First time ever; Six Nations and Tri Nations being played simultaneously

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The Six Nations and the Tri Nations are being played simultaneously for the first time ever, due to the adaptation to scheduling which rugby has made for Covid-19. Less a coincidence than a rare event that is unlikely to reoccur. With the 2021 Six Nations scheduled for its more regular window of February and March […] READ MORE


British and Irish Lions watch – Finn Russell is back

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Despite the empty stadiums’ international rugby is back and with it the long road to British and Irish Lions selection. God willing the British and Irish Lions will get the chance to tour South Africa. Unlikely but let’s enjoy the autumn whilst we can and the selection conundrums that Lions coach, Warren Gatland will face. […] READ MORE


Duhan van der Merwe excited about Scotland – and Lions – prospects

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Edinburgh Rugby wing Duhan van der Merwe admits that his impending Scotland debut was far from his mind when he signed for the club three years ago. The South African-born wing arrived in the summer of 2017 and qualified to play for his adopted homeland during the COVID-19 shutdown. When opportunity knocks “I’m definitely keen […] READ MORE


Richie Gray reveals no Scotland contact, joins Fiji coaching staff

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Breakdown specialist Richie Gray is relishing the prospect of working with the world-class talents in the Fiji squad, after joining Vern Cotter’s backroom staff. Gray will work on a short-term basis, joining Cotter’s staff for the [to-be-confirmed] Northern Hemisphere eight-nations tournament, that pits the Flying Fijians against England, Wales and Ireland, as well as Japan. […] READ MORE


Gordon Reid joins Northampton Saints until end of season

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Northampton Saints have announced the signing of Scotland prop Gordon Reid on loan until the end of the season.  Gordon Reid signs for Saints Scotland international Gordon Reid has signed for Northampton Saints until the end of the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season. The loosehead prop, 33, boasts a wealth of experience at the very highest […] READ MORE


What fans can expect from one of the most interesting Six Nations in years

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After a break in the Championship, the rugby public will place their full attention on the remaining Six Nations matches. Complicated by the postponement of the Ireland v Italy fixture – so, what should fans expect from one of the most interesting Six Nations in years? France are undefeated. That itself is a rarity, even […] READ MORE


Calcutta Cup 2020: Jones rolls selection dice as ‘war’ awaits

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Eddie Jones, the England coach has made five changes from the disappointing defeat to France last Saturday. Despite huge criticism that followed England’s limp display in Paris, for this weekend’s Calcutta Cup fixture, Jones has refused to pick from outside the original group. That means no Alex Dombrandt with Lewis Ludlam coming into the backrow. […] READ MORE


Women’s Six Nations needs a face lift

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As the women’s Six Nations fights alongside the men’s and U20s for a spot in the rugby calendar shoddy scheduling and poor commercialism have driven it to [some would say] a fate less admired than it’s male equivalent.  As the Women compete for the prestigious Six Nations title, factors are seemingly against it being more […] READ MORE


Six Nations – Five things we learned from round one

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The first round of Six Nations fixtures has been completed and a story has begun to unravel. Robert Rees looks at five key points from the three opening games. England must bring in an eight England’s lackluster loss to France leaves Eddie Jones with a head-scratching issue. They averaged just 1.58m per carry and had […] READ MORE


Finn-ished? Scotland send Finn Russell home due to breach of discipline

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Scotland have announced that fly-half Finn Russell will no longer participate in the team’s preparations for their Six Nations opener against Ireland after the player was disciplined for a breach of team protocol. A statement which was released on the team’s official Twitter page reads as follows: STATEMENT | Scotland team spokesperson: “Stand-off Finn Russell […] READ MORE