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Dylan Hartley Takes Responsibility For England’s Struggle To Deal With Italy’s Tactics

OXFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Dylan Hartley, the England captain, faces the media during the England media session held at the Randolph Hotel on March 1, 2017 in Oxford, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The fallout from England’s victory against Italy at Twickenham last weekend continues. Although Eddie Jones’ side claimed the victory that keeps their grand slam bid on track, Italy’s “no ruck“ tactics left Jones and England decidedly furious, demanding law changes and taking constant swipes at the Azzurri and coach Conor O’Shea ever since. However, England captain Dylan Hartley has broken …

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World Cup Winning Coach Sir Clive Woodward Calls For Rule Change Following Italy’s ‘No Ruck’ Tactics

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Former England head coach Sir Clive Woodward has waded into the debate following Italy’s novel application of the rules against England in their Six Nations encounter on Sunday. The World Cup winning coach has been writing in his Dail Mail column and has admitted to rethinking his position on Italy’s decision not to contest the ball after a tackle, thus …

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How An Inadvertent Law Change Saved England From Further Embarrassment Against Italy

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Rugby fans were left divided and confused by the ruck time tactics employed by Italy during their Six Nations encounter with England yesterday. Despite the whistles of derision that were sounded in the direction of Romain Poite in Twickenham, Italy were not offside when their players took up positions on the English side of the breakdown, or the area in proximity to …

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England’s Eddie Jones Universally Lambasted For Sour Reaction To Inspired Italian Tactics In Six Nations Clash

England head coach Eddie Jones has come under fire for his less than complimentary comments of Italy following their Six Nations clash at Twickenham on Sunday. Despite running out 36-15 winners and maintaining the astonishing winning streak, now at 17 games, Jones was highly critical of the tactics employed by the Azzurri to disrupt the England breakdown. The decision to …

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“If That’s Rugby Then I’m Going To Retire” – Eddie Jones Fumes Over Italian Tactic In Six Nations Clash

England rugby head coach Eddie Jones has threatened to retire following his side’s somewhat bizarre Six Nations victory over Italy at Twickenham on Sunday. The fiery Australian hit out at Italy’s inspired application of the rugby rule book, which caused his English charges to universally scratch their heads for the entire first half of what was supposed to be a …

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Watch: Conor O’Shea Hits Out At Matt Dawson In Barb Filled Interview

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England overcame a massively improved Italy at Twickenham today, running out 36-15 winners over Conor O’Shea’s side. The visitors had Eddie Jones’ charges spinning with their clever tactics at the breakdown. They didn’t engage at ruck time, thus erasing any offside line, allowing the Azurri pack to target Danny Care at will. The scoreboard after 40 minutes, against every prediction, …

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5 Quick Conclusions From England’s Bizarre Encounter With Italy

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England may have won 36-15, but the scoreline isn’t the main talking point. 1. Italy Not Engaging At The Ruck Although it may not be a tactic that’s employed with regularity in the northern hemisphere, anyone who tunes in to watch Super Rugby will have seen teams disengage at ruck time so as to erase the offside line. However, few …

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The Law That Has Allowed Italy Run Riot At Ruck Time Against England

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Rugby fans sat shocked as Italy dominated the opening twenty minutes of their Six Nations encounter with England in Twickenham. Not only did Eddie Jones’ side start slowly, but they appeared to struggle with the laws of the game as the Italians disengaged at ruck time, thus erasing the offside line. Law 16.1 states that a ruck is formed when “at …

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England Release A Surprisingly Strong Team For Italy Trip

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England will travel to Italy on Sunday for their third game of this year’s Six Nations with one thing in mind, a bonus point win.  Off the back of last-gasp victories against France in Twickenham and Wales in the Principality, Eddie Jones side look to take another step toward a second Grand Slam in as many years. Tries in the dying minutes …

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Conor O’Shea Likens Coaching Italy To Recovering From Alcoholism

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Italy coach Conor O’Shea has compared coaching the Italian team to the challenges faced by a recovering alcoholic after Italy’s 63-10 drubbing against Ireland last weekend. After opening round defeats to Ireland and Wales, the pre-tournament optimism around O’Shea’s tenure has quickly simmered with November’s historic win over South Africa now a distant memory. With France, England and Scotland still to play, …

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Scotland And Italy Slip In Latest World Rugby Rankings

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 12: A scuffle breaks out during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Scotland at Stade de France on February 12, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The latest round of Six Nations fixtures has seen a slight alteration in the World Rugby rankings, and it doesn’t make good reading for Scotland or Italy. The two sides suffered defeat at the weekend (albeit in very different circumstances) and have each slipped one place in the latest rankings as a result. Having lost 22-16 to France in Paris …

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Joe Schmidt Predicts Big Things For Italy Under Conor O’Shea

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 2, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy 11/2/2017 Italy vs Ireland Italy head coach Conor O'Shea and Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt before the game

Despite the fact that Italy have begun this Six Nations campaign, as expected, with no points from two games, Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is looking at the bigger picture. Conor O’Shea was looking for a response following an opening weekend defeat to Wales, but could only look on as the Azzurri fell to pieces in a 63-10 defeat to Ireland …

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Conor O’Shea Comes Out Swinging In Defence Of Italy’s Place In The Six Nations

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Conor O’Shea has to defend Italy’s right to participate in the Six Nations yet again after another comprehensive defeat. The Azzurri fell to a comprehensive 63-10 defeat to Ireland on Saturday afternoon, with Joe Schmidt’s side running rampant with nine tries in Rome. The huge margin of victory, and Italy’s likely receiving of the wooden spoon yet again at the …

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5 Quick Conclusions From Ireland’s Massive 63-10 Win Over Italy

1. Is This The Worst Italian Side Since They Joined The Championship? When the Five Nations became six in 2000, Italy joined the Championship having recorded wins over Ireland, Scotland and France throughout the 1990s. However, this particular side is a shadow of the team that was led by Diego Dominguez and Alessandro Troncon. Despite beating South Africa during the autumn, it doesn’t …

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3 Talking Points From Ireland’s Team Selection To Face Italy

Ireland Rugby Press Conference, Carton House, Kildare 9/2/2017 Head Coach Joe Schmidt

Joe Schmidt has named the Ireland side to face Italy in Rome on Saturday, making two changes from the disappointing defeat to Scotland last weekend. As was always going to be the case, Schmidt’s selection raises a number of talking points. 1. The Back Row Debate Will Rumble On Make no mistake about it, Scotland went after Ireland’s back row both on …

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