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Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie has defended Eddie Jones’ decision to select New Zealand-born wing Denny Solomona despite the union lobbying to extend the residency rule to five years.

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England coach Eddie Jones has a novel solution to the question of who should captain the British and Irish Lions on their tour of New Zealand this year – make it a four-man job.

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Since Ireland upset England on Saturday and halted their winning sequence at 18 – just as they did to the All Blacks in November – there has been a lot of appendage swinging as to whose record is the most worthy.

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Are England really as good as some commentators have suggested? Are they worse? While the Six Nations has not definitively answered this question, England are still well below the All Blacks’ standards.

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Eddie Jones has responded to the prospect of England facing New Zealand this year by joking that he would like the fixture to be staged straight after Saturday’s match in Dublin.

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England will face Ireland ready to make history and embrace “greatness” but the players and coach Eddie Jones are well aware that if there is anywhere in the rugby world where such dreams can be derailed it is Dublin.

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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has backed Jared Payne to perform at fullback after naming him as one of three changes to his side for the visit of Six Nations champions England to Dublin.

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England are exploring the scope for staging a mouth-watering showdown with New Zealand this autumn after receiving backing for the proposal from Eddie Jones.

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It has been a significant week in rugby across both hemispheres. While the members of SANZAAR sat down to ponder the future of Super Rugby in the south, England finally climbed off their plateau and began the ascent from ‘base camp two’ towards the top of the mountain in the north.

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England secured a second consecutive Six Nations title in emphatic style on Saturday by thrashing a supposedly resurgent Scotland 61-21.

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For a man on the brink of matching rugby’s world record winning run, England coach Eddie Jones cut an irritable, tetchy figure during a news conference that left everyone wondering what he will be like when he loses a game.

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Centre Jonathan Joseph is back in the England team to face Scotland in rugby’s Six Nations clash at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday (Sunday AEDT).

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For the first 60 minutes of their Six Nations match, England were flummoxed by Italy’s brilliant defensive strategy, to the point where the Italians led at halftime.

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It is predictable and worrying that coach Eddie Jones, supported by the blinkered, blazer-wearing wallahs running England rugby – including the abrasive Rugby Football Union CEO Ian Ritchie – would find Italy’s bold gamble on ruckless rugby somehow an attack on the spirit of the laws.

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No Six Nations Rugby this week ensured that domestic rugby was once again the main focus, and with key matches affecting both the top and the bottom of the table, this was another key weekend for teams.

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Two weeks into the Six Nations we have already seen more than enough to draw some conclusions about each team.

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While some Super Rugby players were recovering from the Tens and continuing pre-season preparations, the Six Nations rolled through its second round of games this past weekend, with one game in particular catching my attention.

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What. A. Game. Both teams rose to the occasion, and showcased brilliant endeavour in attack and defence. This was the hardest England and been pushed and the best Wales have played since 2014.

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Elliot Daly’s try four minutes from time gave champions England a 21-16 victory over Wales in a pulsating Six Nations clash played at relentless speed amid an amazing atmosphere at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday.

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Sunday morning (AEDT) sees Wales host England, playing in Cardiff. Join The Roar from 3:50am (AEDT) for live scores and commentary on all the action.

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