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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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How An Inadvertent Law Change Saved England From Further Embarrassment Against Italy

England v Italy - RBS Six Nations

Rugby fans were left divided and confused by the ruck time tactics employed by Italy during their Six Nations encounter with England yesterday. Despite the whistles of derision that were sounded in the direction of Romain Poite in Twickenham, Italy were not offside when their players took up positions on the English side of the breakdown, or the area in proximity to …

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Six Key Lessons From The Third Weekend Of Six Nations Action

DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 25:  Johnny Sexton (C) of Ireland warms up prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and France at the Aviva Stadium on February 25, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

It was yet another fascinating weekend in the Six Nations… A superb day for the Scots, a hard-fought Irish win and a confusing and at times nerve-wracking win for England. Yet they made it 17 wins in a row and remain on top of the Table after a weekend that raised more questions than provided lessons. Needless to say there …

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5 Quick Conclusions From England’s Bizarre Encounter With Italy

England v Italy - RBS Six Nations

England may have won 36-15, but the scoreline isn’t the main talking point. 1. Italy Not Engaging At The Ruck Although it may not be a tactic that’s employed with regularity in the northern hemisphere, anyone who tunes in to watch Super Rugby will have seen teams disengage at ruck time so as to erase the offside line. However, few …

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Rugby Fans Round On Matt Dawson After He Accuses Italy Of Ruining International Rugby

England v Italy - RBS Six Nations

The tactics employed by Conor O’Shea and Italy left rugby fans divided following this afternoon’s Six Nations encounter between England and Italy. From the outset, the Italian coach asked his charges to avoid engaging with any England player at ruck time, thereby erasing any semblance of an offside line and allowing their players interfere with Danny Care at the base …

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The Law That Has Allowed Italy Run Riot At Ruck Time Against England

England v Italy - RBS Six Nations

Rugby fans sat shocked as Italy dominated the opening twenty minutes of their Six Nations encounter with England in Twickenham. Not only did Eddie Jones’ side start slowly, but they appeared to struggle with the laws of the game as the Italians disengaged at ruck time, thus erasing the offside line. Law 16.1 states that a ruck is formed when “at …

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Alun Wyn Jones Is No Longer A Credible Candidate To Captain The Lions

Scotland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

This was the be the Six Nations Championship where Alun Wyn Jones laid claim to the Lions captaincy. No matter the deficiencies of Wales, and there have been many, we were told the Ospreys’ lock would provide leadership and decisiveness to a side in transition. With Warren Gatland taking a sabbatical and Sam Warburton stepping down as captain of Wales, Jones …

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