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The Telegraph Only Name Six Welsh Players In Their 37 Man Lions Squad

It’s fair to say that Wales have not been enjoying their best Six Nations campaign this season. Although they claimed a 33-7 win over Italy on the opening weekend of the Championship, Rob Howley’s side found themselves 7-3 down at half-time and ultimately failed to claim a four-try bonus point. Despite a strong showing against England, Wales failed to turn their …

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The Jacques Burger Interview: Supporters Need To Behave More Responsibly On Social Media “It’s Something That Plays Part Of Your Mental Health”

Jacques Burger

On the Oval Office Podcast this week, we spoke with Jacques Burger, who cast an objective eye over the Six Nations and candidly spoke about his battle with depression. In a wide-ranging discussion, the hard-hitting Namibian back row forward highlighted the difficulties he faced while dealing with the mental illness in his youth, and described the difficulty he faced in talking …

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Why England Might Need To Cap Denny Solomona Before The Six Nations Concludes Or Risk Losing Him Until 2019

Sale Sharks v Bristol Rugby - Aviva Premiership

Despite supporting the extension of rugby’s residency rules from three years to five, according to The Guardian, England might be forced into capping Denny Solomona before the conclusion of the Six Nations as they could otherwise risk losing the Sale Sharks winger until 2019. The 23-year-old New Zealand-born player has been in excellent form for Sale, scoring eight tries in six …

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“Gatland’s Law In Chaos” As Leigh Halfpenny Looks Set To Turn His Back On Wales [Report]

Scotland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

The protracted transfer saga involving Leigh Halfpenny looks to be coming to a close after French TV station, BFM, reported that the Welsh fullback could sign a new contract with Toulon within the next two weeks. Although Mourad Boudjellal did stress that “nothing is signed”, Toulon’s colourful owner confirmed negotiations are “going well”. BFM believe the three-time European Champions want Halfpenny to …

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Jared Payne Back In Irish Squad For Final Two Rounds Of The Six Nations

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Joe Schmidt the coach of Ireland is seen during the captains run prior to tomorrow's 6 Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on February 3, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Following on from their 19-9 win over France last weekend, Joe Schmidt has named a 36 man squad for Ireland’s two remaining Six Nations encounters against Wales and England. Despite being out of action with a kidney injury for the last three months, Jared Payne makes an immediate return to the Irish squad alongside Leinster’s  Joey Carbery. Quinn Roux, who was a …

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Leinster Sign Hard-Nosed Australian Second Row On Two Year Deal [Report]

Argentina v Australia - Semi Final: Rugby World Cup 2015

The Canberra Times have this morning reported that Leinster have signed hard-nosed Australian lock Scott Fardy on a two-year deal. According to the report, the 32-year-old Australian international will see out the remainder of the Super Rugby season with the Brumbies before moving to Leinster. Fardy, who has represented the Wallabies on 39 occasions, was a late bloomer having made his Super Rugby …

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5 Established Players Who Risk Falling Out Of Lions Contention

England v Wales - RBS Six Nations

There has been a great deal of debate over the composition of the Lions squad since the beginning of the season. However, the real litmus test for players was always going to be the Six Nations. Sure, domestic and European rugby brings its own brand of intensity and passion, but international rugby is on another level. Be it the physical …

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Only Two Scottish Players Included In Official Six Nations Team Of The Week

Scotland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

After a truly memorable weekend of Six Nations action, Championship organisers have unveiled their team of the week. As is always the case, tournament sponsors, Accenture, have used an algorithm that observes statistical relationships alongside hands-on tweaks to produce a score for every player. According to an article published in The Guardian during 2013, “the algorithm combines weighted values for every action …

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