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Category: Rugby union

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Crusaders weigh up name change after Christchurch attack

Super Rugby club, whose base is not far from Al Noor mosque, will consult the Muslim community The most successful club in Super Rugby history, the Canterbury Crusaders, is weighing up a name change in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack.On W…

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Te’o and Billy Vunipola return late to hotel after alcohol-fuelled night out

• Players out after second-half capitulation against Scotland• Pair breached team protocol and may be punished by JonesBen Te’o and Billy Vunipola have found themselves in hot water after arriving late back at the England team hotel following an alcoho…

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Wales want to talk to Shaun Edwards if Wigan move fails to happen

• Edwards and Warren Gatland set to leave after World Cup• Defence coach said he is yet to sign contract with WiganWales want to hold talks with Shaun Edwards, the grand slam champions’ defence coach, after his move back to rugby league was put in doub…

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Keeping the Six Nations on free-to-air TV should not be up for debate | Andy Bull

If the unions need an insight into how important mainstream accessibility is, they’d do well to arrange a visit to Lord’sLate last week, back when the Irish still thought it might be a bright idea to irritate the Welsh by insisting they keep the roof o…

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Hint of fresh Wallabies approach may have Waratahs sweating | Bret Harris

Coach Michael Cheika can be ruthless. Is he planning to cut the umbilical cord with his NSW favourites for the World Cup?Michael Cheika has promised the Wallabies will have “a few new tricks” up their sleeve for the World Cup in Japan and, intriguingly…

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Gareth Anscombe calls for resolution to Welsh rugby’s domestic mess

• Six Nations and Grand Slam winner wants end to uncertainty• Bath and Harlequins keen on Cardiff fly-halfGrand Slam winner Gareth Anscombe has called on the power-brokers to sort out Welsh rugby’s domestic mess.Anscombe’s 20-point haul steered Wales t…

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Six Nations unions divided over revenue and Nations Championship plans

• England and France demand unequal share to get clubs on side • World Rugby puts back world league deadline to 5 AprilThe Six Nations countries are in danger of falling out over plans to aggregate their television and commercial rights, with England a…

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Ireland ’employed British military intelligence officer’ after Rugby World Cup leaks

New book claims union feared bugs had been planted at HQIRFU said in response that the claims were ‘fictionalised’Ireland’s rugby authorities were so worried about media leaks after a disastrous World Cup campaign that they employed a former British mi…

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Making Maro Itoje captain could give England a new dimension | Robert Kitson

Recent World Cups and Six Nations have been won by sides led by talismanic forwards at the heart of the actionWhenever England flatter to deceive the mind drifts back to Brighton sea front. The date was 19 September 2015 and the beach was packed with f…

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Alun Wyn Jones says don’t rule out Warren Gatland coaching England

• Gatland will leave Wales after World Cup in Japan• ‘In professional sport you never say never,’ says Wales captainThe Wales captain, Alun Wyn Jones, believes it is possible Warren Gatland will one day coach England. Related: Wales crush Ireland to wi…

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No more heroes? Alun Wyn Jones stands tall even in these cynical times | Kevin Mitchell

Wales captain’s act of kindness on Saturday did not go unnoticed and there is plenty of evidence to suggest sometimes it’s still OK to meet your idolsAn image that will linger from the final round of the Six Nations was not a dazzling run or shuddering…

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Women’s Six Nations team of the tournament: all-conquering England dominate best XV

Sarah Hunter’s grand slam winners may have swept all before them, but the statistics show players from all nations came to the foreArricastre scored a hard-fought try against Ireland, and had 100% successful tackles against England. She is a phenomenal…

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Wigan Warriors urge Shaun Edwards to ‘clarify his intentions’

• Super League club want former player as new head coach• Edwards denied he has signed contract with WiganWigan Warriors say they are aiming to speak with Shaun Edwards as a matter of urgency following comments made by the 52-year-old over the weekend …

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Six Nations 2019 verdict: Guardian writers on their highs and lows

Another grand slam for Wales but who was the player of the tournament, what was the best game and what next?Very few of the captains involved enjoyed a serene Six Nations but Wales’s indomitable Lion was at the heart of his country’s deserved success. …

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Wales’s rising sons set the northern hemisphere benchmark for Japan | Robert Kitson

England may have lost the plot at Twickenham but grand slam winners could write another happy endingHow quickly modern rugby’s wheel of fortune spins. A few weeks ago Ireland were an irresistible force, enjoying such critical acclaim that back-to-back …

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Six Nations’ team of the tournament: Wales and England dominate best XV | Nick Evans

Alun Wyn Jones was arguably the pick of the bunch as grand slam winners Wales and England dominate our columnist’s listA big part of what Saracens do well and exactly the same with Wales, Williams has been brilliant throughout and his ability to play o…

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‘We want to be No 1’: England Women seek World Cup glory after grand slam

• Six Nations triumph finishes with 80-0 win over Scotland• ‘England have taken women’s rugby to next level’Sarah Hunter, the England captain, believes their grand slam triumph will be the launchpad to taking the women’s game to a new level. Related: E…

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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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I will miss Six Nations but now it is all about Japan, says Warren Gatland

• Wales coach turns attention to World Cup after grand slam• ‘I am incredibly proud of players for what they have achieved’Warren Gatland will this week turn his attention to the World Cup after celebrating the grand slam and Wales’s fourth Six Nations…

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England Women thrash Scotland Women to win Six Nations grand slam

• England Women 80-0 Scotland Women• Sarah Hunter’s side help themselves to 14th grand slamEngland’s women secured their 14th Six Nations grand slam on Saturday night in a match that was a little more predictable than the one that preceded it. Sarah Hu…