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Scotland’s Paris victory seals Six Nations title for Wales

This final week of the Six Nations has ultimately decided where each team stands both in the table and more generally in the landscape of world rugby. So, what exactly happened in each season-defining encounter?Super Saturday kicked off in Edinburgh’s glorious afternoon sunshine with Scotland facing Italy. A try from captain Luca Bigi five minutes […]

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England on track: is rugby coming home this year?

The last decade of English World Cup rugby has seen much controversy and little consistency. 2011; England’s ‘antics’ and ‘off-field’ distractions took over Martin Johnson’s grasp of their World Cup. From ball swapping to inappropriate comments, England’s time spent south culminated in a £3,000 fine awarded to Manu Tuilagi for taking a disorderly dip in […]

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Scotland vs England: Townsend out to prove experience isn’t everything in first encounter with Jones

And so, the date has come, nearly two months to the day after gorging themselves on Christmas dinner, rugby fans have another delight to feast themselves upon this Saturday. The Calcutta Cup returns to Edinburgh for one of its most eagerly anticipated editions in years. While expectations have been dampened slightly by Wales’ demolition job […]

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Pre-match chat: can the match be won off the pitch?

In the wake of England rugby coach Eddie Jones’s calling out Wales fly-half Rhys Patchell before England’s 12-6 victory over Wales in round two of the 2018 Six Nations, this article assesses the importance of pre-match chat in sport. Jones piled the pressure on the young Welsh fly-half in the days before the encounter, labelling […]

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England eye improvement when they face Wales on Saturday

With England scraping past France with one of their most disjointed performances since Eddie Jones took the reins, they move on to the Millennium Stadium with many questions unanswered and supporters wondering whether a second consecutive Grand Slam is beyond them. Jones will have none of these doubts. Despite being disappointed with his team’s performance, […]