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Four Changes England Coach Eddie Jones Must Now Make

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

England demolished Italy 40-9 thanks to a stunning second half display over the weekend. In the final 40 minutes Italy failed to add to their nine points while England managed 31. This second half performance was largely down to England’s bench. All week the pragmatic Eddie Jones has said that rugby is a 23-man game, and Sunday’s game really proved that. Only a mere two …

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Joe Launchbury: Touted England Captain To Bench Player

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 06: England player Joe Launchbury beats the Scotland players to a loose ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

What Eddie Jones can do in a short amount of time is quite remarkable. The former Wallabies coach can turn a minnow in Japan into a giant killer, but he can also turn an English rugby giant in Joe Launchbury back into a minnow. This writer’s not sure whether Launchbury is entirely a giant of English rugby yet, nor whether his …

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Six Nations: Why Isn’t Italian Rugby Improving?

xxxx during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Italy at Stade de France on February 6, 2016 in Paris, France.

Ever since the Italians joined England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and France in 2000 to make up the Six Nations Championship, all rugby fans have hoped Italy would eventually grow and become a real force in world rugby that could compete with the top table of nations. Italy’s opening 34-20 win over Scotland offered hope, but unfortunately Italy has yet to become …

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Six Nations Southern Hemisphere XV: Take Two

xxxx during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Italy at Stade de France on February 6, 2016 in Paris, France.

Alan Drumm has already picked his Six Nations Southern Hemisphere XV, but now it’s Patrick Perry’s turn to select the players who he believes are worthy of inclusion.  We are always comparing the beautiful southern hemisphere to the boring and dull northern hemisphere and how they play an extravagant free-flowing game while ours is set-piece dominated and all about gain-line …

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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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France vs Ireland: The Battle Of The Back Rows

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 11: Jamie Heaslip of Ireland is closed down by Damien Chouly and Thierry Dusautoir of France during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between France and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

This weekend’s game between Ireland and France is going to be a tantalizing affair, with a France team looking to try and rebuild after Philippe Saint-Andre’s time as head coach, coming up against an Ireland side in relative transition and chasing a third Six Nations title in five years. There are going to be many crucial battles fought in Paris this weekend but …

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Controlled Approach Needed From Ireland Scrum For France Game

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Mike McCarthy of Leinster wins lineout ball ahead of Tom Wood of Northampton during the Heineken Cup match between Northampton Saints and Leinster Rugby at Franklin's Gardens on December 7, 2013 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Leinster’s Mike McCarthy, again selected in Ireland’s second row with Devon Toner for Saturday’s encounter with France in Stade de France, has spoken as to how Ireland’s scrum need to set the tone from the off.   Aware of the vast bulk and durability of the French scrum, he has noted the need for attention to detail as well as …

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Watch Out Europe, Georgia Is Coming For You

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Georgia celebrate their victory over Tonga during the Group C: Rugby World Cup match between Tonga and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Gloucester, England, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Jones/Getty Images)

Georgian rugby has come on leaps and bounds since their inaugural World Cup in 2003, where they had a points difference of -154 and failed to gain a single point. Contrast that to 2015 where they had a points difference of -74, in a group where they were the second worst ranked team. The Georgian outfit raked up two wins: …

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Six Nations Team Of The Weekend: Take Two

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 06: Virimi Vakatawa of France breaks free from a tackle by Gonzalo Garcia of Italy during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Italy at Stade de France on February 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

On the opening weekend of the Six Nations France and England notched up wins, Sergio Parisse showed us why he’s not a fly half and CJ Stander made a brilliant debut. Alan Drumm has already provided our readers with his Team of the Weekend, however now Patrick Perry delivers his take on the weekend’s action. _____ Loose-head prop At loose-head is Leinster …

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Opinion: The Ireland-Wales Game Was A Shambles

DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Lloyd Williams of Wales makes a break 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)

The applause that rose up around this writer at the final knock was bigger than any applause that had come before it. There were high hopes for the match, and the least that everybody seemed to think was that it could never be worse than the matches that had been played on Saturday. And the match started well, but then deteriorated …

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Why England’s Missing Piece Could Keep Barren Spell Going

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Eddie Jones, England Head Coach speaks with Dylan Hartley, the newly appointed Captain during a training session at Pennyhill Park on January 26, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Leaders who are capable of keeping cool, calm and collected in the most intense pressure cooker situations are a rare breed. When Chris Robshaw turned down the shot for goal that might have drawn England level with Wales and potentially sent them trough to the quarter-final of the World Cup, he let pride and pressure cloud his judgement. He went …

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Why Munster Fans Should Be Very Worried

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: Anthony Foley, the Munster head coach looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Leicester Tigers and Munster at Welford Road on December 20, 2015 in Leicester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

It’s been a depressing season so far for Irish rugby fans. Poor pool stage performances by Munster, Leinster and Ulster mean that for the first time since the 1997/1998 season there will be no Irish involvement in the quarter-finals of Europe’s top rugby competition. Leinster’s performances in Europe disappointed, excluding a convincing win against Bath in the RDS and a hopeful …

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England Dominate Welsh Website’s All-Time Six Nations XV

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - OCTOBER 06: Lawrence Dallaglio of England embraces team mate Jonny Wilkinson following their team's victory at the end of the Quarter Final of the Rugby World Cup 2007 between Australia and England at the Stade Velodrome on October 6, 2007 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

With the Six Nations now within touching distance, the 133-year-old competition is to the forefront of rugby fans’ thoughts. This is no different in Wales, where WalesOnline have put their necks out there and picked their ‘ultimate’ Six Nations XV. While you may think a Welsh website would be a little biased towards their own, on this occasion they’ve actually gone …

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Why Dylan Hartley Is England Captain

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Eddie Jones, England Head Coach speaks with Dylan Hartley, the newly appointed Captain during a training session at Pennyhill Park on January 26, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

When England’s discipline-challenged hooker was named as captain it caused shockwaves across the country and the rugby world as a whole, but why exactly did England head coach Eddie Jones choose him if he is such a controversial individual? His detractors are plenty and vocal enough: he can’t prevent the red mist from descending and allows this to lead to …

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A Team Of Six Nations Rookies Hoping To Make An Impact In 2016

Every year the Six Nations rolls around, and every year it elicits excitement from the supporters of rugby’s most tribal competition. The fare may be stagnant from time to time, but more often than not, supporters reflect on the competition fondly once it’s drawn to a conclusion. Following the disappointing World Cup experienced by the northern hemisphere countries, change is …

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Five Players Who Could Make Their International Debuts In The Six Nations

The Six Nations – Europe’s premier rugby competition and a proving ground for rugby’s stars of tomorrow. A tournament with a proud and decorated history, the Six Nations has given some of rugby’s biggest names their first international starts, with Paul O’Connell, Jonny Wilkinson and Shane Williams all making their international debuts in the competition. With the introduction of summer tours and …

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