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Category: Six Nations

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Eddie Jones’ England rebuild complicated by future of his Saracens | Paul Rees

Youth will be added for the Six Nations to a core group distracted by impending relegation at their clubEddie Jones names his England squad for the Six Nations on Monday and at least he does not have to fret about some of his Saracens contingent being …

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Stuart Hogg has maturity and passion to lead Scotland says Gregor Townsend

• Hogg to captain new-look Scotland squad in Six Nations• Townsend admits leadership burden hindered Stuart McInallyGregor Townsend has backed Stuart Hogg to shoulder the responsibility of captaining Scotland after admitting the honour was too much for…

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Wayne Pivac names four Premiership players in Wales’ Six Nations squad

• Nick Tompkins among uncapped quartet chosen from England• ‘We are pretty excited with the group we have got’ says PivacWayne Pivac has raided England for his first Six Nations squad, naming four uncapped Premiership players among the 38 who will defe…

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Siya Kolisi’s inspiring example wins deserved acclaim from rugby scribes | Robert Kitson

South Africa’s World Cup winning captain is one of six uplifting figures to receive awards from the Rugby Union Writers’ ClubIn central London on Monday night the assembled cast of almost 500 guests was a typically eclectic one. It always is at the ann…

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Sport in 2020 calendar: your month-by-month guide to the year ahead

The Olympics and Paralympics head to Tokyo, Euro 2020 sends football fans around Europe, plus the return of the Ryder CupThe sporting year’s traditional raucous curtain-raiser, the PDC world darts final, takes place on New Year’s Day. The BDO champions…

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England’s Henry Slade suffers ‘serious’ ankle injury with Six Nations looming

• Exeter centre limped off during win over Leicester• Rob Baxter says he is going to be out for ‘a little while’Henry Slade has emerged as an injury concern for the start of England’s Six Nations campaign after the Exeter director of rugby, Rob Baxter,…

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World Rugby admits concerns over proposed CVC and Six Nations deal

• Private equity firm has agreed £300m package in principle• CVC already backs Gallagher Premiership and in Pro14 talksWorld Rugby officials have expressed their concern at the potential implications of Europe’s major rugby-playing nations signing a ga…

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Nations Championship proposals face World Rugby deadline of Friday

• Governing body needs unanimous support of 10 major unions• France omit Mathieu Bastareaud from World Cup preparationsLeading rugby nations face a deadline of Friday to back or reject World Rugby’s Nations Championship plan.The governing body has conf…

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Conor Murray: ‘Winning the European Cup with Munster means the world to me’ | Donald McRae

Ireland and Lions scrum-half faces Saracens on Saturday and, with the World Cup looming, is ready for a ‘career-defining’ six months‘I’m in the real world now,” Conor Murray says with amusement soon after he opens the front door to his house in Castlet…

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World Rugby gives unions more time over Nations Championship

• Rugby Championship and Six Nations given new deadline• NZRU’s Steve Tew says ‘great idea comes with complications’World Rugby has extended its deadline for the Six Nations and Rugby Championship unions to take the concept of a Nations Championship a …

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Six Nations unions warned against putting tournament on pay TV

• Rights firm in alert over World Rugby’s planned Nations League• ‘If you put a sport exclusively on pay TV, you will kill it’The company charged with selling the broadcast and sponsorship rights to World Rugby’s proposed Nations League has warned the …

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Going from the Six Nations back to club rugby can be frustrating | Ugo Monye

Very different mindsets are found in club and international rugby and readjusting is often hardThe hardest thing about going from a Six Nations campaign back to your club is mindset. When you are in camp with England, every member of the squad is tryin…

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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…