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Category: Six Nations 2018

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Dan Biggar’s oxygen chamber regime to breathe new life into Wales

• Fly-half in early return from injury after 10 days in oxygen chamber • Biggar returns to face Ireland in Six Nations Test at DublinDan Biggar has clambered out of an oxygen chamber to try to breathe life into Wales’s Six Nations title challenge. The …

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England plan to target Scotland’s Finn Russell, says Courtney Lawes

• ‘He’s a quality player and we don’t want him to have a sniff at all’• English also looking to minimise Greig Laidlaw’s kicking chancesEngland’s forwards will head north on Thursday vowing to give Finn Russell another torrid day at the office in the C…

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Nathan Hughes’s 15-20 carries will have England’s backs licking their lips | Nick Evans

If Eddie Jones does decide to put Nathan Hughes straight into the starting lineup against Scotland on Saturday, my guess is he will play for 60 minutes before the cavalry come onIt comes as no surprise to hear England’s coaches have been glowing about …

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Gregor Townsend names unchanged team to face England in Six Nations

• Coach resists calls to drop fly-half Finn Russell• WP Nel, Tim Swinson and Nick Grigg named as replacementsGregor Townsend has kept faith with the players that beat France as the Scotland head coach named an unchanged team for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup…

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Scotland must keep cool heads against England, says Gordon Reid

• Loosehead prop feels Scotland must learn from last year’s defeat• ‘Last year we let our emotions get to us a little bit too much’The precarious balance in Test rugby between keeping a cool head and being up for the fight is one which Scotland have no…

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Paul Gustard: I am sat three feet from Eddie Jones. The tension never goes

• Defence coach feels England have adaptability to win in Scotland• We want to be sure we’re prepared for everything, adds GustardThe message coming out of the England camp in the buildup to one of the most hotly anticipated Calcutta Cup matches in rec…

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Wales recall Leigh Halfpenny and Dan Biggar for Ireland clash

• Warren Gatland wants his side to deal with expected aerial assault• Liam Williams also returns on the wing in place of Josh AdamsWarren Gatland has called on his Wales team to use their experience to deal with an expected aerial assault from Ireland …

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Eddie Jones looks for an inside line as England prepare to face Scotland

• West Ham’s David Moyes and Stuart Pearce invited to Q and A• England coach has often spoken of admiration for footballEddie Jones and his England assistants will pick the brains of one of Scotland’s highest-profile football coaches by welcoming David…

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Wales get boost with Liam Williams and George North fit to face Ireland

• Leigh Halfpenny, Dan Biggar and Taulupe Faletau also fit• Forwards coach Robin McBryde: ‘Ireland is a must-win game’Wales, who need to beat Ireland in Dublin on Saturday to remain in contention for the Six Nations title, have been bolstered by the re…

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France’s Marseille date with Italy shows benefit of taking Six Nations on the road | Robert Kitson

England should venture outside their London moneypit and take a big game to rugby lovers otherwise disenfranchised by geography and, in some cases, historyIt is October 2007 and the clear Mediterranean sky is turning from sapphire blue to purest velvet…

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Soft-spoken Joe Launchbury out to show England’s hard edge in Scotland | Gerard Meagher

Second-row forward expects a stern test at Murrayfield and has converted those who doubted his game had sufficient steelThe problem for Joe Launchbury has always been one of perception. At first Eddie Jones was not convinced – and neither was Warren Ga…

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Simon Berghan desperate to change Scotland story against England

The Edinburgh tighthead wants to help turn the tables at Murrayfield after last year’s humiliation at TwickenhamChristchurch may be the most English of New Zealand’s cities but Simon Berghan, when he was growing up there, was always aware of being on t…

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Eddie Jones enforces ‘never stand still’ credo in brutal week for England

Squad were put through an intense week of scrum, lineout and fitness work in preparation for the Calcutta Cup match in ScotlandThe England squad’s reward for two victories in the opening rounds of the Six Nations was a brutal training week, starting wi…

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Wales’ Ken Owens says Warren Gatland deserves more respect

• ‘I don’t think he gets the credit for what he has achieved’• Wales must beat Ireland in Dublin to stay in Six Nations huntKen Owens believes Warren Gatland’s sustained success at Test level has not always gained the respect the coach’s record merits….

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Big six who have stamped their authority on the Six Nations so far | Paul Rees

Big hitters, gamechangers, impact backs, formidable forwards – here are six players who have made an impression after two thrilling roundsAge 30, Wales, flanker, caps 15 Continue reading…

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Precedent is everything in the murky, confused world of TMO decisions

The rumbling row over the decision not to award a try to Wales’s Gareth Anscombe against England highlights another grey area in the game’s lawsWarren Gatland decried a “terrible mistake” by the TMO after Wales’s defeat to England last weekend and prom…

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Joe Marler admits to pain of missing out on England games

• Marler has missed Italy and Wales games through suspension• ‘I really need to knuckle down,’ says Harlequins propFive minutes before full time at Twickenham, it struck Joe Marler like a sledgehammer. Until that point Marler had avoided watching any o…

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World Rugby admits Gareth Anscombe’s try for Wales should have stood

• TMO was incorrect to disallow score during defeat at Twickenham • WR’s head of referees acknowledges error to coach Warren GatlandWorld Rugby have confirmed to Wales that the television match official Glenn Newman was incorrect in law when he disallo…

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France drop players for ‘inappropriate behaviour’ after Scotland defeat

• ‘They failed to respect their duty as international players,’ says FFR• Police found no crime committed after report of sexual assaultSeveral players have been left out of the France squad to face Italy in their next Six Nations game after the French…

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Nathan Hughes may return to replace injured Sam Simmonds for England

• Joe Marler and James Haskell also back after suspension• Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw ruled out for rest of Six NationsEngland have lost one No 8 but gained another before the Calcutta Cup match against Scotland in Edinburgh next week. Exeter’s Sam …