Posts Tagged "Six Nations"
There are 101 countries playing international rugby of a sort, the IRB rankings pretty much tell the story.
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Much is made of the USA, Canada and Japan as the sleeping giants of rugby union. I am afraid, however, that drowned out in the roar is a world conquering nation often overlooked by most – Germany.
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This coming weekend sees the proper start to the month-long fest of rugby internationals – mainly between Northern and Southern Hemisphere foes.
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Just after another disappointing 2013 Six Nations tournament for Les Bleus, Philippe Saint-Andre and his senior coaching staff invited a dozen of journalists to what they call ‘une table ronde’.
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Ireland are coming off a disappointing Six Nations, which led to Declan Kidney departing as head coach and being replaced by ex-Leinster coach Joe Schmidt.
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Whilst reading comments related to the match on Saturday at Eden Park, I found a comment whereby a New Zealand supporter compared the number of cards each nation have received since 2000.
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Since the start of professional rugby in 1996, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand have won 73 percent, 75 percent and 90 percent of their matches respectively against the traditional Five Nation teams.
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The IRB announced that there would be some rule changes and differences in interpretation for the 2013 season.
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It’s taken me a while to absorb that Welsh victory over the weekend. What a cracker of a game. It was a victory built on the top six inches.
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Wales thrashed England by a record-breaking 30-3 at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday to retain the Six Nations title and deny the visitors a Grand Slam.
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The issue of penalties and free kick counts (and loss of game time) has reared its ugly head once again with the latest scrum-engaging rules – which we thought they would help.
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England came through a huge scare to keep their grand slam hopes alive with an unconvincing 18-11 victory over Italy in the Six Nations Championship at Twickenham on Sunday.
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Scotland’s Australian interim head coach Scott Johnson jokingly compared his side to boxing great Muhammad Ali after they came from behind to see off Ireland 12-8 in the Six Nations at Murrayfield.
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Fly-half Greig Laidlaw held his nerve as Scotland won back-to-back Six Nations matches for the first time since 2001 after coming from behind to beat Ireland 12-8 at Murrayfield on Sunday.
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Courtney Lawes will make his first England start at blindside flanker as one of three changes to a winning side announced Thursday by coach Stuart Lancaster for the Six Nations clash against France at Twickenham.
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Prop Geoff Cross has been called into the Scotland side for this weekend’s Six Nations international against Ireland at Murrayfield in the only change to the side that beat Italy earlier this month.
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Wales’s Sam Warburton will have to make do with a place on the bench after interim head coach Rob Howley confirmed his replacements for this weekend’s Six Nations international away to Italy.
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England coach Stuart Lancaster was delighted by the maturity of his youthful side after they emerged from a brutal encounter in Dublin as the only side in this season’s Six Nations who can win a Grand Slam.
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France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has responded to consecutive defeats to Italy and Wales in the Six Nations championship by making five changes to the squad to face Grand Slam contenders England at Twickenham.
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French coach Philippe Saint-Andre conceded his side had no hope of winning rugby’s Six Nations title, but said their goal was to win respect following their 16-6 defeat to Wales.
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