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Category: Six Nations 2019

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Wales will not afford England a free ride to potential grand slam | Robert Kitson

After a dominant start to the competition England can expect to face a major examination against Warren Gatland’s teamThe toll booths were removed from the Severn Bridge two months ago but granting a free ride to English rugby teams in Cardiff will nev…

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Owen Farrell says England ready for any Wales dirty tricks in Cardiff

• Captain says highly charged Cardiff is no concern to his side• ‘Everything else is just white noise,’ says Courtney LawesEngland’s players have insisted they will be ready for any underhand attempts to unsettle them before Saturday’s Six Nations gran…

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Gareth Anscombe selection highlights Wales’s adapted Warrenball strategy

Warren Gatland’s fly-half decision suggests Wales will vary their attack plan in the Six Nations duel with EnglandA constant of Welsh rugby through the years has been a raging debate about who should play at fly-half. Even Cliff Morgan, Barry John and …

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England have been on the front foot. Kyle Sinckler must take a lot of credit | Ugo Monye

He may have been described as a ‘timebomb’. The prop is certainly an explosive forceWhen I look at Kyle Sinckler and how he is performing I see someone who typifies this current England team. Abrasive, dynamic and full of energy and enthusiasm. He may …

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Eddie Jones finds a back-row trio who are singing from same song sheet | Andy Bull

The breakdown will be as vital as ever in Cardiff and England have uncovered two flankers who are prospering thereIn the beginning, Eddie Jones made it look easy. He had an idea what was wrong with England’s back row, had even explained the problem in …

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Weakened Scotland bidding to expose self-belief of unpredictable France

Despite missing a cluster of key players this weekend Scotland believe they can win in Paris for the first time since 1999Having failed to win in Paris so far this century, Scotland will attempt to end that trend on Saturday with something akin to a se…

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Wales v England: remembering six of their best meetings down the years

We delve into the Guardian and Observer archives to mine excerpts from match reports of memorable Five and Six Nations clashesWales, with a delirious commitment to handling rugby which at times made one wonder at the reality of it all, completely shatt…

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Wales v England: remembering six of their best meetings down the years

We delve into the Guardian and Observer archives to mine excerpts from match reports of memorable Five and Six Nations clashesWales, with a delirious commitment to handling rugby which at times made one wonder at the reality of it all, completely shatt…

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England’s Eddie Jones seeking display of ‘real steel’ against Wales

Coach says his team needs to be ready to deliver knockout blow in Cardiff ‘like that heavyweight boxer’Not for almost two decades have England headed for Cardiff sounding as quietly confident as they have done this week. It guarantees them nothing, of …

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Gareth Anscombe preferred at fly half for Wales’s clash with England

• Dan Biggar among replacements named by Warren Gatland• Cory Hill replaces Adam Beard and Gareth Davies comes inGareth Anscombe will start at fly-half for Wales in Saturday’s Six Nations clash against England at the Principality Stadium.Anscombe has b…

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The Breakdown | Wing commanders: why Six Nations speedsters are rolling back the years

Half the 32 tries scored in this year’s tournament have been scored by wide men as Jonny May and George North have emerged as key forcesInterviewing Maurice Richards, the Wales wing who scored four tries against England in 1969, was a warming return to…

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Scotland turn to Peter Horne as Finn Russell’s replacement against France

• Fly-half joins Blair Kinghorn and Nick Grigg in Scotland team• Injuries force four changes for Six Nations Test in ParisPeter Horne has been handed the Scotland No 10 jersey against France following the injury to Finn Russell.The full-back Blair King…

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England pick Jack Nowell and Ben Moon to start against Wales

Eddie Jones makes only two changes to team that beat FranceJoe Cokanasiga set to make Six Nations debut off the benchJack Nowell and Ben Moon have been named to start for England against Wales on Saturday as Eddie Jones makes two changes to his side. J…

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Wales’s George North happy to win ‘ugly or pretty’ against England

Winger has been impressed by England’s performances in the Six Nations but believes Wales can meet the challenge‘It does not get any bigger than this” is a catchphrase of a television programme for aspirational cooks, but it will do at the Principality…

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Welsh connection will not distract Billy Vunipola from England’s cause | Andy Bull

The No 8 lived in Wales as a child but says he is committed to helping England win their crucial Six Nations encounterPeople say love comes in different shapes and sizes, and in Wales on Saturday it will be 6ft 3in and 20st 7lb. Billy Vunipola says he …

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Warren Gatland ensures Wales leave nothing to chance against England | Ben Ryan

The head coach’s inside knowledge means a greater insight into what to expect in the crucial Six Nations encounterWhen you have already coached the world-class talent in the team you are playing against at the weekend, it’s fair to say it won’t do you …

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Joe Marler has no regrets over England absence despite pull of Wales tussle

• Prop has had no call from Eddie Jones despite Vunipola injury• Marler happy out of England fray but Wales is ‘incredible’ gameJoe Marler has admitted he would love to be playing for England against Wales on Saturday but insists he has no regrets over…

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My form is having a mental effect on England’s opponents, says Jonny May

The wing is the most improved player in world rugby and, with Wales next up on Saturday, he admits his searing displays now constitute a psychological barrier for opposition teamsAt this rate Jonny May might have to consider changing his surname. Nowad…

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Wales gladiator Alun Wyn Jones rages against the dying of the light | Robert Kitson

With his 132nd Test on Saturday the captain will move within 16 caps of Richie McCaw – and England should expect to be hit by an elemental forceSome statistics in rugby are barely worth collating. The “most carries” column, for example, does not necess…

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Scotland lose injured Finn Russell as France drop Lopez and Parra

Coach Brunel denies backlash after criticism from half-backsRussell is ruled out after failing to pass head injury protocolsFinn Russell has been ruled out of Scotland’s Guinness Six Nations clash with France on Saturday after failing to recover from a…