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Italy v France: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-off in RomePaul Rees: Gatland and Schmidt hope for happy endingEmail Tom or tweet @Tbassam with your thoughts 1.08pm GMT 31 mins: Italy deal with the French threat well and we’re back in midfield. 1.06pm GM…

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We owe all of Scotland a big effort against England, says Stuart McInally

• Captain agrees Scots have underperformed in 2019 Six Nations• ‘We are going to come down here and fight for everything’Scotland’s captain, Stuart McInally, has accepted his side have under-performed in the Six Nations as they attempt to salvage their…

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Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt both in search of Six Nations happy ending | Paul Rees

The Wales coach will be wary of a ruthless Ireland side and the tactical nous of his fellow New ZealanderWarren Gatland once reflected on Wales’s capacity to sabotage the future by focusing on the past. “They prefer to regurgitate the Chateaubriand of …

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England hope lesson of history will help put Murrayfield shock behind them

• Eddie Jones’s side motivated by last year’s defeat by Scotland• Ben Youngs promises England will be ‘ruthless’Eddie Jones has been giving history lessons this week, albeit with his usual touch of revisionism. Asked why England’s unbeaten record over …

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Twickenham ready for Saturday storms but all looks set fair for Wales | Robert Kitson

England should lift the Calcutta Cup but the real glittering prize can be Warren Gatland’s yet againRarely has the country been in greater need of a glorious Six Nations finale as a distraction from real life. Even Theresa May might benefit from puttin…

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Why Manu Tuilagi’s Racing snub is a victory for Leicester and England | Ugo Monye

Centre’s decision will only benefit the player in the long term as he looks to finish off an impressive Six Nations campaignIt is a badly-kept secret that some players have made a point of being spotted at French clubs in an attempt to boost their wage…

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England women tilt level playing field of Six Nations as slam beckons

Squad on full-time deals are poised to complete one of most one-sided grand slams on Saturday and their coach agrees this dominance ‘is not really good’ for tournamentIf there is a racing certainty at the end of Cheltenham week it is that around 9.15 o…

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Warren Gatland ready to ride Wales’ emotional wave for grand slam finale | Andy Bull

Welsh prepare to give everything for everyone as they look to sign off the Six Nations against Ireland with another grand slamIn the end it was the money-men who made Richard Burton give up rugby. The film company put a clause in his contract banning h…

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Wales will find another gear against Ireland to seal Six Nations grand slam | Jamie Roberts

All of our coaching staff were involved in the 2012 grand slam and they will have the players believing their hard work will deliver what they deserve on SaturdayWales will need to save their best for last against an Ireland team who have yet to hit to…

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Eddie Jones puts pressure on ‘tired’ Wales in push for Six Nations title

• England coach: ‘I see a Wales team that looks tired’• Jones says dropped Cokanasiga can play 100 TestsWarren Gatland has told Eddie Jones to mind his own business after the England coach said Wales looked “tired” before their Six Nations decider with…

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Wales unchanged for crucial Six Nations finale against Ireland

• Warren Gatland opts for continuity as Wales chase grand slam• ‘There is bound to be a bit of emotion on Saturday’Wales have named an unchanged team to face Ireland in Cardiff on Saturday as they look to complete Warren Gatland’s final Six Nations mat…

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Joe Cokanasiga dropped for England’s Six Nations clash with Scotland

• Eddie Jones omits wing despite stellar display against Italy• Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Ben Moon and Mark Wilson returnJoe Cokanasiga is a shock omission from the England side to face Scotland on Saturday following his man-of-the-match performance ag…

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CVC bid to invest in Six Nations may lead to conflict of interest, says lawyer

• CVC makes offer for 30% of Six Nations for about £500m• World Rugby meets on Thursday on new global leagueCVC Capital Partners’ bid to invest in the Six Nations – which would appear to kill off World Rugby’s proposed global league – could lead to a c…

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Rugby union at a junction: wealth for a few or salvation for global game? | Robert Kitson

The choice facing Europe’s unions at Dublin summit this week could not be starker but the options are not straightforwardIt is a cliche nowadays to say professional rugby union is at a crossroads. That implies there is still the option of chugging on s…

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Eddie Jones’s ‘hit and hurt’ comment shows rugby’s mixed up messaging | Ben Ryan

World Rugby wants to reduce injuries and make the game easy to understand to attract new fans, yet the opposite is happening“Whenever you pick a side you are always looking for the biggest, fastest, most skilful guys who like to hit and hurt people.” E…

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Eddie Jones enlists Einstein and Newton to give England power boost

• England aim to hit Scotland hard in Six Nations• George Ford aims to disrupt Scotland’s Finn RussellEngland have turned to Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton for inspiration as the Six Nations title race enters its final days. Rugby dressing rooms are …

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Wales’ Gareth Anscombe defiant as Johnny Sexton talks up Ireland hopes

• ‘We feel we can take on anyone in world,’ says Wales No 10• Sexton: ‘We’ve stopped winning runs before’Wales may be armed with a record 13-match winning run when they face Ireland at the Principality Stadium on Saturday but Gareth Anscombe believes t…

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After four England games it is clear Cokanasiga is no ordinary Joe | Robert Kitson

The giant winger has provoked plenty of hype but it is impossible to ignore the blindingly obvious – he is a rare talentPlenty of talented players have played for England but some are more gifted than others. Those of us lucky enough to have been aroun…

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England showed their best moves but how will they play in bigger games? | Nick Evans

There was much to admire in England’s attack against Italy although the big backs did show defensive frailtiesTwickenham seemed strangely subdued on Saturday – that’s what happens when 80,000 people already know the outcome before the match – but for t…

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England’s Maro Itoje and Scotland trio ruled out of Calcutta Cup with injury

• Second row has returned to Saracens for rehabilitation on knee• Tommy Seymour, Blair Kinghorn and Stuart Hogg out for ScotsMaro Itoje has conceded defeat in his battle to be fit for the climax to England’s Six Nations while Saturday’s opponents, Scot…