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Six Nations 2017: Players To Watch Out For From Each Nation

The waiting is almost over as rugby fans across the Northern hemisphere prepare to be engulfed by the 2017 six nations campaign. While the tournament always holds a special place in the hearts of rugby fans, this years addition seems to have even more at stake with an air of unpredictability and the small matter of a Lions tour looming …

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Six Nations Team-By-Team Previews: Champions – Ireland

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Rory Best, Captain of Ireland (L) and Joe Schmidt, Head Coach of Ireland (R) pose with The Six Nations Trophy during the 2017 RBS Six Nations launch at The Hurlingham Club on January 25, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“Come the day and come the hour.” The first seven words of Ireland’s Call will never be more apt than if the dream grand slam battle with England becomes a reality.  Ireland have not won a home grand slam since they beat Wales at Ravenhill back in 1948. In fact, they’ve only managed that feat twice in the history of the …

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Watch: Seven Videos To Get You Pumped Up For The Six Nations

With the Six Nations finally kicking off this weekend, we thought it appropriate to check out some of the tournament’s best ‘pump up’ videos from across the years. The Six Nations will kick off this weekend with three cracking fixtures. Scotland will open proceedings against Ireland at Murrayfield on Saturday afternoon before England take on France in a massive clash …

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Six Nations 2017: Can England Do It Again?

As the Six Nations opens its gates for another year of epic encounters and intense rivalry, the question that needs to asked is, can England do it again? Last years the Six Nations brought English rugby fans the results that they have been craving for the last decade. 5 victories from 5 games. A grand slam to take back to …

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Six Nations Team-By-Team Previews: Second Place – England

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Eddie Jones the England head coach watches over his team's warm up prior to kickoff during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on December 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

13 from 13: England’s 2016 was perfect. The men in white beat each of the sides ranked third through tenth in the world. It would fair to say they can be considered very serious contenders for this year’s title, and for many a World Cup. England’s grand slam was considered a great achievement, but against a struggling northern hemisphere, few …

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There Is A Rugby Revolution Happening In Italy

As the Six Nations swings into action this weekend, many a keen rugby eye will be watching with great interest as Conor O’Shea’s Italy team look to launch an era of Azzurri dominance. In recent years the Italian players and their coaches have lived on a game-by-game basis. Being occasionally heralded as they dethrone a major nation, but for the …

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With Three New Injuries, Here Is Ireland’s Likely Starting XV vs Scotland

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Conor Murray of Ireland passes the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

On Tuesday afternoon, the news was confirmed that both Johnny Sexton and Peter O’Mahony were ruled out of Ireland’s Six Nations opener with Scotland this weekend. Although Sexton and O’Mahony’s absences were harming enough, more bad news was to come as it later emerged that Andrew Trimble was also a doubt with the 32-year-old apparently suffering from a groin strain. …

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Johnny Sexton Has Been Ruled Out Of Ireland’s Six Nations Opener

Ireland fans have been left hugely disappointed on Tuesday afternoon as the news has just been confirmed that Johnny Sexton has been ruled out of their six nations opener with Scotland this weekend. It was reported earlier today that Munster’s Ian Keatley had been put on standby as the Irish coaches reviewed Sexton’s fitness. However, the official Irish Rugby Twitter …

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Six Nations Team-By-Team Previews: 6th Place – Italy

LYON, FRANCE - MAY 13: Harlequins Director of Rugby, Conor O'Shea looks on as his team warms up prior to kickoff during the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final match between Harlequins and Montpellier at the Grand Stade de Lyon on May 13, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Harlequins)

Off the back of Italy’s worst ever Six Nations campaign, they have three home games to try and end their losing run in the competition.  Italy have lost their last seven Six Nations games, and are reeling from a tournament that saw them concede 224 points, a Championship record. Their domestic sides are having disastrous seasons as well. The two …

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George North Given Troubling Advice From Expert Brain Doctor

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 26: George North of Wales during the International Match between Wales and South Africa at the Principality Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Dr. Barry O’Driscoll, former IRB chief medical advisor and world renowned expert on rugby safety, has implored George North to end his rugby career. Dr. O’Driscoll  has previously walked away from his position at World Rugby so inadequate did he feel their efforts to make the game safer, and so has ample credibility when it comes to concussions and their long-term …

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Six Nations To Introduce Bonus Points in 2017 Championship

The Six Nations Council have announced that a bonus points system will be introduced for the 2017 Six Nations Championship on a trial basis. In a statement released on the official Six Nations website, Pat Whelan, Chairman of the Six Nations said, “We have been looking at the feasibility of a bonus point system for a while and examining what …

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Opinion: After The Autumn, Are Ireland Now Six Nations Favourites?

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 26/11/2016 Ireland vs Australia Ireland's Peter O'Mahony celebrates at the final whistle Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Ireland hit another high with victory over Australia on Saturday. But do their autumn successes make them Six Nations favourites ahead of England? What a difference a year makes. In 2015 an under-strength Ireland were dispatched by Argentina at the World Cup. Fast forward to 2016, and another weakened Ireland defeat Argentina 27-24. Ireland are without doubt playing their best …

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Six Nations Removed From Irish Government’s List Of Free-To-Air Sporting Events

France v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

The Six Nations might no longer be available on terrestrial television in Ireland. In what can only be described as an odd decision on behalf of the Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten has removed the Six Nations from the list of free-to-air sporting events protected by the government. Although Naughten’s predecessor, Alex White, had said the list of events was under review, few …

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