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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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Iain Henderson Ireland

Iain Henderson Free To Play As Citing Complaint Not Upheld

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has a received a boost with the news that Iain Henderson is free to play this weekend after a citing complaint brought against him was not upheld.  Henderson took part in a disciplinary hearing this afternoon via video conference to investigate an alleged infringement of Law 9.11 – Players must not do anything that is …

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Ireland Chris Farrell

Boost For Ireland As Chris Farrell Fit Enough To Train This Week

Ireland have received a boost with the news that Chris Farrell has been passed fit to train today at the team’s base in Carton House.  Farrell was a doubt after he was replaced in the first half of Munster’s bonus-point win over the Southern Kings at Irish Independent Park in Cork on Friday night. Munster head coach Johann van Graan …

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Andy Farrell Ireland

It’s A Case Of Wait & See For Some Of Ireland’s Returning Stars

A narrowed down 19-man Ireland squad took part in an open training session at a sun-kissed Aviva Stadium this afternoon as preparations begin for the trip to Rome for a clash with Italy on Sunday week.  Ireland defence coach, Andy Farrell, described today’s session, which involved a training game against the U20s who showed “a bit of intent”, as a …

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