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Monday 3rd March 2014

MURRAY RETURNS TO MURRAYFIELD

scotlandEUAN MURRAY, the 33-year-old Worcester Warriors tight-head prop, returned to the Scotland squad today in preparation for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations Championship match against France at Murrayfield. Murray, who won the last of his 58 caps against Australia in November, has missed the opening three games of the Championship on account of injury.

Two Edinburgh Rugby players, Sean Kennedy and his half-back partner, Harry Leonard, are also training with the squad this afternoon.

FORWARDS: Johnnie Beattie, Kelly Brown, Geoff Cross, David Denton, Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, Chris Fusaro, Grant Gilchrist, Ryan Grant, Jonny Gray, Richie Gray, Jim Hamilton, Scott Lawson, Moray Low, Pat MacArthur, Euan Murray, Alasdair Strokosch, Tim Swinson and Ryan Wilson

BACKS: Chris Cusiter, Jack Cuthbert, Nick De Luca, Alex Dunbar, Max Evans, Dougie Fife, Stuart Hogg, Ruaridh Jackson, Greig Laidlaw, Sean Lamont, Matt Scott, Tommy Seymour, Duncan Taylor, Duncan Weir.

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Monday 3rd March 2014

LANCASTER BRINGS BACK SPEED & POWER

englandSTUART LANCASTER brings Manu Tuilagi back into camp following his successful return for Leicester Tigers yesterday, alongside London Irish wing Marland Yarde, to join the 30-man squad for Wales.

FORWARDS: David Attwood, Dylan Hartley, Matt Kvesic, Tom Johnson, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Ben Morgan, Matt Mullan, Chris Robshaw, Ed Slater, Henry Thomas, Mako Vunipola, David Wilson, Tom Wood, Tom Youngs

BACKS: Chris Ashton, Brad Barritt, Mike Brown, Freddie Burns, Luther Burrell, Danny Care, Lee Dickson, Kyle Eastmond, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Alex Goode, Jonny May, Jack Nowell, Manu Tuilagi, Billy Twelvetrees, Anthony Watson, Marland Yarde, Ben Youngs.

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Sunday 2nd March 2014

SCHMIDT NAMES ROUND 4 IRELAND SQUAD

IrelandJOE SCHMIDT has named has 30-man squad for Ireland’s match against Italy on Saturday afternoon, with Simon Zebo joining the to replace Felix Jones.

FORWARDS: Rory Best, Sean Cronin, Robbie Diack, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Iain Henderson, Chris Henry, David Kilcoyne, Mike McCarthy, Jack McGrath, Martin Moore, Jordi Murphy, Paul O'Connell, Young Peter O'Mahony, Mike Ross, Rhys Ruddock, Donnacha Ryan, Richardt Strauss, Devin Toner

BACKS: Darren Cave, Gordon D'Arcy, Robbie Henshaw, Paddy Jackson, David Kearney, Rob Kearney, Ian Madigan, Fergus McFadden, Conor Murray, Brian O'Driscoll, Eoin Reddan, Jonathan Sexton, Andrew Trimble, Simon Zebo.

Not considered for selection:
Tommy O'Donnell: received a stinger at the weekend and is facing a week's recovery
Tommy Bowe: tightened up after 30 minutes on Friday but finished the half as planned and will continue to follow a staged return to play programme
Isaac Boss: has been given a week off after not having a break since the start of the season
Felix Jones: took a knock to the knee and will be unavailable to train this week.  He has been replaced in the squad by Simon Zebo.

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Sunday 2nd March 2014

SAINT ANDRÉ FORCED TO BRING IN REINFORCEMENTS...

francePHILIPPE SAINT ANDRE has been forced to bring in Perpignan hooker Guilhem Guirado after Dimitri Szarzewski injured his right ankle during Racing Métro’s 25-15 win over Castres Olympique in the Top 14. This follows the call up of Racing Métro winger, Marc Andreu to the France squad as a consequence of Morgan Parra’s two week ban by the LNR for his red card resulting from a head butt on Rene Ranger at the end of Clermont’s win against Montpellier in week 20 of the Top 14. Parra had been called up to Les Bleus despite the red card, alongside Castres’ Rémi Lamerat and Antonie Claassen for Round 4 of the RBS Six Nations. Parra will be free to play in the final international against Ireland.

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Friday 28th February 2014

Wales WARREN GATLAND...A PORTRAIT

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Thursday 27th February 2014

OWEN FARRELL CLEARED OF TICKET TOUTING

englandA £70 ticket for the RBS Six Nations England v Ireland match ticket bearing the name of Owen Farrell was sold for £440 on the online ticketing website, Viagogo, but the England Rugby fly half was cleared of all and any wrong doing following an immediate investigation by the RFU.

Stuart Lancaster Owen FarrellTHE RFU quickly launched an enquiry into the resale of the ticket, which sold at over six times face value, a practice frowned upon by genuine rugby fans. Farrell had given the ticket to a friend in good faith, and is known to be furious at it ending up being illegally sold to an Ireland supporter.

An RFU spokesperson said:  “It can be confirmed that Owen Farrell has been absolved of any responsibility for the ticket issued under his name getting into the hands of a secondary ticketing operator and as such is cleared of any wrongdoing. He will therefore not face any sanction. Owen is a young man of the utmost integrity and no blame can be attached to him in this matter. Enquiries continue as to the circumstances whereby this ticket was sold above face value, contravening the terms and conditions of sale.”   

The investigation continues as to how the ticket ended up on Viagogo, against whom the RFU won a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court of the UK whereby the site was forced to reveal the names and addresses of those who placed tickets for sale on its website for the 2010 Investec Internationals and the 2011 RBS 6 Nations. 

The RFU has been cracking down on illegal reselling of tickets in recent years, and has imposed sanctions on 41 clubs, constituent bodies, schools and individuals, including former England flanker James Haskell.

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Thursday 27th February 2014

EnglandENGLAND PLAYERS DIARY...THE NEWBIES

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Wednesday 26th February 2014

RBS DEFINING MOMENTS: IRELAND...GRAND SLAM 2009 Ireland

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Tuesday 25th February 2014

ROUND 3 ROUND UP

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Monday 24th February 2014

England RFU THE CRAIC: TALE OF THE TEST

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Sunday 23rd February 2014

TWICKERS TUNNEL CAM: England ENGLAND v IRELAND Ireland

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Friday 21st February 2014

RBS DEFINING MOMENTS: ENGLAND...A TEAM UNITED England

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Thursday 20th February 2014

Scottish RugbySCOTT JOHNSON ON SCOTLAND v ITALY

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Thursday 20th February 2014

EnglandENGLAND PLAYERS DIARY...THE BESTIES

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Thursday 20th February 2014

WEEK 3 HEAD TO HEAD

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Wednesday 19th February 2014

O2 INSIDE LINE: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH ENGLAND England

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Tuesday 18th February 2014

Ireland PAUL O'CONNELL...A PORTRAIT

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Thursday 13th February 2014

france THE MAGIC OF RUGBY FROM THE FANS...italy

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Tuesday 11th February 2014

ROUND 2 ROUND UP

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Monday 10th February 2014

O2 BEHIND THE GREEN: IRELAND WALES Ireland

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Monday 10th February 2014

England RFU CALCUTTA CUP: TALE OF THE TEST

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Saturday 8th February 2014

Scottish Rugby SCOTLAND POST MATCH PRESSER CALCUTTA CUP

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Friday 7th February 2014

WEEK 2 HEAD TO HEAD

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Thursday 6th February 2014

italySERGIO PARISSE...A PORTRAIT

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Wednesday 5th February 2014

O2 INSIDE LINE: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH ENGLAND England

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Tuesday 4th February 2014

ROUND 1 ROUND UP

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Tuesday 4th February 2014

England STUART LANCASTER...A PORTRAIT

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Monday 3rd February 2014

O2 BEHIND THE GREEN: IRELAND SCOTLAND Ireland

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Monday 3rd February 2014

England RFU LE CRUNCH: TALE OF THE TEST

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Sunday 2nd February 2014

Scottish Rugby SCOTLAND POST MATCH PRESSER IRELAND

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Friday 31st January 2014

WEEK 1 HEAD TO HEAD

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Friday 31st January 2014

Ireland JOE SCHMIDT...A PORTRAIT

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Thursday 30th January 2014

WalesWALES v ITALYitaly 6 NATIONS HIGHLIGHTS...

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Thursday 30th January 2014

O2 BEHIND THE GREEN: IRELAND OPEN TRAINING Ireland

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Thursday 30th January 2014

Scottish RugbySCOTT JOHNSON ON SCOTTISH RUGBY TEAM SELECTION FOR IRELAND

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Thursday 30th January 2014

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Wednesday 29th January 2014

O2 INSIDE LINE: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH ENGLAND England

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Wednesday 29th January 2014

MON DIEU! LE COQ...C’EST BLEU!

TRAFALGAR SQUARE saw the unveiling of another triumphant sculpture on the Fourth Plinth in July 2013 by London Mayor and rugby fan, Boris Johnson - Hahn/Cock by Katharina Fritsch. But six months on, with its uncanny resemblance to a very large (4.7m/15'6" high) Le Coq Gaullois - the national symbol of Les Bleus, proudly adorned on the French rugby shirt, we are of the opinion that with Le Crunch looming this weekend, the grand cockerel should maybe be temporarily adapted to fit the nation it resides in!

Le Coq Bleu

So, if all Englanders are in agreement - and it’s about time the English were vocally as proud of their nation as their Scottish, Irish and Welsh cousins, rather than apologising for being the nation the world needs to beat - then drop a note to the national treasure that is BoJo and let him know. You can get to him via various methods; simply click on your preference...

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Wednesday 29th January 2014

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED...PART 2

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Wednesday 29th January 2014

Scottish Rugby KELLY BROWN...A PORTRAIT

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Tuesday 28th January 2014

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED...PART 1

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Tuesday 28th January 2014

ENGLAND NAME 26-MAN PARIS TRAVELLING SQUAD

EnglandENGLAND have named a 26-man squad to travel to Paris for their RBS 6 Nations opener against France on Saturday. The 23 to play at the Stade de France will be named on Thursday morning, with three additional players flying with the team that afternoon as cover.  

Jack Nowell LV= Breakthrough Player 2013A significant omission is Saracens’ Chris Ashton who remains with the senior EPS but will not be France-bound, whilst -despite the c. 1984 Limahl-esque dubious hair- uncapped Jack Nowell makes the cut in his place. Elsewhere, Quins’ scrum half Danny Care has usurped Ben Youngs with his recent sparkling form. Other uncapped backs Luther Burrell, George Ford and Anthony Watson are included in the squad after promising European rugby form, likely the last chance to blood the young bucks before RWC 2015. The squad returns to camp at Pennyhill Park on Wednesday evening.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We are excited about the players we are taking to Paris and what a great place to open our RBS 6 Nations campaign against a French team who will be massively motivated, especially after the last two games between us.

“Competition for places is intense and we have tough selection choices to make across the team. The young players have really impressed and based on their club form and what they have done in training with us they deserve their opportunity.”

englandFORWARDS
David Attwood, Dan Cole, Dylan Hartley, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Ben Morgan, Matt Mullan, Chris Robshaw, Henry Thomas, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Tom Wood, Tom Youngs
BACKS
Brad Barritt, Mike Brown, Luther Burrell, Danny Care, Lee Dickson, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Alex Goode, Jonny May, Jack Nowell, Billy Twelvetrees

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Tuesday 28th January 2014

JONES TO LEAD WALES IN SIX NATIONS OPENER

WalesALUN WYN JONES will lead an experienced Wales side as they begin the defence of their RBS 6 Nations crown against Italy at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday (KO 2.30pm).

Alun Wyn Jones British Lions 2013Jones, who last captained Wales against the Azzurri in 2009, and led the British & Irish Lions to their historic win over Australia in 2013, is part of a side who have all tasted Six Nations success in recent years. The Ospreys skipper will line-up in the second-row with Perpignan's Luke Charteris as Wales look to create history by becoming the first side to win the tournament outright three times in succession.

"We are looking for a good start, we started slowly last year and know we need to be ready from the off,” said Gatland.

"Italy started last year's tournament with a win over France so they will be ready on Saturday and we need to start well and build confidence and momentum.

"It's a strong, experienced side, but there was a lot of discussion about the selection which is a great position to be in as a coach. We've almost everyone fit for selection which is pretty rare.”

wales15 Leigh Halfpenny 14 Alex Cuthbert 13 Scott Williams 12 Jamie Roberts 11 George North 10 Rhys Priestland 9 Mike Phillips 1 Paul James 2 Richard Hibbard 3 Adam Jones 4 Luke Charteris 5 ALUN WYN JONES (C) 6 Dan Lydiate 7 Justin Tipuric 8 Toby Faletau BENCH: 16 Ken Owens 17 Ryan Bevington 18 Rhodri Jones 19 Andrew Coombs 20 Sam Warburton 21 Rhys Webb 22 James Hook 23 Liam Williams

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Monday 27th January 2014

france PHILIPPE SAINT-ANDRÉ...A PORTRAIT

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Friday 24th January 2014

England CHRIS ROBSHAW...A PORTRAIT

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Thursday 23rd January 2014

THE RBS Six Nations launched with the usual ceremony and aplomb at West London's prestigious Hurlingham Club, graced with the presence of all six captains, coaches and each with their respective entourage early on Wednesday morning...far too early some may argue to navigate through London's rush hour traffic to arrive at the quintessentially Engllish private members club.

RBS Six Natoins 2014 The Captains

Pleasantries and the apeasement of the world's finest rugby journos aside (bribing all with bacon, egg and sausage butties - a tried and tested method that will quieten any press room, albeit temporarily), the merry go round of the press junkets began, and continued for what appeared to be a never-ending morning.

RBS Six Natoins 2014 The Coaches

Captain of Les Bleus, Thierry Dusautoir, was sorely missed no thanks to his torn bicep, as he undoubtedly will be by his team for the duration of the tournament, but Scottish Rugby's interim coach, Scott Johnson provided light relief as usual. And Scotland's team captain, Kelly Brown, bravely put his previously impeding stammer aside and took on the facing press with full force.

Nothing revolutionary was uttered, and expectations were neither raised nor dampened. But it was a good opportunity for all to reconvene, with the exception of our European friends, after most of the attendees last saw each other somewhat bleary-eyed at the legendary Annual Rugby Writers' Dinner nine days earlier.

And so it begins...

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SIX NATIONS DEFINING MOMENTS...  

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RUGBY'S GREATEST CHAMPIONSHIP

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Fixtures

RBS 6 Nations Schedule 2014

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