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  • Winning is all that matters for Neill

    Malta coach Damien Neill yesterday urged his players to lift their game and steer the country to its third victory in the FIRA-AER Division 2A group as the rugby national team continue their preparations for Saturday’s international against...

  • Malta hit back to beat Israel

    Malta staged a strong second-half fightback to overcome Israel 16-13 in a thrilling FIRA-AER Division 2A match in Netanya yesterday. It was determined performance from the Maltese who trailed the hosts 5-3 at the end of the first half. But on the...

  • Malta coach Neill not underestimating Israel

    Malta coach Neill not underestimating Israel

    The Maltese rugby national team resume their commitments in the FIRA-AER Division 2A when they play guests to Israel, in Netanya, this afternoon. Malta have so far experienced mixed fortunes in the group. They opened the campaign on November 1...

  • Record TV viewing figures for Six Nations showdown

    Staggered starts and scintillating rugby helped attract a peak record audience of nearly 10 million TV viewers for the Six Nations’ finale between England and France, the BBC announced yesterday. Ireland retained the title on points difference on...

  • Ireland take title after nervy wait

    Ireland take title after nervy wait

    Ireland tiptoed their way to successive RBS Six Nations titles for the first time since 1949, sneaking past England on points difference after beating Scotland 40-10, yesterday. Joe Schmidt’s men ended Wales’s title bid with their four-try triumph...

  • Patience, and defence, key as England seek big win

    Patience, and defence, key as England seek big win

    When England went into their final fixture of the 2014 Six Nations needing a 50-plus point win over Italy to have a chance of the title it looked a forlorn hope when they led only 10-6 after almost half an hour. However, as Italy tired, England...

  • Parling promoted for crucial France clash

    England have promoted Geoff Parling to the second row and recalled Nick Easter to the bench for tomorrow’s decisive RBS Six Nations clash with France at Twickenham. The solitary change to the starting XV that toppled Scotland 25-13 last weekend...

  • Lancaster considers small changes

    Lancaster considers small changes

    Stuart Lancaster is considering making only minor adjustments to his team as England seek a triumphant conclusion to their 2015 RBS Six Nations campaign. Replacement tight-five forwards Tom Youngs and Geoff Parling, who appeared in the second half...

  • England beat Scots but could rue their mistakes

    England put themselves back in the mix for the Six Nations title when they beat Scotland 25-13 yesterday to join Ireland and Wales on six points and set up a mouth-watering finale next week but they may come to rue a host of missed tryscoring...

  • England must stop starting badly, says Farrell

    England have had two weeks to analyse what went wrong in the defeat by Ireland but most fans could have told them in five minutes as their third successive dire start probably put paid to their Six Nations title hopes for another year. England...

  • Italy planning to bid for 2023 World Cup

    Italy planning to bid for 2023 World Cup

    Italy have confirmed they will bid to host Rugby World Cup 2023 – the first nation to cement their opposition to Ireland. The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) has vowed to formalise its bid to stage the 2023 global contest when World Rugby starts...

  • Lancaster looking to make changes

    Stuart Lancaster will watch this weekend’s Aviva Premiership action closely as he considers whether to respond to the conclusion of England’s Grand Slam dream by making changes. The 2015 World Cup hosts were kicked into submission by Ireland in...

  • Ireland take big step towards the title with England win

    Ireland took a major step towards retaining their Six Nations title with a pulsating 19-9 victory over England in Dublin yesterday to become the only side to win their opening three games. With both sides unbeaten going into a game billed as a...

  • Italy stun Scotland with last-gasp win at Murrayfield

    Italy’s perseverance was rewarded as a last-gasp penalty try gave them a 22-19 win over Scotland for only their second away victory in the annual Six Nations. Scotland looked like holding out in a messy battle of the tournament also-rans but Italy...

  • Rugby great Woodward at BLM conference

    Rugby great Woodward at BLM conference

    Clive Woodward was a high-profile speaker during the Business Leaders Malta (BLM) annual conference at the Radisson Blu Golden Sands Resort, yesterday. Addressing representatives from various entities, the legendary rugby coach shared his...

  • England hope for Brown return

    England retain hope that Mike Brown will participate in Sunday’s Six Nations showdown with Ireland after completing the latest stage in the return to play protocols for concussion. Brown was knocked unconscious following an accidental collision...

  • Wales hold off feisty Scotland to secure narrow victory

    Wales hold off feisty Scotland to secure narrow victory

    Wales weathered a fierce Scotland onslaught to kick-start their Six Nations campaign with a frenetic 26-23 victory at a sun-kissed Murrayfield yesterday. Jonathan Davies’s second-half try sealed Wales’ eighth successive win over the Scots and put...

  • Malta to face Belgium at Headingley next June

    Malta to face Belgium at Headingley next June

    Malta and Belgium will face off in a summer international at Headingley Carnegie in a curtain-raiser to the round 19 First Utility Super League clash between English heavyweights Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC on June 21. Hosting the mid-season...

  • England thrash Italy 47-17

    England thrash Italy 47-17

    Jonathan Joseph scored two superb tries as England recovered from a stuttering start to hammer Italy 47-17 yesterday to make it two wins out of two in the Six Nations championship and remain on course for the first title since 2011. England scored...

  • England unchanged for clash against Italy

    England unchanged for clash against Italy

    England have named an un-changed team to face Italy in the Six Nations at Twickenham today – sticking with the starting 15 who beat Wales 21-16 in their opener last week. It means Jonathan Joseph, who scored a try against Wales, and George Kruis...

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