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Six Nations: Team Of The Weekend

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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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Six Key Lessons From The Penultimate Weekend Of Six Nations Action

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Danny Care of England celebrates scoring his sides seventh try with Tom Wood of England and Jack Nowell of England during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on March 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

England have done it. After winning their 18th consecutive Test match they moved level on victories with New Zealand’s run last year for the greatest number of consecutive victories.  They were simply incredible on Saturday, making a dangerous and strong Scottish side look incredibly weak. Meanwhile, Wales ended Ireland’s hopes, with the latter hosting grand slam-chasing England next week and …

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Watch: Paul O’Connell’s Hilarious Interview With Nine-Year-Old Sam

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As part of ALDI’s superb Kid Rugby Panel campaign, Munster and Ireland legend Paul O’Connell sat down with Sam, just nine years of age, for a brilliant interview. The former second-row discussed his notorious “manic aggression” speech from 2007, his appearance on A Question Of Sport in recent months that went viral and how fame treats him. O’Connell, as is …

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Watch: Eddie O’Sullivan Slams Joe Schmidt’s Predictable Ireland Side

Schmidt Ireland

Ireland’s faint hopes of wrestling their Six Nations title back off England were dashed on Friday evening as Wales ran out 22-9 winners in the Principality Stadium. Joe Schmidt’s side produced arguably their worst display under the former Leinster boss as some inexcusable errors cost them dear. They were calamitous at the lineout, toothless in attack and dropped far too much …

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Watch: Dan Biggar Goads Johnny Sexton Before The Irish Fly-Half Is Sin Binned

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The decision of Wayne Barnes to send Johnny Sexton to the bin shortly before half-time proved pivotal in Ireland’s defeat to Wales. Rob Howley’s side were impressively ruthless for the ten minutes the out-half was absent, notching ten points thanks to George North’s second try and a Leigh Halfpenny penalty. Many Irish fans were perplexed as the English official flashing yellow …

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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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Detailing Ireland’s Chequered History With Wayne Barnes

Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Writing in the Irish Times on Wednesday, Gavin Cummiskey summed up the apprehension felt by many Irish fans ahead of their side’s clash with Wales by headlining his article following Joe Schmidt’s squad announcement with “Referee the only concern as Schmidt names expected team”. Although Cummiskey’s headline raised some eyebrows, it’s fair to say that Ireland’s relationship with Wayne Barnes has been …

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