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The Six Nations Championship (referred to as RBS 6 Nations as it's sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland) is an annual international rugby union competition involving six European sides: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. 5.0/5

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Brian O'Driscoll will equal the record for international caps on Saturday after being passed fit for Ireland's Six Nations game with England. O'Driscoll, 35, had been bothered by a stomach upset on Tuesday but was able to train fully on Thursday morning. Coach Joe Schmidt's decision to name an unchanged starting line-up from the win over Wales was no surprise. On the bench, Iain Henderson replaces injured Dan Tuohy with uncapped Jordi Murphy preferred to Tommy O'Donnell. Ulster's Henderson will provide both second-row and back-row cover while Leinster flanker Murphy is in line for his first cap after producing an impressive season for the current Pro12 champions. Former skipper O'Driscoll will equal ex-Australia captain George Gregan's world record of 139 Test appearances by playing at Twickenham, by winning his 131st cap for Ireland in addition to eight for the British and Irish Lions. The Dubliner could then surpass the record against Italy in his home city on 8 March. "He could have trained on Tuesday, ...
Kiwi duo clash as O'Driscoll takes centre stage 07 February 2014, 06:51 Ireland coach Joe Schmidt admits it is impossible for him to spring any surprises on Wales counterpart Warren Gatland ahead of Saturday's Six Nations showdown at Dublin's Lansdowne Road. The two New Zealand-born coaches have opposed one another over the course of their rugby careers, while Gatland also has vast experience of the Irish game from his time in charge of the country and his spell as boss of the British and Irish Lions. While there may be a lukewarm welcome for Gatland from the Irish fans, following his controversial decision to drop national hero Brian O'Driscoll from the Lions' third and final test in Australia last year, Schmidt insists he has no special plans for the Welsh visitors. "I've no doubt Warren knows a fair bit about what I do and I know a fair bit about what he does as well," said Schmidt, ahead of a second-round clash that could prove decisive in the destination of the Six Nations title. "Obviously, he's coa ...
Lancaster defends subs policy 03 February 2014, 19:52 England coach Stuart Lancaster hit back at criticism of his substitute policy after Clive Woodward said it had caused the team's 26-24 defeat by France in their Six Nations opener in Paris on Saturday. Woodward, England's World Cup-winning boss in 2003, used his column in Monday's Daily Mail to attack Lancaster's use of replacements in the final quarter, particularly the departure of scrum-half Danny Care. "The substitutions coast England the game and that responsibility falls on the management not the players," Woodward wrote. "There were fundamental coaching errors, the players did not deserve it and it is time to wise up," the former England and British and Irish Lions centre added. But Lancaster insisted Monday the defeat was down to a wretched start that saw England fall 16-3 behind following two tries by France's Yoann Huget. "I don't think the replacements were the reason we lost the game. I was certainly pleased with the impact all the substitu ...
2014 Six Nations: England fired up to face France, says Tom Wood • 'We may have to weather early storm but will bring own fire' • 'Game will be won in last 10-15 minutes,' says Mike Catt France are the Six Nations side to beat, so we are always told, in the season after a British and Irish Lions tour. If it happens again this year it will be the fifth time in a row but England have not travelled across the Channel in the mood to satisfy neat Gallic symmetry. "We may have to weather a storm early on but we intend to bring our own fire," said Tom Wood, always ready to assume the role of Churchillian orator in big weeks like this one. His words further stoked the belief on both sides that a massive confrontation awaits. The English headline plastered across the front of Midi Olympique – "Yes, We Can" – also underlined the intense local desire for France to forget their wooden spoon travails of last season. If it were simply about which side can least afford to lose this opening fixture, Les Bleus wou ...
Lock Ian Evans will miss Wales' Six Nations defence after being banned for 12 weeks for stamping. Evans, 29, was dismissed by referee Romain Poite during Ospreys' 36-3 Heineken Cup defeat by Leinster after stamping on opponent Mike McCarthy. The British and Irish Lions player pleaded guilty before a disciplinary hearing in Dublin on Thursday. Entry-level suspensions for stamping range from two to nine-plus weeks, with 52 weeks the maximum. It is another blow for Wales coach Warren Gatland, who is already without injured forward Ryan Jones and may not have captain Sam Warburton fit for their opening match against Italy on 1 February.
Leigh Halfpenny will leave Cardiff Blues in the summer to join Heineken Cup champions Toulon. The 25-year-old, who kicked Wales to the successful defence of their Six Nations crown and the British and Irish Lions to an historic series win in Australia, had been courted by several big-spending clubs…
Wales names 2014 Six Nations squad January 14, 2014 Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland has named an experienced 32-man squad to defend the RBS 6 Nations title as his side look to create history in 2014. Led by captain Sam Warburton , the back-to-back Champions will aim to become the first side to win the title outright three years in succession. The squad, which features 28 players who have been part of Championship winning squads, will meet up at the WRU National Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan on Monday 20th January to prepare for their tournament opening clash againt Italy at the Millennium Stadium. The front-row features three British and Irish Lions in Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones and Gethin Jenkins alongside Scarlets quartet Ken Owen, Emyr Phillips, Rhodri Jones and Samson Lee. They are joined by Bath prop Paul James and Ospreys’ Ryan Bevington. The second-row includes Andrew Coombs , who made his debut in last season’s competition along with fellow Championship winners Alun Wyn Jones, ...
Gloucester confirm signing of Richard Hibbard December 16, 2013 Gloucester have confirmed the signing of Ospreys, Wales and Lions hooker Richard Hibbard for next season. The move is a huge statement of intent from the West Country club, as they look to address the shortcomings of their front five so far this season. Hibbard will join John Afoa in the Gloucester front row next year. The Neath born player played for Taibach, Aberavon and Swansea before joining the Ospreys. He made his senior Welsh debut against Argentina in 2006 and scored his first international try against Scotland at Murrayfield in the RBS 6 Nations in 2013. He played four times in the 2013 Six Nations as Wales retained the championship and then featured in all three Tests for the British & Irish Lions in Australia this summer, starting the decisive third test. In the recent Autumn internationals, he was named as Wales’ Dove Men+Care Man of the Series and has now won 26 caps for his country. Director of rugby Nigel Davies confirmed tha ...
Etzebeth up for IRB award Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is one of five players nominated for the 2013 IRB Player of the Year award. The other nominees are Wales and British & Irish Lions fullback Leigh Halfpenny, Italy No 8 Sergio Parisse, All Blacks No 8 Kieran Read and All Blacks wing/centre Ben Smith. Read is the favourite to win the award. The nominees were selected by the independent IRB awards panel, chaired by Australia’s 1999 World Cup-winning captain John Eales. The panel, comprising Will Greenwood, Gavin Hastings, Raphael Ibanez, Francois Pienaar, Agustín Pichot, Scott Quinnell, Tana Umaga and Paul Wallace, has deliberated on every major Test played in 2013, starting with the opening Six Nations match and culminating with the November internationals. The panel will reconvene after the final Test of the year on 30 November, when the IRB Player of the Year will be selected and announced shortly afterwards. The IRB Coach and Team of the Year winners will also be announced. Previous IRB Player of ...
Wales name team to face Boks 2013-11-05 Cardiff - Ospreys wing Eli Walker is set to make his Wales debut against the Springboks after being named in coach Warren Gatland's starting side to face the Springboks at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. The 21-year-old has been given his chance after injury ruled out wing Alex Cuthbert from the first of Wales's four November internationals. Meanwhile Rhys Priestland returns at fly-half after missing all of Wales's Six Nations title-winning campaign last season with an Achilles injury. British and Irish Lions skipper Sam Warburton again captains the side from the back-row where Dan Lydiate, one of the stars of the combined side's 2-1 series win in Australia this year, makes his first Wales appearance since 2012 following an ankle injury. Walker has long been regarded as one of the best finishers in the Celtic League but a back injury ruled him out of both the Six Nations and Wales's two-Test pre-season tour of Japan. "Eli has impressed for his region and while w ...
Lions’ triumph has boosted Wales Wales have not won a November Test since 2009, but former flyhalf Barry John believes the Six Nations champions will win three of their four matches this month. Since beating Argentina 33-16 in Cardiff, Wales have achieved the following results in end-of-year Tests: 2009 Lost 33-12 to Wallabies 2010 Lost 25-16 to Wallabies Lost 29-25 to Springboks Drew 16-16 with Fiji Lost 37-25 to All Blacks 2012 Lost 26-12 to Argentina Lost 26-19 to Samoa Lost 33-10 to All Blacks Lost 14-12 to Wallabies Since Warren Gatland was appointed Wales coach, they have lost 21 out of 22 matches against the big three southern hemisphere sides (their sole victory came against the Wallabies in 2008). However, a British & Irish Lions team stacked with Wales players, and coached by Gatland, won a series in Australia earlier this year, which John says will give Wales new belief going into this November campaign. 'The confidence is there now from the players who went on the Lions tour and starred in t ...
Priestland gets No 10 jersey Rhys Priestland will start at flyhalf ahead of James Hook for Wales' match against the Springboks on Saturday. Hook was named among the substitutes, with Dan Biggar falling out of the match-day squad altogether. Ospreys star wing, Eli Walker, will make his debut in place of Alex Cuthbert, who is out injured. The 21-year-old Walker will start on the left, as George North shifts to the right. Wales have nine players in their starting line-up who started against the Springboks in the 2011 World Cup pool match, the last time these teams met. Wales pushed the Boks all the way before losing 17-16. Ten of the team remain from that which started their last game against England in the Six Nations decider, which they won 30-3, and nine of them were in the starting line-up for the British & Irish Lions which hammered Australia 41-16 to clinch the series 2-1 in July this year. 'We always say we like to test ourselves against the best and Saturday is going to be just that with a huge game ...
Warren Gatland has selected 11 Welshmen in his squad to face the BarbariansWales will dominate the opening match of the 2013 British & Irish Lions with nine players selected to start against the Barbarians in Hong Kong. Centre pair Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies continue their winning Test partnership in midfield alongside Six Nations try hero Alex Cuthbert. Three Ospreys forwards will start at Hong Kong Stadium including front-row pair Adam Jones and Richard Hibbard as well as flanker Justin Tipuric who gets the nod after tour captain Sam Warburton was ruled out with a knee injury. Tipuric lines up between Newport Gwent Dragons pair Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau in an all-Wales back-row in front of scrum-half Mike Phillips. The veteran Test number nine will provide crucial experience for half-back partner Owen Farrell who is joined by Saracens team-mate Mako Vunipola. Scotland's trio of tourists, Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland and Richie Gray all start while 2009 captain Paul O'Connell will lead the team i ...
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Scots welcome back Murray for Six Nations tilt against Wales CARDIFF -- Scotland welcomed back a British and Irish Lions prop on Tuesday while Wales lost one for the teams' Six Nations match at Murrayfield. Euan Murray, who played for the 2009 Lions, returns for Scotland at the expense of Geoff Cross after missing the 12-8 win over Ireland last month because the religious tighthead prop won't play on Sundays. The only other change to the Scots' starting team for the match on Saturday was... ~SportsMan
Lions XV British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will have been a busy man as the RBS Six Nations reached the midway point. While one eye will have undoubtedly been on the on-going action in the Super Rugby, Gatland's priority will have been on the performances of the home unions. And as one or two individuals play themselves out of contention for the tour to Australia, a number continue to stake strong claims. And once again, skysports.com's Tony Curtis puts himself into Gatland's shoes and names his Lions XV. Remember the selections are based purely on this weekend's games... 15 Leigh Halfpenny (Wales) It is going to take something pretty special to... ~SportsMan
Wales Team to Face Ireland Announced Wales interim head coach Rob Howley has named an experienced side to begin the defence of their RBS 6 Nations title, with 13 members of the 2012 Grand Slam winning squad starting the opening fixture against Ireland on Saturday. A sold out Millennium Stadium will witness the first match of the 2013 tournament and the starting fifteen features one uncapped player, Dragons second-row Andrew Coombs. Coombs will partner Ospreys’ Ian Evans in the second-row who returns from injury to start the fixture. The front-row sees the return of Adam Jones from injury and he links up with Matthew Rees and Gethin Jenkins to reunite the 2009 British & Irish Lions front row. In the backline Dan Biggar is the only change to the side that kicked off last season’s Six Nations with victory over Ireland in Dublin. The Ospreys fly-half will win his 12th cap at the Millennium Stadium. “As a squad we have worked hard over the past two weeks and go into Saturday excited and confident at defe ...
Rob Howley says Wales' coaching set-up was compromised when he and Warren Gatland shared the job in the autumn. Wales' interim coach is at the helm for the Six Nations, while Gatland is on British and Irish Lions duty ahead of the summer of 2013 tour to Australia. Howley coached Wales for the two opening defeats by Argentina and Samoa, while Gatland was in charge as they lost to New Zealand and Australia.
O'Connell ruled out of Ireland's 2013 Six Nations Ireland and Munster lock Paul O'Connell will mis the 2013 Six Nations after he had successful surgery to correct a bulging disc in his back. The Former British and Irish Lions captain says that he expects to be back in action in April which gives him enough time to press for a place on the 2013 Lions tour to Australia. O'Connell's club Munster issued a statement revealing that the operation had been a success. "Paul O'Connell underwent surgery yesterday in Dublin to correct a bulging disc that was pressing on a nerve in his lower back. The operation was a success and O'Connell will leave hospital today (Tuesday) and return home." O'Connell had a similar issue in 2002 that required surgery and a re-occurrence in 2008 but at that time it was managed without needing surgery and he got back in time to feature in the knock out stages of the Heineken Cup and (then) Magners League. When the problem arose again this season it was initially decided to manage it con ...
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