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Category: Six Nations

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Keeping the Six Nations on free-to-air TV should not be up for debate | Andy Bull

If the unions need an insight into how important mainstream accessibility is, they’d do well to arrange a visit to Lord’sLate last week, back when the Irish still thought it might be a bright idea to irritate the Welsh by insisting they keep the roof o…

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Gareth Anscombe calls for resolution to Welsh rugby’s domestic mess

• Six Nations and Grand Slam winner wants end to uncertainty• Bath and Harlequins keen on Cardiff fly-halfGrand Slam winner Gareth Anscombe has called on the power-brokers to sort out Welsh rugby’s domestic mess.Anscombe’s 20-point haul steered Wales t…

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Six Nations unions divided over revenue and Nations Championship plans

• England and France demand unequal share to get clubs on side • World Rugby puts back world league deadline to 5 AprilThe Six Nations countries are in danger of falling out over plans to aggregate their television and commercial rights, with England a…

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Alun Wyn Jones says don’t rule out Warren Gatland coaching England

• Gatland will leave Wales after World Cup in Japan• ‘In professional sport you never say never,’ says Wales captainThe Wales captain, Alun Wyn Jones, believes it is possible Warren Gatland will one day coach England. Related: Wales crush Ireland to wi…

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Six Nations 2019 verdict: Guardian writers on their highs and lows

Another grand slam for Wales but who was the player of the tournament, what was the best game and what next?Very few of the captains involved enjoyed a serene Six Nations but Wales’s indomitable Lion was at the heart of his country’s deserved success. …

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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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Six Nations’ team of the tournament: Wales and England dominate best XV | Nick Evans

Alun Wyn Jones was arguably the pick of the bunch as grand slam winners Wales and England dominate our columnist’s listA big part of what Saracens do well and exactly the same with Wales, Williams has been brilliant throughout and his ability to play o…

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‘We want to be No 1’: England Women seek World Cup glory after grand slam

• Six Nations triumph finishes with 80-0 win over Scotland• ‘England have taken women’s rugby to next level’Sarah Hunter, the England captain, believes their grand slam triumph will be the launchpad to taking the women’s game to a new level. Related: E…

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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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I will miss Six Nations but now it is all about Japan, says Warren Gatland

• Wales coach turns attention to World Cup after grand slam• ‘I am incredibly proud of players for what they have achieved’Warren Gatland will this week turn his attention to the World Cup after celebrating the grand slam and Wales’s fourth Six Nations…

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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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Alun Wyn Jones battles through pain to lead Wales to Six Nations glory | Andy Bull

The lock forward injured his left knee early on against Ireland but soldiered on, showing how formidable a captain he isAt least all that rain will wash the streets clean. By the time everyone is done in Cardiff, they will surely need it. The fans ther…

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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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‘Proud is the word’: Wales win Six Nations grand slam – video

Wales beat Ireland 25-7 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff to win the Six Nations grand slam for the third time in 11 years. Captain Alun Wyn Jones said he ‘is really proud for such a small nation to be able to do that’, while coach Warren Gatland …

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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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Wales crush Ireland to win third Six Nations grand slam in 11 years

• Wales 25-7 Ireland• Parkes try and Anscombe masterclass give Wales victoryOn the eve of the day of St Patrick, a hat-trick of grand slams for Warren Gatland. Wales’s head coach marked his final campaign in the Six Nations, with the men in red at leas…

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France survive Italy scare thanks to Damian Penaud’s one-man show

• Italy 14-25 France• Penaud stops Italy scoring then puts game beyond doubtItaly’s losing sequence in the Guinness Six Nations extended to a record 22 matches but France were pushed all the way before prevailing 25-14 at the Stadio Olimpico.The form o…

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Wales v Ireland: Six Nations final round – live!

Wales bidding to seal Six Nations title and grand slamJoin Tom Bassam for Italy v France – live!And you can email Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 2.22pm GMT Quite the game in Rome, where Italy are six points behind and doing everything but score what coul…

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Italy v France: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-off in RomePaul Rees: Gatland and Schmidt hope for happy endingEmail Tom or tweet @Tbassam with your thoughts 1.08pm GMT 31 mins: Italy deal with the French threat well and we’re back in midfield. 1.06pm GM…