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England v Italy – No Concessions!

Six Nations – Round 4 – England v Italy, Sandy Park Exeter The moment Simon Middleton announced his side to meet the Italians, we could see the outline of a potential XV to take the World Cup in two year’s time. Little room for sentiment here – the contracted players who have been mere extras

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6 Nations 2019 – Round 3 Wales v England

6 Nations 2019 – Round 3 – Wales v England – Arms Park February 24 2019 Part One (if you’re anxious for the action, scroll to Part Two) The fixture-maker-in-the-sky pays no attention to the demands of heightened drama. Otherwise the France-England clash would always be placed last – for the women’s 6 Nations at least. England’s last three

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England v France 2019 – an analysis

Annick Heyraud, France’s experienced manager, had mixed feelings about the 41-26 defeat to England at Doncaster. ‘In the first half we were non-existent’ was her damning judgement. The second half told a different story but it was too steep a hill to climb. The great French sports newspaper L’Équipe was in no doubt: ‘The French

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Brain teaser – Women’s Rugby Quiz

How good is your knowledge of women’s rugby? Before  the second round of the Women’s 6 Nations we offer a small women’s rugby quiz – unfortunately the only prize on offer is our admiration at your in depth knowledge and the ability to retain the information! Answers will be posted tomorrow – as a teaser

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The 6 Nations Opener – England see off Ireland

The Red Roses amassed eight tries at Energia Park, Donnybrook, a ground that is fast becoming an all-timefavourite of theirs, after the Grand Slam win there in 2017. This was a significant day in the world of women’s rugby, the first time a full-term professional side had taken the field. For most of the 80 minutes,

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6 Nations – Before the Starting-Pistol fires

Squads announced and other matters The England Squad to play Ireland in Dublin on Friday, 1 February: 15. Sarah McKenna (Saracens) 14. Jess Breach (Harlequins) 13. Emily Scarratt (Loughborough) 12. Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury) 11. Kelly Smith (Gloucester-Hartpury) 10. Katy Daley-Mclean (Loughborough)  9. Leanne Riley (Harlequins)  1. Hannah Botterman (Saracens)  2. Lark Davies (Worcester)  3. Sarah

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Six Nations Latest – The Odds Swing

Big news from France: the FFR announces 28 contracts for 15s players, to bring them in line with their 7s sisters – and more or less in line with their English counterparts, though the fine print of the contracts differs. Complaints are already streaming in about the 50% part-time arrangements set in place. The recipients

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