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Head coach Eddie Jones  during an  England training session. “Scotland don’t have a monopoly on pride.” Photograph: Adrian Dennis/pool/Getty Images

Eddie Jones has turned up the heat on Scotland before Saturday’s Calcutta Cup clash, questioning whether they can handle the weight of expectation on (...)

 England have suffered a setback ahead of the Six Nations with Joe Marler and the injured Joe Launchbury both withdrawing from the squad. Photograph: PA

Joe Marler has ruled himself out of England’s entire Six Nations title defence in order to be with his family during the coronavirus pandemic. Marler(...)

Referee Angus Gardner red cards Australia’s Lukhan Salakaia-Loto for a high tackle against Argentina in Sydney. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

I have to start where I finished off last week – dangerous play. The weekend saw examples of players hitting into opponents’ heads and necks with shou(...)

 Ireland head coach Andy Farrell praised Andrew Porter’s performance against Scotland. Photograph:   Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland more or less finish the year where they started, or where it might realistically be felt they should finish it. Third in the Six Nations and t(...)

Eddie Jones takes an England training session at Twickenham ahead of the Nations Cup match against France. Photo: Andy Rain/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

At face value the organisers appear to have the final playoff weekend to the Autumn Nations Cup that they would have craved, or the final anyway. Exce(...)

  England captain Eoin Morgan: ‘There’s nothing untoward about’ using coded signals from the balcony. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/PA Wire

England will continue using coded signals from the balcony during the one-day series in South Africa that begins on Friday, with Eoin Morgan insistin(...)

 Diego Maradona confronted by a posse of Belgium defenders during the 1982 Wold Cup in Spain. File photograph: Allsport

With the death this week of Diego Armando Maradona from a heart attack the most extraordinary Argentine life of them all has come to a close. Buenos (...)

George Ford: “Something we need to be aware of 100 per cent is that we’re going to come up against a team that will do anything to win this game,” he said.  Photograph: David Davies/PA

Autumn Nations Cup: Wales v England, Parc y Scarlets, Saturday, 4.0 - Live S4C and Premier Sports England are braced for a Wales backlash as they hun(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell speaks to his players at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Lineout and maul Once an almost guaranteed source of possession and launch plays, and even – if not directly – of tries, Ireland’s lineout and catch(...)

England’s Maro Itoje competes in a lineout with Ireland’s James Ryan during the Autumn Nations Cup game at  Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland conceded possession at four of 17 lineouts during last weekend’s Autumn Nations Cup defeat to England at Twickenham, three of which took place(...)

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