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Six Nations Team Of The Weekend

The Six Nations Team Of The Weekend As Voted By You

Earlier today we asked you to vote for your Guinness Six Nations team of the weekend.  All players who started the round three fixtures were eligible including those who were introduced early on. Unsurprisingly, Wales dominate the XV after their superb win over England on Saturday evening and Warren Gatland’s side now have Scotland and Ireland standing in their way …

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Six Nations Team Of The Weekend

Vote For Your Six Nations Team Of The Weekend

After round three off the 2019 Guinness Six Nations, Wales are in pole position for the championship and the Grand Slam after their 21-13 victory over England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.  Elsewhere, France got their first win of the tournament with a victory over Scotland in Paris while Ireland are still in contention thanks to their bonus point win …

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Ireland Italy Six Nations

The Top Performers As Ireland Escape Rome With Bonus Point

It wasn’t a perfect performance by any stretch of the imagination but Ireland did what was required to come out on top against Italy with a bonus point which keeps their slim hopes of retaining their Guinness Six Nations crown alive for another two weeks.  The Six Nations now takes a break with action not returning for a fortnight and …

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Ireland Italy Six Nations

10 Quickfire Conclusions From Ireland’s Bonus Point Win Over Italy

Ireland still have a slim chance of reclaiming their Guinness Six Nations crown thanks to their bonus point 16-26 victory over Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome this afternoon.  However, what will be most concerning for Irish supporters will be the performance of the team who look a shadow of the side who brilliantly defeated the All Blacks just …

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Ireland Italy Six Nations

Error-Strewn Ireland Survive Italy Scare To Emerge With Bonus Point

Ireland avoided a shock defeat to Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome this afternoon as they eventually emerged with a four-try 16-26 victory.  Ireland were 16-12 behind at halftime and deservedly so. Their play, not only in the opening 40 minutes but in the second half too, was full of uncharacteristic unforced errors with a clear nervous energy running through …

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Wales England World Rankings

England And Wales Set For Movement In Rugby World Rankings

Saturday’s results in round three of the Guinness Six Nations means we will see some movement when the official world rankings are updated on Monday.  France’s bonus point 27-10 victory over Scotland in Paris will see them move up two places in the world rankings from 10th to 8th. Scotland remain in 7th but their loss to Jacques Brunel’s side …

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Wales England Six Nations Stats

The Top Performers From Wales V England

There was no shortage of excellent performances in the third round Guinness Six Nations clash between Wales and England this evening.  Man-of-the-match Liam Williams was in inspired form as he brilliantly dealt with England’s kicking game which caused Ireland and France so many problems in previous weeks. However, both sides had some standout individual statistical performances and here we take …

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Six Nations Team Of The Weekend

Watch: Josh Adams’ Stunning Aerial Take To Seal Win Over England

Wales’ 21-13 victory over England in the Guinness Six Nations has put Warren Gatland’s side on the road to a potential Grand Slam with matches against Scotland at Murrayfield and Ireland at the Principality Stadium the only thing standing in their way.  Without a doubt, today’s clash in Cardiff was the best match of this year’s competition as both teams …

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Wales England Six Nations

Wales Produce Stunning Comeback To End England’s Grand Slam Dream

Wales produced a stunning second-half performance to beat England 21-13 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.  Warren Gatland’s side found themselves 3-10 down at halftime but they took control in the second 40 to produce an incredible comeback to emerge eight-point victors. The crowd who packed into the Principality Stadium in Cardiff had to wait until the 18th minute for …

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France Scotland Six Nations

France Secure Bonus Point Win Over Scotland

France have secured their first win of this year’s Guinness Six Nations championship thanks to a 27-10 victory over Scotland at the Stade de France in Paris.  A try in each half from Romain Ntamack and Yoann Huget gave the home side a 12 point lead for the majority of the second half. France’s third try on 75 minutes came …

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Joe Schmidt Ireland team Italy

Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Team To Face Italy

Joe Schmidt has named his Ireland team to take on Italy in Rome in the Guinness Six Nations on Sunday.  The Ireland head coach has made four changes to the starting XV which beat Scotland at Murrayfield two weeks ago. In the front row, there are first Six Nations starts for Dave Kilcoyne and Sean Cronin while Tadhg Furlong continues …

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Johnny Sexton Richie Murphy

“If He Changes, He Is Not The Same Player He Was”

We will find out later this afternoon whether Johnny Sexton will be leading the line for Ireland when they take on Italy in Rome on Sunday.  Joe Schmidt’s team announcement will be interesting as the debate surrounding whether to provide valuable experience to fringe players ahead of the World Cup or to continue with the front-line players to develop form continues. …

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Conor Murphy Richie Murphy

Richie Murphy Wants Team To Take Pressure Off Conor Murray

Such is the world-class form which we have become accustomed to from Conor Murray over the last few years, once the Munster scrum-half is below-par, it becomes a major talking point.  Murray has yet to hit the heights this season that we saw in years gone by but that is understandable. The 29-year-old played his first game of rugby of …

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Ireland Six Nations Italy

Clean Bill Of Health For Ireland As Italy Preparations Ramp Up

Ireland kicking coach Richie Murphy has confirmed that the 34 players who are currently preparing for Sunday’s trip to Rome to take on Italy have all come through training unscathed and are eligible for selection.  There were a number of doubts surrounding players like Robbie Henshaw, Tadhg Beirne and Chris Farrell. Henshaw missed out on the trip to Murrayfield to …

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