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Category: Six Nations 2021

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Maro Itoje draws inspiration from Chris Eubank before crucial Wales clash

‘Boxer tough as nails and competitive as they come’ Itoje saysEddie Jones calls on England to increase levels of aggressionMaro Itoje has revealed he is taking inspiration from the British boxing legend Chris Eubank as England seek to keep their hopes …

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‘A make or break game’: England face a high-stakes examination in Wales

Eddie Jones’s team can still retain the Six Nations title but the coach knows he cannot afford a defeat in Cardiff on SaturdayEddie Jones paused momentarily on Thursday when asked whether there was more pressure on the shoulders of England or Wales thi…

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Ireland told to find clinical edge as Six Nations salvage job begins in Rome

Seven changes made by Andy Farrell to team facing ItalyReturn to club action of Joey Carbery a lift for coachAndy Farrell says Ireland must develop a clinical edge to become a “world-class” team after their worst start to a Six Nations campaign.The Iri…

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‘He is George again’: North rediscovers scoring touch before 100th Wales cap

The 28-year-old is back at his best and will become the youngest player to reach a century of international caps when he lines up for Saturday’s Six Nations tie against EnglandWhen Wales belatedly ended their 2020 Six Nations campaign against Scotland …

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France’s Six Nations postponement leaves a mess destined to dilute grand finale | Robert Kitson

The rescheduling of France’s game against Scotland damages the competition’s momentum and is a logistical headacheAnother day, another massive headache for rugby union’s beleaguered administrators. If you think the late postponement of Sunday’s France …

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George North returns to face England in Wales’ most experienced team

North will win his 100th cap in the Six Nations matchWayne Pivac: ‘England are the team to beat’ Wayne Pivac’s response when asked if he agreed that England were boring was immediate. “People can think what they like,” said the Wales head coach. “They …

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Jamie George recalled for England’s Six Nations match against Wales

Saracens hooker comes in for Luke Cowan-DickieMark Wilson replaces injured Courtney LawesJamie George has been recalled to England’s starting lineup to face Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday while Mark Wilson comes back in at blindside flanker after…

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France v Scotland again in doubt following new positive Covid-19 test

France suspend training before Sunday’s game in ParisEntire squad and coach Fabien Galthié self-isolating France have suspended training before Sunday’s Six Nations game against Scotland following another positive Covid-19 test among their playing squa…

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England’s Courtney Lawes to stick with ‘physical’ approach against Wales

Rivals clash in the Six Nations in Cardiff on SaturdayLawes not concerned by recent flurry of red cardsCourtney Lawes has pledged to keep producing his trademark big hits against Wales on Saturday, insisting the recent flurry of red cards will not hold…

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England’s Courtney Lawes to stick with ‘physical’ approach against Wales

Rivals clash in the Six Nations in Cardiff on SaturdayLawes not concerned by recent flurry of red cardsCourtney Lawes has pledged to keep producing his trademark big hits against Wales on Saturday, insisting the recent flurry of red cards will not hold…

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Scotland get green light for Paris after France report no more Covid positives

Six Nations match will go ahead as planned on SundayOutbreak has left nine French players self-isolatingScotland’s Six Nations fixture with France on Sunday will go ahead as planned in Paris, tournament organisers have announced.The match at Stade de F…

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‘I’ve been playing rubbish’: Billy Vunipola admits to poor England form

No 8 hopes to rekindle his form against Wales on SaturdayVunipola: ‘Eddie probably thinks someone has cloned me’Honesty is always refreshing but rarely, if ever, has a senior England player publicly described his own form as “rubbish” before a pivotal …

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Six Nations boost as France return no new Covid positives in latest testing

Fixture against Scotland on Sunday could still go aheadSix Nations organisers to make final call on WednesdayFrance’s chances of avoiding a postponement of their Six Nations match against Scotland on Sunday have improved after the latest round of coron…

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Crocodile rolls and ‘jacklers’: why rugby union’s law book needs a refresh | Robert Kitson

Players are partly to blame for a recent rash of red cards but laws need updating to minimise confusion and help refereesIt has been obvious for a while that rugby union has a problem with its law book. Which is to say people cherrypick the bits they l…

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Six Nations: France v Scotland in doubt as hosts report five new Covid positives

Captain Charles Ollivon among latest players to test positiveNine of France’s 23-man squad for Ireland game have withdrawnFive more France players including the captain, Charles Ollivon, have tested positive for Covid-19, raising serious concerns over …

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Elliot Daly aims to mark 50th cap by sparking England’s attack against Wales

Full-back has found his best form elusive in Six NationsDaly enjoys linking up with his clubmate Owen FarrellAnyone about to win a 50th cap for their country is by definition a quality player. Elliot Daly has also been a Lions Test starter in New Zeala…

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Elliot Daly aims to mark 50th cap by sparking England’s attack against Wales

Full-back has found his best form elusive in Six NationsDaly enjoys linking up with his clubmate Owen FarrellAnyone about to win a 50th cap for their country is by definition a quality player. Elliot Daly has also been a Lions Test starter in New Zeala…

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Elliot Daly aims to mark 50th cap by sparking England’s attack against Wales

Full-back has found his best form elusive in Six NationsDaly enjoys linking up with his clubmate Owen FarrellAnyone about to win a 50th cap for their country is by definition a quality player. Elliot Daly has also been a Lions Test starter in New Zeala…

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‘He is as quick as anyone’: Jonny May braced for high-speed race with clubmate

As he prepares for the possibility of marking his fellow Gloucester wing Louis Rees-Zammit, England’s Jonny May says ‘I can just about keep up’Jonny May and Louis Rees-Zammit, the Gloucester wingers who both scored memorable tries in last weekend’s Six…

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Ken Owens expects surprise package Wales to raise standard against England

‘We have been able to go under the radar,’ says hookerFresh creativity clear in unbeaten frontrunnersWhat a difference a few weeks have made for Wales: without a victory over a top-10 nation since overcoming 14-man France in the 2019 World Cup quarter-…