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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…

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England taking their foot off the gas is a recurring theme, admits Eddie Jones

• Coach says lessons will be learned in time for World Cup• ‘We need to get the right people in to help us sort it out’Eddie Jones has conceded England have a mental block to work through, with no more competitive games before the World Cup.Having romp…

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Alun Wyn Jones battles through pain to lead Wales to Six Nations glory | Andy Bull

The lock forward injured his left knee early on against Ireland but soldiered on, showing how formidable a captain he isAt least all that rain will wash the streets clean. By the time everyone is done in Cardiff, they will surely need it. The fans ther…

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Henry Slade dazzles but England’s kamikaze show will leave its mark | Gerard Meagher

Fears of a damp squib proved gloriously misplaced but such a dire collapse should worry Eddie Jones as Japan loomsDead rubbers have a funny way of coming to life. England were home and hosed by half-time, playing with a swagger that reinforced their fe…

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‘Proud is the word’: Wales win Six Nations grand slam – video

Wales beat Ireland 25-7 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff to win the Six Nations grand slam for the third time in 11 years. Captain Alun Wyn Jones said he ‘is really proud for such a small nation to be able to do that’, while coach Warren Gatland …

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England salvage Six Nations draw after Scotland’s spectacular comeback

• England 38-38 Scotland• England lead 31-0 in first half and crumble in the secondThe championship may have been decided but the drama had scarcely begun. Scotland, looking utterly bereft at Twickenham once again, resurrected themselves from a 31-0 de…

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England v Scotland: Six Nations finale – live!

Six Nations updates from the 5pm GMT kick-off at TwickenhamWales crush Ireland to win Six Nations and grand slamEmail Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh with your thoughts 5.04pm GMT Ah, that didn’t take long. Vunipola collects a clearance and barrels forwar…

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Wales crush Ireland to win third Six Nations grand slam in 11 years

• Wales 25-7 Ireland• Parkes try and Anscombe masterclass give Wales victoryOn the eve of the day of St Patrick, a hat-trick of grand slams for Warren Gatland. Wales’s head coach marked his final campaign in the Six Nations, with the men in red at leas…

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Coney Island, baby: New York wait for pro rugby ends with win over Toronto

MLR came to the Big Apple and it seemed to fit right in: rough, raucous and at the end, to home fans, a genuine nailbiting thrillOut on the turf at MCU Park, by the mock dirt of the baseball diamond and the covered pitcher’s mound, James Kennedy puffed…

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Coney Island, baby: New York wait for pro rugby ends with win over Toronto

MLR came to the Big Apple and it seemed to fit right in: rough, raucous and at the end, to home fans, a genuine nailbiting thrillOut on the turf at MCU Park, by the mock dirt of the baseball diamond and the covered pitcher’s mound, James Kennedy puffed…

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France survive Italy scare thanks to Damian Penaud’s one-man show

• Italy 14-25 France• Penaud stops Italy scoring then puts game beyond doubtItaly’s losing sequence in the Guinness Six Nations extended to a record 22 matches but France were pushed all the way before prevailing 25-14 at the Stadio Olimpico.The form o…

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Wales v Ireland: Six Nations final round – live!

Wales bidding to seal Six Nations title and grand slamJoin Tom Bassam for Italy v France – live!And you can email Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 2.22pm GMT Quite the game in Rome, where Italy are six points behind and doing everything but score what coul…

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Italy v France: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-off in RomePaul Rees: Gatland and Schmidt hope for happy endingEmail Tom or tweet @Tbassam with your thoughts 1.08pm GMT 31 mins: Italy deal with the French threat well and we’re back in midfield. 1.06pm GM…

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We owe all of Scotland a big effort against England, says Stuart McInally

• Captain agrees Scots have underperformed in 2019 Six Nations• ‘We are going to come down here and fight for everything’Scotland’s captain, Stuart McInally, has accepted his side have under-performed in the Six Nations as they attempt to salvage their…

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Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt both in search of Six Nations happy ending | Paul Rees

The Wales coach will be wary of a ruthless Ireland side and the tactical nous of his fellow New ZealanderWarren Gatland once reflected on Wales’s capacity to sabotage the future by focusing on the past. “They prefer to regurgitate the Chateaubriand of …

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England hope lesson of history will help put Murrayfield shock behind them

• Eddie Jones’s side motivated by last year’s defeat by Scotland• Ben Youngs promises England will be ‘ruthless’Eddie Jones has been giving history lessons this week, albeit with his usual touch of revisionism. Asked why England’s unbeaten record over …