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Category: Six Nations 2020

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Six Nations confirms dates for delayed men’s and women’s tournaments

Plans for a one-off, eight-team autumn Test seriesEddie Jones’ side take on Italy in Rome on 31 OctoberSix Nations organisers have confirmed rescheduled fixtures and are “hugely excited” to complete the delayed 2020 tournament, as well as also plans fo…

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Six Nations confirms dates for delayed men’s and women’s tournaments

Plans for a one-off, eight-team autumn Test seriesEddie Jones’ side take on Italy in Rome on 31 OctoberSix Nations organisers have confirmed rescheduled fixtures and are “hugely excited” to complete the delayed 2020 tournament, as well as also plans fo…

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Fixture pile-up means England may face Six Nations destiny without star players

Eddie Jones unlikely to pick players from Premiership finalistsPremiership criticises World Rugby’s plan for autumn matchesEngland could be missing a host of frontline stars when they go in pursuit of the Six Nations title in October with Premiership c…

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World Rugby makes proposal for October finale to Six Nations

Plan must be accepted by governing body’s councilSchedule would leave break before autumn seriesThe Six Nations will be completed in the final two weeks of October before the autumn international series is played over four weeks if a recommendation by …

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Six Nations investors CVC could exploit turmoil to drive hard bargain

Disputes lawyer cautions unions to be shrewd in talksSecond Covid lockdown may lead to suspended paymentsCVC’s £300m investment in the Six Nations hinges on the unions agreeing to a pandemic clause that would allow the private equity company to withhol…

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Autumn schedule to be agreed by end of June but longer-term agreement elusive

Six Nations expected to be completed in October and NovemberClubs and unions still in discussions over future Test windowsThe shape of this autumn’s international rugby programme will be confirmed by the end of this month but negotiations about a new g…

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Premiership final could clash with Six Nations as restart faces further delay

Date for resumption set to be pushed back to AugustPlay-off final in October clashes with Six Nations planThe restart date for the Premiership looks set to be pushed back from late July until August after Gloucester said they did not expect clubs to re…

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No more rugby union internationals this year ‘distinct possibility’ – Beaumont

World Rugby chairman says 2020 calendar may be scrappedBeaumont dismisses idea of annual world club championshipSir Bill Beaumont has said it is a “distinct possibility” the international rugby union calendar could be scrapped this year because of the …

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Quiz: how much do you know about the Six Nations?

Who scored 26 tries? Who lost badly? Who dislikes ‘sausages’? More quizzes: commentators, globetrotters, managers and keepersHow many grand slams did Wales win under their former head coach Warren Gatland?NoneOneThreeFiveWho is the leading points-score…

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Premiership clubs to release Welsh, Scots and Italians if Six Nations restarts

Usual restrictions outside Test windows will not applyWales v Scotland and two Italy matches to be rescheduledWales, Scotland and Italy will be able to select full-strength teams if their postponed Six Nations matches are rearranged later this year wit…

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The Breakdown | Six Nations 2020: highlights of a tournament put on hold

From France’s new stars to the architects of Scotland’s improvement, some gongs for an unfinished Six NationsThe Six Nations, like the rest of rugby throughout the world, has been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak but, with no action to loo…

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Beware sporting disaster capitalists not letting this crisis go to waste

The imminent financial turmoil is likely to exploited by those who already have most of the power and moneyYou may have heard about the 13?year?old schoolboy from Leeds called Oliver Cooper who, it has been reported, was sent home after selling preciou…

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Level of inconsistency over Joe Marler’s ban for an act without malice | Ugo Monye

The laws of rugby can be so rigid that there just is not any breathing space for anyone trying to make sense of what has happenedThe rugby authorities have an important decision to make because I look at the outcomes of this week’s various disciplinary…

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Level of inconsistency over Joe Marler’s ban for an act without malice | Ugo Monye

The laws of rugby can be so rigid that there just is not any breathing space for anyone trying to make sense of what has happenedThe rugby authorities have an important decision to make because I look at the outcomes of this week’s various disciplinary…

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Add Six Nations to the ‘crown jewels’ and ensure free-to-air TV, says DCMS

BBC’s Lord Hall says a paywall would be ‘dreadful’ITV and BBC team up to submit a fresh bidThe Six Nations should be added to the government’s list of “crown jewels” to ensure it remains on free-to-air television according to the digital, culture, medi…

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Wales v Scotland Six Nations match called off 24 hours before kick-off

Decision due to coronavirus announced during captains’ runsWRU says ‘postponement became the only viable option’The Welsh Rugby Union called off Saturday’s Six Nations tie against Scotland 24 hours before the kick-off to fall in line with other sports …

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Sky’s the limit for Scotland’s Jamie Ritchie despite recent blow

Back-rower has endured some hard times off the pitch but is tipped to be Scotland’s captain and a Lion before longNothing much in sport, or life, can be guaranteed at times like this. In the case of the Scottish flanker Jamie Ritchie, even so, everyone…

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England’s Joe Marler banned for 10 weeks after grabbing Jones’ groin

Marler found guilty by independent disciplinary committeeManu Tuilagi gets four-week ban for red card in same matchJoe Marler has been banned for 10 weeks for grabbing Alun Wyn Jones’s genitals during England’s victory over Wales last weekend, ensuring…

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Danny Care defends Joe Marler for grabbing Alun Wyn Jones’s genitals

Care suggests Jones spoke out because Wales lost to EnglandMarler could face season-ending ban at hearing on ThursdayDanny Care has come to the defence of Joe Marler by suggesting he would not be facing a season-ending suspension on Thursday had Alun W…

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Sport fans, how is the coronavirus affecting you?

Whether you have lost money on tickets, cancelled travel plans or decided against attending events, we want to hear from youEvery day that passes brings more announcements about sporting events being postponed, cancelled or played in empty stadiums. Sp…