International

Haskell confident in England return this weekend.

    Today, Eddie Jones will make his Six Nations squad announcement for England’s first game of the tournament which will take place at Twickenham on Saturday. England fans will be happy to hear that James Haskell is looking to return to the England squad for only his second appearance this season in all competitios down to a niggling toe injury. …

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Italy name side to face Wales.

    Italy head coach Conor O’Shea has now named his side which will step onto the pitch for their Six Nations opener against Wales at the weekend. He has changed 5 faces from the team which shocked an unwell South Africa last year. 13 of the 15 who are starting play their club game in Italy; this does not include …

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Sexton out for Six Nations opener.

    Ireland’s Johnny Sexton who has been in doubt for the tournament, has now been ruled out of his side’s opener against France on the 4th of February. Sexton who was earlier a doubt for the whole tournament down to a calf injury, is being medically assessed prior to the tournament. This gives Sexton and Ireland the best chance of …

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Six Nations relegation system turned down.

  The Six Nations officials have now turned down the proposal of a relegation system within the tournament. The proposal has been a hot topic within the Six Nations over the past week, after some nations called for a system which will see a the bottom team replaced in the next year. This was brought about after some see it as …

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Jones impressed with developing sports science.

    Despite England’s rather rocky run up to the Six Nations, head coach Eddie Jones is confident with the decisions he has made regarding the injuries hanging over the team. Jones has had to put up with losing some of his first choice names, with the likes of the Vunipola brothers who are both out for at least their …

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Quality France try in the Wellington 7’s.

    Jean Pascall Barraque shows his ability here as he dances through the Samoa defense, in France’s 28-5 win. France won 2/4 games in the Wellington 7’s, losing to the champions in the form of the Blitzboks (45-0) and New Zealand (21-14) who finished fifth, as South Africa, Fiji and England claim the top 3 spots. The Blitzboks further …

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All Blacks man rejects move to France.

    According to Rugby Heaven and a French newspaper (Midi Olympique), All Black Ben Smith has rejected a move to the top14 to stay with the New Zealand team. The 30 year old who was linked with a potential move to Pau with a tasty salary of around £1.6m, has seen that the honour of playing for the All …

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Premiership’s appeal to reduce Six Nations to 5 weeks.

    The Aviva Premiership have officially put in their proposal to change the Six Nations from a 7 to 5 week period. This is down to bigger clubs which are effected by the tournament feeling that 7 weeks without some of their top players is too long and could be pivotal in their season. The request has been backed …

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