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The Power XV: Picking The Strongest Team In World Rugby

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 10: CJ Stander of Ireland holds off Scott Williams of Wales during the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Who’s the strongest of them all? Having assembled a Speed XV and a Flair XV, we wonder if a Power XV would trample over both these teams. In a world of blockbusting, gym-honed gladiators, who would make the most physically powerful XV in their respective positions? And which XV out of the three sides would come out on top overall? …

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Betting Suspended On Sam Warburton Being Lions Captain

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Warren Gatland is announced as the Head Coach of the British & Irish Lions for the 2017 Tour to New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions Press Conference at Standard Life House on September 7, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Since the crescendo of the Six Nations, talk within rugby circles has been dominated by the impending Lions squad announcement. This year has been somewhat unique, in that there has been no clear frontrunner to skipper the tourists in June and July. Names such as Dylan Hartley, Rory Best and Alun Wyn Jones have all been thrown about. The tag …

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Brian O’Driscoll Comes To A Decision On His Pick For Lions Captain

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 20: Brian O'Driscoll of the Lions issues instructions during the British and Irish Lions training session held at the Anglican Church Grammar School on June 20, 2013 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Brian O’Driscoll has named the man he believes to be best-placed to lead the Lions against the All Blacks this summer. The Ireland legend is himself a former Lions captain, having been chosen to wear the proverbial armband in the 2005 tour of New Zealand before dislocating his shoulder barely five minutes into the first test having been the unfortunate …

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Paul O’Connell And Martin Johnson Pick Their ‘Lions XV’ From Round 4 Of The Six Nations

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: British & Irish Lions Ambassador Martin Johnson of England addresses the media during the British & Irish Lions 2017 Tour Media Briefing at The Gherkin on January 11, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The penultimate round of 2017 Six Nations fixtures saw England claim the championship prize for the second year running, while Wales ground out a victory against Ireland to keep their chances of finishing second alive. As has been the case throughout the tournament, Lions shirt sponsors Standard Life Investments have enlisted legends Paul O’Connell, Martin Johnson, Shane Williams and Gavin …

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Rob Howley Names Wales Side For Six Nations Clash Against France

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Rob Howley the innterim head coach of Wales watches over his team's warm up prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium on February 25, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Wales have announced their team for their final Six Nations match of 2017 against France, and interim coach Rob Howley has decided to remain with the 23 man squad who dispatched Ireland 22-9 last weekend. Hooker Ken Owens will win his 50th cap, while Taulupe Faletau will start on the bench having just returned from injury. While Wales will surely be …

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Six Nations: Team Of The Weekend

Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

By virtue of the decision to schedule games on Friday night, Six Nations fans face into another fallow Sunday in this season’s Championship. While Friday night fixtures are popular among fans at a domestic and European level, Six Nations organisers face opposition to their staging. In any event, the lack of action allows rugby fans time to reflect on the weekend’s results …

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Where It All Went Wrong For Joe Schmidt And Ireland Against Wales

Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

In the build-up to Friday night’s Six Nations clash between Ireland and Wales, outside of a few dissenting voices, a consensus emerged suggesting that Rob Howley’s rudimentary offensive strategy would be unable to break down a very physical Irish side. However, in spite of being dominated by Ireland for much of the second half, it was Wales who were by …

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The Telegraph Only Name Six Welsh Players In Their 37 Man Lions Squad

It’s fair to say that Wales have not been enjoying their best Six Nations campaign this season. Although they claimed a 33-7 win over Italy on the opening weekend of the Championship, Rob Howley’s side found themselves 7-3 down at half-time and ultimately failed to claim a four-try bonus point. Despite a strong showing against England, Wales failed to turn their …

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5 Quick Conclusions From Scotland’s 29-13 Win Over Wales

Scotland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

1. The Breakdown Battle If Wales were to have any chance of beating Scotland, they would have to prevent Scotland from getting the ball into the hands of Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour and Tim Visser in the wider channels. This they did during the first half and were rewarded with a steady stream of penalties as a result. However, Scotland changed their …

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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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Warren Gatland Hails Sam Warburton As ‘Outstanding’ And Highlights His Lions Qualities

British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has hailed Wales flanker Sam Warburton’s performances in the Six Nations thus far as ‘outstanding’. Warburton, who captained the 2013 Lions to a 2-1 win over Australia, has been playing in a new-look Welsh backrow alongside Ross Moriarty and Justin Tipuric. Warburton has performed admirably through two games against Italy and England but …

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Brian O’Driscoll, Martin Johnson And Gavin Hastings All Back The Same Candidate To Skipper The Lions

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 6: Former Ireland international Brian O'Driscoll working as a television pundit before the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Ulster Rugby and Scarlets at the Kingspan Stadium on December 6, 2014 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chalres McQuillan/Getty Images)

Despite only being two games into the Six Nations, already there seems to be a consensus emerging when it comes to the Lions captaincy. Prior to the Championship kicking off, Rory Best, Sam Warburton, Dylan Hartley and Alun Wyn Jones were all said to be front-runners for the position, but circumstances have seen some of the leading candidates drop out …

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