Tag Archives: Six Nations 2020

Bamba ‘went across the scrum and was rewarded for it’, says livid Wayne Pivac | Sport

Wayne Pivac counted the cost of Wales’s first home defeat in the Six Nations for three years and their first against France in 10. Wales lost George North to his latest head injury after only 10 minutes, a loss compounded when Josh Adams, Wales’s other wing, limped off with an …

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England’s Jonathan Joseph happy to wing it on way to milestone | Sport

Jonathan Joseph hopes to get his hands on the ball as full-back.

Eddie Jones’s habit of encouraging flexibility among players over recent months goes beyond Sunday’s match against Ireland being a third successive game without a specialist No 8, with Tom Curry continuing in the position. Further evidence of Jones’s quibbling at the notion of specialists is demonstrated in the selection of …

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Eddie Jones expects England to face ‘titanic’ Six Nations clash against Ireland | Sport

Eddie Jones believes Sunday’s “titanic clash” with Ireland will be a battle for European supremacy with England seeking to stay in the hunt for the Six Nations title. Ireland are bidding to win the triple crown at Twickenham and while Wales won the grand slam last year, Jones sees Sunday’s …

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France stay on grand slam trail as Romain Ntamack shatters Wales | Sport

At last, France are really back. Against the very team who have driven them to distraction of late, this latest incarnation of brazen French youngsters held their nerve as an all-too-familiar narrative unfolded, defending what had been a comfortable lead with only 14 men in the dying minutes. This time, …

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Stuart Hogg’s solo effort leads Scotland to hard-fought victory against Italy | Sport

Scotland avoided joining the ruins in Rome to ease the pressure on head coach Gregor Townsend with a hard-fought 17-0 victory over Italy. In what was billed as the battle for the wooden spoon, a sensational Stuart Hogg try, relieving him of his recent demons following high-profile errors against Ireland …

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Ireland appear revitalised by Andy Farrell’s subtle tweaks to their system | Ugo Monye | Sport

I was not at all surprised to hear Andy Farrell talking about the importance of “Irishness” this week. It is something I picked up on before the start of the tournament when Farrell was repeatedly talking about how Ireland had to stand for something. In other words what was their …

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Eddie Jones’ England future could turn on Tom Curry winning No 8 duel | Paul Rees | Sport

Eddie Jones used his experience to full advantage in his first four years in charge of England but since the World Cup final he has veered from grumpy to irascible, no longer sure of touch. On the day that the former Ireland second-row Dan Tuohy marked his retirement by declaring …

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England desperate for victory to sweeten sour mood of Eddie Jones | Sport

George Kruis (left) and Maro Itoje

The Guinness Six Nations championship, to use its full title, badly needs an uplifting, glass-full type of weekend. To date the weather has been the primary winner and, aside from Italy’s games, try bonus points have materialised about as often as Eddie Jones wears a cassock. Even the tournament’s true …

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Wales under pressure to get back on track against inexperienced France | Sport

There was an echo of the Warren Gatland era this week when the prop Wyn Jones accused France of cheating in the scrum. It was a calculated attempt to provoke the Six Nations leaders, whose indignant response went over the top, but it also showed the pressure the champions are …

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France call Welsh claims of cheating in scrum ‘a childish attack’ | Sport

The entente between France and Wales has turned distinctly uncordiale before Saturday’s meeting between the sides in Cardiff. The hosts fired the first shot by accusing Les Bleus of cheating in the scrums and the Six Nations leaders responded by calling them childish. The Wales loosehead prop Wyn Jones used …

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