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Opinion: Disciplinary Measures Need Reviewing In The Wake Of 2016’s Six Nations

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 01: The Six Nations trophy before the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Italy at the Millennium stadium on February 1, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The clamour for change is always strong in the weeks after the Six Nations has ended, as fans discuss championship changes such as introducing bonus points, a crackdown on scrum time wasting, relegation play-offs and maybe a delayed start as the rugby produced in the final two weeks, during improved weather, was remarkably better than what we saw earlier on. But if this …

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Is It Too Late For Leinster’s James Tracy And Ireland?

What will the future hold for Leinster’s James Tracy? Ireland closed their 6 Nations championship against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium this evening, captained by Ulsterman and hooker Rory Best. By the time the next World Cup gets under way in Japan, Best will have just turned 37 and it is unlikely he’ll still be around for the trip to …

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Remembering The Last Vintage Six Nations Championship

ROME - MARCH 17: Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland makes a break on his way to score a try during the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and Ireland at Stadio Flaminio on March 17, 2007 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

As we approach the concluding weekend of the Six Nations’ latest edition, prepare yourself for pages of expert reviews, Team of the Tournament selections and more novelty articles which are likely to include an array of journalists debating what changes they’d make for 2017, favourite refereeing moment and so on. But, most importantly, count how often you read the following …

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Leinster Still Benefiting From Isa Nacewa’s Experience And Class

DUBLIN, IRELAND - APRIL 07: Isa Nacewa of Leinster breaks with the ball during the Heineken Cup quarter final match between Leinster and Cardiff Blues at the Aviva Stadium on April 7, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

24 hours after Ireland’s Six Nations campaign officially ended following the 21-10 defeat in Twickenham, Isa Nacewa led Leinster onto the field at the southernmost point of the Guinness Pro 12; the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma. This was a relatively nondescript league win for Leinster, with a critical bonus point secured minutes from time. As usual, there is a …

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