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Rugby union power rankings: All Blacks still No 1 despite rare defeat | Gerard Meagher

A year from the World Cup New Zealand look good for a hat-trick of wins but Ireland, South Africa and Wales are all on the rise with England and Australia heading in the other directionDefeat by South Africa in Wellington reminded the world that the Al…

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Duncan Weir: ‘An opponent’s size doesn’t bother me. I love tackling’

Recruited by Worcester to bring calm and consistency, the battling 5ft 8in fly-half is hoping a fresh start will lead to a Scotland recallDuncan Weir is not a fly-half who illuminates matches with eye?catching moments but he is what Worcester have long…

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Duncan Weir: ‘An opponent’s size doesn’t bother me. I love tackling’

Recruited by Worcester to bring calm and consistency, the battling 5ft 8in fly-half is hoping a fresh start will lead to a Scotland recallDuncan Weir is not a fly-half who illuminates matches with eye?catching moments but he is what Worcester have long…

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State of the rugby nations: Guardian writers’ verdicts on the June Tests

New Zealand are still the team to beat but Ireland’s series win and Wales’ charge up the rankings lay down markers for the northern hemisphere(World rankings as of Mon 25 June; ups and downs calculated from Mon 28 May) Continue reading…

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Gregor Townsend seeks Scotland atonement against Argentina

• Coach makes eight changes from loss to USA for final tour game• Test is Daniel Hourcade’s last in charge of struggling PumasScotland’s players received a rocket after failing to achieve lift-off in Houston last weekend and their head coach, Gregor To…

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Gary Gold’s blazing Eagles beat Scotland – US rugby has momentum

With a professional squad thanks to the advent of Major League Rugby, the USA have taken their first major scalpOut of chaos, Nietzsche said, comes order. Of late, American rugby union has been particularly chaotic: political upheaval at the governing …

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USA beat Scotland in Houston for first win over major rugby nation

USA 30-29 ScotlandEagles survive last-gasp conversion miss The USA rallied from 21-6 down in the first half and 24-13 at half-time to grab their first win over any tier-one international team, by a single point in a thriller. Related: HR McMaster on ru…

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Summer tours offer chance to blow away mists over European rugby | Paul Rees

Southern hemisphere sides dominated the 2015 World Cup in England but since then three out of the four have struggledMaro Itoje was in reflective mood as he sprawled himself in a chair that struggled to contain his 6ft 6in frame at England’s Bagshot ba…

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Wales ring the changes for summer Tests in US and Argentina

• All but two Welsh Lions rested with World Cup in mind• Scotland name six new players for USA, Canada and ArgentinaWales have rested all but two of their 12 players who toured New Zealand with the Lions last year for next month’s game against South Af…

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‘In a way, I’m lucky’: Doddie Weir on MND, rugby and his crusade for a cure

In New York for fun and treatment, the Scottish rugby great discussed life with motor neurone disease – and what he’s doing to fight itIn a famous scene from Living with Lions, the seminal documentary about the 1997 victory in South Africa, Doddie Weir…

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Six Nations 2018 verdict: Guardian writers on their highs and lows

The players of the tournament, the outstanding matches, best and worst moments and team of the championshipRobert Kitson: Conor Murray. Epitomises the team Ireland have become: classy, smart, consistent, strong, versatile. Probably the world’s best scr…

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Gregor Townsend demands Scotland improvement in readiness for World Cup

• Head coach challenges his players to get better over next 18 months• Townsend believes recent games have been ‘great for development’It has been a rollercoaster of a Six Nations Championship for Scotland who have hit the highs and the lows, admitted …

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From Ireland’s win to England’s loss, the Six Nations was settled in Paris | Paul Rees

Ireland and England’s campaigns were summed up by their final few seconds in the French capital, with Ireland surging to victory and England losing after a fumble at the breakdownThe outcome of the 2018 Six Nations was settled in Paris. It was where Jo…

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Scotland snatch Six Nations victory over Italy with late Greig Laidlaw penalty

• Italy 27-29 Scotland• Greig Laidlaw’s last-gasp penalty denies Italy an upset winWe have seen it all before; a Scotland win over Italy at the death with the final kick going over as the clock ticked down. Four years ago, it was Duncan Weir with a dro…

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Italy v Scotland: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-offScotland target victory in Italy and third placeAnd you can email Niall here, or tweet him here 12.55pm GMT 22 mins: Allan took an almighty hit after that grubber kick, but is OK to slot the conversion o…

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Scotland target victory in Italy and Six Nations third place

• Win in Rome and an England defeat would see Scots finish third• Captain Barclay wants reaction to defeat in DublinScotland start the final day of the Six Nations in a familiar position, one place off the bottom of the table, but victory in Rome, wher…

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Embarrassing Eddie Jones comments could have long-term consequences | Robert Kitson

England head coach may have compromised his Lions future with his ill-judged, unfunny remarks about Ireland and WalesIt is just under two months since Eddie Jones signed a two-year contract extension as England head coach until 2021. His team had …

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England face biggest character test as losses raise eyebrows in New Zealand | Nick Evans

England need to learn how to adapt after two defeats that have raised interest in the Six Nations, and further admiration of Ireland, in All Black countryMaybe the Eddie Jones factor plays a part – the old mate from across the Tasman Sea – but whenever…

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Six Nations: talking points from the weekend’s action

France must not get carried after beating England, while Ireland will need to bolster their defence at TwickenhamWhen the post-match debate centres on whether England were poorer in Murrayfield or Paris, there is definitely trouble at mill. They never …

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Ireland beat Scots with Jacob Stockdale double to keep grand slam on track

• Ireland 28-8 Scotland• Irish will claim title unless England secure bonus-point win in ParisIreland are on the brink of the championship. A trip to Dublin proved an assignment too far for Scotland after the euphoria of the Calcutta Cup a fortnight ag…