A strong Barbarians team will test England rugby to its limits

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England v Barbarians will be anything but ‘friendly’ on Sunday. This is a wonderfully physical and talented Barbarians team laced with Gallic flair and muscle. Damien Penaud provides the stardust alongside the Fijian granite centre pairing of Levani Botia and Virimi Vakatawa. In the forwards, former French Captain Charles Ollivon will be itching to put […] READ MORE



Dan Biggar: a Very Good, or a Great Welsh outside-half?

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Wales will face England at Twickenham on Saturday, February 26. And one of the participants is Wales rugby outside-half Dan Biggar who may well play a big hand in the outcome. This is a match that will go a long way in determining how both country’s Six Nations’ campaigns are perceived. With Dan Biggar the […] READ MORE



Ideas, Identity, and Ideals in Welsh International Rugby

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Now is probably not the best time for intense introspection after a chastening and bruising defeat to Ireland. Especially for those in and around the close inner circle of players and coaches in Welsh International Rugby. Perhaps best if they keep Kipling’s words in mind, “If you can meet with triumph and disaster, and treat […] READ MORE


Wasteful England punished by hosts: Scotland v England 2022

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Eddie Jones and England will be kicking themselves for not claiming back the Calcutta Cup after Saturday’s Scotland v England 2022 clash. It was a pulsating clash at Murrayfield, with Scotland sneaking home 20-17 despite England dominating possession and territory. The difference came down to Scotland taking what limited chances came their way. Eddie Jones […] READ MORE



Rugby 2021: A year in reflection

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For many, the vintage of rugby 2021 will probably raise a lot of discussion and differing opinions. That shouldn’t be a bad thing, with less than two years away from the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France. Here, our Last Word on Sports rugby department selected a few articles that represented the year in rugby […] READ MORE


England v South Africa: A huge 2023 World Cup statement

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England v South Africa on Saturday will go down as one of the great Test matches of recent times. England’s 27-26 win over the Rugby World Cup Champions South Africa at Twickenham was a statement of intent that they are back. What made this game even more special for Eddie Jones was that England were […] READ MORE