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Amazon gives rugby £20m lifeline and could spark Six Nations bidding war

Amazon may not be in it for the long term but its investment in Autumn Nations Cup is likely to prompt interest from othersThere has been little cheer for unions and clubs this year as restrictions imposed by the pandemic have reduced cash flow to a tr…

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Amazon gives rugby £20m lifeline and could spark Six Nations bidding war

Amazon may not be in it for the long term but its investment in Autumn Nations Cup is likely to prompt interest from othersThere has been little cheer for unions and clubs this year as restrictions imposed by the pandemic have reduced cash flow to a tr…

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Scotland’s Gregor Townsend has ‘big belief’ in foundations laid at Six Nations

Coach says set-piece progress has surpassed expectationsWales’s Josh Adams seeks reaction after flat displayA sixth bottom-half finish in seven years may indicate Scotland did not quite turn the table, but a sign of the progress they have made since re…

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Eddie Jones says new-look England are destined for greatness

Coach says players have recovered from ‘trauma’ of World CupEngland presented with Six Nations trophy at Teddington baseEddie Jones believes his revamped England team is destined for greatness having clinched a third Six Nations title in five years, al…

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Strip away the supporters, what joy is left in the Six Nations?| Robert Kitson

Covid-19 and empty stadiums has helped to expose what an increasingly mechanical spectacle the tournament has beenBe honest, which single word springs instantly to mind when assessing the 2020 Six Nations? ‘Unsatisfactory’ would definitely be high on t…

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Ben Youngs is England’s sage elder statesman with years left on the clock | Andy Bull

The scrum-half showed poise and purpose on his 100th cap to score two tries against Italy and bend the game to his will, and was rewarded with the Six Nations title for the fourth timeIt was a forgettable game, fitful and bloodless, but Ben Youngs will…

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Owen Farrell hopes England’s Six Nations win lifts nation’s spirits

Eddie Jones’s side secure title on dramatic final day‘We know how difficult things are for everyone at home’Owen Farrell said he hoped his side had lifted the spirits of the nation by clinching the Six Nations title, before immediately training his sig…

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France take win but not title as Dupont and Ntamack sparkle against Ireland

France 35-27 IrelandAntoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack impress for runners-upNo miracles in Paris, but France were almost more impressive in winning by less than the 31-point margin that would have brought them the title. They were happy to let that gon…

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France v Ireland: Six Nations 2020 decider – live!

Six Nations updates from Stade de France, kick-off 8.05pm GMTEngland’s bonus-point win in Italy puts pressure on IrishAnd feel free to email Lee or tweet @Bloodandmud 8.13pm GMT 5 mins. Murray, who appears to have replaced his foot with a ICBM launcher…

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England player ratings from the 34-5 Six Nations win against Italy

Ben Youngs was man of the match with two tries but Anthony Watson and Jonathan Joseph had games to forgetGeorge Furbank 6/10 Has much to do to convince he is England’s long-term full-back, though this was better than his first two caps. Made key defens…

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Ben Youngs double helps England secure bonus-point victory over Italy

Italy 5-34 EnglandEngland left waiting on France v Ireland outcomeOn a balmy evening in Rome it was as if England were grappling with two different opponents. Their blue-clad hosts were eventually seen off but the restrained red rose body language at t…

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Scotland and McInally show their muscle to pile Six Nations pain on Wales

Wales 10-14 ScotlandWayne Pivac’s side have lost five games in a rowScotland’s joy was Wales’s despair on an unreal afternoon in Llanelli when the lack of a crowd was telling. The team that won the grand slam last season desperately missed the energy h…

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Italy v England: Six Nations 2020 – live!

Six Nations updates from Rome, kick-off 4.45pm GMTHunt out of England’s Six Nations finale after Covid positiveAnd feel free to email Luke or tweet @LukeMcLaughlin 3.58pm GMT 15-Matteo Minozzi, 14-Edoardo Padovani, 13-Luca Morisi, 12-Carlo Canna, 11-Ma…

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Wales v Scotland: Six Nations 2020 – live!

Six Nations updates from Parc y Scarlets, kick-off 2.15pm GMTWayne Pivac’s struggling Wales are caught between two stoolsAnd feel free to email Lee or tweet @Bloodandmud 2.23pm GMT 4 mins. On the Wales 22, Scotland’s promising early start continues as …

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England will bring thunder for a potentially classic Six Nations finale | Ugo Monye

The sport needs every week to be a super Saturday, not a one-off extravaganza, if it is to broaden its appealIf Super Saturday truly lives up to its billing it will be bittersweet. On the one hand, we have three teams still in with a genuine chance of …

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‘Everyone smiles with a trophy’: England eye lucrative Six Nations win

Trophy would net welcome £5m windfall for RFUBig win in Italy would ‘put smiles on faces’ back homeEngland are in line for a much-needed windfall of around £5m if they clinch a third Six Nations title under Eddie Jones on Saturday. A bumper bonus-point…

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Wayne Pivac’s struggling Wales are caught between two stools | Paul Rees

The head coach was brought in to add flair but has failed to compensate for a loss of physical power in the sideIt is exactly a year since Wayne Pivac took over from Warren Gatland as Wales head coach and he needs a result. He was brought in to add adv…

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Six Nations is England’s to lose but be prepared for late unforeseen twists | Robert Kitson

Logic would identify England and France as the two strongest contenders, but the ball is in Ireland’s court if there is to be an alternative outcomePrecious little about this year’s Six Nations championship has unfolded as anticipated in January. Here …

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England head for Rome and day of destiny with new gladiators

Eddie Jones has picked four debutants for the visit to Italy, where England hope to win a first Six Nations title since 2017 It is not often that a team hoping to close out a Six Nations title on the final weekend includes four uncapped players among i…

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Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones will set world Test caps record against Scotland

Jones will earn his 149th cap to overtake All Black Richie McCawGeorge North left out of 23 but Liam Williams startsAlun Wyn Jones will become rugby’s most capped international when he captains Wales against Scotland in Llanelli on Saturday on an after…