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My favourite game: Wales v England, Five Nations 1999

The feeling among Welsh fans was that something was afoot, that they could deny England a grand slam at WembleyWembley is on loan but today it really must belong to Wales for the final Five Nations game of the 1999 tournament. With Cardiff’s sporting A…

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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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The Breakdown | Rugby in Wales has survived mass shutdown before and will again

After a religious revival brought rugby to a close in the Principality 116 years ago it returned stronger as it will this time Sport has shut down all over the world as countries look to contain the spread of coronavirus. There was an attempt 116 years…

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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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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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RFU apologises to referee Ben O’Keeffe for Eddie Jones’s Twickenham tirade

England head coach accused referee of bias after win over WalesRFU boss Sweeney warns Jones over future conductThe Rugby Football Union has apologised to referee Ben O’Keeffe for comments made by England head coach Eddie Jones after the Six Nations vic…

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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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Joe Marler cited over grabbing Alan Wyn Jones’ groin in Six Nations game

England prop to face disciplinary hearing on ThursdayCourtney Lawes and Manu Tuilagi also to face hearingJoe Marler has been cited for his bizarre fondling of Alun Wyn Jones’s groin in England’s Six Nations win against Wales. The Harlequins prop could …

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Joe Marler cited over grabbing Alan Wyn Jones’ groin in Six Nations game

England prop to face disciplinary hearing on ThursdayCourtney Lawes and Manu Tuilagi also to face hearingJoe Marler has been cited for his bizarre fondling of Alun Wyn Jones’s groin in England’s Six Nations win against Wales. The Harlequins prop could …

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Six Nations: talking points from a tournament striving for an outcome

Scotland’s win over France hands England a chance for the title – while Ireland wait in the wingsLeaving aside Manu Tuilagi’s red card and Joe Marler’s bizarre piece of handiwork England had reason to be quietly encouraged by their last Six Nations out…

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Eddie Jones’s antagonistic personality should be of concern to the RFU

The England coach has improved the national side but calamitous PR, the perverse selections and occasional verbal excesses overshadow his roleAt some stage in the next fortnight Eddie Jones will sit down for dinner with the Rugby Football Union’s chief…

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Six Nations: what we learned from the weekend the French dream died

The scoreline at Twickenham flattered Wales, while France were pragmatic in pursuit of bonus points rather than chasing the grand slam as the clock wound down at MurrayfieldMuch was made in the build-up of the intention of both sides to play with an ed…

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Joe Marler could be cited for grabbing Alun Wyn Jones by the genitals

Wales captain: ‘hopefully World Rugby have a look at it’Gareth Thomas apologises for making light of incidentJoe Marler could be cited and potentially face a ban after the England prop was caught on camera grabbing the genitals of Alun Wyn Jones durin…

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England’s Maro Itoje stands tall in battle royal with Alun Wyn Jones

Two years ago Jones had the edge as a player. This time the England forward did not lose an inch in the comparisonHere was fun, for all of us who got to watch it at any rate. It looked like it must have been murder to play in, a real ring-a-ding set-to…

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Welsh flair falls short in the face of England’s ferocity despite late surge | Michael Aylwin

Wales were seeking an upset but snatched at their chances and left knowing they were flattered by three-point defeatThey are easier to like these days: brave against all odds and more interested in attack than the defence that has defined them for so l…

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England’s Eddie Jones calls sending-off of Manu Tuilagi ‘absolute rubbish’

• Coach says ‘it was 13 versus 16’ at end of 33-30 win over Wales• Alun Wyn Jones complains Joe Marler grabbed his testiclesEddie Jones criticised the referee, Ben O’Keeffe, for sending off Manu Tuilagifor a dangerous tackle on George North four minute…

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England’s Manu Tuilagi a saint and sinner in narrow defeat of Wales

• England 33-30 Wales• Try-scorer Tuilagi sent off late in Twickenham matchManu Tuilagi’s late red card for a dangerous tackle on George North was the one blemish for England on an afternoon when they systematically destroyed the defending champions, w…

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England v Wales: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 4.45pm GMT kick-offMatthew J Watkins, former Wales international, dies aged 41England thrash Wales 66-7 in Women’s Six NationsAnd email Lee or tweet him with your thoughts 4.10pm GMT “What do the Welsh centres do about Manu…

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Matthew J Watkins, former Wales rugby union international, dies aged 41

Centre won 18 caps between 2003 and 2006Watkins had been diagnosed with pelvic cancerThe former Wales centre Matthew J Watkins has died at the age of 41 after a long illness.Watkins, who won 18 caps for Wales between 2003 and 2006, retired in 2011 and …

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Wales stay in the present and prepare to meet England threat head-on

Wayne Pivac’s side need to find Gatland-type grit as they seek to avert third successive Six Nations loss for the first time since 2007A year ago Wales were on course for a third grand slam in 11 years. This weekend, with their title defence all but ov…