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Six Nations: Farcical French face player revolt on eve of Rugby World Cup

Outrageous claims emerge in wake of horror loss to England as players attack coach Jacques Brunel.

Jonny May shreds France with first-half hat-trick for England

England winger Jonny May racked up his first international hat-trick with a devastating series of scores against France at Twickenham on Sunday May …

Ireland need Welsh favours if Six Nations defence is to stay on track

Ireland now know they need to lean on others if they are to defend their Six Nations title. They finish their campaign in Cardiff and will require England to stumble in the Welsh capital a week on Saturday. The champions recovered from their chastening defeat by England by going back to basics to …

France switch between implosion and height of accomplishment

The temptation is to throw arms skywards, to pronounce the death of a once-mighty rugby nation, but the truth is this feels all too familiar. Only France among rugby’s top nations are capable of this sort of implosion, just as they can on occasion come back from the dead. France are no more dead …

England humiliate France at Twickenham with biggest win against old rivals in over a century

England 44 France 8 May sealed his reputation as world rugby’s deadliest finisher inside half an hour, capitalising on brilliant home kicking but also …

Townsend backs Scotland to bounce back against France

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scotland coach Gregor Townsend bemoaned a game of two halves as his side slipped to a 22-13 Six Nations loss to Ireland at Murrayfield on Saturday, but has backed the team to bounce back with a win against France in two weeks. Scotland head coach Gregor Townsen Action Images …

Ian McGeechan: ‘Scots miss opportunity to punish ordinary Irish’

Scotland had easily as many opportunities as their visitors yesterday. In fact, they probably got across the gain line more often and created more …

Gregor Paul: Why the All Blacks have reason to be concerned about the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan

COMMENT For a fleeting moment last week everything felt right about the world. It’s World Cup year, Super Rugby is about to start and there were Richie …

The Italy v Wales player ratings as new faces fail to take their chance

Wales were 26-15 victors to equal the record 11-match winning streak of the team of 1907-10 Wales have beaten Italy 26-15 in Rome. Here’s how rugby …

Ireland outmuscle Scotland and storm to precious away victory

Joe Schmidt is not a coach who is deflected by a defeat, no matter how comprehensive. Chilly gusts greeted Ireland in the Scottish capital a week after they had been blown away by England, but they were not winds of change as the champions adopted their familiar formula of establishing a lead and …

Dai Young admits he’s in ‘a dark place’ during brutally honest interview, as son Thomas makes Six Nations debut

Things have not been going well for Dai Young Welsh rugby coach Dai Young has given a brutally honest interview about his current struggles, as son …

England must ignore looming Wales showdown to avoid letting complacency creep in against unpredictable France

In the leafy confines of Bagshot, it must feel like the stars are starting to align. For England go into today’s Guinness Six Nations clash with …

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