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Pools of intrigue: how the Rugby World Cup groups stack up | Paul Rees

Now that the autumn internationals have been completed we take a look at the prospects for the opening stage in JapanIreland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa Continue reading…

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Rugby union power rankings: Ireland overtake New Zealand to be top dogs

Our ratings show Ireland are in pole position and New Zealand have slipped back, while Wales and England have made good progress and South Africa and Australia have much work to doSteve Hansen knew what he was doing when anointing Ireland as the world …

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Rugby union: talking points from the final round of autumn Tests

Ireland have much to thank Schmidt for, Italy bear the brunt of All Blacks’ frustrations and Fiji look ominous foes for AustraliaEngland’s autumn ledger reads as follows: P4 W3 L1; tries scored 10, tries conceded six. They have looked both excellent an…

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Sean Maitland scores only try as Scotland grind out win over Argentina

• Scotland 14-9 Argentina• Grieg Laidlaw kicks three penalties for hostsThis was the Scotland of old, the one we have gladly learned to forget under Gregor Townsend: stodgy, unimaginative and unable to score many tries. The crucial difference between t…

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Gregor Townsend lineup puts Scotland on the attack against Argentina

• Back division brings together Adam Hastings and Finn Russell• ‘It’s brilliant to be part of tantalising backline’ – Greg LaidlawGreig Laidlaw cannot wait to see the outcome as Scotland prepare to use all of their attacking weapons against Argentina.G…

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Rugby union: talking points from the third round of autumn Tests

Scotland need not be downhearted in defeat but Warren Gatland has an embarrassment of riches with WalesScotland continue to dazzle in attack while being susceptible at the breakdown and in defence. Huw Jones embodied both traits in their 26-20 defeat b…

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Handré Pollard’s 18 points guide South Africa to narrow victory over Scotland

• Scotland 20-26 South Africa• Pollard scores try plus 13 with the bootScotland’s hopes of a first win against the Springboks in eight years were alive right until the last seconds of an engrossing encounter, but in the end South African power and prec…

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Handré Pollard’s 18 points guide South Africa to narrow victory over Scotland

• Scotland 20-26 South Africa• Pollard scores try plus 13 with the bootScotland’s hopes of a first win against the Springboks in eight years were alive right until the last seconds of an engrossing encounter, but in the end South African power and prec…

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England providing ‘public service’ to other nations, says Eddie Jones

• Comments come after Gary Graham switched to Scotland• ‘We are providing players to Scotland, Wales, Ireland’Scotland, Ireland and Wales should be grateful to England for supplying them with ready-made Test players, according to Eddie Jones, following…

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Rugby union: talking points from the second round of autumn Tests

England take heart from All Blacks defeat, Springboks’ power will test Scotland’s growing optimism and Italy prove a point In 2012 England also went 15-0 up on New Zealand at Twickenham and went on to win 38-21. This time they could not score a point a…

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Tommy Seymour bags treble and Scotland score eight tries in rout of Fiji

• Scotland 54-17 Fiji• Dell, Brown, Maitland, Ritchie and Hastings also score triesScotland extended their impressive Murrayfield streak to 10 wins from their last 11 Tests as Tommy Seymour’s hat-trick helped seal a 54-17 win over Fiji. Allan Dell, Fra…

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Rugby union: talking points from the first round of autumn internationals

England’s defence is aided by an old master, Wales prepare to face their old nemeses and Larmour rises to the occasion Related: Owen Farrell escapes being cited over André Esterhuizen tackle Continue reading…

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Wales win over Australia would not be monkey off back, says Warren Gatland

• Head coach plays down importance of next Saturday’s Test• Gatland’s comments come after 21-10 win over ScotlandRelieved to have started an autumn campaign with a win at last, Warren Gatland dismissed the notion that next Saturday’s assignment against…

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George North try sparks Wales victory over Scotland in Doddie Weir Cup

• Wales 21-10 Scotland• Jonathan Davies score settles issue in CardiffAnother Wales-Scotland match in Cardiff, another Wales win. This, the 10th victory in a row, will resonate least of the recent run, sneaked in at an unfamiliar time of year, the sele…

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Wales v Scotland: rugby union international – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the game in CardiffWales in no mood for ‘festival rugby’ against ScotlandSend your emails to Tom here, or tweet @TBassam 2.15pm GMT George North spoke to Paul Rees ahead of today’s game about the motivations behind his dec…

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Doddie Weir Cup gives Scotland extra incentive, says Gregor Townsend

• Wales and Scotland will compete for trophy on Saturday• Unions donate to motor neurone disease charity after U-turnThe social media storm generated this week by the decision of the Welsh and Scottish unions not to make a direct donation to the motor …

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Wales and Scotland plan to ‘donate directly’ to Doddie Weir charity

• Unions had faced criticism for not contributing gate receipts• Six-figure sum from proceeds of international will be donatedThe Welsh Rugby Union and Scottish Rugby say they will “donate directly” to Doddie Weir’s motor neurone disease charity after …

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The All Blacks will provide the acid test for north’s leading lights

The autumn Tests provide an indication of sides’ potential for next year’s World Cup in Japan“You want to be out there when the lights are on,” said Australia’s captain, Michael Hooper, during the build-up to the Test against New Zealand in Yokohama , …

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Scotland call up England youth player Sam Skinner for autumn internationals

•Exeter second rower among Scotland coach’s uncapped trio •Scarlets’ Sam Johnson has represented New Zealand Under-20sGregor Townsend has included the uncapped trio of Sam Skinner, Sam Johnson and Blade Thomson in his Scotland squad for the autumn Test…

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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…