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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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The Women’s Six Nations Trophy

The conclusion of the men’s Guinness Six Nation’s tournament used to signal the end of the Northern Hemisphere’s winter international season. Now it serves as block-busting precursor to a women’s competition that grows in stature year-after-year. Thomas Lyte, the Royal silversmiths and goldsmiths, are at the heart of a tournament that boasts a trophy befitting

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£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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Whither Wales?

It’s not a new story, a national side’s fortunes can go up and down. At the Stoop In 2020 I recall Siwan Lillicrap looking distraught as she faced a battery of reporters, asking her opinion of the latest Welsh perfomance (7-66) – alternating in two languages. The neutral observer could only sympathise with her. The

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Six Nations Matters

The third round of the competition has thrown up any number of discussion points. Here are a few: Discipline Reports on England’s win in Edinburgh came under two headings: “Red Roses sweep to 8-try victory” and “England’s discipline a big worry”. The usual follow-up to the second headline is: “When they come up against stronger

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That was the Weekend that was

The weekend of 12th-14th April was unusually busy with matches of every sort taking place all around the world. Here’s an attempt to gather up some of the goings-on. To avoid a sense of favouritism, I place them in alphabetical order. Joy Neville Neville has refereed her last game, the France-Italy in Paris. The esteem

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