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My favourite game: Wales v England, Five Nations 1999

The feeling among Welsh fans was that something was afoot, that they could deny England a grand slam at WembleyWembley is on loan but today it really must belong to Wales for the final Five Nations game of the 1999 tournament. With Cardiff’s sporting A…

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Quiz: how much do you know about the Six Nations?

Who scored 26 tries? Who lost badly? Who dislikes ‘sausages’? More quizzes: commentators, globetrotters, managers and keepersHow many grand slams did Wales win under their former head coach Warren Gatland?NoneOneThreeFiveWho is the leading points-score…

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The Joy of Six: Calcutta Cup clashes | Scott Murray

It’s 149 years to the day since Scotland and England played the first rugby union international. From the archive, here are half-a-dozen great stramashesThis article was first published on 3 February 2012 Continue reading…

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Premiership clubs to release Welsh, Scots and Italians if Six Nations restarts

Usual restrictions outside Test windows will not applyWales v Scotland and two Italy matches to be rescheduledWales, Scotland and Italy will be able to select full-strength teams if their postponed Six Nations matches are rearranged later this year wit…

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The Breakdown | Six Nations 2020: highlights of a tournament put on hold

From France’s new stars to the architects of Scotland’s improvement, some gongs for an unfinished Six NationsThe Six Nations, like the rest of rugby throughout the world, has been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak but, with no action to loo…

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Beware sporting disaster capitalists not letting this crisis go to waste

The imminent financial turmoil is likely to exploited by those who already have most of the power and moneyYou may have heard about the 13?year?old schoolboy from Leeds called Oliver Cooper who, it has been reported, was sent home after selling preciou…

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Level of inconsistency over Joe Marler’s ban for an act without malice | Ugo Monye

The laws of rugby can be so rigid that there just is not any breathing space for anyone trying to make sense of what has happenedThe rugby authorities have an important decision to make because I look at the outcomes of this week’s various disciplinary…

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Level of inconsistency over Joe Marler’s ban for an act without malice | Ugo Monye

The laws of rugby can be so rigid that there just is not any breathing space for anyone trying to make sense of what has happenedThe rugby authorities have an important decision to make because I look at the outcomes of this week’s various disciplinary…

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Add Six Nations to the ‘crown jewels’ and ensure free-to-air TV, says DCMS

BBC’s Lord Hall says a paywall would be ‘dreadful’ITV and BBC team up to submit a fresh bidThe Six Nations should be added to the government’s list of “crown jewels” to ensure it remains on free-to-air television according to the digital, culture, medi…

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Premiership clubs block Maro Itoje’s Racing 92 loan to spark row with RFU

Saracens and England lock has big offer from French club‘We are opposed to it,’ says rival Premiership club ownerA controversial plan to allow England’s Maro Itoje to play in France next season while still being available for the national team has spar…

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Wales v Scotland Six Nations match called off 24 hours before kick-off

Decision due to coronavirus announced during captains’ runsWRU says ‘postponement became the only viable option’The Welsh Rugby Union called off Saturday’s Six Nations tie against Scotland 24 hours before the kick-off to fall in line with other sports …

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Sky’s the limit for Scotland’s Jamie Ritchie despite recent blow

Back-rower has endured some hard times off the pitch but is tipped to be Scotland’s captain and a Lion before longNothing much in sport, or life, can be guaranteed at times like this. In the case of the Scottish flanker Jamie Ritchie, even so, everyone…

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England’s Joe Marler banned for 10 weeks after grabbing Jones’ groin

Marler found guilty by independent disciplinary committeeManu Tuilagi gets four-week ban for red card in same matchJoe Marler has been banned for 10 weeks for grabbing Alun Wyn Jones’s genitals during England’s victory over Wales last weekend, ensuring…

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RFU apologises to referee Ben O’Keeffe for Eddie Jones’s Twickenham tirade

England head coach accused referee of bias after win over WalesRFU boss Sweeney warns Jones over future conductThe Rugby Football Union has apologised to referee Ben O’Keeffe for comments made by England head coach Eddie Jones after the Six Nations vic…

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Danny Care defends Joe Marler for grabbing Alun Wyn Jones’s genitals

Care suggests Jones spoke out because Wales lost to EnglandMarler could face season-ending ban at hearing on ThursdayDanny Care has come to the defence of Joe Marler by suggesting he would not be facing a season-ending suspension on Thursday had Alun W…

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Sport fans, how is the coronavirus affecting you?

Whether you have lost money on tickets, cancelled travel plans or decided against attending events, we want to hear from youEvery day that passes brings more announcements about sporting events being postponed, cancelled or played in empty stadiums. Sp…

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Six Nations sliding doors could improbably favour Ireland in the epilogue | Robert Kitson

Suddenly, if Ireland can get everything right, an improbable title is firmly back on the radarSo farewell, then, “Super Saturday”. Hello instead to “At Least There’s Still One Game On Saturday” which is not the catchy promotional slogan the Six Nations…

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Joe Marler cited over grabbing Alan Wyn Jones’ groin in Six Nations game

England prop to face disciplinary hearing on ThursdayCourtney Lawes and Manu Tuilagi also to face hearingJoe Marler has been cited for his bizarre fondling of Alun Wyn Jones’s groin in England’s Six Nations win against Wales. The Harlequins prop could …

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Joe Marler cited over grabbing Alan Wyn Jones’ groin in Six Nations game

England prop to face disciplinary hearing on ThursdayCourtney Lawes and Manu Tuilagi also to face hearingJoe Marler has been cited for his bizarre fondling of Alun Wyn Jones’s groin in England’s Six Nations win against Wales. The Harlequins prop could …

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Six Nations: talking points from a tournament striving for an outcome

Scotland’s win over France hands England a chance for the title – while Ireland wait in the wingsLeaving aside Manu Tuilagi’s red card and Joe Marler’s bizarre piece of handiwork England had reason to be quietly encouraged by their last Six Nations out…