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Making A Case For 6 Nations Relegation

Daire O’Driscoll makes an argument for the introduction of a relegation/promotion system to the 6 Nations competition. Wales coach Warren Gatland this week supported a relegation system in the 6 Nations. In a week where Gatland angered many by his “banter” remarks, the suggestion of relegation has angered Italian captain Sergio Parisse. “You think a federation like Ireland or France …

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Joe Marler’s Words Are Not Banter. They Are Racist.

Daire O’Driscoll discusses the reaction to Joe Marler’s “gypsy boy” comment during England’s 6 Nations clash with Wales. Rugby fans and World Rugby like to portray their sport as a bastion of sportsmanship and higher moral conduct. World Rugby’s memo urging referees to clamp down on “football culture” and referee Nigel Owens’ perpetual reminder to players that they are not on a soccer field highlight …

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An In-Depth Analysis Of Ireland’s Line-Out Issues

Maurice Brosnan analyses Ireland’s line-out issues. Of the countless areas that the departure of Paul O’Connell was going to effect, the-line out was always going to suffer most. O’Connell was a master of that particular set-piece, a dedicated student constantly trying to perfect its efficiency. Since his departure Munster and Ireland have had their line-out troubles. Both these sides use …

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Opinion: Why We Should Thank Ex-England Coach Stuart Lancaster

during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on September 18, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.

Stuart Lancaster’s time in charge of England ended with scathing criticism from both the media and fans alike, but now that the dust has settled, is it time to re-evaluate his tenure and what he achieved with England? Lancaster’s time in charge of England ended where it began: a miserable World Cup curtailed with an early exit. Back in 2011, …

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Is Manu Tuilagi England’s Answer At 12?

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Manusamoa Tuilagi of Leicester Tigers in action during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Leicester Tigers and Benetton Treviso at Welford Road on January 16, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Manu Tuilagi has been named at 12 for Leicester’s Premiership fixture against Harlequins on Friday, only his second game back after 15 months away from the game. Can he be the answer to England’s long-term problems at inside centre? Paul Wassell investigates. Owen Farrell has started both of England’s Six Nations games at inside centre this season and has made …

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A Future For Welsh Rugby, But One Without Jamie Roberts

Jamie Roberts is fast becoming a Welsh great, but is he in Warren Gatland’s plans for the coming years? You’re leading narrowly in Cardiff against a side you have not beaten in nine years, you are just 16 minutes away from what would be an historic win, but then, when stationary on your own line, you look up to see …

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Six Nations Analysis: Examining England’s Attacking Game Plan And Its Weaknesses

Any post-Rugby World Cup analysis/Six Nations preview has focused on the attacking strategies of the northern hemisphere sides. With two nations changing coach and much talk of “evolving game plans” two games in is a constructive starting point to look closely at what each team is attempting to do. Behind the now overused jargon of an “offload” driven “heads up …

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