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Scotland seeking launchpad with landmark win against Ireland | Bryn Palmer

Gregor Townsend’s men are desperate to begin their Six Nations campaign with a first victory in Dublin since 2010Scotland have proved adept at throwing off the shackles of history in recent Six Nations: a first victory over France for 10 years in 2016,…

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The sorry tale of Saracens still leaves questions hanging in the air

The Premiership report may have been leaked but we are in the dark about the men in blackThere is nothing like a salary-cap crisis for holding the mirror up to each and every one of us. In a not-dissimilar effect to that of Brexit, our opinions on the …

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Six Nations united in change and ready to attack new challenges | Andy Bull

Championship is set to thrill with the coaches and players seeking to evolve after the World CupIt is just under three months since the World Cup, little enough that a lot of players and coaches are still reckoning with where it went wrong, long enough…

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Eddie Jones: ‘When England show togetherness we are powerful’

Coach believes finding ways of playing with greater urgency can shrug off any World Cup hangoverEddie Jones was not at his most accommodating at this week’s Six Nations launch, his patience frayed by the barrage of questions about salary cap-breaching …

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Wayne Pivac set to give Wales more exciting style of Six Nations play | Paul Rees

Head coach gets underway with licence to foster a more expansive type of game over the next few weeksThe last time Wales hired a former policeman as head coach he used the skills he had learned on the beat in New Zealand to trap a player who claimed to…

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The new faces who can make an impact at the 2020 Six Nations

Four of the sides have a change of coach and there are plenty of new players waiting to make an impactGeorge Furbank (England) Continue reading…

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Nathan Hughes inspires convincing Bristol win over Gloucester

• Bristol 34-16 Gloucester• Henry Purdy scores against old clubPremiership clubs were quick to welcome the demotion of Saracens but they are appreciably slower to fill the vacuum at the top of the table left by the champions. Bristol and Gloucester are…

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Joe Launchbury ruled out of England’s Six Nations opener against France

Wasps second-row sidelined by knee injuryLaunchbury may be fit for clash with ScotlandEngland will contest their Six Nations opener against France without Joe Launchbury after the Wasps captain was ruled out by a knee problem.Launchbury sustained the i…

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Shaun Edwards: ‘I sensed France really wanted me. That’s why I went’

France’s defence coach discusses why he left Wales, sidestepped Wigan and would like to work for EnglandShaun Edwards’s French is coming along fine. “I wouldn’t be able to have a long conversation,” he says, “but I’ve got all the rugby words.” And that…

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Ollie Thorley backs England to rise above Saracens saga in Six Nations

• Eddie Jones’s players gather in Portugal for training camp• ‘When here they’re England players, that’s all that matters’Ollie Thorley is confident the fallout from the Saracens scandal will not affect England’s Six Nations campaign after the squad qu…

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Six Nations 2020: how will your team perform this year?

Will Wales retain the title? Will England live up to their tag as favourites? And is there any hope for Italy?Wales go into the first match of this year’s Six Nations as defending champions, having dethroned Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on the fin…

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Dyson report deal-by-deal: how Saracens breached the salary cap

We look at how the primary overspends were made following the publication of the keenly awaited reportThe longed-for report into Saracens’ salary-cap misdemeanours is out. Premier Rugby Limited’s release has redacted all mention of any individuals but …

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Premiership Rugby is from Mars and Saracens are from Venus | Robert Kitson

Lord Dyson’s report lays bare the antipathy between Saracens and the Premiership in a blame game that invites more questions and is set to run and runWe are often told that rugby union, at its heart, is a simple game. Run straight, tackle hard, score m…

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Premiership Rugby investigates amid fury over leaked Saracens report

Full version of salary cap judgment included player namesPremiership Rugby branded leak as ‘unauthorised and reckless’Premiership Rugby plans to investigate the “unauthorised and reckless leak” of an unredacted disciplinary report into Saracens, which …

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Finn Russell banished from Scotland squad for breach of discipline

Major blow to Scotland before Six Nations campaignPlayer returns to Racing 92 after being sent homeScotland talisman Finn Russell has been sent home from their Six Nations training camp for a breach of discipline.The Racing 92 stand-off will not play i…

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The Breakdown | Saracens scandal may spell end of a way of rugby life

The affair has shown the regulations are ineffective as a deterrent and clubs stoke their own inflationary pressuresThe end of an era was how Mark McCall described Saracens’ relegation to the Championship but will it also mark the end of a way of life?…

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England dogged by domestic woes as Six Nations rivals talk up new eras | Robert Kitson

Four of the six sides under new management struck an upbeat note at launch while England grapple with Saracens falloutFive of the teams at the Six Nations launch at a chilly Tobacco Dock in London’s Wapping could be heard talking an upbeat game. Irelan…

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Saracens keen to see publication of long-awaited salary-cap report

• New club chairman Neil Golding releases statement to fans• Premiership Rugby announce preparations to release documentSaracens’ new chairman Neil Golding has called for the independent report that found that the Premiership champions guilty of persis…

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Saracens scandal shatters rugby union’s illusion it ever held the moral high ground | Marina Hyde

Rugby seems to have firm belief in its own probity but has been reminded that, like most elite sport, it is a morality free zoneAt last, some good news out of the Saracens financial doping scandal, as former England wing Ugo Monye declares rugby union …

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Premiership Rugby urges Saracens to come clean over salary-cap report

• ‘Why wouldn’t they want it published? It’s a question for them’ • CEO Darren Childs insists no other clubs are breaking salary capPremiership Rugby has rejected any suggestion that other leading clubs may be breaching the salary cap following Saracen…