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British and Irish Lions consider base in Jersey as contingency plan for tour

• Summer tour could be moved from South Africa to British Isles• Jersey could be used as pre-tour camp if tour goes ahead abroadThe British and Irish Lions are exploring the option of basing themselves in Jersey as part of a contingency plan if this su…

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Maro Itoje draws inspiration from Chris Eubank before crucial Wales clash

‘Boxer tough as nails and competitive as they come’ Itoje saysEddie Jones calls on England to increase levels of aggressionMaro Itoje has revealed he is taking inspiration from the British boxing legend Chris Eubank as England seek to keep their hopes …

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‘A make or break game’: England face a high-stakes examination in Wales

Eddie Jones’s team can still retain the Six Nations title but the coach knows he cannot afford a defeat in Cardiff on SaturdayEddie Jones paused momentarily on Thursday when asked whether there was more pressure on the shoulders of England or Wales thi…

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Ireland told to find clinical edge as Six Nations salvage job begins in Rome

Seven changes made by Andy Farrell to team facing ItalyReturn to club action of Joey Carbery a lift for coachAndy Farrell says Ireland must develop a clinical edge to become a “world-class” team after their worst start to a Six Nations campaign.The Iri…

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‘He is George again’: North rediscovers scoring touch before 100th Wales cap

The 28-year-old is back at his best and will become the youngest player to reach a century of international caps when he lines up for Saturday’s Six Nations tie against EnglandWhen Wales belatedly ended their 2020 Six Nations campaign against Scotland …

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Hosts France face New Zealand in blockbuster opener to 2023 World Cup

Pool A fixture to be played on Friday 8 September in ParisEngland begin against Argentina in Marseille a day laterHosts France will take on three-time winners New Zealand in the opening match of the 2023 World Cup. The Pool A fixture will be played on …

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Gareth Thomas: ‘In most forms of work you could come out. But not in football’

The former Wales and Lions rugby captain talks about living with HIV, facing a rising tide of prejudice and homophobia in sport‘I don’t have a job, I have a purpose,” Gareth Thomas says intently as we move into the second hour of a conversation about p…

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France’s Six Nations postponement leaves a mess destined to dilute grand finale | Robert Kitson

The rescheduling of France’s game against Scotland damages the competition’s momentum and is a logistical headacheAnother day, another massive headache for rugby union’s beleaguered administrators. If you think the late postponement of Sunday’s France …

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George North returns to face England in Wales’ most experienced team

North will win his 100th cap in the Six Nations matchWayne Pivac: ‘England are the team to beat’ Wayne Pivac’s response when asked if he agreed that England were boring was immediate. “People can think what they like,” said the Wales head coach. “They …

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Jamie George recalled for England’s Six Nations match against Wales

Saracens hooker comes in for Luke Cowan-DickieMark Wilson replaces injured Courtney LawesJamie George has been recalled to England’s starting lineup to face Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday while Mark Wilson comes back in at blindside flanker after…

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France v Scotland again in doubt following new positive Covid-19 test

France suspend training before Sunday’s game in ParisEntire squad and coach Fabien Galthié self-isolating France have suspended training before Sunday’s Six Nations game against Scotland following another positive Covid-19 test among their playing squa…

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The Breakdown | Crackdown on dangerous play can help protect the Dan Carters of future

All Blacks fly-half was an exceptional talent in an attritional game and a move away from brute force may help skill flourishDaniel Carter announced his retirement 18 years after he made his debut for the All Blacks on the same weekend that five player…

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England’s Courtney Lawes to stick with ‘physical’ approach against Wales

Rivals clash in the Six Nations in Cardiff on SaturdayLawes not concerned by recent flurry of red cardsCourtney Lawes has pledged to keep producing his trademark big hits against Wales on Saturday, insisting the recent flurry of red cards will not hold…

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England’s Courtney Lawes to stick with ‘physical’ approach against Wales

Rivals clash in the Six Nations in Cardiff on SaturdayLawes not concerned by recent flurry of red cardsCourtney Lawes has pledged to keep producing his trademark big hits against Wales on Saturday, insisting the recent flurry of red cards will not hold…

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Dan Carter’s fly-half brilliance made Farrell-style nitpicking impossible | Andy Bull

The just-retired former All Black mastered every aspect of fly-half play so never faced the criticism others have enduredNews of Dan Carter’s retirement sends me back to that match, the second Test against the British and Irish Lions at Wellington in 2…

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Scotland get green light for Paris after France report no more Covid positives

Six Nations match will go ahead as planned on SundayOutbreak has left nine French players self-isolatingScotland’s Six Nations fixture with France on Sunday will go ahead as planned in Paris, tournament organisers have announced.The match at Stade de F…

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‘I’ve been playing rubbish’: Billy Vunipola admits to poor England form

No 8 hopes to rekindle his form against Wales on SaturdayVunipola: ‘Eddie probably thinks someone has cloned me’Honesty is always refreshing but rarely, if ever, has a senior England player publicly described his own form as “rubbish” before a pivotal …

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British & Irish Lions ‘home tour’ could be expanded to four Tests

London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin could be venuesDecision to be taken by end of MarchA final decision on this summer’s British & Irish Lions tour will be taken by the end of March with officials increasingly keen to host it on home soil in fron…

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Wales expect England to target Louis Rees-Zammit in Six Nations clash

Gloucester wing has scored three tries in two games‘We back him to deal with anything that comes his way’Wales expect England to target their Gloucester wing Louis Rees-Zammit, whose three tries in the opening two Six Nations rounds helped them to vict…

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Six Nations boost as France return no new Covid positives in latest testing

Fixture against Scotland on Sunday could still go aheadSix Nations organisers to make final call on WednesdayFrance’s chances of avoiding a postponement of their Six Nations match against Scotland on Sunday have improved after the latest round of coron…