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Category: Six Nations 2020

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England’s hybrids point way towards one-size-fits-all – and they will be huge | Robert Kitson

For decades coaches spoke about up-skilling players so shirt numbers don’t matter. It’s happening now in the Six NationsThere are plenty of visions of the future around at the moment. One has three initials – CVC – and is entwining itself, triffid-like…

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England’s Mako Vunipola unlikely to be back in time for Wales visit

Prop remains in Tonga with seriously ill relativeEddie Jones apologises after another loose remarkEddie Jones does not expect to have Mako Vunipola available for England’s Six Nations match against Wales after the loosehead prop travelled to Tonga for …

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Ireland’s backline were ‘spooked’ by England’s effort and attitude | Nick Evans

Home side consistently doubled up on Ireland’s attackers and when it comes to executing a territorial game Eddie Jones’s side are the best in the worldThere was plenty to admire in England’s performance against Ireland but the most impressive aspect wa…

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England in talks over Six Nations match in Italy after coronavirus outbreak

England’s finale is scheduled for Rome on 14 MarchMilan-San Remo cycling race also under threatThe Rugby Football Union is in talks with Six Nations organisers amid concerns England’s push for the title could be affected – and the remainder of the comp…

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Six Nations: talking points from a thrilling third round

Italy will surely improve by trying to play positive, entertaining rugby while Stuart Hogg showcases his talent for ScotlandItaly have failed to score a point in two out of three Six Nations matches so far. While that is the dismal reality for the coac…

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France’s Paul Willemse thankful knock-on effects were not too severe

The lock’s infringement could have been punished by a penalty try and a yellow card had it been judged deliberatePaul Willemse, France’s try-scoring lock, has confessed he was on tenterhooks as the officials deliberated over his knock-on in Cardiff. Wa…

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Bullish Manu Tuilagi leads charge for England with a lot left in the tank

The centre’s barnstorming performance helps soften up Ireland as Eddie Jones’s ornery, outsize team give a glimpse of what they are capable of at their bestIt had been six months to the very day since England last played at Twickenham, in a World Cup w…

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England will be ‘10% better’ against Wales, says upbeat Eddie Jones

Jones: ‘We could have declared at half-time’Owen Farrell plays down victory over father, AndyEddie Jones said England were so dominant in keeping their Six Nations title hopes alive against Ireland that “we could have declared” at half-time but insiste…

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England will be ‘10% better’ against Wales, says upbeat Eddie Jones

Jones: ‘We could have declared at half-time’Owen Farrell plays down victory over father, AndyEddie Jones said England were so dominant in keeping their Six Nations title hopes alive against Ireland that “we could have declared” at half-time but insiste…

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England 24-12 Ireland: Six Nations player ratings from Twickenham

Courtney Lawes was the outstanding performer in a strong collective effort as England overpowered IrelandElliot Daly Solid under the high ball, dangerous strike running and a poacher’s finish first-half. Excellent performance. 8 Continue reading…

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Wayward Johnny Sexton at the heart of Ireland’s struggles

England players targeted the visiting captain, who endured a difficult day with hands and feet as his grand slam dream diedEddie Jones kept his counsel when asked about Johnny Sexton in the buildup to this match. He was offered the chance to repeat the…

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England keep title hopes alive as George Ford outwits Ireland defence

England 24-12 IrelandTries from Ford, Daly, Cowan-Dickie help hosts to victoryEngland are back in Six Nations title contention after a convincing victory over a below-par and overly generous Ireland. In their first home fixture of the tournament the ho…

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England v Ireland: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 3pm GMT kick-offMcInally: Scotland must step up if we are to deny FranceAnd feel free to email Lee or tweet him @bloodandmud 2.07pm GMT Pre match reading departmentTadhg Furlong is back in form both on the pitch and in this…

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Scotland need to step up if we are to deny France, admits McInally

‘We can be so much better,’ says Edinburgh forward‘We’ll back ourselves against anyone at Murrayfield’Stuart McInally accepts Scotland will have to make major improvements again if they are to wreck France’s grand slam bid at Murrayfield.While Les Bleu…

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Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong on England, scrum cheats … and his grandmother

Prop recalls Irish hurt at Twickenham, is blunt over scrums and tells an hilarious tale about his ‘nanny’Tadhg Furlong found himself caught in the crossfire of a bizarre row between Wales and France over scrums this week. The legality of his scrummagin…

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Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong on England, scrum cheats … and his grandmother

Prop recalls Irish hurt at Twickenham, is blunt over scrums and tells an hilarious tale about his ‘nanny’Tadhg Furlong found himself caught in the crossfire of a bizarre row between Wales and France over scrums this week. The legality of his scrummagin…

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Eddie Jones expects England to face ‘titanic’ Six Nations clash against Ireland

• Ireland bidding to clinch triple crown at Twickenham • Jones: ‘They have players who aspire to be No 1 in Europe’Eddie Jones believes Sunday’s “titanic clash” with Ireland will be a battle for European supremacy with England seeking to stay in the hu…

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England’s Jonathan Joseph happy to wing it on way to milestone

Bath centre is unfazed by switching positions for the Six Nations game against IrelandEddie Jones’s habit of encouraging flexibility among players over recent months goes beyond Sunday’s match against Ireland being a third successive game without a spe…

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Bamba ‘went across the scrum and was rewarded for it’, says livid Wayne Pivac

• Wales coach aggrieved by late penalty for France• Pivac: ‘You’ve got to go with the team with forward motion’Wayne Pivac counted the cost of Wales’s first home defeat in the Six Nations for three years and their first against France in 10. Wales lost…

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Fabien Galthié and Shaun Edwards’ French revolution outmuscles Wales | Ian Malin

France showed no signs of travel sickness to quieten the Cardiff crowd and remain in the hunt for a grand slam triumphIt used to be a cliche to say that France do not travel well in this competition and always save their best to spring when the sun of …