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Statistically Speaking This Is The Best XV Of The Six Nations So Far

England v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

The Six Nations has seen some powerful performances. Like most rugby fans, we here at Pundit Arena HQ love debating the merits of including certain players in fantasy XVs. However, while many of us can agree on 75% selections, the remainder sees long and arduous arguments take place, where cases are made for the inclusion of one player over another. …

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Professionalism At Loggerheads With One-Off Fixtures

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Bakkies Botha of Barbarians attempts a conversion during the Killik Cup match between Barbarians and Argentina at Twickenham Stadium on November 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images for Barbarians)

One-off fixtures, such as those involving the Barbarians, are being threatened by the growing financial demands of professionalism, writes Paul Wassell. Digging through some old programmes that had been passed on to me from my grandfather, I came across one from the 1970 ‘RFU Centenary Match’ to celebrate 100 years since the formation of the Rugby Football Union. For such …

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Is Scottish Rugby Turning A Corner?

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 27: Greig Laidlaw of Scotland (L) sings the national anthem alongside his team mates during the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and Scotland at Stadio Olimpico on February 27, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

There we have it, the drought is over and finally, along with my fellow Scotland fans, there is a win to celebrate. To consider whether or not this is the turning of a corner, there are many facets to be considered. We’ll start with an objective review of the team performance. Contrary to previous weeks, Scotland came flying out of the …

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Ranking The Number Eights In The Six Nations Championship

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Sergio Parisse of Italy celebtates after beating Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Italy at Murrayfield stadium on February 28, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

There was much debate today when a Welsh media outlet declared Toby Faletau to be a better number eight than Billy Vunipola. Of course, this is simply stirring things in the run-up to the mammoth Six Nations clash in Twickenham in two weeks’ time. However, there is some merit to this. Despite Vunipola’s amazing performance against Ireland last week, there …

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Billy Vunipola’s Unbelievable Carrying Stats

England v Ireland - International Match

Billy Vunipola has carried brilliantly in the Six Nations so far. Under Stuart Lancaster, it seemed as if Billy Vunipola’s place in the England’s starting team was often under threat. However, now that he is consistently playing 80 minutes under Eddie Jones, Vunipola seems a more confident player. Not only in taking the ball to the gain line but in terms …

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Six Nations: Team Of The Weekend

England v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

The Six Nations saw a number of debutantes take the field this weekend. After another weekend of Six Nations action, it would now appear that fourth round fixture between England and Wales will be the title decider. Nonetheless, this weekend provided us with three huge games that saw Wales, Scotland and England record victories. Although Wales claimed a deserved win over …

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Six Warriors Released From Scotland Duty By Cotter

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST, 29: Vern Cotter Head Coach for Scotlandduring the Scotland v Italy International Rugby match at Murrayfield Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

The SRU announced yesterday that Vern Cotter has released six Glasgow Warriors players from the Scotland squad to play against the Dragons. Props Gordon Reid and Zander Fagerson, back-row forwards Rob Harley and Josh Strauss, and half backs Grayson Hart and Duncan Weir returned to Glasgow’s training today for their Thursday night clash with the Dragons in the Pro 12. Cotter will …

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Sevens Confusion Highlights The North-South Divide

during the 2016 Sydney Sevens match between at Allianz Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.

As the southern hemisphere teams once again lead the way for the rest of the world, Paul Wassell argues that this north-south divide is endemic throughout the sport. Sonny Bill Williams, Quade Cooper and Bryan Habana are some of the biggest names in the XV version of the sport, yet all three have recently been named in the sevens squads …

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An Exciting Scotland Side Is Emerging Under Vern Cotter

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 8: Scotland head coach Vern Cotter during the International match between Scotland and Argentina at Murrayfield Stadium on November 8, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Scotland are showing all the signs of being contenders under head coach Vern Cotter As Irish Rugby rejoiced with the appointment of saviour Joe Schmidt in 2013 and basked in the success brought by the New Zealand native in 2014 with a Six Nations title, Scotland were also in the midst of a change. Stepping off a plane from Clermont, …

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Police Launch Blistering Attack On Rugby Fans ‘Who Think They Can Behave Any Way They Like’

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

Police shatter the image of well behaved rugby fans. Rugby fans have always been quick to highlight the differences between themselves and football supporters, underlining the respect they demonstrate both in the stands and in the bars before and after games. However it seems that the behaviour of fans outside stadiums is been brought into question by police in Cardiff, who criticised …

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Statistically Speaking This Is The Best XV Of The Six Nations So Far

Based on statistical evidence, this is the best XV of the opening rounds of the Six Nations. The guys over at rugby.net have for some time now, compiled lists detailing the best players in the world. Using mathematically generated data, they claim to objectively rate players from each of rugby’s elite competitions. Using their Rugby Net Rating Engine, thy interoperate an array of statistics, give …

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Six Nations Round Two Power Rankings

The second weekend of Six Nations action has separated the contenders from the pretenders. With the second round of matches now complete, the Six Nations Championship has seen a number of interesting developments over the last two weekends. Defeat in Paris means that Ireland’s reign as Champions has come to an end, while the feeling that each of France, England and Wales …

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Six Nations: Team Of Round Two

Italy v England - RBS Six Nations

The Six Nations stepped up a gear this weekend. After the first round of games saw three tight matches, the second round promised to be far more interesting. While the result of the game between Ireland and France effectively ended Joe Schmidt’s bid to land three consecutive titles, the manner of the defeat could yet signal a watershed moment in the tactical …

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Opinion: We Saw Some Actual Rugby On Saturday

<> at Principality Stadium on February 13, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales.

After last weekend’s woeful displays in the Six Nations we saw some actual rugby being played yesterday. The highlight on paper was France vs Ireland, but the true highlight of the day, and possibly of the weekend, was Wales vs Scotland. We always knew Wales and Scotland could fling the ball wide and play with abandon, but they showed us …

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Massive Injury Blow For Scotland Ahead Of Wales Clash

Scotland have been dealt a blow before kick off. Scotland have been handed a blow before their crunch Six Nations clash with Wales this afternoon, after it was confirmed that Sean Maitland suffered a late injury. As a result, Vern Cotter has been forced to introduce Sean Lamont onto the wing, with Ruaridh Jackson coming onto the bench. The news will come …

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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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