empty, unpreposse…

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Argentina moved by All Blacks’ Tri-Nations tribute to Diego Maradona

NZ captain Sam Cane presents Maradona jersey before HakaPumas skipper Pablo Matera ‘really thankful’ for gestureThe All Blacks have been widely lauded and thanked by opponents Argentina for their touching Tri-Nations pre-match tribute to Diego Maradona…

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Argentina moved by All Blacks’ Tri-Nations tribute to Diego Maradona

NZ captain Sam Cane presents Maradona jersey before HakaPumas skipper Pablo Matera ‘really thankful’ for gestureThe All Blacks have been widely lauded and thanked by opponents Argentina for their touching Tri-Nations pre-match tribute to Diego Maradona…

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Johnny Williams’ fire and thunder gives Wales a respite from the gloom | Robert Kitson

Despite defeat to England in the Autumn Nations Cup, Wayne Pivac can be cheered by his side’s gutsy displayBefore kick-off, Wales would probably have settled for the final scoreline back in 1887, when England first played an international match in Llan…

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Slade and Mako Vunipola send England past Wales into Autumn Nations final

Wales 13-24 EnglandOwen Farrell kicks 14 points to lead England homeWhen Johnny Williams scored his first international try after 10 minutes, it was the first time England had trailed in a match since they lost to France in Paris at the start of Februa…

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Wales 13-24 England: Autumn Nations Cup – reaction!

Live updates from the 4pm GMT kick-off at the Parc y Scarlets Ford warns England to be wary of threat from wounded Wales You can email Lee here or tweet @bloodandmud 6.13pm GMT Wayne Pivac is in the spotlightWe were pretty happy defensively in how we w…

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All Blacks crush Argentina to all but secure Tri-Nations series

Argentina 0-38 New ZealandBonus point victory gives All Blacks near unassailable lead in the Tri-Nations seriesThe All Blacks have all but secured the Tri Nations title following a 38-0 bonus-point victory over Argentina in Newcastle. Related: Argentin…

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Argentina v New Zealand All Blacks: Rugby Tri-Nations – live!

Updates from the game at McDonald Jones StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 9.29am GMT 34 mins: New Zealand steal the Argentina lineout on halfway and Savea’s run soon earns an advantage. Mo’unga kicks the penalty to the 22. 9.27am GMT 31 …

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George Ford warns England to be wary of threat from wounded Wales

Wales will be ‘different beast’, says returning fly-halfEngland need bonus point to reach Autumn Nations Cup finalEngland are braced for a Wales backlash as they hunt a place in the Autumn Nations Cup final, with the returning fly-half George Ford warn…

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Sam Underhill: ‘There’s no way of defending that is not physical’

England’s defensive rock was forged in Wales and makes no secret of how much he enjoys the physical side of rugbyIt is a decent quiz question. Which player involved in Saturday’s Wales v England game was man of the match on his Ospreys starting debut a…

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Even a Wales win over England is likely to be cold comfort for Pivac

The Autumn Nations Cup victory over Georgia ended a run of six defeats, but little is expected of the hosts at Parc y ScarletsGraham Henry used to compare rugby in Wales with a shower that had a malfunctioning thermostat: it was either too hot or too c…

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Arsenal will be first Premier League side to see fans return but many must wait

Supporters allowed into Europa League match next ThursdayWest Ham host Manchester United and fans on 5 DecemberFans will next week return to the Emirates, the London Stadium and Twickenham in limited numbers but many grounds, including at half of all P…

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James Botham retains Wales place against England in Autumn Nations Cup

Grandson of cricketing great Sir Ian keeps place in back rowLloyd Williams makes first Wales start for four yearsJames Botham – grandson of cricket great Sir Ian Botham – retains his place in the back row for Wales and will face England in Saturday’s A…

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The Breakdown | ‘No shirkers’: how the late, great Ray Prosser changed Welsh rugby for good

Former Pontypool coach, who has died aged 93, brought a new breed of physicality to Wales after a 1959 trip to New ZealandIt was the middle of October in 1989, a few days before Pontypool faced New Zealand, and the rain was beating hard on a mobile off…