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Alan Drumm
Alan is Pundit Arena's weekend editor and lead rugby writer. You can contact him by emailing [email protected] or twitter via @alanjdrumm

Six Nations: Team Of The Weekend

Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

By virtue of the decision to schedule games on Friday night, Six Nations fans face into another fallow Sunday in this season’s Championship. While Friday night fixtures are popular among fans at a domestic and European level, Six Nations organisers face opposition to their staging. In any event, the lack of action allows rugby fans time to reflect on the weekend’s results …

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Maro Itoje Being Targeted By NFL Franchises [Report]

Maro Itoje

For a number of years now, England rugby fans have been telling anyone who would listen that Maro Itoje would become a superstar of the game. However, so loud have they been shouting and so great have his performances been, scouts from the NFL appear to have sat up and taken note of the Saracens lock. According to The Independent, …

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5 Quick Conclusions From England’s Massive 61-21 Win Over Scotland

England v Scotland - RBS Six Nations

1. Scotland’s Terrible Start Scottish fans were quietly confident as they arrived in Twickenham this afternoon. However, any hope they may have had was quickly extinguished in the opening fifteen minutes. Fraser Brown’s early yellow card was compounded by Alex Dunbar’s missed tackle on Jonathan Joseph, then Finn Russell missed touch from a penalty and followed that up by lacking any conviction when striking …

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England And Scotland Submit Final Team Sheets Ahead Of Calcutta Cup Match

England Media Session

Not only will England be playing for the Calcutta Cup this afternoon, but the Championship title following Ireland’s defeat to Wales on Friday night. However, standing in the way of Eddie Jones’ team is a Scottish side who are enjoying a brilliant run of form and playing some fantastic rugby. Indeed, Scotland possess some of the most dangerous players in …

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Where It All Went Wrong For Joe Schmidt And Ireland Against Wales

Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

In the build-up to Friday night’s Six Nations clash between Ireland and Wales, outside of a few dissenting voices, a consensus emerged suggesting that Rob Howley’s rudimentary offensive strategy would be unable to break down a very physical Irish side. However, in spite of being dominated by Ireland for much of the second half, it was Wales who were by …

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Earlier Than Expected Date For Lions Squad Announcement Heaps Pressure On Fringe Players

British and Irish Lions Press Conference

Late last week the British and Irish Lions media team circulated an email confirming that Warren Gatland would name his squad on April 19. The unveiling of the touring squad will be the centrepiece of a well coordinated day designed to facilitate the various media organisations from across the rugby world. However, while fans and commentators look forward to April 19 …

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How Ireland Could Lose To Wales And Still Win The Championship Even If England Beat Scotland

Scotland v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

When Six Nations organisers first hinted at the introduction of the bonus point system, supporters were generally supportive of the idea. After all, bonus points are used in each of rugby’s most prestigious tournaments as a means of fostering attacking rugby. However, due to the format of the Six Nations, the bonus point system isn’t entirely fair. Indeed, John Feehan, the chief …

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Warren Gatland Set To Add Former England Prop To Lions Coaching Staff [Report]

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Warren Gatland is announced as the Head Coach of the British & Irish Lions for the 2017 Tour to New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions Press Conference at Standard Life House on September 7, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Warren Gatland looks set to bolster the British and Irish Lions backroom team with the addition of former England prop Graham Rowntree. According to ESPN, Rowntree will work in tandem with Steve Borthwick “focusing on the forwards and set-piece”. The appointment is in line with Gatland’s desire for continuity within the coaching set-up, with Andy Farrell and Rob Howley retaining their roles …

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Kurtley Beale Set To Leave Wasps At The End Of The Season

Wasps v Leicester Tigers - Aviva Premiership

Wasps have this afternoon confirmed that Kurtley Beale will leave the club at the end of the season and return to Australia. Despite only joining the Premiership club last summer, there has been constant speculation hanging over his future, with Fox Sports hinting at his departure as early as last September. In February, ESPN then reported that Michael Cheika was preparing the ground …

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