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Hugo Bonneval settles France’s nerves with vital try against Italy

• Six Nations: France 34-17 Italy• Italy seem destined for the wooden spoon after a third defeatHugo Bonneval’s second-half try proved pivotal as France ended their nine-match winless run and left Italy facing another Six Nations wooden spoon after a t…

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Chris Robshaw says England are braced for ‘dirty tricks’ before Calcutta Cup

• Flanker unfazed by memories of rogue bagpipers and traffic jams • ‘We’ve all experienced tricks and a sideshow to try and put you off’England’s players insist they will not be affected by any “dirty tricks” which may be awaiting them before their Cal…

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France v Italy: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offCalcutta Cup can reveal real England and test ScotlandFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.57pm GMT And they’re out! Indeed, the Italians are already singing their anthem. With great …

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Calcutta Cup crucible can reveal real England and test Scotland resurgence | Robert Kitson

England’s winning run has not wholly banished doubts about their standing under Eddie Jones but the picture should be clearer after a keenly anticipated Murrayfield showdownSeveral lively debates are raging around English rugby. Some reckon the nationa…

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Finn Russell remains Scotland’s creative focus despite patchy form | Stuart Bathgate

The Scotland No 10 ‘thrives on pressure’ according to his captain, John Barclay, and is more focused than critics suggestAnyone surprised by the selection of Finn Russell for the Calcutta Cup match on Saturday failed to take into account two facto…

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Wales ready for Ireland’s aerial assault in must-win Six Nations match

Kicking coach Neil Jenkins believes battle of the boot will be key for Wales as they seek to avoid a defeat that would all but end their title hopesIreland and Wales meet on Saturday in Dublin to determine the heir apparent to England for the Six Natio…

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Eddie Jones pleased with progress on his second anniversary | Robert Kitson

Thirteen of the match-day 23 are back at Murrayfield after two years of serious improvement, according to the England coachEddie Jones has a vivid recollection of the buildup to his first game as England coach against Scotland in Edinburgh. Two years o…

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England play legally insists Eddie Jones in war of words over penalties

• ‘The most successful teams infringe but we try to play legally’• Eddie Jones responds to concerns of Scotland’s Gregor TownsendEddie Jones has dismissed concerns over England’s discipline and claimed statistical analysis shows “the most successful te…

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Injuries put Ireland’s unbeaten Six Nations run at risk against Wales

• Andrew Porter and Chris Farrell to make first Championship starts• Leigh Halfpenny, Liam Williams and Dan Biggar back for visitorsIreland have not been beaten at home in the Six Nations since Joe Schmidt became their coach in 2013 but they will have …

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Italy told to grasp chance in France as Six Nations enters new territory

• Conor O’Shea tells side to learn from mistakes against France• France play home Six Nations match outside Paris for first timeConor O’Shea wants Italy to learn from their mistakes when the Six Nations enters new territory on Friday as the Azzurri hea…

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Dan Biggar’s oxygen chamber regime to breathe new life into Wales

• Fly-half in early return from injury after 10 days in oxygen chamber • Biggar returns to face Ireland in Six Nations Test at DublinDan Biggar has clambered out of an oxygen chamber to try to breathe life into Wales’s Six Nations title challenge. The …

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England plan to target Scotland’s Finn Russell, says Courtney Lawes

• ‘He’s a quality player and we don’t want him to have a sniff at all’• English also looking to minimise Greig Laidlaw’s kicking chancesEngland’s forwards will head north on Thursday vowing to give Finn Russell another torrid day at the office in the C…

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Nathan Hughes’s 15-20 carries will have England’s backs licking their lips | Nick Evans

If Eddie Jones does decide to put Nathan Hughes straight into the starting lineup against Scotland on Saturday, my guess is he will play for 60 minutes before the cavalry come onIt comes as no surprise to hear England’s coaches have been glowing about …

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Gregor Townsend names unchanged team to face England in Six Nations

• Coach resists calls to drop fly-half Finn Russell• WP Nel, Tim Swinson and Nick Grigg named as replacementsGregor Townsend has kept faith with the players that beat France as the Scotland head coach named an unchanged team for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup…

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Scotland must keep cool heads against England, says Gordon Reid

• Loosehead prop feels Scotland must learn from last year’s defeat• ‘Last year we let our emotions get to us a little bit too much’The precarious balance in Test rugby between keeping a cool head and being up for the fight is one which Scotland have no…

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Paul Gustard: I am sat three feet from Eddie Jones. The tension never goes

• Defence coach feels England have adaptability to win in Scotland• We want to be sure we’re prepared for everything, adds GustardThe message coming out of the England camp in the buildup to one of the most hotly anticipated Calcutta Cup matches in rec…

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Wales recall Leigh Halfpenny and Dan Biggar for Ireland clash

• Warren Gatland wants his side to deal with expected aerial assault• Liam Williams also returns on the wing in place of Josh AdamsWarren Gatland has called on his Wales team to use their experience to deal with an expected aerial assault from Ireland …

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Eddie Jones looks for an inside line as England prepare to face Scotland

• West Ham’s David Moyes and Stuart Pearce invited to Q and A• England coach has often spoken of admiration for footballEddie Jones and his England assistants will pick the brains of one of Scotland’s highest-profile football coaches by welcoming David…

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Wales get boost with Liam Williams and George North fit to face Ireland

• Leigh Halfpenny, Dan Biggar and Taulupe Faletau also fit• Forwards coach Robin McBryde: ‘Ireland is a must-win game’Wales, who need to beat Ireland in Dublin on Saturday to remain in contention for the Six Nations title, have been bolstered by the re…

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France’s Marseille date with Italy shows benefit of taking Six Nations on the road | Robert Kitson

England should venture outside their London moneypit and take a big game to rugby lovers otherwise disenfranchised by geography and, in some cases, historyIt is October 2007 and the clear Mediterranean sky is turning from sapphire blue to purest velvet…