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Saracens Winger Maitland Says Scots Have No Reason To Grumble Over Lions Selection

Scotland and Saracens winger Sean Maitland believes his countrymen have no reason to grumble over the lack of Scots selected for the Lions after March’s 61-21 Twickenham walloping by champions England. Following excellent home wins against Ireland and Wales, a comprehensive win over Italy and a narrow defeat in Paris to France, many people thought a decent number of Scots …

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The Lions Outcast XV

With Warren Gatland today naming his Lions squad to tour New Zealand this summer, there were of course many, many big name players who have not made the cut. We put together a XV made up of those players who missed out on selection this time around. 1) Rob Evans There is a tremendous amount of talent in the Lions …

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Packs Of Glory: Is The Lions Pack Better Than The All Blacks?

Australia v England

Ex-Lion turned pundit Jeremy Guscott recently claimed that the Lions will hold a man-for-man advantage over the All Blacks in their forward pack. Is he right? In this article, we size up the selection possibilities in both sides and tackle his bold claim. As Guscott has not put forward his final Lions XV, we decided to use his ex-teammate Will …

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EPCR Unveil Full List Of Nominees For ‘Player Of The Year’

With the finale weekend of the Six Nations behind us, attention now moves sharply back to the club game. Close on the horizon is Rugby Champions Cup action. Furthermore, the quarter-finals this year have thrown up some mammoth ties involving Europe’s rugby elite. To whet our appetite for the knockout stages, the EPCR have been drip feeding the public their nominees …

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A Northern Hemisphere XV Perfectly Suited To Playing Super Rugby

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

In a recent article published on Wales Online, Simon Thomas revealed Leigh Halfpenny holds ambitions of playing Super Rugby at some point in the future. Of course, the Welsh fullback wouldn’t be the first northern hemisphere player to make an impact south of the equator. In recent years, Huw Jones, Danny Cipriani, Jamie Hagan, James Haskell, Frédéric Michalak and Andy Goode …

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Six Nations: Assessing Each Nation’s Best Ball Carrier

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Louis Picamoles of France leaves the pitch after the RBS Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium on February 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

With the second round of Six Nations fixures taking place this weekend, let’s evaluate the players who punch the biggest holes in opposing defences. If you watched the England France game last week if would have been plainly clear that England were lacking the go-forward that the Vunipolas usually give them. They were a changed team when James Haskell came …

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Six Nations: Team Of The Weekend

Lions Scotland v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Anyone who thought that Ireland and England were simply counting down to a final day showdown in Dublin were shocked in Dublin this weekend. Scotland produced some brilliant running rugby to beat Ireland in Murrayfield, opening up an Irish defence that looked flat-footed in the face of the agile Stuart Hogg and the skilful Huw Jones. Although Ireland’s power game …

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Winners And Losers – Scotland v Ireland

Ireland

Scotland kicked off their 2017 Six Nations campaign with a stunning 27-22 win over Ireland at Murrayfield. Saturday’s win marked the first time since 2006 that Scotland had won a Six Nations opener as a brace from Stuart Hogg and an opportunistic try from Alex Dunbar was enough to stave off the challenge of a resurgent Ireland who mounted a …

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Scotland v Ireland Player Ratings

Scotland secured their first home Six Nations win in more than 10 years on Saturday with a 27-22 win over Ireland at Murrayfield. A Stuart Hogg brace and an opportunistic try from Alex Dunbar was enough to see Scotland stave off a late Irish fightback as Vern Cotter sealed his first win over Ireland from five attempts. Ireland were underwhelming …

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How Far Has Scotland’s Rugby Revival Come?

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 13: Vern Cotter, the Scotland head coach looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield Stadium on March 13, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Over the past two years Scottish rugby has seen an upturn in fortunes, for both the national side and club teams, but will it end with Six Nations glory? Sir Ian McGeechan, speaking to the Daily Record in 2015, stated that: “Scotland can cause problems but it will require big players such as Richie and Jonny Gray to keep on …

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British And Irish Lions 2017: Second Row Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: George Kruis (R) of Saracens celebrates with team mate Maro Itoje after their victory during the Aviva Premiership final match between Saracens and Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham Stadium on May 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The fourth instalment in this series of articles will analyse the options Warren Gatland has at second row for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. Arguably the toughest position in the squad to select, there are several in-form locks with bags of international experience who many would argue deserve a place in the initial Lions squad. However, …

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