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Opinion: Six Nations Team Of The Championship 2017

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 18: Stuart Hogg of Scotland celebrates at full time during the RBS Six Nations Championship match between Scotland and Italy at Murrayfield Stadium on March 18, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

After a feast of rugby over the last two months, focus now turns to club action as well as the impending Lions tour. However, before we consign Six Nations 2017 to memory, we select our team of the tournament. _____ 15. Stuart Hogg Rob Kearney was solid and Halfpenny kicked well, but there was no real competitor to Scotland’s magician …

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An Alternative England XV To Face Wales On Saturday

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: England players line up for the national anthem prior to the RBS Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium on February 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

After a hard-fought 19-16 victory over France at Twickenham on the opening weekend of this year’s Six Nations, England face a Wales team smirking from their 33-7 win over Italy at the Millennium Stadium this weekend.  Here Angus Cross picks his alternative England XV to face the Welsh on Saturday. ________ 1. Joe Marler After miraculously recovering from a broken leg, …

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An England XV To Start Against South Africa

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24: Eddie Jones, the England head coach talks to George Ford duirng the England captain's run at Allianz Stadium on June 24, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Following a strong start to the Eddie Jones era with eight wins out of eight, times could just be about to get tougher for this England squad, with a number of injuries threatening their 100 per cent record. It was already known that James Haskell would not be available for the autumn tests, but following more and more injuries to …

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Champions Cup: Our Round Table Predictions For This Season’s Tournament

As the European Rugby Champions Cup gets underway later this month, we’ve taken a closer look at the pool stages, potential quarter and semi-final fixtures and predicted a winner for the final next May… _ Wasps have an incredibly strong side this year and will be a prominent figure throughout Europe and the Aviva Premiership. Their pool could arguably be considered as …

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Manchester United Player Ratings Vs Watford

WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United reacts after the final whistle during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on September 18, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Following an embarrassing 3-1 defeat away to Watford on Sunday, Angus Cross rates each Manchester United player out of ten.   ______ David de Gea: 6 De Gea made a few decent saves, including a spectacular effort to deny a Troy Deeney header, but could have done far better by using his hands rather than his feet for Watford’s opening …

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Eddie Jones’ Red Rose Picks: The Top Three English Contenders In Each Position

Given the depth of talent available to England head coach Eddie Jones, it’s often hard to narrow down options to just one or two in each position across the rugby field.  However, ahead of the Autumn internationals, we’ve chosen our top English picks in every position on the field, assessing each player’s possible contribution to the Red Rose cause in the …

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Ranking European Rugby’s Top 10 Clubs Right Now

With Europe’s top rugby leagues still only getting into gear after a long summer break, it’s a good time to rank the continent’s top ten clubs at present. There is Irish representation but our initial list is dominated by some massive English and French clubs. Quelle surprise! ______ 10. Leinster The last few years have been painful for the three-time European champions, …

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Aviva Premiership Review: Top English Performers Of The Weekend

After England’s successful tour of Australia in the summer, the Aviva Premiership got back underway last weekend and we’ve rated the top English performers (including England qualified) from the opening round of League action – with one eye on the upcoming November’s Test matches. 1. Mako Vunipola – Saracens Vunipola gave another impressive performance in a game where Saracens struggled to make …

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