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  • Rampant Ireland sweep past Italy

    Rampant Ireland sweep past Italy

    Ireland took pole position for their first Six Nations title in five years with a crushing 46-7 win over Italy yesterday as talismanic centre Brian O’Driscoll became the most capped player ever in his final home game. O’Driscoll made decisive...

  • Raw England hope to tame red Lions of Wales

    Raw England hope to tame red Lions of Wales

    An England team with one British and Irish Lion in their ranks take on a Welsh side containing 12 tomorrow with an interest in the Six Nations title, a Triple Crown, revenge for Cardiff and the chance to gain a World Cup edge all at stake. England...

  • Two more wins needed says England coach

    Stuart Lancaster has warned his Six Nations title hopefuls that only victories over Wales and Italy will see them crowned champions. Since losing to France on the opening weekend, the Red Rose have posted impressive wins over Scotland and Ireland...

  • Malta to face Greece and the Czech Republic

    Malta to face Greece and the Czech Republic

    Malta will open their 2014 European Championship C commitments with a match against Greece in June before travelling to Havlichkuv Brod to tackle the Czech Republic, the Rugby Lea-gue European Federation (RLEF) has announced. The announcement was...

  • IRB hopes World Cup will awaken ‘sleeping giant’ Japan

    International Rugby Board (IRB) chief executive Brett Gosper expects the 2019 World Cup to stir “sleeping giant” Japan from its slumber and raise the game’s profile in the host country as the 2002 FIFA World Cup did for soccer. “Soccer wasn’t that...

  • France drop Picamoles for disrespecting referee

    France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has dropped number eight Louis Picamoles from his squad to face Scotland next month because he showed a lack of respect towards referee Alain Rolland during Friday’s loss to Wales. The Toulouse forward appeared to...

  • England join four-way tie at the top

    A try by scrumhalf Danny Care spurred England to a nerve-jangling 13-10 victory over Ireland at Twickenham yesterday to create a four-way tie at the top of the Six Nations table. Holders Wales, who beat France in Cardiff on Friday, the French,...

  • France down Italy with second-half flourish

    France scored three second-half tries in 10 minutes to beat Italy 30-10 in the Six Nations championship yesterday and maintain their perfect start to the competition. Louis Picamoles, Wesley Fofana and debutant Hugo Bonneval all touched down...

  • Ireland pummel Wales

    Ireland pummel Wales

    Ireland dealt a devastating blow to Welsh dreams of an historic hat-trick of Six Nations titles with a comprehensive 26-3 win at the Aviva stadium yesterday. In the latest sign of a revival under new coach Joe Schmidt, the Irish went 13-0 up in...

  • May ready for more nose woes against Scots today

    May ready for more nose woes against Scots today

    Jonny May accepts breaking his nose for a second game in succession when England play Scotland today is a strong possibility. May will take his place on the left wing of an unchanged starting XV after being given the all-clear to play at...

  • England team unchanged for Scotland match

    England have named an unchanged starting XV and bench for tomorrow’s RBS 6 Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield. Having announced on Tuesday that he would keep faith with the 23 that slipped to a late 26-24 defeat by France, head coach...

  • Seattle crush Denver to win Super Bowl

    Seattle crush Denver to win Super Bowl

    Seattle Seahawks showed defence still rules in the Super Bowl as they embarrassed the usually high-scoring Denver Broncos 43-8 in New Jersey, on Sunday, to win their first NFL championship in franchise history. The Seattle defence shut down the...

  • 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...

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