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Category: Six Nations 2018

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England’s Six Nations squad has tools to be hard, direct and ruthless

Eddie Jones’s 35-man squad looks potentially better equipped to break the gainline than at any previous stage of his tenureGiven the option of beating Ireland in a fortnight’s time or winning the Rugby World Cup there is absolutely no doubt which Eddie…

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England’s Six Nations squad has tools to be hard, direct and ruthless

Eddie Jones’s 35-man squad looks potentially better equipped to break the gainline than at any previous stage of his tenureGiven the option of beating Ireland in a fortnight’s time or winning the Rugby World Cup there is absolutely no doubt which Eddie…

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Taulupe Faletau set to miss Wales opener in Six Nations with broken arm

• Bath No 8 returned on Saturday after breaking arm in October• Leigh Halfpenny also set to miss France game with concussionThe Wales No 8 Taulupe Faletau looks set to miss the Six Nations after breaking his arm again, according to reports.Faletau, a B…

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Sam Underhill to miss England’s Six Nations campaign after ankle surgery

• Flanker damaged ligaments playing for Bath in December• Underhill ruled out of action for up to three monthsSam Underhill will miss England’s Six Nations campaign after undergoing an ankle operation. Related: Meet the Clealls: the Saracens twins forg…

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Jacob Stockdale: ‘We went after the All Blacks with confidence’

The Ireland wing on his memorable try against New Zealand, his World Cup ambitions and talking to prisoners at Northern Ireland’s highest security prisonJacob Stockdale might be the deadliest finisher in European rugby but he reflects on his remarkable…

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Eddie Jones retains backing of RFU despite England’s dismal Six Nations

• RFU ‘deeply disappointed’ by Six Nations results• Jones backed as coach after England finish fifth in tableEddie Jones retains the backing of the Rugby Football Union despite England’s fifth-place finish in the Six Nations.Ireland were crowned Grand …

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Six Nations 2018: the unsung heroes of this year’s championship

Rory Best held Ireland together, England’s Chris Robshaw worked tirelessly and Sergio Parisse’s experience helped ItalyThe Ireland captain was asked after the grand slam victory whether Eddie Jones’s derogatory remarks about the country revealed a few …

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Six Nations 2018 report card: how the teams and coaches rated | Nick Evans

Joe Schmidt’s attention to detail underpinned Irish success but Eddie Jones needs a Plan BI’ve read about how it was meant to be for Ireland on St Patrick’s Day – but make no mistake, they earned their grand slam. They fully deserved it. The players, c…

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England’s Anthony Watson ruled out for the rest of the season

• Achilles injury ends campaign for Bath wing• Watson hurt during England’s defeat to IrelandThe England and Bath wing Anthony Watson has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an achilles injury.The 24-year-old was hurt during England’s NatWes…

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Joy of Six Nations overshadows Spain’s pain and fears for the game | Robert Kitson

While Ireland were completing the grand slam, events at a World Cup qualifier show that not all is well within the gameOn an RER train in Paris the other day an England supporter was discussing the impromptu competition he and his friends had been havi…

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Six Nations 2018 verdict: Guardian writers on their highs and lows

The players of the tournament, the outstanding matches, best and worst moments and team of the championshipRobert Kitson: Conor Murray. Epitomises the team Ireland have become: classy, smart, consistent, strong, versatile. Probably the world’s best scr…

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Johnny Sexton hails Ireland’s ‘incredible’ defence under Andy Farrell

• Win over England was Farrell’s first Twickenham visit since sacking• ‘Hopefully we can have good crack at next World Cup,’ says SextonIreland were forced to cancel their planned homecoming in Dublin on Sunday because of the adverse weather but it wil…

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Second place in the Six Nations is no reason for Wales to pop any corks

• ‘We were happy to win ugly against France,’ says Taulupe Faletau• Coach Warren Gatland must explore new ideas on tour of AmericasLike all the coaches bar Joe Schmidt, like all the teams bar Ireland, Warren Gatland and Wales finished the Six Nations C…

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England’s tired Lions may be left out of summer tour to South Africa

• Eddie Jones says fatigue among players ‘is still a concern for us’• ‘I’ll watch club games and see how we can strengthen the squad’Eddie Jones has revealed that some of England’s British & Irish Lions may be withdrawn from the summer tour of Sout…

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Gregor Townsend demands Scotland improvement in readiness for World Cup

• Head coach challenges his players to get better over next 18 months• Townsend believes recent games have been ‘great for development’It has been a rollercoaster of a Six Nations Championship for Scotland who have hit the highs and the lows, admitted …

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England staring down the barrel unless lessons are learned – and fast | Robert Kitson

The summer series against South Africa looks ominous unless Eddie Jones’s men can address the reasons for their Six Nations implosionAn unexpectedly one?sided Six Nations Championship has made two things crystal clear. There can be no disputing that th…

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Ireland’s Joe Schmidt relieved to seal Grand Slam with win over England – video

Ireland head coach, Joe Schmidt, relayed his sense of relief and pride after his side’s 24-15 win at Twickenham put the icing on the cake of their Six Nations crown. England’s Eddie Jones was pragmatic in defeat and insisted his side was due a dip in f…

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From Ireland’s win to England’s loss, the Six Nations was settled in Paris | Paul Rees

Ireland and England’s campaigns were summed up by their final few seconds in the French capital, with Ireland surging to victory and England losing after a fumble at the breakdownThe outcome of the 2018 Six Nations was settled in Paris. It was where Jo…

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Conor Murray gives Ireland reason to dream of making it big in Japan | Gerard Meagher

The scrum-half’s dominating display against England should give Joe Schmidt belief for next year’s World CupWith the clock turned red, even the heavens were smiling on Ireland, a flurry of snow serving as the ticker tape to their coronation. Victory wa…

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Eddie Jones feels chill of the fans after uncomfortable defeat by Ireland

England’s sobering display leaves coach with boos ringing in his ears after Irish claim grand slam in style on St Patrick’s DayIt was suffering weather. The kind of cold that makes you pull down your hat and stamp the ground, shuffle your feet and clen…