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Simply the best? Can Ireland and Wales live up to top billing at World Cup? | Paul Rees

Ireland and Wales have both topped the world rankings but might the Celtic threat come from a less likely source?The chapter on the Celts in the history of the World Cup is one of the shortest. Wales have made two semi-finals, double the number of Scot…

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Rugby World Cup 2019: Scotland team guide

Without a Plan B Scotland loiter on the fringes of being World Cup contenders but on their day can be world beaters Continue reading…

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Scotland can match anyone at Rugby World Cup, says Gregor Townsend

• Townsend reveals squad but Rory Hutchinson misses out• ‘We’ve got a stronger squad now than we’ve ever had’A ruined palace that was birthplace to a doomed queen may not be the most auspicious of venues in which to unveil a squad for a global tourname…

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Maitland and Harris edge Scotland to comeback victory over France

• Scotland 17-14 France• Lock Sam Skinner carried off with hamstring injuryA week after being obliterated in Nice, Scotland turned the tables on France to end a run of five Tests without a win and bolster their World Cup preparations with a comeback vi…

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Scotland’s Gregor Townsend faces selection headaches as France visit

• Coach needs big improvement on 32-3 drubbing in Nice• Cummings, Skinner and Thomson can press World Cup claimsFour weeks before Scotland’s opening game of the World Cup against Ireland, the visit of France on Saturday is a final audition for some pla…

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Jim Mallinder leaves England role to become Scotland performance director

‘This was an opportunity that I couldn’t refuse,’ says MallinderMallinder will work across Scotland’s men’s and women’s teamsJim Mallinder will join the Scottish Rugby Union as its new performance director. The 53-year-old had been working with the Rug…

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Wales close Principality roof to create ‘fortress’ atmosphere for England

• Wales’ plan to keep changes to minimum hit by Anscombe injury• Duncan Taylor, John Barclay back for Scotland against FranceMatches between Wales and England in Cardiff this decade have tended to be preceded by a skirmish over the roof at the Principa…

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Premiership clubs agree early release of players for Rugby World Cup

• Decision follows changes to World Rugby player insurance rules• Wales among countries to benefit for pre-tournament friendliesWales and Scotland are among a number of countries who have received a major boost to their World Cup preparations with Prem…

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Premiership clubs agree early release of players for Rugby World Cup

• Decision follows changes to World Rugby player insurance rules• Wales among countries to benefit for pre-tournament friendliesWales and Scotland are among a number of countries who have received a major boost to their World Cup preparations with Prem…

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Wales and Scotland made to wait in World Cup player release row

• Premiership and World Rugby could agree deal next month• Dispute centres around insurance for non-English playersWales and Scotland are among a number of nations who will not find out until next month if their World Cup preparations will be severely …

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Scottish Rugby Union takes stake in Washington DC team

MLR documents confirm near-30% stake in Old Glory DCCo-owner suggests deal may produce talent for both sidesThe Scottish Rugby Union has taken close to a 30% stake in Old Glory DC, a Washington-based team preparing to enter Major League Rugby next year…

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Cornell du Preez: ‘Doctors only usually deal with my injury in car crashes’ | Gerard Meagher

The Worcester and Scotland forward will return to action on Saturday seven months after a fractured larynx left him unable to talk and considering retirementCornell du Preez’s determination to continue his career never dimmed. Not when the doctors told…

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The Breakdown | Wales won Six Nations by sticking to speed limit while others lost control

The grand slam was based on meticulous preparation, precision and containing risk, qualities Ireland and England could not matchWales’ grand slam was planned in military detail. If, statistically, it looked a minimalist triumph, based on defence rather…

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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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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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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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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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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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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…