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Six Nations – Eddie Jones Counter-Accuses Wales Of Illegal Play

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Eddie Jones, the England head coach, faces the media during the media session held at Pennyhill Park on February 22, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Things are heating up in advance of the winner takes all encounter between England and Wales in Saturday’s Six Nations clash at Twickenham. The hand bags are out and the mind games have begun. First blood went to Wales after Warren Gatland and Robin McBryde accused England of some illegal scrummaging techniques, singling out Joe Marler in particular. Now, in …

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Six Nations: Jared Payne Announced Fit, But Do Ireland Need Him?

DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jared Payne of Ireland kicks the ball upfield during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Jared Payne returns to fitness, finally giving Ireland coach Joe Schmidt some options. Payne has been announced fully fit and available for this weekend’s Six Nations clash with Italy at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. Having been sidelined for much of the championship with a hamstring complaint, Payne has come through training away from the squad last week and now looks set to …

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Positive Injury News For England Coach Eddie Jones

BATH, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Eddie Jones, the England head coach, looks on during the England training session held at the University of Bath on March 1, 2016 in Bath, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Eddie Jones will be in high spirits after learning about his latest injury comeback. Centre and fly-half Henry Slade has returned to full training and has now become available for selection for Exeter. Before his leg break on the 5th of December 2015, many touted Slade as England’s answer at inside centre, but his injury meant Owen Farrell would have …

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England Coach Eddie Jones’ Vow Of Silence Speaks Volumes

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Eddie Jones, the England head coach, faces the media during the media session held at Pennyhill Park on February 22, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

It’s Wednesday now and Eddie Jones has so far kept to his promise of not speaking to the media, over a fortnight after England’s victory against Ireland. One solitary interview with the RFU’s internal media aside, Jones has kept his own counsel and has stuck to his word. Yet though this be madness, there be method in’t. By not talking to …

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Why Warren Gatland Is Wales’ Greatest Coach Ever

during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

While Wales will always be remembered for the gloriously talented teams of the 1960s and ’70s, Gatland has brought a consistency and a confidence to his team that was missing for so long. As an Englishman, I can pay no greater compliment to Gatland’s men than England’s fixture next Saturday fills me with both dread and trepidation, despite the fact …

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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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The Four Big Names Schmidt Must Now Cut From His Ireland Squad

during the Ireland Captains Run at Twickenham Stadium on February 26, 2016 in London, England.

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt must now look at cutting big names from the side in order to allow it rebuild. Following Ireland’s 21-10 defeat to England at Twickenham in yesterday’s Six Nations third round clash, it’s fair to say that Ireland will be fighting for little more than pride in the remaining two fixtures of this year’s tournament. On the …

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The XV England Boss Eddie Jones Should Now Pick To Play Wales

during the RBS Six Natiions match between Italy and England at the Stadio Olimpico on February 14, 2016 in Rome, Italy.

After England’s pragmatic but dominant display against Ireland, all eyes will turn to the Red Rose’s crucial clash with an undefeated Wales team brimming with confidence after a draw in Dublin and two victories against Scotland and France. Eddie Jones will have some difficult selection decisions to make after a third successive victory. In the pack, Jamie George’s cameo off …

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The Six Nations Team Of The Tournament So Far

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 13: Tommy Seymour of Scotland touches down from a cross kick to score his team's first try during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland at the Principality Stadium on February 13, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The build up to this year’s Six Nations was more anticipated than any other competition in recent times, with each nation looking to improve on their dismal World Cup. So after nine matches, which have varied in standard, we are now past the halfway point in this year’s tournament. We’ve been blessed with some great performances so far, especially from the …

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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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Central Issues For Ireland Coach Joe Schmidt

during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between Ireland and Argentina at Millennium Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

It really has been bemusing to listen to pundits in recent weeks discussing the makeup and creative problems of the Irish rugby team. Since Ireland impressively defeated South Africa and Australia in 2014, there has been an acknowledgement that Joe Schmidt’s side would ultimately need to add a more creative, penetrative aspect to their attacking game. And, despite what Matt …

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Lydiate Selection Causing A Bit Of A Stir On Twitter Ahead Of Wales’ Clash With France

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 13: Dan Lydiate of Wales passes the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland at the Principality Stadium on February 13, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Wales Coach Warren Gatland has made three changes to the side that defeated Scotland at the Principality Stadium, with Bradley Davies, Alex Cuthbert and Dan Lydiate replacing Luke Charteris, Tom James and Justin Tipuric respectively. The Davies for Charteris switch was to be somewhat expected due to the latter’s knee injury, while the introduction of Cuthbert and Lydiate has divided a …

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Six Nations Analysis: Ireland’s Attacking Game Plan And The Mistakes That Cost Them In France

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Jonathan Sexton of Ireland leaves the pitch due to injury during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Few would have thought at this stage of his career Joe Schmidt would be called conservative. The skilled tactician had Clermont and Leinster playing ultimate free-flowing rugby, yet has faced growing criticism for his offensive approach with Ireland. Like Eddie Jones and Warren Gatland, Schmidt has a basic bed structure that he looks to implement with Ireland. Firstly, before any …

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Ireland’s Sean O’Brien And That Hamstring

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Sean O'Brien of Ireland lies injured during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Discussing the state of Irish rugby with fellow Ireland supporters last week, the topic of Sean O’Brien’s hamstring arose. This writer stated, to some raised eyebrows, that he would not see the end of the tournament. Period. We saw the return of O’Brien and his leg on Saturday against France, in Paris for round two of the Six Nations and he rewarded our faith …

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