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Six Nations 2018 report card: how the teams and coaches rated

Joe Schmidt’s attention to detail underpinned Irish success but Eddie Jones needs a Plan B<p>Ireland<p>I’ve read about how it was meant to be for Ireland on St Patrick’s Day – but make no mistake, they earned their grand slam. They fully deserved it. The players, coaches and all the backroom staff are …

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Stuart Barnes' talking points: High praise for Ireland

Rugby Union Expert & Columnist<p>Stuart Barnes' talking points: High praise for Ireland<p>Ireland celebrate their 2018 Grand Slam Six Nations …

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ESPN Six Nations Awards 2018

The dust has settled on another thrilling Six Nations but just as Irish heads begin to clear, there is yet more silverware to distribute.<p>Celebrating …

Jacob Stockdale

Laidlaw blocks out noise as Scotland eye top prizes

Greig Laidlaw had to turn a deaf ear to the Italian tannoy blast to ensure Scotland's Six Nations did not end on a sour note.<p>The scrum-half was …

News (Ireland)

Fantasy Rugby Team of the Week: Round 5

1:00 PM BST<p>The Six Nations is over for another year as all of Ireland wakes up a little worse for wear after St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the …

Garry Ringrose

Scottish Gossip: Motherwell, Celtic, Rangers, Hearts, Scotland, Kilmarnock

FOOTBALL GOSSIP<p><b>Motherwell</b> manager Stephen Robinson has criticised referee Craig Thomson over his decision to red card Steelmen defender Cedric Kipre in his side's 0-0 draw with <b>Celtic</b> on Sunday. (Daily Record)<p>Robinson was also involved in a tunnel bust-up with <b>Celtic</b> captain Scott Brown at half time, …


Six Nations: Scotland ditch 'it'll do' culture as problems on road remain

<b>In the Eternal City, there was Old Testament rugby on Saturday.</b><p>Fire and brimstone from the Italian pack. A horrible tempest unleashed. Sergio Parisse and his driven men, Alessandro Zanni, Dean Budd, Sebastian Negri, Jake Polledri, rained down on the visitors for an hour and to all the world it …

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Gregor Townsend demands Scotland improvement in readiness for World Cup

• Head coach challenges his players to get better over next 18 months • Townsend believes recent games have been ‘great for development’<p>It has been a rollercoaster of a Six Nations Championship for Scotland who have hit the highs and the lows, admitted Gregor Townsend after they wrapped up their …

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Scottish Gossip: Celtic, Rangers, Hibs, Alex McLeish, Scotland

FOOTBALL GOSSIP<p><b>Celtic</b> defender Kieran Tierney is set to miss today's visit to Motherwell clash and the forthcoming Scotland friendlies with a calf injury. (Sun)<p><b>Celtic</b> boss Brendan Rodgers warns midfielder Stuart Armstrong he won't be locked in contract stand-off again this summer. (Sunday Mail)<p>SPFL …


'Special' Ireland down England to seal St Patrick's Day Grand Slam

Six Nations kings Ireland made it a St Patrick’s Day to remember by beating England 24-15 at Twickenham on Saturday to seal just their third Grand …

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Grand finale in sight as Ireland bid for Six Nations clean sweep

The eyes of the rugby union world will turn to Twickenham on Saturday as Ireland try to jump the “final hurdle” that will see them win just their …

Alun Wyn Jones

Italy vs Scotland, Six Nations 2018: live score updates

<b>Italy vs Scotland​ kicks off at 2.45pm GMT</b><p>Get Telegraph Rugby WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout this Six Nations weekend<p>Rugby Nerd promotion<p>11:22AM<p>Pinball wizard<p>Good morning and welcome to the first Telegraph Rugby live blog of the final day of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations. …

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O'Shea 'destroyed' as Scotland condemn Italy to 17th straight loss

Italy coach Conor O’Shea conceded he was “destroyed” as Scotland snatched a last-gasp 29-27 win to break Italian hearts in a thrilling Six Nations …

Have England & Ireland created a two-tier Championship?

With Ireland and England carving up the last five titles, Declan Whooley looks at why the two countries have pulled clear of the chasing pack.

News (Ireland)

Italy 27 Scotland 29 as Scots secure last-gasp win to end 6 Nations away-day hoodoo

Greg Laidlaw’s late penalty sees Gregor Townsend grab victory in nerve-shredding clash.<p>Greig Laidlaw's last-gasp penalty ensured Scotland avoided a …

Sport (UK)

Maul was a real weapon - Townsend

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend says his side's "maul was a great weapon" in a thrilling 29-27 Six Nations victory over Italy in Rome.<p><b>WATCH MORE:</b> Highlights - Italy 27-29 Scotland<p><i>Available to UK users only.</i>

Scotland target victory in Italy and Six Nations third place

• Win in Rome and an England defeat would see Scots finish third • Captain John Barclay wants reaction to defeat in Dublin<p>Scotland start the final day of the Six Nations in a familiar position, one place off the bottom of the table, but victory in Rome, where Italy have not won in the championship …

Sport (UK)

What time is Italy vs Scotland? Six Nations 2018 live stream details, team news, odds and TV channel

Scotland will only think they've had a successful Six Nations if they beat Italy in Rome.<p>Despite a fantastic win against England in the Calcutta Cup …

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England and Scotland served up 'spectacular' Calcutta Cup to usher in TV era

A world without television is particularly hard to imagine on a weekend which will offer us wall to wall coverage of the final round of the Six …

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England will aim to dominate corridor of power

News (Ireland)

Finn Russell roars it's time for Scotland to end their away day blues against Italy

The Dark Blues playmaker admits it remains a work in progress as the curtain falls on another campaign.<p>Finn Russell believes the foundations are now …

Sport (UK)

Scotland are a genuine rugby force, says Russell

2018-03-15 22:45<p>Finn Russell (Getty)<p>Edinburgh - <b>Finn Russell</b> believes <b>Scotland</b> can already claim to be a genuine force despite their poor away record …

Sport (South Africa)

Nel: Injuries made me stronger

Scotland's WP Nel has returned to the starting line-up for the first time in two years feeling a "stronger person".

Gregor Townsend opts for experience as Scotland make five changes for Italy

Gregor Townsend has made five changes to his starting line-up to face Italy for Scotland's final match of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations campaign in Rome.<p>Wing Tommy Seymour has recovered from the back injury that he sustained against England, relegating Blair Kinghorn to the bench and reuniting with …

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Hogg dismisses criticism, happy with Six Nations form | Reuters

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Stuart Hogg has dismissed suggestions he is struggling for form as Scotland look to finish their Six Nations campaign on a high note with a win in Italy on Saturday.<p>Rugby Union - Six Nations Championship - Ireland vs Scotland - Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland - …

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2018 Six Nations: Ireland's Grand Slam bid hinges on defence

<b>Ireland's defensive problems have been a recurring theme in the 2018 Six Nations and it is their biggest concern as they target an elusive Grand Slam.</b><p>After conceding three tries against both Italy and Wales, Joe Schmidt was moved to back his defence coach Andy Farrell, calling him "world …

Sport (N. Ireland)

Stuart Hogg goes under the radar for the good of Scotland

There was a time, says Stuart Hogg, when all he thought of was how many metres he had made with the ball in hand, how many men he had beaten, how many tries he had scored. As a cocky young player he was self-consciously the main event, a player who brought to mind that famous line from Bette …

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Barclay: 'They had a few chances and took all of them'

Ireland 28 Scotland 8<p>This was a lesson in finishing. Scotland's play-makers created some stand-out moments that should have led to tries, but …

Jacob Stockdale

Seven Irish in our Six Nations Team of the Weekend

<b>15 Matteo Minozzi (Italy)</b><p>A tough call on Rob Kearney – his 138 metres was more than any other player over the weekend - but Matteo Minozzi continues …

Jacob Stockdale

Adam Hastings, Gavin's son, called into Scotland squad for Italy Six Nations match

Stand-off Adam Hastings, the son of Scotland legend Gavin Hastings, has been called into the Scotland squad for this weekend’s final Natwest Six Nations match against Italy in Rome. Along with 21-year-old second row Scott Cummings, teenage back rower Matt Fagerson, and veteran centre Richie Vernon, …

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