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New tournament, familiar flaws: Wales fall to sixth consecutive defeat

Wales fell to a 32-9 defeat to Ireland in the Autumn Nations opener amid building pressure on head coach Wayne Pivac. After five consecutive defeats, the head coach would surely have hoped for better from his men in the key areas of the scrum and breakdown. The team’s expansive game plan was neutered by their […]

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November internationals a crucial test for Scotland

A bizarre offside call; Bernard Foley calmly collecting three points from the tee; 35-34. Scotland need no reminder of the last time they met Australia. Woeful England, alongside injury-ravaged Wales and Ireland, had all been knocked out of the World Cup, leaving only Scotland to get to the business end of rugby’s pinnacle. The heartbreak […]

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Mixed results for Home Nations in opening Autumn Internationals

With the 2015 Rugby World Cup fewer than twelve months away, this year’s Autumn Internationals undoubtedly take on a greater significance for both the home nations and the visiting southern hemisphere teams. As players look to catch the eye and coaches aim to perfect their starting line-ups, England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales all found themselves […]

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Autumn Internationals could highlight progress ahead of World Cup

The Autumn International series, normally an end of season jaunt for the Southern Hemisphere and a pre-Six Nations warm up for the Europeans, this year takes on greater significance ahead of the Rugby World Cup next September, with a record breaking 5 million people applying for tickets to the tournament last month. With the matches […]