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The Guardian : rugby
02  mars     22h00
Cunningham-South’s England journey guided by father’s WhatsApp critiques
Aaron Bower    Harlequins flanker is shining for England in the Six Nations but still has a harsh judge on the other side of the world to impressChandler Cunningham South’s rapid rise to international rugby has caught even the year old by surprise but, for all the high profile coaches he has crossed paths with...
    12h00
Irrepressible Ireland: five reasons why they are dominating the Six Nations Michael Aylwin
Michael Aylwin    Andy Farrell’s fearsome side visit England next in pursuit of the first back to back grand slams in the tournament’s six team eraEven before the stranglehold they have enjoyed over the Six Nations of late, Ireland have stood out from the rest for the degree to which they pound opposing defences....
    08h00
There is another way’: how schools are tackling rugby’s head injury crisis
Sam Peters    Concern is mounting over dwindling playing numbers caused by safety fears as schools explore ways to depower rugbyRugby union’s rapid and seemingly inexorable transition from contact into collision sport began around with professionalism and the change to its concussion and injury risk...
01  mars     14h00
Debts and debacle cloud rugby’s Super Round, but 10,582 find reason for hope
Jack Snape    Enthusiastic and committed crowd provides optimism as teams gather in Melbourne weekend of matchesLike a dinner party where the host might only have weeks to live, Super Round started on Friday night as smoothly as could be expected. A westerly gust knocked over the picture booth in the festival...
    10h54
Sports quiz of the week: Spain, Six Nations and John O’Shea
Paul Campbell    Have you been following the big stories in football, rugby, Formula One, athletics, boxing and cycling Continue reading...
    10h00
Seismic shifts will happen’: US pro rugby league MLR loses teams but looks to future
Martin Pengelly    Alex Magleby, CEO of champion New England Free Jacks, says Toronto and New York will be missed as the show goes onAt the end of , in little more than week, Major League Rugby lost two teams. First the Toronto Arrows, the sole Canadian team, then the New York Ironworkers, champions in , ran...
29  février     18h00
No wholesale changes’ for England before Ireland Six Nations showdown
Aaron Bower    Wigglesworth believes selectors will not panic after defeatAttack coach admits display in Calcutta Cup loss was tenseThe England attack coach, Richard Wigglesworth, has warned that wholesale changes will not fix the problems Steve Borthwick’s side have had in possession in the Six Nations, and has...
    02h27
Gradual acceptance of concussion risk prompts new reality for Australian sport Jack Snape
Jack Snape    As the major football codes wise up to the impact of head trauma, new technology and research are increasingly playing partsAnother new footy season is here, but in something in sport has changed. An increasing acknowledgment of the risk of concussion is helping to drive rule modifications and...
28  février     18h15
Owen Farrell says the time feels right’ to leave Saracens for Racing 92
Gerard Meagher    Fly half now unavailable for England until middle of Saracens is a difficult place to leave. They have been fantastic’Owen Farrell has insisted that the time feels right to swap England for France after breaking his silence on his move from Saracens to Racing at the end of the...
    14h28
Immanuel Feyi-Waboso to miss England training week to study and take exam
Gerard Meagher    Exeter winger is in first year of a medicine degreeTom Pearson added to squad after impressing with England AImmanuel Feyi Waboso will miss England’s training camp in York this week in order to prioritise his medical studies and attend an exam at Exeter University in person.Feyi Waboso’s minute...
27  février     12h06
The Breakdown Duhan van der Merwe leads emerging trend of rugby’s wonder wings
Robert Kitson    Thrilling long range efforts unquestionably enhance the sport’s appeal there is no better sight in rugby unionThe hunt has been on for years. Will there ever be another onrushing winger formidable enough to be mentioned in the same breath as the late, great Jonah Lomu Plenty have auditioned,...
26  février     18h00
England upbeat on Smith and Mitchell fitness before Ireland Six Nations date
Gerard Meagher    Fly half Marcus Smith is recovering from calf injuryScrum half Alex Mitchell may be ready to face IrelandEngland are confident Marcus Smith will be available for the game with Ireland on Saturday week as they look to salvage their Six Nations campaign. In a further boost for Steve Borthwick he...
    01h00
Ireland’s eyes on title but Farrell wants to see Twickenham improvement
Michael Aylwin    Bonus point win over England would seal Six Nations crownIreland beat Wales to make it three wins from three gamesThe rugby world will be in the unfamiliar position of wanting England to win in a fortnight. Scotland, in particular, will be wishing it hard. Ireland are six points clear of the...
25  février     22h00
Townsend angry at being denied players for Scotland Six Nations training camps
Andy Bull    English based players banned from camps in fallow weeks It is really unfair and not right for competition’s integrity’Scotland’s head coach, Gregor Townsend, has vented intense frustration at being deprived of five key players, including his co captain Finn Russell, during team training camps in...
    18h00
Borthwick demands explanation for England’s hot potato’ collapse
Gerard Meagher    Coach frustrated by Six Nations defeat in ScotlandItoje: We probably didn’t stick with the gameplan’Steve Borthwick wants answers from his England players as to why they fell apart against Scotland, and he will conduct a grisly postmortem this week with Maro Itoje blaming the capitulation on...
    17h26
France 13-13 Italy: Six Nations - as it happened
Daniel Gallan    Garbisi hits the post from an th minute penalty as Italy miss the chance for a first ever win in France.The teams are heading out the tunnel. Allez le bleus rings out as the anthems get underway. Two of the best in the comp no doubt. It’s been too long, explains Italy’s best ever player, Sergio...
    17h20
Italy hit post with last kick as 14-man France cling on for draw in thriller
Luke McLaughlin at Stade Pierre-Mauroy    France ItalyGarbisi hits post with penalty; France’s Danty sent offItaly were magnificent. France were mediocre. The result was a breathless, frantic contest in which the Azzurri capitalised on a red card for Jonathan Danty, the France inside centre, and so nearly pulled off a historic...
    16h38
Borthwick must decide whether to stick or twist with this England side Robert Kitson
Robert Kitson    Head coach may have nothing to lose in promoting younger players as ageing servants tread water against better teamsBack when Martin Johnson was England’s head coach he often used the same phrase when potentially awkward situations arose. It is what it is, he would say before cautioning his...
    08h00
Finn Russell weaves more magic for Scotland to raise roof at Murrayfield Gerard Meagher
Gerard Meagher at Murrayfield    The fly half’s greatest strength was his ability to shrug off early mistakes during the latest Six Nations success against EnglandThere have been more memorable Finn Russell performances against England. More spellbinding interventions and more unforgettable moments of magic in this fixture but...
24  février     22h06
A painful lesson’: Borthwick admits England not good enough in Scotland
Robert Kitson at Murrayfield    England coach bemoans lack of cohesion and key errorsScotland’s Duhan van der Merwe scores hat trickEngland’s head coach, Steve Borthwick, has admitted his side were taught a painful lesson as they slumped to a record equalling fourth successive Calcutta Cup defeat. It is now Scotland’s best...