Source: 6 Nations

France v England – A Look Ahead

It’s a cockeyed world we live in. Les Bleues continue hunting for a first victory over the Red Roses since 2018. At the same time their junior teams trounce their English counterparts in a way that recalls derisive comments about professionals playing amateurs; 74-0 the latest offering. And so many of both current elite squads

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Source: 6 Nations

Italy’s squad to face Wales

In stark contrast to John Mitchell’s approach, Nanni Raineri has already announced just 24 players to play Wales in the last round of the Six Nations. They are: Vittoria Ostuni Minuzzi, Aura Muzzo, Alyssa D’Incа, Beatrice Rigoni, Francesca Granzotto, Veronica Madia, Sofia Stefan, Silvia Turani, Vittoria Vecchini, Sara Seye, Sara Tounesi, Giordana Duca, Ilaria Arrighetti.

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England’s Selection Process

What are we to make of John Mitchell’s selections across the current Six Nations? His Round Five squad is: Zoe Aldcroft, Sarah Beckett, Hannah Botterman, May Campbell, Mackenzie Carson, Poppy Cleall, Kelsey Clifford, Amy Cokayne, Maddie Feaunati, Lizzie Hanlon, Sadia Kabeya, Maud Muir, Cath O’Donnell, Marlie Packer. Connie Powell, Morwenna Talling, Abbie Ward, Holly Aitchison,

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Source: New Zealand Rugby

40 new Black Ferns contracts announced

As the 2024 Super Aupiki concludes, New Zealand Rugby has announced the 40 recipients of new contracts. They are: Alana Bremner, Aldora Itunu, Amy du Plessis, Amy Rule, Ariana Bayler, Atlanta Lolohea, Ayesha Leti-I’iga, Awhi Tangen-Wainohu, Charmaine Smith, Chelsea Bremner, Chryss Viliko, Georgia Ponsonby, Grace Steinmetz, Hannah King, Iritana Hohaia, Joanah Ngan Woo, Kahlia Awa,

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Source: 6 Nations

Cymru plumb the depths

Wales v France It was do-or-die time for the Welsh. I hesitate to cast blame in one direction, but I feel the coaches have a lot to answer for. Why were the backs so limited in their attacking options? Why did players mass close to the breakdown without any obvious plan for exploiting the next

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Source: 6 Nations

Scotland sniff Glory

Italy v Scotland – Round Four Only the players’ parents might be able to remember the last time the Scots won away in Italy, but this was a sequence they were desperate to end. That vital third place in the table would mean the chance to mix it with the big guns in WXV1 next

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Source: 6 Nations

England turn the heat up

England v Ireland Result: England 88 Ireland 10 Player of the Match: Ellie Kildunne (third time this series!) Your homework for this evening: write out a detailed game-plan for beating the Red Roses (maximum 500 words). The performance all England had been hoping for took place in front of a big crowd at Twickenham. Playing

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Source: WRU

Cunningham wields the Axe

Wales v France – Preview Sunday 21 April, Cardiff Arms Park Teams are shown below The alarming prospect for Wales is a drop from WXV1 to WXV3 within one year. That is the reality of their current position. They face France at home in Cardiff, a game they can only dream of winning. Then a

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Sam Monaghan out

Round 4 – Saturday Match Previews Fixtures: England v Ireland, Twickenham Stadium, KO 14.15 Italy v Scotland, Parma, KO 16.45 The four teams are shown below. England v Ireland The big news – though it goes completely unmentioned in the team announcement and Scott Bemand’s comment – is the absence of Sam Monaghan from the

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Source: British and Irish Lions

£3 million? Yes, please!

Lions’ Sponsors to the Rescue It’s a curious twist that new funding for the four home Six Nations teams should come from the sponsors of the coming Lions’ 2007 tour to New Zealand. £3 million is on offer to all four, though the statement outlines only what the three Celtic nations plan to use it

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