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Scotland snatch Six Nations victory over Italy with late Greig Laidlaw penalty

• Italy 27-29 Scotland• Greig Laidlaw’s last-gasp penalty denies Italy an upset winWe have seen it all before; a Scotland win over Italy at the death with the final kick going over as the clock ticked down. Four years ago, it was Duncan Weir with a dro…

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England v Ireland: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates as Ireland bid for a third grand slamRobert Kitson: Ireland face cornered foes with slam in sightAnd email Niall here or tweet him with your thoughts 2.26pm GMT It’s finished Italy 27-29 Scotland in Rome, Greig Laidlaw’s late penalt…

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Italy v Scotland: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-offScotland target victory in Italy and third placeAnd you can email Niall here, or tweet him here 12.55pm GMT 22 mins: Allan took an almighty hit after that grubber kick, but is OK to slot the conversion o…

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Rory Best: We won’t be distracted by Eddie Jones’s ‘scummy Irish’ remarks

• Captain will urge players not to go into their shells at Twickenham• Victory over England would earn Ireland Six Nations grand slamRory Best said he has no intention of using Eddie Jones’s “scummy Irish” comments in his pre-match team talk on Saturda…

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Ireland head for Twickenham with winning chance of only a third grand slam | Robert Kitson

Joe Schmidt’s polished squad have extra motivation as they take on the returning Dylan Hartley’s reshaped England, who face the embarrassing prospect of finishing fifthThere are cold-fingered days when rugby is slightly less about running or tackling a…

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Warren Gatland calculates risks as Wales look to absorb France blows | Paul Rees

Coach laces abandon with pragmatism in Six Nations against French side who rely on power and straight-line runningPoints make prize money in the Six Nations. The title may have gone west but the cost to the Welsh Rugby Union of defeat against France in…

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Jacob Stockdale in a rush to make mark on Ireland record books | Andy Bull

The 21-year-old wing has scored 10 tries in his first eight Tests and one more against England will break Six Nations recordJacob Stockdale remembers well the first time he saw Ireland play live. But then it was not so long ago. His father took him to …

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Scotland target victory in Italy and Six Nations third place

• Win in Rome and an England defeat would see Scots finish third• Captain Barclay wants reaction to defeat in DublinScotland start the final day of the Six Nations in a familiar position, one place off the bottom of the table, but victory in Rome, wher…

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How can women’s sport become equal to men’s? Through bravery | Catherine Spencer

As former captain of the England rugby team, I can see that a vicious circle of underinvestment must be brokenIf I had a pound for every time I have been asked what barriers women face in sport, I would be a rich woman by now. As it is, I remain a woma…

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World Rugby ditches match official after ‘oversight’ of attending England training

• Marius van der Westhuizen stood down for England v Ireland• South African replaced by Nigel Owens at TwickenhamMarius van der Westhuizen has been replaced as an assistant referee for England’s Six Nations finale against Ireland on Saturday with World…

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Embarrassing Eddie Jones comments could have long-term consequences | Robert Kitson

England head coach may have compromised his Lions future with his ill-judged, unfunny remarks about Ireland and WalesIt is just under two months since Eddie Jones signed a two-year contract extension as England head coach until 2021. His team had …

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England coach Eddie Jones apologises after offensive remarks about Wales and Ireland – video

England coach Eddie Jones has apologised for offensive comments he made about Ireland and Wales at an England sponsorship event, but now insists the matter is ‘dead’. Jones was filmed during a talk at a leadership event for Fuso, the Japanese sister co…

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George Ford dropped for England’s Six Nations finale against Ireland

Owen Farrell to start at fly-half with Wigglesworth at No 9Dylan Hartley returns to side with Kyle Sinckler in front rowEddie Jones has dropped fly-half George Ford for England’s final Six Nations match against Ireland on Saturday at Twickenham. Relate…

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Dan Biggar returns at fly-half as Warren Gatland makes seven Wales changes

• Captain Alun Wyn Jones returns for home match against France • Mathieu Bastareaud to lead France after Guilhem Guirado injuryWarren Gatland has made seven changes to Wales’ starting lineup for Saturday’s Six Nations finale against France in Cardiff.A…

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The stats don’t lie – the breakdown has cost England the Six Nations | Paul Rees

A loss of key players and refereeing interpretations in the Premiership have weakened Eddie Jones’s hand in the area where international rugby is won and lostOne statistic highlights why Ireland have taken over from England as the Six Nations champions…

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England face biggest character test as losses raise eyebrows in New Zealand | Nick Evans

England need to learn how to adapt after two defeats that have raised interest in the Six Nations, and further admiration of Ireland, in All Black countryMaybe the Eddie Jones factor plays a part – the old mate from across the Tasman Sea – but whenever…

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Nathan Hughes and Courtney Lawes out for 12-14 weeks with knee injuries

• England forwards sustained injuries against France• Pair will undergo knee ligament surgery this weekNathan Hughes and Courtney Lawes are both to undergo knee ligament surgery this week following injuries sustained during England’s Six Nations fixtur…

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Cautious CJ Stander keeps Ireland’s Six Nations champagne on ice

• Munster forward has missed out before• He expects to face ‘23 angry Englishmen’CJ Stander could be forgiven for mislaying the plot on Ireland’s history with the grand slam. In his excitement over being on the verge of the championship’s top prize he …

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Dylan Hartley and Elliot Daly given 24 hours to prove England fitness

• Eddie Jones names 29-player provisional squad for Ireland finale• Hartley will captain side if he can prove his fitnessDylan Hartley and Elliot Daly have been given an extra 24 hours in their efforts to prove their fitness to face Ireland on Saturday…

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Liam Williams may face France despite sin-binning and withdrawal against Italy

• Wales full-back was substituted immediately after time in sin-bin• Warren Gatland says player must retain but control his emotionsLiam Williams is in contention to face France in Cardiff on Saturday despite being substituted at the end of his period …