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Eddie Jones says Jack Nowell can become a forward for England

• Coach believes back will be ‘the new breed of player’• ‘There is no reason why you can’t play nine forwards’Eddie Jones has made the remarkable claim he may break from convention and select nine forwards in his England side. Jack Nowell is also now s…

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England’s Six Nations squad has tools to be hard, direct and ruthless

Eddie Jones’s 35-man squad looks potentially better equipped to break the gainline than at any previous stage of his tenureGiven the option of beating Ireland in a fortnight’s time or winning the Rugby World Cup there is absolutely no doubt which Eddie…

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England’s Six Nations squad has tools to be hard, direct and ruthless

Eddie Jones’s 35-man squad looks potentially better equipped to break the gainline than at any previous stage of his tenureGiven the option of beating Ireland in a fortnight’s time or winning the Rugby World Cup there is absolutely no doubt which Eddie…

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England’s Eddie Jones: ‘I don’t expect, I prepare them to beat Ireland’ – video

Eddie Jones has spoken before England’s Six Nations campaign, which begins in Dublin against Ireland. Dylan Hartley will miss the opener at the Aviva Stadium through injury, as well as Chris RobshawHartley left out of England’s initial Six Nations squa…

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England’s Eddie Jones: ‘I don’t expect, I prepare them to beat Ireland’ – video

Eddie Jones has spoken before England’s Six Nations campaign, which begins in Dublin against Ireland. Dylan Hartley will miss the opener at the Aviva Stadium through injury, as well as Chris RobshawHartley left out of England’s initial Six Nations squa…

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The Breakdown | Concentration of Ireland rugby talent leaves English trailing in Europe

Leinster – and the fast-rising Scottish sides – are packed full of internationals while Test players are spread more thinly across their Premiership and Top 14 rivalsThe Premiership goes into the final round of the European Champions Cup group stage th…

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Dylan Hartley left out of England Six Nations squad to face Ireland

• Hartley not played since late December with knee injury• Eddie Jones hopeful he will be available for later matchesDylan Hartley has been omitted from England’s Six Nations squad due to injury and will miss their opening fixture against Ireland next …

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Manu Tuilagi ready to make ‘explosive’ England comeback, says George Ford

• Injury-plagued Tuilagi last started a Six Nations match in 2013• ‘I have never seen anyone as explosive as Manu’England’s Six Nations rivals have been warned to brace themselves for a resurgent Manu Tuilagi when the tournament kicks off in just over …

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Townsend names seven uncapped players in Scotland’s Six Nations squad

• David Cherry and Jake Kerr feature in 39-strong squad• Gregor Townsend looks to improve on last year’s third placeGregor Townsend has named seven uncapped players in his 39-man Scotland squad for the Six Nations as he seeks to improve on last year’s …

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Wales’ Six Nations squad includes Leigh Halfpenny and Thomas Young

• Warren Gatland names 39-strong squad for Six Nations• Taulupe Faletau misses out with confirmed broken armThe Wasps’ flanker Thomas Young has been recalled to the Wales squad for the Six Nations nearly 18 months after winning his two caps. The 26-yea…

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‘I hope to be an NFL player in a year’: Christian Wade on his exit from rugby

The former Wasps winger left behind a successful career for an uncertain path to the world’s richest league. But he does not lack determinationChristian Wade speaks to the Guardian from the back of a New York cab. Coventry it isn’t but the winger who l…

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Can Scotland translate Champions Cup progress into a Six Nations surge? | Robert Kitson

Glasgow and Edinburgh can both reach the European quarter-finals, which should give the national side grounds for optimismThere can be no question about the best rugby story of 2019 so far. For Scotland to have the chance of both its professional teams…

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Johan Ackermann: player fatigue could harm England’s Six Nations prospects

• ‘Jones must flinch every time the English teams play in Europe’• Johnny Sexton wins annual Rugby Union Writers’ Club awardEddie Jones has been warned he faces a struggle to keep his England squad fresh given the demands placed on some players by the …

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Taulupe Faletau set to miss Wales opener in Six Nations with broken arm

• Bath No 8 returned on Saturday after breaking arm in October• Leigh Halfpenny also set to miss France game with concussionThe Wales No 8 Taulupe Faletau looks set to miss the Six Nations after breaking his arm again, according to reports.Faletau, a B…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Champions Cup weekend action

Ross Byrne dominates for Leinster, Exeter can still make progress, and Maro Itoje returns for Saracens who stay on topThere is no stopping Leinster, that defeat at Toulouse proving a blip, and they will surely be too powerful for Wasps when the champio…

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Saracens win in Lyon to guarantee place in Champions Cup quarter-finals

• Lyon 10-28 Saracens• Bonus-point win secures qualification for away sideSaracens became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals with a bonus point victory over Lyon and they will secure the position of top seeds if they defeat Glasgow at All…

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Exeter keep slim Champions Cup hopes alive with win over Castres

• Exeter 34-12 Castres• Chiefs will need to beat Munster in Limerick next SaturdayExeter kept alive their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final hopes with a 34-12 bonus-point victory over Castres at Sandy Park.But the Gallagher Premiership leaders still…

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Seven-try Montpellier push weakened Newcastle out of Champions Cup

• Dean Richards bemoans loss of key players• Jacob Stockdale tries inspire UlsterNewcastle, struggling at the foot of the Premiership, made a meek exit from Europe with a Champions Cup defeat at Montpellier, the French side hammering the Falcons 45-8.M…

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Rhys Priestland’s kick snatches victory for Bath from Wasps’ grasp

• Pool 1: Bath 18-16 Wasps• Late penalty edges hosts to first winNeither side had anything to play for, and it showed. An amusing first half deteriorated into a mind-numbing second, where two of English rugby’s fallen giants attempted to outdo each oth…

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Champions Leinster move top after ending Toulouse’s unbeaten run

• Pool 1: Leinster 29-13 Toulouse• Holders close in on securing a home quarter-finalLeinster moved to the top of their Champions Cup group with a bonus point victory over previously unbeaten Toulouse and will secure a home draw in the quarter-finals if…