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Greig Laidlaw lambasts referee Romain Poite after Stuart Hogg is injured

• ‘We don’t seem to see eye to eye with Romain’• Full-back is a doubt for Scotland’s trip to ParisGreig Laidlaw will not be happy if Romain Poite takes charge of the World Cup match against Ireland in Yokohama in September after the Scotland captain sa…

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Ireland outmuscle Scotland to storm to precious away victory

• Scotland 13-22 Ireland• Johnny Sexton injured in physical battleAway victories in the Six Nations are supposed to be rare but this was the third in four matches this season as Ireland recovered from their opening-night setback against England to grin…

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Scotland v Ireland: Six Nations 2019 – live!

Six Nations latest from the 2.15pm GMT kick-off at MurrayfieldIreland given wake-up call by England defeatAnd you can email Niall or tweet with your thoughts 2.14pm GMT The anthems ring out – ‘Ireland’s Call’ followed by ‘Flower of Scotland’. A stirrin…

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Ireland hold most of the cards but Scotland aim to raise a storm | Stuart Bathgate

Weather may play a role at Murrayfield, where swirling winds are expected to make conditions challengingOne defeat is damaging enough. Two in the space of eight days would surely end Ireland’s hopes of retaining the Six Nations, and perhaps also of reg…

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Rob Kearney back as Ireland ring changes for Six Nations trip to Scotland

• Robbie Henshaw out injured and Chris Farrell picked at centre• Scotland drop hat-trick hero Blair Kinghorn for Sean MaitlandRob Kearney will return at full-back for Ireland’s Six Nations trip to Scotland, with Chris Farrell parachuted into the centre…

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Scotland must improve ‘everything’ against Ireland, says Gregor Townsend

• Ireland will test us in every area, says head coach• Finn Russell v Johnny Sexton a key confrontation, he addsGregor Townsend believes that Scotland will have to improve “probably everything” about their game if they are to beat Ireland on Saturday, …

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Six Nations: talking points from opening round of fixtures

John Mitchell key for England; Wales’ Dan Biggar offers alternative denied to France; Scotland’s chance to show ambition; England women face formidable French packIreland have won every match in the final round of the Six Nations under Joe Schmidt, but…

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Blair Kinghorn hat-trick sparks Scotland’s Six Nations victory over Italy

• Scotland 33-20 Italy• Three late Italy tries in vain with Scotland well clearBLAIR Kinghorn scored Scotland’s first Championship hat-trick in 30 years as the home team got their Six Nations campaign off to a competent start against a limited Italian …

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Scotland v Italy: Six Nations 2019 – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the match at MurrayfieldSix Nations 2019: team-by-team guideEmail Niall here or tweet @niallmcveigh 2.53pm GMT 33 mins: Willem Nel needs the attention of two physios but gets back up, adjusts his shorts and gets set for a…

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Scotland’s Greig Laidlaw views Italy opener as launch pad for success

• First 20 minutes and collective stamina are vital, says captain• Italy’s Michele Campagnaro given licence to roam from wingA fixture often positioned as an unloved epilogue to the Six Nations tournament has this year become an enticing opener for bot…

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Six Nations 2019: team-by-team guide | Paul Rees

England’s visit to Dublin could determine Joe Schmidt’s swan-song strategy for Ireland, Wales are more than the sum of their parts and France’s appetite for attack is backCoach Joe Schmidt Continue reading…

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Australia-born Sam Johnson to make Scotland debut against Italy

• Glasgow centre to partner Huw Jones in Six Nations opener• Uncapped flanker Gary Graham and hooker Jake Kerr on benchGregor Townsend will hand a Test debut to the 25-year-old Glasgow centre Sam Johnson at home against Italy on Saturday.Gary Graham, t…

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Depth charts show way to Six Nations title and could give Ireland the edge | Ben Ryan

With injuries inevitable, coaches need to know who their next cab off the rank is in each key position and Ireland have the system best placed to succeedWhen the Six Nations starts we’ll all enjoy picking and poking over team selection and tactics, how…

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Six Nations could be tougher to win this year than the Rugby World Cup | Robert Kitson

Europe holds the balance of oval-ball global power and whoever prevails over the next six weeks – most likely Ireland – will lay down a serious marker for JapanEven a few years ago the notion that the Six Nations might be harder to win than a World Cup…

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Six newcomers to watch during the 2019 Six Nations | Gerard Meagher

This year’s most exciting potential debutants, from the lightest player in the championship to France’s brightest young thingsCurry has five caps but has never before appeared in the Six Nations after missing out last year with a long-term wrist injury…

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Shadow of the World Cup will give this Six Nations an extra-special edge

With three of the four top-ranked teams in action and Japan 2019 looming, focus and intrigue will be at fever pitchIn January spring still feels far away, never mind the summer beyond it. But the start of the Six Nations, like the first green shoots, i…

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Greig Laidlaw: ‘Italy always believe they can beat Scotland’

The Azzurri at Murrayfield should be the kindest start the Scots could have, but Gregor Townsend remembers only too well a famous upset in the same fixture 19 years agoGregor Townsend remembers only too well the last time Scotland began their Six Natio…

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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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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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Premiership issues World Rugby with legal threat as insurance row escalates

• PRL wants major changes in player insurance regulations• Row could affect several nations’ World Cup preparationsPremiership Rugby has threatened World Rugby with legal action in an escalating row over player insurance that is set to hamper a number …