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The 2024 Six Nations and WXV

The 2024 Six Nations will be different. We will discover how far the recent WXV has effected it. All six competitors, with the possible exception of France and Wales, came away from their adventures in New Zealand, South Africa and Dubai feeling pleased with themselves. The three tiers were won by England, Scotland and Ireland.

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England’s 2024 Six Nations Programme

Ireland begin the big rebuild The RFU have produced a piece of magic by granting Ireland the choicest of venues for their 6N encounter. They will become the second nation to experience a stadalone women’s international at HQ. The challenge now for the authorities is to match the 58,000 attendance that brought the 2023 tournament

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Six Nations Quiz 2023 (with answers now added)

Have you had enough time to forget all about the Six Nations? Oh, good! Cheating permitted. Who scored the first try of the tournament? Who was named Player of the Tournament? England had three on-field captains in the game against Ireland. Who were they? Bonus point if you can get the sequence right. Where was

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England v France – The Inquests

Here are some reactions to one great game of rugby: First, Gaelle Mignot’s droop of the head as she realises how close her team have got once more to beating England. From 33-0 down at the break to a 5-point margin at the close. We can justly claim that neither side played an 80-minute game.

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Two on the trot for the Scots

Scotland v Ireland – Six Nations – Round Five DAM Health Stadium, Edinburgh Another desperately important game for both sides. If the Scots could beat the Irish at home, they would qualify for Tier 2 of the WXV next autumn. But they hadn’t achieved back- to-back wins in the 6N for seventeen years. For Ireland, could

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Simon Middleton bows out

Simon Middleton sat back with a contented smile, his work very much done. After the best part of a decade as England head coach, it had been an emotional final week, one last game and one last trophy to win before he bowed out. It was quite the occasion for a curtain call, and quite

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Wales finish on a high

Italy v Wales – Six Nations – Round Five Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma Result: Italy 10 Wales 36 Player of the Match: Alex Callender The looming arrival of the WXV meant that every point scored in Parma would take on extra significance. To ensure their place in Tier 1 Wales had either to win or gain

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