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  • Ireland stroll past Scotland in Six Nations

    Ireland stroll past Scotland in Six Nations

    Ireland comfortably won their opening Six Nations championship match at the Aviva Stadium yesterday, taking their time to get going before beating Scotland 28-6 as they look to put last year’s poor campaign firmly behind them. Ireland, who last...

  • Wales hold off dogged Italy

    Wales hold off dogged Italy

    Holders Wales got their bid for an historic hat-trick of Six Nations titles off to a nervy start when they squeezed past a dogged Italy 23-15 in the opening match yesterday. First-half tries by Alex Cuthbert and Scott Williams gave the hosts a...

  • Hibbard aiming to put down marker

    Richard Hibbard wants Wales to make an immediate statement of intent when they launch their bid for an unprecedented Six Nations title hat-trick this afternoon. Wales, beaten just once in the last 10 Six Nations games, are red-hot favourites...

  • Tunnel-visioned Wales eye hat-trick

    Tunnel-visioned Wales eye hat-trick

    For about the 10th time in a row the Six Nations is being described as “the most open for years” as Europe’s rugby elite shuffle for supremacy having suffered their usual November southern hemisphere hidings. Wales have quickly forgotten their...

  • Wales in search of a treble

    Wales in search of a treble

    Wales are hoping to make Six Nations history by targeting a third successive Championship title. Warren Gatland’s team have been installed as marginal favourites to win the 2014 tournament, narrowly ahead of England, and continue their recent...

  • Warburton eyes return as Wales seek a landmark

    Captain Sam Warburton, who has not played rugby since suffering a shoulder injury in November, hopes to be fit to lead Wales’s defence of the Six Nations championship when they will be seeking an unprecedented third successive outright...

  • France captain Dusautoir and Guitoune out of squad

    France captain Dusautoir and Guitoune out of squad

    France captain Thierry Dusautoir and winger Sofiane Guitoune have both been ruled out of the Six Nations championship after sustaining serious injuries in the Heineken Cup last weekend. Uncapped flanker Virgile Bruni and full-back Jean-Marcellin...

  • More Euro talks set for new year

    English rugby boss Ian Ritchie left crisis talks on the future of European rugby by promising to continue the mediation in January. Rugby Football Union chief executive Ritchie and chairman Bill Beaumont represented the RFU in talks in Dublin...

  • MRL in a successful bid for RLEF affiliate membership

    MRL in a successful bid for RLEF affiliate membership

    The Malta Rugby League (MRL) have been granted affiliate membership of the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF) after applying in early November. The recognition sees the MRL’s membership raised from ‘observer’ to ‘affiliate’ with Malta...

  • No plans for hybrid match

    The Rugby Football League is not planning to participate in a hybrid-code fixture with an Australian rugby union team. Reports said the RFL had agreed a December 2014 date with its Australian 15-a-side counterparts which would pit the Wallabies...

  • English clubs look to Welsh

    Euro competition appears set to disintegrate further with England’s clubs confident the Welsh regions will join them next season. Premiership Rugby has nine vacant weekends to fill for 2014-15 after announcing last week that the 12 Premiership...

  • Coach Neill keen to take Maltese game to next level

    Coach Neill keen to take Maltese game to next level

    Singling out Damien Neill as the major catalyst behind the rise of Rugby Union in Malta would be no understatement. After being named national coach in 2004, the Welshman was influential in turning the fortunes of the national team around. No one...

  • Five unions back Heineken Cup

    European rugby could be on course for civil war after the Scottish, Welsh, Irish, French and Italian unions announced their commitment to existing European club competitions after a meeting in Dublin late Thursday. The unions’ determination to...

  • Six Wallabies banned after drinking session

    Australia have suspended six players for one match and sanctioned another nine for “breaches of internal team protocols” following a drinking session in the days leading up to Saturday’s test against Ireland. “Everyone in our squad is required to...

  • Robshaw eyes Six Nations glory

    Chris Robshaw has reacted to a spirited defeat to New Zealand by declaring England must win an RBS 6 Nations title to provide evidence of genuine progress. The All Blacks avenged last autumn’s Twickenham humiliation with a 30-22 victory in a...

  • All Blacks survive England fightback

    All Blacks survive England fightback

    New Zealand remain on course to complete their perfect year after beating England 30-22 at Twickenham yesterday but they did it the hard way after the hosts fought back from 17-3 down in a thrilling encounter. With Twickenham rocking as England...

  • England coach Lancaster hails All Black dominance

    England coach Lancaster hails All Black dominance

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster regards Richie McCaw’s world champions as the best New Zealand team he has seen – and the most dominant force in any sport. The rivals meet at Twickenham today in an eagerly-awaited climax to the QBE...

  • Malta outsmart Croatia

    Malta outsmart Croatia

    Malta produced a very efficient, all-round performance yesterday to see off Croatia and put themselves within touching distance of preserving the team’s place in Division 2A for another qualifying campaign. Facing a must-win scenario against a...

  • Rugby Union: Impressive Malta ease past Croatia

    Rugby Union: Impressive Malta ease past Croatia

    Malta moved on the brink of retaining their place in Division 2A when they produced a stunning performance to beat Croatia 37-18 at the Hibs Stadium. Malta drew first blood after 10 minutes when from a scrum Toby Quarendon released James Kirk on...

  • Malta needs to show mental toughness in crucial qualifier

    Malta needs to show mental toughness in crucial qualifier

    Malta coach Damien Neill is calling on his players to prove they have enough mental strength to overcome the challenge of Croatia in a crucial FIRA-AER Division 2A qualifier at the Hibs Stadium today. The dramatic 13-10 win away in Lithuania the...

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