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Opinion: Scotland Are Finally Fulfilling Their Potential

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 13: Stuart Hogg and Greig Laidlaw of Scotland celebrate victory as the final whistle blows during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield Stadium on March 13, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A fantastic win is in the books for Scotland, albeit against a France side that won’t be remembered as one of their nation’s classics. There were so many positives to take from this win though, it’s difficult to know where to start. The overall manner of it is what sticks out most in the mind. Previously when Scotland have won …

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Is Maro Itoje England’s Answer To Ireland Legend Paul O’Connell?

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: England player Maro Itoje races past Alex Cuthbert of Wales to set up the first England try during the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

In what has been another enthralling weekend of Six Nations rugby, many of the questions have now been answered. England are the 2016 champions, Italy are the wooden spooners, France are a still a shadow of their former selves and Ireland can score tries after all. Grabbing the early headlines, Ireland demolished Italy in Saturday’s early game, running in nine …

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Four Reasons Why England Can Win The World Cup In 2019

during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England.

England have just won their 25th Triple Crown under Eddie Jones in his first Six Nations campaign. The pragmatic coach has guided his hard-working, relentless and determined team to this honour and they could even wrap up the tournament in Paris next weekend. This squad seems to have a work ethic that no northern hemisphere team can match, hence why they …

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Are Italy Too Light To Take On Europe’s Heavyweights?

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 12: Jamie Heaslip of Ireland scores his team's fourth try during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Italy at Aviva Stadium on March 12, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The discussion has been ongoing for a while now, but it should come to a head after Saturday’s game against Ireland. Ireland are certainly not the best team in this year’s Six Nations, but they put a huge score on Italy today, without any real reply. Italy’s poor performance allowed Ireland to illustrate some gallery play, something resembling the game we would like …

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Ex-All Black Hits Out At Big Spending French Clubs

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 05: Corey Flynn of the Crusaders looks on prior to the start of the round 18 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Blues at AMI Stadium on July 5, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

The argument about the big spending by French and English clubs has been raging for a while now. It mainly centres around the might of the clubs and how their financial clout is damaging the sport, the development of youth and, ultimately, the destruction of their national teams. With the national side still viewed as the highest honour an individual rugby …

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Leinster Still Benefiting From Isa Nacewa’s Experience And Class

DUBLIN, IRELAND - APRIL 07: Isa Nacewa of Leinster breaks with the ball during the Heineken Cup quarter final match between Leinster and Cardiff Blues at the Aviva Stadium on April 7, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

24 hours after Ireland’s Six Nations campaign officially ended following the 21-10 defeat in Twickenham, Isa Nacewa led Leinster onto the field at the southernmost point of the Guinness Pro 12; the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma. This was a relatively nondescript league win for Leinster, with a critical bonus point secured minutes from time. As usual, there is a …

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The Six Nations Team Of The Tournament So Far

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 13: Tommy Seymour of Scotland touches down from a cross kick to score his team's first try during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland at the Principality Stadium on February 13, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The build up to this year’s Six Nations was more anticipated than any other competition in recent times, with each nation looking to improve on their dismal World Cup. So after nine matches, which have varied in standard, we are now past the halfway point in this year’s tournament. We’ve been blessed with some great performances so far, especially from the …

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How Far Has Rugby Come In Dealing With Concussion?

Concussion has been a major talking point in rugby over the last 18 months, a word that it is hard to not mention when rugby comes up in conversation. We’ve seen Danie Rossouw fail to get to his feet after a head clash with Brian O’Driscoll in the Lions Test Series in 2009. Four years later, Richard Hibbard played on after he …

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Dai Young On Cipriani Return: ‘I Think He’s Got A Real Cutting Edge’

SALFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Danny Cipriani of Sale Sharks lines up a conversion during the Aviva Premiership match between Sale Sharks and Wasps at the AJ Bell Stadium on January 02, 2016 in Salford, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young has hailed the news of Sale Sharks fly-half Danny Cipriani opting to return to the club next season as ‘outstanding’, noting that Cipriani will only bolster an already talented squad of players. Cipriani, 28, will return to Wasps next season after reportedly agreeing a two-year deal worth around £300,000 a season after rejecting offers from Toulon and …

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Why It’s Not All Doom And Gloom For Ireland

during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France.

With no wins from the opening games and an injury list longer than Devon Toner’s arms, Ireland look set to put this campaign down as one to forget. Although Ireland look like they will now struggle to defend their Six Nations crown, Irish fans have a lot to look forward too. Instead of focusing on this year’s Six Nations, Ireland fans can relish what’s …

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Joe Launchbury: Touted England Captain To Bench Player

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 06: England player Joe Launchbury beats the Scotland players to a loose ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

What Eddie Jones can do in a short amount of time is quite remarkable. The former Wallabies coach can turn a minnow in Japan into a giant killer, but he can also turn an English rugby giant in Joe Launchbury back into a minnow. This writer’s not sure whether Launchbury is entirely a giant of English rugby yet, nor whether his …

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Opinion: Scotland’s Taylor Could Thrive In Heated Midfield Contest

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Scotland's Duncan Taylor of Saracens breaks clear to score the first try during the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Saracens at The Ricoh Arena on December 27, 2015 in Coventry, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Vern Cotter and Warren Gatland have unveiled their respective Scotland and Wales teams ahead of this weekend’s Celtic clash in Cardiff. Dan Biggar has made a speedy recovery from his ankle injury last weekend to retain his starting berth while more notably, Duncan Taylor has been drafted into the Scotland team to start at inside centre. Taylor has been in superb form for …

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France vs Ireland: The Battle Of The Back Rows

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 11: Jamie Heaslip of Ireland is closed down by Damien Chouly and Thierry Dusautoir of France during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between France and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

This weekend’s game between Ireland and France is going to be a tantalizing affair, with a France team looking to try and rebuild after Philippe Saint-Andre’s time as head coach, coming up against an Ireland side in relative transition and chasing a third Six Nations title in five years. There are going to be many crucial battles fought in Paris this weekend but …

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Controlled Approach Needed From Ireland Scrum For France Game

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Mike McCarthy of Leinster wins lineout ball ahead of Tom Wood of Northampton during the Heineken Cup match between Northampton Saints and Leinster Rugby at Franklin's Gardens on December 7, 2013 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Leinster’s Mike McCarthy, again selected in Ireland’s second row with Devon Toner for Saturday’s encounter with France in Stade de France, has spoken as to how Ireland’s scrum need to set the tone from the off.   Aware of the vast bulk and durability of the French scrum, he has noted the need for attention to detail as well as …

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Watch Out Europe, Georgia Is Coming For You

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Georgia celebrate their victory over Tonga during the Group C: Rugby World Cup match between Tonga and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Gloucester, England, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Jones/Getty Images)

Georgian rugby has come on leaps and bounds since their inaugural World Cup in 2003, where they had a points difference of -154 and failed to gain a single point. Contrast that to 2015 where they had a points difference of -74, in a group where they were the second worst ranked team. The Georgian outfit raked up two wins: …

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Waimumu Game Should Inspire Promoters Of Rugby In Europe

during the Super Rugby trial match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders at Fred Booth Park on February 11, 2016 in Invercargill, New Zealand.

Recently the Highlanders and the Crusaders drew 19-19 in their match on Fred Booth’s paddock in Waimumu, outside Gore, Southland. The pre-season match was set up there as part of the Southern Field Days, a three-day rural fair, which includes a tractor pull and other competitions. The match was attended by some 6,700 people, a large number for such a remote …

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Six Nations Team Of The Weekend: Take Two

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 06: Virimi Vakatawa of France breaks free from a tackle by Gonzalo Garcia of Italy during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Italy at Stade de France on February 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

On the opening weekend of the Six Nations France and England notched up wins, Sergio Parisse showed us why he’s not a fly half and CJ Stander made a brilliant debut. Alan Drumm has already provided our readers with his Team of the Weekend, however now Patrick Perry delivers his take on the weekend’s action. _____ Loose-head prop At loose-head is Leinster …

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