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Stade de France - Friday 01 February 2019
KO: 21:00 HT: 16-0 Att: 55,439
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HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
France v Wales Just over half an hour to go until kick-off and atmosphere in the Stade de France is building nicely for the first game of this year's Six Nations
France v Wales Tonight's officials...Referee: Wayne Barnes (England), AR : Matthew Carley (England), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand) TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)
France 0-0 Wales Ken Owens becomes Wales' most capped Hooker, whilst Morgan Parra will become the joint most capped Scrum Half for France
France 0-0 Wales The teams are out and ready to line up for the anthems
France 0-0 Wales 1m Gareth Anscombe gets things underway in rainy Paris and finds Picamoles, but Wales reclaim and look to attack
France 0-0 Wales 2m Wales are pinged for not being on their feet offering the hosts an attacking line-out as they kick for field position
France 0-0 Wales 3m We have our first scrum and despite the enormous weight advantage, Wales secure a penalty as France are pinged for collapsing
France 5-0 Wales 6m The hosts are on the attack deep in the Welsh 22, Hadleigh Parkes puts in an important tackle but Picamoles powers his way over for the first try of the evening
France 5-0 Wales 7m Parra's conversion attempt is wide and we're back for the re-start
France 5-0 Wales 8m It seems the French are targeting Tomos Williams at Scrum Half, enforcing an error. Wales are penalised for being off their feet and Parra opts for the posts
France 5-0 Wales 11m It's two misses from two for Morgan Parra as despite having the distance, he's off target
France 5-0 Wales 14m Wales secure a penalty, Anscombe opts for the posts despite the distance and like Parra, his attempt is wide
France 5-0 Wales 16m The hosts are on the attack but Josh Navidi turns over to set up a Welsh attack, it's great handling from Wales before Liam Williams cuts back inside, ignores the supporting runners and dives over for the try
France 5-0 Wales 17m Barnes awards the try, but just as Anscombe is about the attempt the conversion the crowd are influential as we go to the TMO who deems Williams lost control as he was grounding, so no try
France 5-0 Wales 20m From right on the French try line play is right back in the Welsh 22 as the hosts attack. Liam Williams wins the aerial battle, calls the mark but France continue testing the Welsh defence
France 10-0 Wales 23m A beautiful pass from Iturria finds Yoann Huget who dives over in the corner, and there's nothing that George North can do to stop him. Again, Parra is unable to add the extras
France 10-0 Wales 27m Wales get the opportunity to get points on the board through the boot of Anscombe, but the kicking nightmare continues as he's off-target with his relatively easy penalty attempt
France 10-0 Wales 29m As the rain teems down, the errors continue to creep into the Welsh game. Penaud puts up a superb kick forcing Tomos Williams to carry the ball over the try line and it's a scrum v for the hosts
France 10-0 Wales 32m Solid scrum from Wales, but they're pinged for off-side and Camille Lopez steps up for the easiest kick of the night!
France 13-0 Wales 33m The kicking duck is finally broken as Lopez's kick sails through the posts. From the restart another handling error from the visitors offer the French a chance to attack
France 13-0 Wales 36m The Welsh errors continue...losing a line-out in the French half. The French attack, secure a penalty in the Welsh 22 and opt to kick for the corner
France 13-0 Wales 38m The French drive forward off the line-out but a huge effort from the Welsh forwards see them secure the put-in at the scrum
France 13-0 Wales 39m The hosts are pinged for driving early, offering the Welsh a free kick
France 16-0 Wales 40m Anscombe deliberately keeps ball in play, offering France the chance to counter-attack. As the half draws to a close, Lopez extends their lead with a well struck drop goal
France 16-0 Wales HT T: Picamoles, Huget P: Lopez DG: Lopez | -
France 16-0 Wales 40m The teams are back out for the second half. Wales really need to cut out the errors whilst the French just need to carry on doing what they're doing!
France 16-0 Wales 41m The Welsh pack try to get the ball into the French half, Tomos Williams forces an error from the French and Wales secure a scrum near halfway
France 16-0 Wales 43m Another handling error from the men in red and it's a French put-in at the scrum
France 16-0 Wales 44m It's scrappy but the French get the ball away, offering Josh Adams the chance to counter, the visitors are still in possession as they inch towards the French 22
France 16-7 Wales 44m Wales are finally on the scoreboard! Josh Adams breaks before offloading to Tomos Williams who dives over the whitewash. Anscombe adds the extras
France 16-7 Wales 48m Adam Beard is replaced by Cory Hill for Wales, Demba Bamba comes on for Uini Atonio
France 16-14 Wales 52m Wales secure a penalty at the scrum, Barnes plays advantage as Anscombe kicks ahead, Huget can't gather and George North is on hand to score Wales' second try! Anscombe adds the conversion and it's game on!
France 16-14 Wales 53m Wales ring in the changes at half back with Gareth Davies and Dan Biggar replacing Tomos Williams and Gareth Anscombe
France 16-14 Wales It's all Wales now - Jon Davies breaks before Ross Moriarty crashes over, but the try is disallowed for an infringement on Picamoles - a very harsh decision!
France 16-14 Wales 58m Both sides bring on the replacements, including Samson Lee on for Tomas Francis and Baptiste Serin replacing Morgan Parra. France secure a penalty, but Lopez is wide with his effort
France 16-17 Wales 62m Wales take the lead for the first time as 'Land of My Fathers' rings out in the Stade de France. Replacement Dan Biggar kicks the penalty to put the visitors ahead by a point
France 16-17 Wales 65m France turn the ball over and are on the attack as Wales have Liam Williams down injured. In contrast to the first half, the errors are creeping into the French game and it's scrum time again
France 16-17 Wales 66m Anscombe is forced to return to the pitch as Liam Williams leaves with blood dripping down his face. The visitors set up and attack, keeping the ball tight before kicking forward and knocking the ball on
France 16-17 Wales 67m It's dramatic stuff as Lopez looks to add a second Drop Goal but Wales charge it down, the hosts counter attack but spill the ball forward and it's a Wales scrum
France 19-17 Wales 69m Despite the weight advantage, France secure their first penalty at the scrum. Up steps Lopez who slots over the simple kick right in front of the posts, and France are ahead once more
France 19-22 Wales 71m Ntamack is left with his hands in his head as George North intercepts and there's no stopping him as he charges towards the try line before diving in under the posts
France 19-24 Wales 73m Biggar adds the extras as Wales use up their bench with Elliott Dee and Wyn Jones replacing Ken Owens and Rob Evans in the front row
France 19-24 Wales 76m France work through the phases but don't make any ground as the Welsh defence holds firm
France 19-24 Wales 77m The French have a superb opportunity to snatch the victory at the death. They kick for the corner following a penalty and again work through the phases, but effective defence from Wales and the hosts knock on
France 19-24 Wales 79m Wales are rewarded the scrum penalty, the French aren't happy so we have some handbags, but Biggar kicks for touch and it's a Welsh line-out
France 19-24 Wales 80m Wales can't secure the line-out and France have one last opportunity. Wyn Jones puts in a huge tackle, but the ball remains in play
France 19-24 Wales 80+1 France are still in possession as George North is named man of the match. The ball eventually goes loose and Gareth Davies kicks it off the park.
15 Maxime Médard 14 Damian Penaud 13 Wesley Fofana 12 Romain Ntamack 11 Yoann Huget 10 Camille Lopez 9 Morgan Parra 1 Jefferson Poirot 2 GUILHEM GUIRADO (C) 3 Uini Atonio 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina 5 Paul Willemse 6 Wenceslas Lauret 7 Arthur Iturria 8 Louis Picamoles Montpellier BENCH: 16 Julien Marchand 17 Dany Priso 18 Demba Bamba Ca 19 Felix Lambey 20 Gregory Alldritt 21 Baptiste Serin 22 Gaël Fickou 23 Geoffrey Doumayrou
SCORERS T: Picamoles, Huget P: Lopez DG: Lopez
15 Liam Williams 14 George North 13 Jonathan Davies 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 Josh Adams 10 Gareth Anscombe 9 Tomos Williams 1 Rob Evans 2 Ken Owens 3 Tomas Francis 4 Adam Beard 5 ALUN WYN JONES (C) 6 Josh Navidi 7 Justin Tipuric 8 Ross Moriarty BENCH: 16 Elliot Dee 17 Wyn Jones 18 Samson Lee 19 Cory Hill 20 Aaron Wainwright 21 Gareth Davies 22 Dan Biggar 23 Owen Watkin
SCORERS T: Tomos Williams, North (2) C: Anscombe (2), Biggar P: Biggar
Man of the Match: George North (Wales)
Referee: Wayne Barnes Asst Referees: Andrew Brace, Brendon Pickerill TMO: Rowan Kitt
BT Murrayfield - Saturday 02 February 2019
KO: 14:15 HT: 12-3 Att: 67,144
HEAD TO HEAD
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Scotland 0-0 Italy Referee: Luke Pearce Asst Referees: Mathieu Raynal and Shuhei Kubo TMO: Simon McDowell
Scotland 0-0 Italy CHANGE: Tito Tebaldi has pulled out of the Italian squad, Guglielmo Palazzani will move from the bench to scrum-half; Tommaso Benvenuti comes onto the bench
Scotland 0-0 Italy It is time for the anthems…
Scotland 0-0 Italy Italy will kick off the first of today's games.
Scotland 0-0 Italy 1m Scotland field the kick-off and look to carry out of their 22, after two phases Russell kicks. Hogg gathers and chips further ahead. Italy gain possession and attack from their own 22.
Scotland 0-0 Italy 2m With possession, Italy kick before Ryan Wilson carries to just shy of half-way. Play slows inside the Italy half before a chip by Laidlaw sends the ball to within five metres of the try-line
Scotland 0-0 Italy 3m An Italy hand gives Scotland the line-out, the home side secure the ball and look to maul. Scotland barrel over the line but referee Luke Pearce goes to the TMO.
Scotland 0-0 Italy 4m The decision is a double movement, no try. Penalty to Italy, who clear through Allan to the 10m line
Scotland 0-0 Italy 5m Italy secure the ball and look to attack through the midfield, Palazzani kicks before the ball is returned to Italy. The late replacement, Palazzani kicks the ball straight into touch.
Scotland 0-0 Italy 6m From first-phase line out ball, Scotland carve through the defence via Blair Kinghorn. He is stopped just shy of the line and Scotland now attack through pods of forwards.
Scotland 0-0 Italy 7m Some lateral movement leads to Scotland going wide, the Italian defence holds strong and Tommaso Allan secures the penalty for the away side.
Scotland 0-0 Italy 9m Italy box-kick and Kinghorn gathers before Russell sends a little kick over the defence, Italy gather, kick and then strip the ball. Italy penalty for a Scotland high tackle
Scotland 0-3 Italy 10m Jamie Richie's high tackle leads to the first points of the game - Tommaso Allan dissecting the posts
Scotland 0-3 Italy 11m Scotland regather their kick-off and attack inside the Italy half. Good covering defence halts any attack and Italy have possession.
Scotland 5-3 Italy 12m A first-phase play gives Russell with the ball, a perfect kick lands into Kinghorn's hands - who scores in the corner. Laidlaw is unsuccessful with the conversion
Scotland 5-3 Italy 14m Italy have possession as Scotland kick from gathering the restart. Italy attack and are into the Scotland half as Sam Skinner is replaced by Josh Strauss for the home side
Scotland 5-3 Italy 16m A Tommy Seymour knock on looked to be deliberate but he gets away with it, Italy will have the first scrum of the game on the Scotland 10m line
Scotland 5-3 Italy 17m The scrum is reset, the away side somewhat struggling with the lack of Italian flowing from Luke Pearce's mouth - he should really learn some key phrases
Scotland 5-3 Italy 18m Italy get the free kick from the Scrum and choose to scrummage once more
Scotland 5-3 Italy 19m The away side engage early and Scotland get the free kick, a low kick provides Italy with the ball, they return the ball through the air and Scotland attack on half-way
Scotland 5-3 Italy 20m Scotland have a half-way line out, they take it quickly before kicking into the Italian 5m zone. Sergio Parisse saves Italy with a strong carry but a knock on on the 5m line gives Scotland a scrum
Scotland 12-3 Italy 21m The scrum is won by Scotland, Laidlaw switches the play and the home side pass through the hands, Hogg provides Kinghorn with the ball who scores in the corner - his second of the match. Laidlaw kick is good
Scotland 12-3 Italy 24m Italy field a box-kick but are turned over at the ruck. Russell kicks into space before Italy attack from their 22
Scotland 12-3 Italy 25m The ball goes into touch just shy of half-way, after a clearance kick - Scotland win the line out and look to attack
Scotland 12-3 Italy 25m Scotland knock the ball on in open play and Italy will have the scrum put-in
Scotland 12-3 Italy 26m Scotland secure the penalty against the head for a front row collapse. Tommaso Allan goes off for a HIA, Ian McKinley comes on. In the meantime, Scotland kick to the corner
Scotland 12-3 Italy 28m From the line out, Scotland maul but the Italian defence earns a scrum
Scotland 12-3 Italy 29m Italy secure the penalty and clear to half-way
Scotland 12-3 Italy 30m The line out is secured but McKinley knocks the ball on, Scotland look to attack inside the opposition half
Scotland 12-3 Italy 31m A simple ball movement to the wings is wasted as the ball is knocked on into touch, Italy choose the line out over the scrum
Scotland 12-3 Italy 32m The ball is secured and kicked, Scotland look to attack through the midfield. The ball is then sent wide before Russell kicks. Italy now attack from deep
Scotland 12-3 Italy 33m The away side make no ground and therefore kick through McKinley, Scotland will have the line out
Scotland 12-3 Italy 34m Scotland knock on (again) in open play (again) and Italy will have the scrum (again)
Scotland 12-3 Italy 35m Another scrum reset, this time the ball comes out and Italy look to make some ground
Scotland 12-3 Italy 36m Just shy of half-way, Italy box-kick and Scotland now attack in the middle third
Scotland 12-3 Italy 36m A beautiful kick from Jayden Hayward puts the ball just 10m out from the Scotland line. The home side will have the throw as the Allan/McKinley HIA replacement is reversed
Scotland 12-3 Italy 37m Scotland secure possession...just... and box-kick through Laidlaw, Italy will have the line out
Scotland 12-3 Italy 38m Scotland secure the penalty as Italy dive in off of their feet, the lone piper is into his 38th minute of playing, 👏👏
Scotland 12-3 Italy 39m Scotland secure their penalty line out on the 22, they attack inside the red zone.
Scotland 12-3 Italy 40m The ball is turned over by the supreme Parisse, Italy clear and will have the line out
Scotland 12-3 Italy 40+1m Italy secure the line out but the ball is carried into touch... HT
Scotland 12-3 Italy HT T: Kinghorn (2) C: Laidlaw | P: Allan
Scotland 12-3 Italy 41m Both Italy and Scotland are out for the second half and it will be the home side who kick off this second 40
Scotland 12-3 Italy 41m The Azzurri gather the ball through David Sisi clear through Allan, Scotland have the ball as Stuart Hogg carries into the Italian 22
Scotland 12-3 Italy 42m A grubber kick is gathered by the away side and Italy clear following some phase-play but the ball is touched and Scotland have possession inside the Italian 22
Scotland 12-3 Italy 43m The forwards are doing the graft at the moment, eight phases
Scotland 12-3 Italy 44m An offload off the floor by Ryan Wilson is forward Italy get the scrum but there is a TMO for illegal rucking
Scotland 12-3 Italy 44m Stuart McInally dangerously clears Dean Budd while the Italian second-row isn't part of the ruck...Italian penalty
Scotland 12-3 Italy 45m From the line out on half-way, Italy secure and drive into the Scottish halibut the ball ends up in touch, Scotland line out
Scotland 12-3 Italy 46m The line out is secured by Ben Toolis and Scotland carry behind half-way, Russell kicks deep into opposition territory and Italy clear to Huw Jones
Scotland 12-3 Italy 47m Some pressure after kicking tennis gives Scotland the ball just outside of the Italian 22
Scotland 17-3 Italy 47m A beautiful first-phase sees Tommy Seymour cut through the defence, after two phases the ball is grubbed and Hogg touches down to score - Pearce confident of decision but it is checked as the con is lined up.
Scotland 19-3 Italy 49m Laidlaw is successful with the conversion
Scotland 19-3 Italy 50m Tommaso Castello is replaced by Edoardo Padovani for the away side as Palazzani breaks through the ruck, he is tackled within two metres of the line. Ref says forward, it wasn't..Scotland somehow have line out
Scotland 19-3 Italy 51m Simon Berghan replaces Willem Nel as Scotland secure the free kick from the scrum, they kick and clear. Italy attack but the ball is stolen, Hogg kicks and the mark is called
Scotland 19-3 Italy 52m Andrea Lovotti and Dean Budd are replaced by Cherif Traore and Jimmy Tuivaiti as Italy look to carry out of their 22
Scotland 19-3 Italy 53m Scotland have a line out after an Italian clearance, the home side look to find a gap inside the Italian defensive line
Scotland 26-3 Italy 54m Strong carrying from Strauss helps Scotland's attacking play, Jamie Richie breaks through the defence, offloads to Laidlaw who ships it to Kinghorn - the winger dummies, steps and then scores. Hat-trick.
Scotland 26-3 Italy 56m Laidlaw successful with conversion - Scotland earn bonus point
Scotland 26-3 Italy 58m Italy look to carry inside the Scottish half and are into the 22, ten phases up
Scotland 26-3 Italy 59m Scotland will have the scrum as Chris Harris, Ali Price and Jamie Bhatti come on for Huw Jones, Greig Laidlaw and Allan Dell
Scotland 26-3 Italy 59m The scrum is secured and the home side kick through Hogg but knock it on, Italy look to carry but knock on, scrum for Italy.
Scotland 26-3 Italy 59m Luca Bigi and Jimmy Tuivaiti come on for Leonardo Ghiraldini and Sebastian Negri. Tuvalu came on earlier according to rep sheet, obviously he didn't... apologies
Scotland 26-3 Italy 61m Scotland secure the scrum after a free kick, they carry into the Scottish half before Price kicks the ball into touch around the 22 line
Scotland 31-3 Italy 61m Italy secure the throw and carry before Palazzani kicks to Kinghorn, Hogg cuts through the defence and offloads to Toolis, the next phase sees the ball given to Chris Harris four metres out and he crosses.
Scotland 33-3 Italy 63m Finn Russell is successful with the conversion
Scotland 33-3 Italy 64m Jake Kerr replaces Stuart McInally as Italy spread the ball wide and charge into the Scottish 22
Scotland 33-3 Italy 64m Tiziano Pasquali is on for Simone Ferrari as Italy continue to pressure the Scottish line, they are caught at ruck time however and concede the turnover penalty
Scotland 33-3 Italy 66m The Scotland line out is secured by Italy and the men in blue look to find space
Scotland 33-3 Italy 67m The away side continue to attack, seven phases of play
Scotland 33-3 Italy 67m Italy secure the penalty advantage, Scotland off feet - nothing comes from the free play and Italy kick to the corner
Scotland 33-3 Italy 68m The line out inside the 22 is secured by Italy and they drive to within 10, obvious foul mauling by Scotland should see Toolis with a yellow but it is just a penalty, to the corner again
Scotland 33-3 Italy 69m Again the line out is secured and again the Italians drive, and again the Scotland side conceded a penalty...final warning from Luke Pearce
Scotland 33-10 Italy 71m Another penalty and Scotland will get a yellow card - Simon Berghan has finished for today, Italy go quickly before Palazzani dives over from a close ruck. Allan conversion successful
Scotland 33-10 Italy 72m Tommaso Allan is replaced by Ian McKinley and Ryan Wilson is replaced by Gary Graham as Hogg cuts through the defence again and goes over from long range - referee calls crossing instantly
Scotland 33-10 Italy 74m A lesson for the other four nations Scotland will play... do not kick the ball to Stuart Hogg
Scotland 33-10 Italy 75m Italy attack into the Scottish half and the away side are deep inside the 22
Scotland 33-15 Italy 76m A quick Palazzani ball goes to Federico Ruzza, he gets his hands free and offloads to Padovani who scores. McKinley is unsuccessful with the conversion
Scotland 33-15 Italy 77m Finn Russell is replaced by Adam Hastings as Italy carry out of their 22
Scotland 33-15 Italy 78m Up to half-way, Italy continue to move forward - Parisse plays scrum-half (of course he does) as Italy attack fragments
Scotland 33-20 Italy 79m The away side ship the ball to the left wing, Michele Campagnaro and a simple two-on-one from half way provides Angelo Esposito with a try (5m conversion missed by the try-scorer)
Scotland 33-20 Italy 80m Italy again attack as Tommaso Benvenuti replaces Palazzani but concede the penalty. The ball goes dead and that is the game finished.
15 Stuart Hogg 14 Tommy Seymour 13 Huw Jones 12 Sam Johnson* 11 Blair Kinghorn 10 Finn Russell 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 1 Allan Dell 2 Stuart McInally 3 Willem Nel 4 Ben Toolis 5 Grant Gilchrist 6 Sam Skinner 7 Jamie Ritchie 8 Ryan Wilson BENCH: 16 Jake Kerr* 17 Jamie Bhatti 18 Simon Berghan 19 Gary Graham* 20 Josh Strauss 21 Ali Price 22 Adam Hastings 23 Chris Harris
SCORERS T: Kinghorn (3), Hogg, Harris C: Laidlaw (3), Russell Berghan
15 Jayden Hayward 14 Angelo Esposito 13 Luca Morisi 12 Tommaso Castello 11 Michele Campagnaro 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Guglielmo Palazzani 8 SERGIO PARISSE (C) 7 Abraham Steyn 6 Sebastian Negri 5 Dean Budd 4 David Sisi* 3 Simone Ferrari 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 1 Andrea Lovotti BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Cherif Traore’ 18 Tiziano Pasquali 19 Federico Ruzza 20 Jimmy Tuivaiti 21 Tommaso Benvenuti 22 Ian McKinley 23 Edoardo Padovani
SCORERS T: Palazzani, Padovani, Esposito C: Allan P: Allan
Man of the Match: Blair Kinghorn (Scotland)
Referee: Luke Pearce Asst Referees: Matthieu Raynal, Shuhei Kubo TMO: Simon McDowell
Aviva Stadium - Saturday 02 February 2019
KO: 16:45 HT: 10-17 Att: 51,700
HEAD TO HEAD
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Ireland v England The teams are lined up on the pitch, but it's time for the Irish shenanigans of the Presidential salute and hand-shaking before we can get to the three anthems before KO...
Ireland v England Captain Owen Farrell is introducing the little leprechaun to his team, but his face says it all...he just wants to get on with the rugby!
Ireland v England Three anthems done. Cannons explode. We're almost ready for KO...
Ireland v England Today's officials: Referee: Jérôme Garcès Asst Referees: Romain Poite, Alexandre Ruiz TMO: Glenn Newman
Ireland 0-0 England 0m Faz kicks off the match finally, and both teams have everything to play for, though Ireland are clearly the favourites...
Ireland 0-0 England 1m England begin as they mean to go on, bulldozing their way into the Irish 22 using all the truck-sized forwards...
Ireland 0-5 England 2m ...a superb pass comes from Faz and it goes into the electric hands of Jonny May who charges along touch to score in the corner
Ireland 0-7 England 3m The conversion is a difficult one from the touchline, but Faz executes it with aplomb and it's 7-up to the visitors very early on
Ireland 0-7 England 5m The restart isn't so clever for the Irish and in no time, England are quickly back at halfway and up to the Irish 10m in no time
Ireland 0-7 England 7m The homeside put a stop to this England chariot firmly with a good turnover, and a penalty comes for Johnny Sexton to clear from just outside his own 22
Ireland 0-7 England 8m Rory Best preps to throw into a midfield lineout, executing well and they're up to the England 10m but being forced backwards
Ireland 0-7 England 9m A chip comes from the English side, the ball bounces by a whisper on touch, giving the Irish possession again deep in the England half
Ireland 0-7 England 10m A penalty comes for the Irish, May preventing a try, and likely conceding only 3 points instead to the boot of Sexton
Ireland 3-7 England 11m Of course Sexton won't miss from in front of the posts, as long as he's in the advantageous half, and Ireland are on the board...
Ireland 3-7 England 13m A lineout comes for Ireland, but Maro Itoje has other ideas and disrupts the play for the homeside...
Ireland 3-7 England 13m ...but a little further back for Keith Earls who goes to clear the ball, Tom Curry, on his #6Ns debut, is sent to the naughty step for a late tackle led by his shoulder. Harsh.
Ireland 3-7 England 14m But as long as Ref Garcès is consistent in dishing the penalties, everyone now knows which way the wind is blowing
Ireland 3-7 England 15m Advantage being played for England, and Ref calls it - time for the first scrum but not until the waterboys have come on with messages from the coaches no doubt...
Ireland 3-7 England 16m Good defensive scrum for England and Ben Youngs chips it ahead over halfway for Robbie Henshaw to collect and push England back up to the midfield...
Ireland 3-7 England 17m Josh van der Flier knocks on, England have a lineout on halfway and the setpiece is good, Conor Murray blocks May from playing but Ref Garcès gives the penalty to the Irish
Ireland 3-7 England 19m Faz has a word with Ref about the Irish blocking which was obviously pointed out in the ref meeting yesterday - Garcès isn't fussed; Best starts arguing with the Ref next.
Ireland 3-7 England 20m Midfield lineout for Ireland which has them deep in the England 22 after May misses a ball-capture...
Ireland 3-7 England 21m ...Garry Ringrose is almost all over the ball, but England affect a turnover and they clear the Irish back up to halfway
Ireland 3-7 England 22m Well, if you were hoping for a gentle walk in the park this afternoon in Dublin, it's not happening! This is fierce rugby and England are marshalling being a man-down really quite well - 10 seconds to go...
Ireland 3-7 England 24m Curry is back on after England are pinged for offside in preparation for an Irish attacking lineout after Best opts to have the ball kicked to the corner
Ireland 8-7 England 25m Too many Englishmen commit to defending the lineout and the Irish take advantage by going slightly wide and Cian Healy finds the whitewash to score
Ireland 10-7 England 26m At 14 men, England don't concede a point; back up to the full complement and they leech 7 points immediately with Sexton's conversion!
Ireland 10-7 England 28m Restart has Henry Slade cross the Irish 10m and despite Tadgh Furlong's best efforts to stop him from getting to the ground, Slade continues his good work, ending with an England lineout on the Irish 22
Ireland 10-12 England 30m Some fascinating jiggery pokery from the England leadership, the lineout is good, Elliot Daly chips ahead, Jack Nowell on his flank and Daly reaches it to score before Ireland can disrupt the score
Ireland 10-14 England 31m Faz adds the extras and the visitors are back in front on the board
Ireland 10-14 England 33m May is just everywhere today, as is fiery new backrower(!) Nowell, and the restart has England just outside the Irish 22 rather than the Irish in England's...
Ireland 10-14 England 34m Ireland respond very well and turnover possession to move play away from the danger area and England back up to halfway...
Ireland 10-14 England 35m The players are audibly blowing hard already and eventually a much needed break arrives with the ref's whistle...
Ireland 10-14 England 36m It's an England 10m attacking lineout and the ball heads to the goal line but may can't reach it before Henshaw gathers it up and saves a try
Ireland 10-14 England 37m But Murray's clear doesn't find touch; excellent hands from England and they're right back in the Irish 22 but the ball goes wide out to Nowell and he's bundled into touch
Ireland 10-14 England 38m Best wants to take a quick lineout; Ref's not having any of it. 5m defensive short lineout for Ireland and they are pinged for not straight - England attacking 5m scrum looms...
Ireland 10-14 England 39m Strong scrum but ball comes out and goes to Nowell out wide - he is swamped with green shirts to prevent the try and England are forced to play on and recycle towards the far touch from the nearside...
Ireland 10-14 England 40m A huge effort from England and Mako Vunipola drives over the whitewash and George Kruis is elated at the try; but...
Ireland 10-14 England 40m ...Garcès decides he can't award it - it's grounded but goes to TMO for check double movement
Ireland 10-14 England 40m After a heap of faffing, an no double movement, Garcès decides Mako V used his knee to push the ball forward so no try - TMO Glenn Newman sounds unconvinced but it's no try - just a penalty to England
Ireland 10-17 England 40+1m But it's Faz at the tee - he's not used to missing, and he doesn't, taking England into the break a score clear
Ireland 10-17 England HT T: Healy C: Sexton P: Sexton | T: May, Daly C: Farrell (2) P: Farrell
Ireland 10-17 England 40m We're back for a final 40 minutes...can England keep up the pressure? Can Ireland find their feet? What a game so far!
Ireland 10-17 England 41m Jordan Larmour has replaced Earls on the wing - message is it's tactical, not an injury. Hmmm...
Ireland 10-17 England 42m You can't tell much in the first couple of minutes, except the rest has done them all good, and be ready for another rollercoaster...
Ireland 10-17 England 43m England have a midfield lineout; they just hold onto possession but Faz puts up his hands and is mad as hell at himself for overcooking the kick
Ireland 10-17 England 45m Another attacking lineout for England just inside the Irish half, and much of the play has been in this section of the pitch so far this half...
Ireland 10-17 England 46m Possession with Ireland, even tho they're on backfoot; Peter O'Mahony tries to start on Kyle Sinckler - latter keeps his cool (makes a change!) & POM decides shouting the 'c' word at him is appropriate. FFS!
Ireland 10-17 England 47m Garcès attempts to have a word, but is completely ineffectual. Meanwhile, England are getting busy playing rugby - penalty for May under high ball
Ireland 10-17 England 49m Visitors do well from their penalty and are slowly edging back deep into Irish territory, heading toward the 22 with some urgency but steadily
Ireland 10-17 England 51m Ireland have to defend had and it's Ringrose who steals possession and before you can blink, Ireland are at the England 22 as the ball slips from Slade's hands
Ireland 10-17 England 52m Time off as Courtney Lawes replaces Kruis - even more firepower for England as they prepare to defend their 22 from an Irish scrum
Ireland 10-17 England 54m Nine phases in and Ireland aren't getting closer to the whitewash, but they still have the possession; the whistle goes while Itoje gets treatment on his leg; Nowell's limping too...
Ireland 10-17 England 54m ...and the whistle went for an apparent high tackle from Sinckler. Itoje is gingerly walking off the pitch slowly as Nathan Hughes replaces him after colliding with Best
Ireland 13-17 England 55m Play resumes with Sexton teeing up and adding a 3-pointer to narrow the gap to just 4 points
Ireland 13-17 England 56m Daly knocks on from the restart so advantage being played; called after Manu Tuilagi takes out Bundi Aki. The pace has slowed significantly - another time off already after Devin Toner is forced off
Ireland 13-17 England 57m Quinn Roux has come on for Ireland as the homeside have a defensive scrum on their 10m - has to be reset
Ireland 13-17 England 58m Ireland scrum well but are forced wide rather than making yards, and Slide tackles brilliantly to prevent the homeside gaining ground, forcing the Irish into touch
Ireland 13-17 England 59m England attacking scrum just at the Irish 10m - England know the need to get some daylight on that scoreboard as it's the infamous Sexton opposite who steals matches at the death
Ireland 13-17 England 61m England win the penalty following the scrum, and Faz tees up to cancel out that last Irish penalty...
Ireland 13-17 England 62m But another mistake from Faz as he misses the uprights; meanwhile, Dave Kilcoyne and Andrew Porter replace Healy and Furlong
Ireland 13-17 England 64m Ireland have possession, but they're still in their own half, desperate to escape just outside their own 22 as the tackles come in hard and fast
Ireland 13-17 England 65m Sexton looks to have had a knock to the ribs while play moves to the midfield, England earn a penalty from the opposition and Sean O'Brien replaces CJ Stander
Ireland 13-17 England 65m Time off as Sinckler waddles off - he's had a hell of a game! Harry Williams on in the front row
Ireland 13-17 England 66m It's an England scrum just inside their own half and it's a super play from the visitors as Henshaw blocks May after he chips ahead along touch and Slade spurts ahead to score in the corner!
Ireland 13-22 England 67m No question on the try but Ref Garcès wants to make sure Slade was not offside before he sprinted - TMO Newman confirms he was level - another try for England
Ireland 13-22 England 68m Faz misses another shot at the uprights while O'Mahony takes over the captaincy as Sean Cronin replaces Best in the front row
Ireland 13-22 England 69m Ireland are in possession and heading into England territory when Lawes makes an awesome tackle on Ringrose, and a penalty goes to the visitors for Irish bodies not rolling away.
Ireland 13-25 England 70m Faz decides halfway is within his range, and he's ecstatic as the ball just has the distance to splice the uprights and add another 3 points and insist on Ireland scoring two converted tries to take a lead...
Ireland 13-25 England 72m Joey Carbery replaces Ringrose as England have another attacking lineout outside the Irish 22, while the Irish fans are unhappy at Swing Low drowning them out - you don't hear that often in Dublin!
Ireland 13-25 England 73m However, complacency creeps in and the Irish steal possession - though not for long.
Ireland 13-25 England 75m Chris Ashton comes on for Nowell as England have to start again with their attack with a midfield lineout - this one they don't fluff
Ireland 13-30 England 76m Sublime rugby from England as the Irish turnover the ball on their 22, pass out wide for Slade to intercept and slam down a brace in Dublin!
Ireland 13-32 England 77m Faz adds the extras while Mako V - man of the match - takes a well deserved break, Ellis Genge comes on; for Ireland John Cooney replaces Murray
Ireland 13-30 England 78m As a fan before being a journalist, I've never understood losing-side fans leaving in droves before a match is over - never seen it in Dublin til today.
Ireland 13-32 England 79m George Ford & Luke Cowan-Dickie came on for Tuilagi & Jamie George
Ireland 18-32 England 79m More complacency from England allows Cooney to saunter over the whitewash, despite a previous forward pass
Ireland 20-32 England 80m Sexton adds the conversion but it really is too little to late.
Ireland 20-32 England 80+1m There's just time for a restart and Ireland hope to make some more headway but England intercept and Ford runs it into touch for a final whistle.
15 Robbie Henshaw 14 Keith Earls 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Bundee Aki 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Jonathan Sexton 9 Conor Murray 1 Cian Healy 2 RORY BEST (C) 3 Tadhg Furlong 4 Devin Toner 5 James Ryan 6 Peter O'Mahony 7 Josh van der Flier 8 CJ Stander BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Dave Kilcoyne 18 Andrew Porter 19 Quinn Roux 20 Sean O’Brien 21 John Cooney 22 Joey Carbery 23 Jordan Larmour
SCORERS T: Healy, Cooney C: Sexton (2) P: Sexton (2)
15 Elliot Daly 14 Jonny May 13 Henry Slade 12 Manu Tuilagi 11 Jack Nowell 10 OWEN FARRELL (C) 9 Ben Youngs 1 Mako Vunipola 2 Jamie George 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Maro Itoje 5 George Kruis 6 Mark Wilson 7 Tom Curry 8 Billy Vunipola BENCH: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Ellis Genge 18 Harry Williams 19 Courtney Lawes 20 Nathan Hughes 21 Dan Robson* 22 George Ford 23 Chris Ashton
SCORERS T: May, Daly, Slade (2) C: Farrell (3) P: Farrell (2) Curry
Man of the Match: Mako Vunipola (England)
Referee: Jérôme Garcès Asst Referees: Romain Poite, Alexandre Ruiz TMO: Glenn Newman
BT Murrayfield - Saturday 09 February 2019
KO: 14:15 HT: 10-12 Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Scotland v Ireland Here are the officials with just 15 minutes to go - Referee: Romain Poite Asst Referees: Pascal Gaüzère, Alexandre Ruiz TMO: Rowan Kitt
Scotland 0-0 Ireland Both Scotland and Ireland are out and line up for the anthems
Scotland 0-0 Ireland The second verse of 'Flower of Scotland' sounds sensational at Murrayfield this sunny afternoon. It is time for the opening round two game of the 2019 Six Nations
Scotland 0-0 Ireland 2m Scotland kick-off this Edinburgh game, Ireland gather and clear. Scotland have possession and kick deep into the Irish half. Line-out for the away side
Scotland 0-0 Ireland 4m Ireland secure the line out and look to attack, Murray kicks from the 22m line and Scotland gather through Maitland. They are attacking into the Irish half.
Scotland 0-0 Ireland 4m A high tackle on Ryan Wilson gives Scotland the advantage, they spread the ball wide but the play leads to nothing. Back to the penalty
Scotland 0-0 Ireland 5m Johnny Sexton is the offender and Scotland kick to the corner
Scotland 0-0 Ireland 6m The home side keep hold of possession and look to drive, the ball is on the five metre line
Scotland 0-0 Ireland 6m The Irish defence seems to be holding firm here, Scotland continue to probe as the away side are pinged for illegal rucking. The Scottish attack kicks the ball through the defence, but referee Poite comes back
Scotland 3-0 Ireland 7m Pressure from Scotland results in a successful Greig Laidlaw penalty
Scotland 3-0 Ireland 8m A Huw Jones mistake forward into touch on the restart gives Ireland an attacking Scrum on the 22
Scotland 3-0 Ireland 9m Ireland secure the scrum at the base, Murray passes to Sexton who offloads to Aki. Ireland are on the 22 metre line
Scotland 3-0 Ireland 10m The Scottish defence looks solid and Ireland are going backwards here, not attacking just beyond the 10 metre line. The away side then knock on but Irish have possession after Hogg chips it away.
Scotland 3-5 Ireland 11m Ireland move the ball left, Jacob Stockdale kicks the ball, Maitland gathers and passes but it is loose, Murray gathers and scores the opening try of the game. Bizarre one that!
Scotland 3-5 Ireland 12m Sexton lines up the conversion and is unsuccessful from close, poor show of booing from the Murrayfield crowd
Scotland 3-5 Ireland 13m Ireland claim the kick-off and look to carry from their 22 before Murray kicks and clears. Scotland line out inside the Irish half
Scotland 3-5 Ireland 14m Scotland fail to claim the line out and Ireland will look to attack out of their half
Scotland 3-5 Ireland 15m After little progress, Murray kicks the ball but it goes straight out and Scotland will attack - but Ireland should have the ball there, touched
Scotland 3-5 Ireland 16m Scotland win the line out but Sexton intercepts the ball from the following phases, Ireland kick up field and Scotland are now just inside their 22. Laidlaw kicks and clears for an Irish line out on the 22
Scotland 3-5 Ireland 17m A long line out is secured by the Irish pack, the away side look to attack through a Sexton kick but Hogg calls the mark and clears to half-way. Hogg is being replaced by hat-trick hero Blair Kinghorn
Scotland 3-10 Ireland 17m Ireland claim the line out and from second phase, Stockdale finds the gap through a switch-play and scores from 50 metres out. What a try!
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 17m The Murray conversion is successful
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 18m Scotland re-gather their kick-off and are carrying hard into the 22, a Kinghorn break has the Scottish attacking on the five metre line. Peter O'Mahony infringes and Scotland take it quickly but knock on
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 20m The Irish put-in is crooked as every other put-in in rugby but the ball is secured and the penalty is given, Ireland clear
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 21m 'Fields of Athenry' rings around Murrayfield as Sexton begins to look uncomfortable in motion
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 22m The line out is good and the men in green break down the wing through Murray, tackled by Finn Russell. Into the midfield, Ireland probe but find a blue defensive wall
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 23m Ireland knock on through Cian Healy and the home side attack, again Kinghorn breaking through the defence. A grubber from Russell finds Tommy Seymour, he looses it but Sam Johnson thinks he has grounded
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 24m Under TMO review, it is decided that a forward pass had taken place in the build-up, it was never a try anyway. In the meantime, Johnny Sexton is replaced by Joey Carbery
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 24m Ireland secure their scrum and attack through Chris Farrell, the men in green are now up to the half-way line
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 25m Both sides exchange kicks and now Scotland attack into the Irish half after a strong Kinghorn run, Ireland then turn the ball over and lose possession, but Scotland knocked on so Ireland will scrum
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 27m The scrum is steady and Ireland look to attack through Jack Conan, Ireland are on half-way
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 27m Scotland will have a defensive line out deep in their half after a Peter O'Mahony kick dribbles into touch
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 28m The Scottish line out is cleared after two phases, Ireland gather after a great aerial contest
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 29m Finn Russell intercepts Carbery possession and races to within a whisker of the line, tacked by Keith Earls, but the number 10 keeps the ball alive and pops it up to Sam Johnson for the score
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 30m With the successful Laidlaw conversion, it is suddenly much closer!
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 31m Scotland clear through Russell after the restart, Ireland are now on their 10 metre line looking to break through the defence
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 32m Up to half-way, Ireland look to probe but are met with the blue defence of Scotland, Murray kicks to Kinghorn who carries for the home side
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 33m Russell kicks, Ireland return, Scotland have possession beyond half-way before a Scotland chip is gathered by the men in green and now the away side attack
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 34m After exchanges of the boot, Earls slices the ball and the home side will have an attacking line out deep into the Irish half
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 35m Scotland spread the ball wide off first phase before grubbing, Earls gathers and slides into touch, five metre attacking line out for Scotland
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 35m Jamie Richie is replaced by Rob Harley for Scotland in a blood HIA
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 36m Ireland win the line out against the head, Referee poise deems it was not knocked on and as Best grounded it over the line, Scotland will have an attacking five metre scrum
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 38m The scrum is secured by the home side and Scotland attack through Tommy Seymour, within five metres, Scotland close in on the try line
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 38m 11 phases later, Scotland have a knock-on advantage and after three further phases, Scotland lose the advantage
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 40m Scotland struggle to break down the defence in front of them, but eventually the ball goes wide and Scotland are within two metres, but they lose the ball and Ireland gain the scrum. What a game!
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 41m The Irish scrum is steady, Carbery kicks the ball clear and it is half-time
Scotland 10-12 Ireland HT T: Johnson C: Laidlaw P: Laidlaw | T: Murray, Stockdale C: Murray
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 41m Ireland will kick-off this second half, let's hope we get a second 40 that is as good as the first
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 41m Scotland gather the kick-off and attack out of their 22 before kicking to Rob Kearney
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 41m Jamie Richie is back on from his blood replacement, but this time Ryan Wilson goes off
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 42m Laidlaw kicks after both sides enjoy small periods in possession, Kearney knocks the ball on as he gathers and the home side will have the scrum
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 43m The half-way scrum is reset, only four penalties in this match so far
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 44m The scrum provides open ball on its second attempt, Scotland look to attack through the midfield before the home side are pinged for taking players out illegally, Carbery clears to the 22
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 46m The Irish line out is good and the away side look to attack into the Scottish red zone but are being met by resilient defence
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 46m A Rob Harley high tackle provides Ireland with the advantage, Kearney breaks but cannot find the offload to Farrell so Poite brings play back to the advantage, Carbery kicks into the corner
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 47m Again the Irish line out is successful but the Scottish maul defence is strong, Ireland are 10 metres out
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 48m Creeping forward, Ireland carry to within inches of the five metre line but once more the Scottish defence is strong
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 49m Earls gathers a loose pass but is tackled back on the 22, the home side then earn the penalty from a strong McInally ruck
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 50m The hooker's subsequent line out is straight and the home side attack, Josh Strauss then knocks the ball on at the ruck and Ireland will have the scrum
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 51m The midfield scrum earns the wayside an advantage and under advantage, Kearney carries 30 metres into the Scottish half, the subsequent knock on leads to the penalty...30 metres back...all of the way back...
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 52m The Ireland line out is good and the away side carry into the 22
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 53m The ball is ripped before Kinghorn booths the ball all the way into the Irish half, not much Kearny can do but kick it out, HUGE Scottish gain there
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 54m The line out is secured but a forward pass gives the away side a scrum just on the Irish 22
Scotland 10-17 Ireland 57m Ireland break through a Rob Kearny attacking carry before a loose pass is picked up by Carbery, the fly-half breaks through the defence and carries strong and floats the pass to Keith Earls, who scores
Scotland 10-19 Ireland 57m More Murrayfield booing before Carbery takes the kick, that does not put the Sexton replacement off, he is successful
Scotland 10-19 Ireland 58m Cian Healy is replaced by Dave Kilcoyne as Scotland attack into the Irish half
Scotland 10-19 Ireland 59m Scotland break down the right wing and Ireland are left to within 10 metres of their line, they clear through Murray
Scotland 10-19 Ireland 60m Scotland attack deep into the Irish half from first phase, and are up to the 22 through Allan Dell, but he knock on as he reaches the 22
Scotland 10-19 Ireland 61m The scrum is successful from Ireland; the ball goes right, Scotland turn it over on the 22 as Ireland are pinged for illegal rucking, nothing comes from the play so Scotland get the penalty
Scotland 13-19 Ireland 62m Laidlaw points to the posts, dissects them and reduces Scotland's deficit to six
Scotland 13-19 Ireland 63m The home side gather the restart and carry out of the 22, Laidlaw keeps the ball on the pitch and Grant Gilchrist regathers
Scotland 13-19 Ireland 64m Laidlaw kicks again, this time Carbery catches, Murray then kicks but it charged, the kick comes into play again - this time Sean Maitland knocks the ball on under no pressure
Scotland 13-19 Ireland 65m McInally and Johnson are replaced by Pete Horne and Fraser Brown for Scotland as Josh van Der Flier replaces Sean O'Brien for Ireland
Scotland 13-19 Ireland 66m Ireland have possession from the scrum, they are on the 22 and are looking to attack
Scotland 13-19 Ireland 68m Still on the 22, Ireland struggle to penetrate, illegal rucking by Josh Strauss, Carbery goes for the points as Andrew porter and Ultan Dillane replace Tadhg Furlong and Quinn Roux
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 69m Ali Price replaces Greig Laidlaw as Carbery is successful with his penalty
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 70m Ireland secure a line out that results from the kick off and Johnny Gray pulls down the Paul, Ireland clear through Carbery
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 71m Ireland secure the line out once more, they maul it beyond their 10 metre line but Scotland maul defence is good and they earn the scrum
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 72m Jordan Larmour and Sean Cronin replace Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale as Scotland line up this scrum
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 73m The scrum is successful at the second attempt and Scotland are on half-way
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 74m A brilliant Price kick gives Ireland an attacking line out deep into their own half
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 75m The line out is safe for Ireland and they maul, Ireland then clear after two phases of forward-play
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 75m Scotland attack but an obvious Jamie Richie side entry gives Ireland a penalty just shy of half-way
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 76m The line out on the Scottish 10 metre line is secured by the away side, once more they maul, they knock it on in subsequent phase play and Scotland will have the scrum
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 77m John Cooney comes on for Conor Murray; that's all eight replacements for Ireland D'arcy Rae and Jamie Bhatti have also come on for Berghan and Dell as Scotland get the scrum penalty
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 78m The Scotland line out is unsuccessful and the home side lose the ball, Ireland take their time and look to have won this one, Cooney kicks
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 79m Up to the Irish 10 metre line, Scotland keep possession through Horne
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 80 Into the last minute, Scotland lose the ball forward and into touch - MOTM given to Peter O'Mahony
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 80+1m The Irish scrum is secured, the ball is gained by Scotland but they lose it. Ireland fail to get the four-try bonus point. Scotland will rue missed chances today.
15 Stuart Hogg 14 Tommy Seymour 13 Huw Jones 12 Sam Johnson 11 Sean Maitland 10 Finn Russell 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 1 Allan Dell 2 Stuart McInally 3 Simon Berghan 4 Grant Gilchrist 5 Jonny Gray 6 Ryan Wilson 7 Jamie Ritchie 8 Josh Strauss BENCH: 16 Fraser Brown 17 Jamie Bhatti 18 D’arcy Rae* 19 Ben Toolis 20 Rob Harley 21 Ali Price 22 Pete Horne 23 Blair Kinghorn
SCORERS T: Johnson C: Laidlaw P: Laidlaw (2)
15 Rob Kearney 14 Keith Earls 13 Chris Farrell 12 Bundee Aki 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Jonathan Sexton 9 Conor Murray 1 Cian Healy 2 RORY BEST (C) 3 Tadhg Furlong 4 Quinn Roux 5 James Ryan 6 Peter O'Mahony 7 Sean O’Brien 8 Jack Conan BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Dave Kilcoyne 18 Andrew Porter 19 Ultan Dillane 20 Josh van der Flier 21 John Cooney 22 Joey Carbery 23 Jordan Larmour
SCORERS T: Murray, Stockdale, Earles C: Murray, Carbery P: Carbery
Referee: Romain Poite Asst Referees: Pascal Gaüzère, Alexandre Ruiz TMO: Rowan Kitt
Stadio Olimpico - Saturday 09 February 2019
KO: 17:45 HT: 7-12 Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Italy v Wales The teams are out at the Stadio Olimpico as dusk begins to creep in a dry and not too shabby balmy Rome this evening. The officials: Referee: Matthieu Raynal Asst Referees: Wayne Barnes, Shuhei Kubo TMO: David Grashoff
Italy v Wales Welsh anthem is done, and now the Italians belt out their terribly military-esque national anthem
Italy v Wales It'll be interesting to see the table after this match is done; SCOvIRE has led to England going top without evening playing yet...
Italy 0-0 Wales 1m Slight delay to KO as Ref Raynal's comms failed with his asst. refs. All fixed now but Italy don't make the best start, handing over a penalty immediately...
Italy 0-3 Wales 2m ...and Dan Biggar punishes them with three points before the fans have had time to settle into their seats!
Italy 0-3 Wales 4m Restart doesn't go too well either for the Azzurri, with the Welsh already almost up to the Italian 22
Italy 0-3 Wales 5m The Italians breathe a sigh of relief for a second following a knock on on their 22, and they shift play over halfway, but Angelo Esposito hands over possession
Italy 0-3 Wales 6m But the Azzurri recover quickly and are up to the Welsh 22, on the attack
Italy 0-3 Wales 7m The Welsh may be on the back foot, but they steal possession at the breakdown and have the put in to a defensive scrum, winning the penalty to clear back over halfway
Italy 0-3 Wales 8m Textbook setpiece from the Welsh as they quickly edge towards the Italian 22 from a their lineout; they are forced back to the 10m but quickly make up the lost ground
Italy 0-3 Wales 9m Italy do well to wrestle the ball from the visitors and set up a defensive lineout, but the plan doesn't go to plan, penalty gifted to Wales who now are in the position of an attacking scrum on the Italian 22
Italy 0-3 Wales 11m It might not be exciting, but the Welsh scrum is efficient and they make a few yards, before Adam Beard knocks on particularly poorly
Italy 0-3 Wales 12m The Azzurri now have to defend their territory just inside their 22 with a scrum that is reset before it gets going, but the penalty goes to Wales...a bad habit forming for Italy since last week against Scotland1
Italy 0-3 Wales 14m Biggar takes a little hydration before teeing up the ball in front of the posts, just 18m out…
Italy 0-6 Wales 15m He couldn't miss that if he tried, and Biggar doubles his tally swiftly. Meanwhile comms are still failing between the ref and the TMO - but maybe he won't be needed any time soon
Italy 0-6 Wales 17m It's such a shame, but this is going to be as enthralling as the last two match of the #6Ns so far; Italy need to buck up their ideas & stop handing over penalties...
Italy 0-9 Wales 18m ...4th penalty conceded by the Azzurri - it's likely it's another 3 points incoming from Biggar...which he pops in the bag quite neatly
Italy 0-9 Wales 20m Italy restart, but are forced back and are struggling in the midfield to make any yards, until eventually prop Nicky Smith is pinged at the breakdown for being off his feet
Italy 0-9 Wales 21m A good tactical kick puts them on the Welsh 22 for a lineout - the homeside now have a good opportunity...
Italy 0-9 Wales 22m ...the Azzurri are halted in their tracks temporarily, but they attack again with verve, Edoardo Padovani showing his skill before he goes down injured
Italy 0-9 Wales 23m Padovani bounces back up quickly having clashed with Josh Adams while succeeding in taking in the high ball with some finesse
Italy 0-9 Wales 24m Wales end up with a defensive scrum in their own 22, clearing directly into Padovani's hands and the Azzurri head back towards the Welsh 22...
Italy 0-9 Wales 25m ...but the ball is deftly turned over and Wales are back in Italian territory
Italy 0-9 Wales 27m The visitors waste no time at all. Biggar showing his mettle further, and Wales are only a couple of metres short of the Italian goal line
Italy 0-9 Wales 28m Italian defence is improving significantly as they hold the Welsh away from the whitewash and forcing them back and forth between the touchlines, but advantage is being played...
Italy 0-12 Wales 29m Wales c.16 phases in and the Azzurri infringe and the Ref goes back for the penalty; Biggar adding another 3-pointer with ease
Italy 0-12 Wales 31m The minutes fritter away as play has returned to the midfield, the Azzurri with a lineout but just on the wrong side of halfway
Italy 0-12 Wales 32m The Welsh may be rip-tackling repeatedly, but the Azzurri are outside the Welsh 22 and have a penalty, which Tommaso Allan kicks to touch for a 5m attacking lineout
Italy 0-12 Wales 34m The lineout is good and the legend that is Sergio Parisse attempts to start he drive to get over the whitewash, but he is alone as the Welsh are all over him like a rash...
Italy 5-12 Wales 35m ... so Italy recycle with some effect and the move infield steadily before Braam Steyn claims the well-deserved try after they Azzurri heave over the goal line
Italy 7-12 Wales 36m Tommy Allan adds the extras and suddenly the scoreline isn't looking so tragic in the run up to halftime for the Azzurri
Italy 7-12 Wales 38m From the restart, where Wales were busy building phases, another lineout fails, a habit they are forming...
Italy 7-12 Wales 39m ...and they lose all momentum as the Azzurri take the scrum penalty from their defensive position, Smith again the guilty party
Italy 7-12 Wales 40m It's an attacking lineout for the Azzurri outside the Welsh 22, and Beard tips up the Italian jumper in the air with no other recourse than a penalty
Italy 7-12 Wales 40+2m Allan's kick at the uprights to narrow the deficit to just two points, however, has the ball find the upright only to bounce off and Biggar tidies up the first half by booting it into touch
Italy 7-12 Wales HT T: Steyn C: Allan | P: Biggar (4)
Italy 7-12 Wales 41m The full brass band in the stands has resumed play, as have Italy & Wales; the Azzurri into the Welsh 22 swiftly
Italy 10-12 Wales 43m Two quick penalties from Wales and Allan is teeing up inside the Welsh 22 in front of the posts to finally reduce the deficit to just 2 points
Italy 10-12 Wales 45m Penalty count is now at 6 each as we head into this second half in earnest; Biggar takes advantage of the last one setting Wales up with a 5m attacking lineout following a dangerously deep kick
Italy 10-12 Wales 47m Steyn steals the ball rather efficiently at the breakdown, the kick to touch is poor but Steyn steps in again and steal lineout ball
Italy 10-12 Wales 48m Possession returns to Wales for an attacking scrum on the Azzurri 22, while Ian McKinley replaces Allan who is off for a n Head Injury Assessment (HIA)
Italy 10-12 Wales 50m Wales can't take advantage of their attacking position, and there's a time off as changes are made on both sides: Cherif Traore' for Nicola Quaglio | Dillon Lewis & Alun Wyn Jones for Jake Ball & Samson Lee
Italy 10-12 Wales 52m Play to returns to the midfield for an Azzurri lineout; the call goes against Italy from the Ref (v dubious) while Federico Ruzza replaces Dean Budd
Italy 10-19 Wales 54m Josh Adams scores the first Welsh try entirely unhindered as a result of the Wales scrum on halfway, and Biggar ads his final points of the match with the conversion before he is replaced by Gareth Anscombe
Italy 10-19 Wales 56m Marco Bambini replaces Sebastian Negri while the Welsh are on the attack again. However, the Azzurri are frustrating the Welsh game to a significant degree.
Italy 10-19 Wales 57m Conor O'Shea has made significant strides with Italian rugby, and the day can't be far away where the switch flicks for them to turn the few points deficit into positives...
Italy 10-19 Wales 58m ...except if this is in fact Parisse's last Six Nations, since right now, there is no such talisman for the Azzurri. Not just Italy, but the world of rugby will lose one of the best No8s of modern times
Italy 10-19 Wales 60m Meanwhile, Allan returned having passed his HIA; Luca Bigi, Tiziano Pasquali and Edoardo Gori have come on for Leonardo Ghiraldini, Guglielmo Palazzani and Simone Ferrari
Italy 10-19 Wales 63m With Wales back on the attack, Wyn Jones (not that that's in anyway confusing!) and Gareth Davies replace Smith and Aled Davies
Italy 10-19 Wales 64m Jonathan Davies looks to have flown over in the corner to score, but Ref Raynal heads up to TMO Grashoff to clarify...
Italy 10-19 Wales 65m ...it takes a while but eventually a forward pass is clocked and it's no try.
Italy 10-19 Wales 67m Ross Moriarty, Ryan Elias and Hallam Amos replace Josh Navidi, Elliot Dee and Liam Williams whilst the Italians make some headway
Italy 10-24 Wales 69m However, the Welsh have other ideas and it's Owen Watkin who squirrels out the whitewash to put some serious daylight between the scores...
Italy 10-26 Wales 70m Anscombe adds the extras and the Azzurri need to dig ridiculously deep if they are to make a dent in the 16-point deficit
Italy 10-26 Wales 72m It may be Steyn who will step up to replace Parisse (yeah I know he hasn't gone yet - but it's his 15th #6Ns!), but for now, two converted tries and a penalty are required in 8 minutes from Italy
Italy 10-26 Wales 74m The Azzurri are going to give it their all and have been on the attack for the last few minutes, making ground whilst lurking in the Welsh half
Italy 15-26 Wales 75m It's Padovani who finds the whitewash after the Italians rip the Welsh complacent defence apart; O'Shea can be proud of improving the Italian fitness and stamina significantly
Italy 15-26 Wales 76m There's no conversion, however, and that in itself is 5 missed points to be rued for Italy
Italy 15-26 Wales 78m Now can the Azzurri step up and score another before the clock turns red???
Italy 15-26 Wales 79m Or as is often the case, will it be the Welsh who step up themselves to put even more daylight in the final score? And note, Wales have no bonus points so far either...
Italy 15-26 Wales 80m Wales are on the attack again from midfield, they go out wide and it's Thomas Young who pounces over in the corner for a suspected try...
Italy 15-26 Wales 80+1m The Ref defers to the TMO for a possible forward pass between Anscombe and Lewis...and it takes a while and a lot of replays
Italy 15-26 Wales 80+1m The pass is forward and it's no try but it is full time with a two-try win for Wales, and another step up for Italy who frustrated Welsh play defensively
15 Jayden Hayward 14 Edoardo Padovani 13 Michele Campagnaro 12 Luca Morisi 11 Angelo Esposito 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Guglielmo Palazzani 1 Nicola Quaglio 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 3 Simone Ferrari 4 David Sisi 5 Dean Budd 6 Sebastian Negri 7 Braam Steyn 8 SERGIO PARISSE (C) BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Cherif Traore' 18 Tiziano Pasquali 19 Federico Ruzza 20 Marco Barbini 21 Edoardo Gori 22 Ian McKinley 23 Tommaso Benvenuti
SCORERS T: Steyn, Padovani C: Allan P: Allan
15 Liam Williams 14 Jonah Holmes 13 JONATHAN DAVIES (C) 12 Owen Watkin 11 Josh Adams 10 Dan Biggar 9 Aled Davies 1 Nicky Smith 2 Elliot Dee 3 Samson Lee 4 Jake Ball 5 Adam Beard 6 Aaron Wainwright 7 Thomas Young 8 Josh Navidi BENCH: 16 Ryan Elias 17 Wyn Jones 18 Dillon Lewis 19 Alun Wyn Jones 20 Ross Moriarty 21 Gareth Davies 22 Gareth Anscombe 23 Hallam Amos
SCORERS T: Adams, Watkin C: Biggar, Anscombe P: Biggar (4)
Referee: Matthieu Raynal Asst Referees: Wayne Barnes, Shuhei Kubo TMO: David Grashoff
Twickenham Stadium - Sunday 10 February 2019
KO: 15:00 HT: tbc Att: tbc
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HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Slight glitch in reporting today...glorious sunshine at Twickers...so much so I can't see my laptop screen!
Well...the teams are out and La Marseillaise was really quite excellent...but not as formidable as the English anthem in full force at home!
England 5-0 France 1m The sun has deigned to hide itself so I can see my screen...and Jonny May has begun the match by grabbing the grubber kick and scoring before you have time to blink!
England 5-0 France 2m The young Farrell has not had such a great start and misses the conversion, but England have laid down the marker early on...
England 5-0 France 4m This might be premature, but Eddie Jones' England appear to have found their form already (& I'd put money on it !)
England 5-0 France 5m Playing catch up...your teams for a chilly afternoon in Twickenham: http://www.rugbyunplugged.com/6Ns%20Results.html#ENGvFRA & the officials: Referee: Nigel Owens Asst Referees: Andrew Brace, Brendon Pickerill TMO: Glenn Newman
England 8-0 France 7m Meanwhile, France hand over a penalty which is entirely kickable for Faz to redeem himself...and he does
England 8-0 France 9m However, England promptly hand over a penalty of their own and Morgan Parra tees up from just off centre and just outside the England 22...
England 8-3 France 10m Parra's boot does not fail and we appear to have game on. Huzzah!
England 11-3 France 12m This may just be a game of reciprocation...Les Bleus pinged for blocking and Faz pops over another 3 points immediately
England 11-3 France 13m To capture the atmosphere, the sun has sodded off quite promptly, my coat has gone back on, the rain is pouring vertically tho softly, and clouds are suddenly the darkest grey...
England 11-3 France 14m ...the wind has whipped up... that'll be the remnants of that interfering Erik no doubt, and England have defended their territory in excellent fashion, forcing play back into the French half
England 11-3 France 16m 'Swing Low' is booming around the stadium whilst Les Bleus win a defensive scrum and breach the halfway line, but kick away possession
England 11-3 France 18m As my fingers begin to freeze up from the chilling wind already, Les Bleus do well to stop an English assault and are lurking in the opposition's 22 with a lineout pending...
England 11-3 France 19m However, French captain Guilhem Guirado overthrows in a horrible fashion, enough for England to take full advantage and shift play back into French territory
England 11-3 France 21m A little too-ing and fro-ing results in a time out from Ref Nige before an England attacking scrum on the French 10m
England 11-3 France 22m Les Bleus defend their goal line well after the English bear down hard on it...the clear, however, gives the homeside another attacking lineout in the 22...
England 16-3 France 24m ...and it's Mr Bonkers May that secures the brace already for the second try of the encounter
England 16-3 France 25m However, Jonny is not making life easy for captain Faz and the latter misses another conversion
England 16-3 France 26m England's response to the French restart is to shift play yet again back into French territory...
England 21-3 France 29m And it's tréjà vu as Mad Boy May secures a hat trick! There's most definitely another May that could learn a thing or two from this May Theresa May are you watching?!
England 23-3 France 31m Young Faz finds his footing and we have a conversion
England 23-3 France 33m Looks like Les Bleus have woken up so we can actually have a proper match rather than a blue-rinse...
England 23-8 France 34m ...and it's the wing Damian Penaud who carves up the England defence to score beautifully just inside the corner
England 23-8 France 36m However, Parra fluffs the conversion horribly - time for M. Brunel to engage Camille Lopez as the more efficient kicker!
England 23-8 France 38m Aerial football ensues, Play generally stays in the midfield, and poor handling is prevalent before Chris Ashton makes a sublime break just a metre short of the whitewash before he is shut down
England 28-8 France 39m The ball is quickly recycled and Henry Slade gathers out wide to run in a 4th bonus-point scoring try before half time
England 30-8 France 40+1m Faz pings over the conversion and England have a comfortable and decent 22-point lead going into the break
England 30-8 France HT T: May (3), Slade C: Farrell (2) P: Farrell (2) | T: Penaud P: Parra
England 30-8 France 40m An interesting conversation was had earlier with a French journo who is convinced if they had the right coach, the team would be consistently better. I have to say I did concur...
England 30-8 France 41m A delightful start from England as they head deep into the French 22 but a kick to touch finds touch too swiftly
England 30-8 France 42m The ball shifts from far touch to the middle of the field for Manu Tuilagi to pass out wide to Ashy...badly(!) who knocks the ball back because he really can't reach it on this nearside
England 30-8 France 44m Les Bleus try desperately to shift England away from the dangerzone, but England have other ideas; apprentice to Hartley, Jamie George, throws into an attacking lineout, keeping the ball in play in the 22
England 30-8 France 46m The French try every tactic, but England are still camped out in the 22; Ben Moon, Nathan Hughes & Joe Launchbury are on for Mako Vunipola, Tom Curry & George Kruis | at HT, Thomas Ramos replaced Yoann Huget # #Rugby
England 30-8 France 48m While the French make some headway in forcing England back, Antoine Dupont & Romain Ntamack replace Parra & Penaud
England 30-8 France 49m Meanwhile, England are on the attack yet again, and short of Ashy scoring, Nige calls up to the TMO for potential infringement from the opposition, stating the wing would have scored...
England 37-8 France 50m TMO Glenn Newman concurs and it's a penalty try to England while Gaël Fickou is sent to the naughty step
England 37-8 France 52m The next play has handbags drawn with England yet again deep in the French half, and play is stopped as Nige tries to sort them out.
England 37-8 France 53m Penalty goes against the homeside as Kyle Sinckler is given a slap on the wrist, and play resumes; Wales & Scotland will target KS so he must be careful
England 37-8 France 54m France can't hold England out though, and a superb kick thru is chased by May & Dupont, the later knocks it on in the goal area but Faz chases up behind to score. > TMO
England 42-8 France 55m Umming, ah-ing, replays and the officials concur that it wasn't a May knock on and the try stands for Faz
England 44-8 France 57m In the meantime - heaps of subs have come on! Jack Nowell, Tom Curry returns, Dan Cole on for Ashy, Hughes & Sinckler | Dorian Aldegheri debuts, Paul Willemse and Penaud returns for Bamba, Vahaamahina & Lopez
England 44-8 France 59m The French make territory but can't take advantage of their position as England force them back to the midfield
England 44-8 France 61m Luke Cowan-(No Suggestions) & Gorge Ford replace George & Tuilagi
England 44-8 France 63m Neither side make yards as Danny Priso replaces Jefferson Poirot in the front row; play in the midfield...
England 44-8 France 64m A roar of applause for Billy Vunipola as he is replaced by Hughes while the French have an attacking scrum inside the 10m; Elliot Daly knocks on & France have a 22 lineout
England 44-8 France 66m The England defence is being sorely tested as the French have been camped in and around the England 22 for 5 minutes...
England 44-8 France 68m Young Dan Robson is warming up in the sidelines as England's on-point kicking finally clears the French back over halfway
England 44-8 France 69m Robson makes his England debut for Ben Youngs; Poirot must have been off for an HIA as he's back on, Priso back to the bench, and Gregory Alldritt is on for Felix Lambey
England 44-8 France 71m The homeside have finally remembered that they need to really be in French territory to score points, but Fickou yet again stops any progress currently
England 44-8 France 72m England are on the backfoot, just outside their 22 as France advance yet again, but it's time off...
England 44-8 France 74m Play finally resumes again and much to the ire of Les Bleus, England capture possession deep deep in the French 22, directly in front of the posts but Faz kicks to the corner...they want that half century!
England 44-8 France 75m Hardly surprising that Jonny May is named Man of the Match
England 44-8 France 76m However, the setpiece doesn't quite go to plan, and the French end up with possession 2 metres from the whitewash, and they clear deftly
England 44-8 France 77m Les Bleus clear to outside their 22, but England steal the lineout and find another opportunity before that 80-minute final death knell for Les Bleus...
England 44-8 France 78m Another time off before Les Bleus have a defensive 5m scrum...which they deal with awfully well and before you can say Jack Sparrow, the French are at the England 22...
England 44-8 France 79m England repel the French fairly efficiently back up to halfway, but only temporarily as Les Bleus are back outside the homeside's 22
England 44-8 France 80m However, it is England in possession and they have a defensive scrum directly half way between the 10m and 22...which has to be reset...
England 44-8 France 80+2m The scrum is finally set correctly and England take the sensible option of collecting the ball, passing it back into their 22 to be kicked to touch for a very positive full time score
15 Elliot Daly 14 Chris Ashton 13 Henry Slade 12 Manu Tuilagi 11 Jonny May 10 OWEN FARRELL (C) 9 Ben Youngs 1 Mako Vunipola 2 Jamie George 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Courtney Lawes 5 George Kruis 6 Mark Wilson 7 Tom Curry 8 Billy Vunipola BENCH: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Ben Moon 18 Dan Cole 19 Joe Launchbury 20 Nathan Hughes 21 Dan Robson* 22 George Ford 23 Jack Nowell
SCORERS T: May (3), Slade, PT, Farrell C: Farrell (3) P: Farrell (2)
15 Yoann Huget 14 Damian Penaud 13 Mathieu Bastareaud 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou 11 Gaël Fickou 10 Camille Lopez 9 Morgan Parra 1 Jefferson Poirot Union 2 GUILHEM GUIRADO (C) 3 Demba Bamba Ca 4 Sébastien Vahaamahina 5 Felix Lambey 6 Yacouba Camara 7 Arthur Iturria 8 Louis Picamoles BENCH: 16 Pierre Bourgarit 17 Dany Priso 18 Dorian Aldegheri* 19 Paul Willemse 20 Gregory Alldritt 21 Antoine Dupont 22 Romain Ntamack 23 Thomas Ramos* Toulousain
SCORERS T: Penaud P: Parra Fickou
Referee: Nigel Owens Asst Referees: Andrew Brace, Brendon Pickerill TMO: Glenn Newman
Stade de France - Saturday 23 February 2019
KO: 15:15 HT: tbc Att: tbc
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Referee: Nic Berry Asst Referees: Nigel Owens, Andrew Brace TMO: Rowan Kitt
Principality Stadium - Saturday 23 February 2019
KO: 16:45 HT: tbc Att: tbc
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Referee: Jaco Peyper Asst Referees: Jérôme Garcès, Alexandre Ruiz TMO: Simon McDowell
Stadio Olimpico - Sunday 24 February 2019
KO: 16:00 HT: tbc Att: tbc
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Referee: Glen Jackson Asst Referees: Wayne Barnes, Karl Dickson TMO: Graham Hughes
BT Murrayfield - Saturday 09 March 2019
KO: 14:15 HT: tbc Att: tbc
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Referee: Pascal Gaüzère Asst Referees: Luke Pearce, Federico Anselmi TMO: Marius Jonker
Twickenham Stadium - Saturday 09 March 2019
KO: 16:45 HT: tbc Att: tbc
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Referee: Nic Berry Asst Referees: Paul Williams, Andrew Brace TMO: Simon McDowell
Aviva Stadium - Sunday 10 March 2019
KO: 15:00 HT: tbc Att: tbc
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Referee: Ben O'Keeffe Asst Referees: Angus Gardner, Karl Dickson TMO: Ben Skeen
Stadio Olimpico - Saturday 16 March 2019
KO: 13:30 HT: tbc Att: tbc
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Referee: Matt Carley Asst Referees: Nigel Owens, Andrew Brace TMO: Graham Hughes
Principality Stadium - Saturday 16 March 2019
KO: 14:45 HT: tbc Att: tbc
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Referee: Angus Gardner Asst Referees: Ben O'Keeffe, Karl Dickson TMO: Marius Jonker
Twickenham Stadium - Saturday 16 March 2019
KO: 17:00 HT: tbc Att: tbc
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Referee: Paul Williams Asst Referees: Jérôme Garcès, Federico Anselmi TMO: Ben Skeen