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Mar 25

All Blacks have nothing to fear, for all the fury of the Six Nations | Paul Rees

England’s second title in a row said more about the weakness of the opposition in a tournament lacking the subtlety that will be needed by the Lions

The Six Nations is the envy of the southern hemisphere – for its licence to print money rather than the quality of the rugby it inspires. England retained the title but were written off in New Zealand as clunky musclemen who live in a cave, a view compromised by the praise then lavished on Ireland, whose record of two tries in their final three matches was hardly a testament to their perceived verve and guile.

Bonus points were trialled this year in order to, in the words of the tournament’s chairman, Pat Whelan, “materially improve what we already have and enhance the competition as a spectacle”. The system made no difference beyond providing consolation in defeat and overall the 2017 tournament was summed up in the meeting between France and Scotland in Paris, when the physical onslaught of the home side subdued opponents who had tried to dance around the ring.

Related: But for one England try the Six Nations would have been a five-way tie | Andy Bull

Related: Six Nations 2017 verdict: Guardian writers choose their highs and lows

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/mar/25/all-blacks-nothing-panic-about-six-nations-england-lions

Mar 25

Highlanders edge Brumbies with late comeback win

The Highlanders came from behind to win a close encounter 13-18 against the Brumbies at Gio Stadium in Canberra thanks to a late try from prop Aki Seiuli. A try apiece, saw the Brumbies take a five-point 10-5 halftime lead after Tomkinson cancelled out Chris Alcock’s earlier try and Wharenui Hawera kicked a penalty and conversion. A […]

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Mar 25

Sunwolves vs Stormers live Super Rugby score update

Japanese Super Rugby franchise the Sunwolves host the Stormers in their second home stadium of Singapore after two weeks on tour in South Africa. The Stormers are coming off a bye week and will be looking to get back to winning ways. However, they’ve not been blessed on the injury front. The teams are out on […]

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Mar 25

Blues v Bulls Rd.5 Super Rugby Video Highlights 2017

Blues v Bulls Rd.5 Super Rugby Video Highlights 2017
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Mar 25

Blues batter Bulls in second half blitz

The Blues beat the Bulls 38-14 at QBE Stadium in North Harbour after a second half try-blitz. Matt Duffie scored a brace as the Blues scored five tries to one in the second half, for their second win of the campaign. The teams went into the break all square at 7-all after an early try by Augustine […]

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Mar 25

Brumbies vs Highlanders live Super Rugby score update

Former Super Rugby champions the Brumbies host another former Super Rugby champion in the 22nd meeting between the teams. The Highlanders won both games last season, including the quarter-final in Canberra which the Kiwis won 15-9. Ben Smith returned last week after being out with a concussion. Henry Speight has been immense recently and, Joe Powell is the […]

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Mar 25

Blues vs Bulls live Super Rugby score update

The Blues have played the Bulls 17 times in Super Rugby and they have won ten matches and lost seven since 1998. The last five games have seen the Bulls win three and the Blues two; only one of the last four games going back to 2014, has the losing team not picked up a […]

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Mar 24

Pro12: Ulster beat Dragons to stay in play-off contention

Ulster continue their push for a place in the Pro12 play-offs with a 27-17 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39388299

Mar 24

Pro12: Les Kiss pleased with Ulster display in victory over Dragons

Les Kiss is pleased with Ulster’s performance in their victory over the Dragons.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39388297

Mar 24

Pro12 highlights: Scarlets 26-10 Edinburgh

Watch Scrum V’s highlights as Wales fly-half Rhys Patchell scores two tries during Scarlets’ 26-10 win over Edinburgh.

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Mar 24

Jonny May seals victory as Gloucester take maximum points against Bristol

• Bristol 14-32 Gloucester
• Cherry and Whites put in strong defensive performance at Ashton Gate

Bristol are on course for an immediate return to the Championship after losing to their county rivals on a night that summed up why their return to the top-flight after a seven-year absence has been underwhelming. There was no shortage of endeavour or variety from the home side, but in attack they were no sharper than a butter knife and in defence they again showed a capacity to turn routine moments into tries for their opponents.

Gloucester had not kept their tryline intact in the Premiership all season, but they held out comfortably for 78 minutes here to leave Bristol without a bonus point and stranded at the foot of the table.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/24/bristol-gloucester-premiership-match-report

Mar 24

Six Nations: Plans to reduce tournament to six weeks

The Six Nations will be played over six weeks, reduced from seven, under plans by the Rugby Football Union.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39387032

Mar 24

RFU keen to streamline Six Nations by scrapping one of the two rest weeks

• It would help with the broader narrative, says Ian Ritchie
• Any change to the calendar would be confirmed in May

The Rugby Football Union is seeking to reduce the length of the Six Nations to six weeks despite claims that the players are already at breaking point. The RFU chief executive, Ian Ritchie, also admitted he has not been consulted by England’s players about any change but insisted their welfare would not be affected by the removal of one of the two rest weeks.

“With the breaks it is good for the body,” the Harlequins prop Joe Marler said recently. “We are there or thereabouts [at] the limit of fixtures for the season.” He returns to Premiership action for his club this weekend along with 18 other members of the England squad who lost to Ireland last Saturday.

Related: RFU wants fewer Tests but warns to do so will cause ‘economic hit’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/24/rfu-ian-ritchie-six-nations-streamlining-scrap-rest-week

Mar 24

Pro12 highlights: Scarlets 26-10 Edinburgh

Watch Scrum V’s highlights as Wales fly-half Rhys Patchell scores two tries during Scarlets’ 26-10 win over Edinburgh.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/wales/39387450

Mar 24

Evans hopes he’s impressed Wales’ coaching staff

Scarlets flyer Steffan Evans is confident his game has benefited enormously after spending time with the Wales squad during the RBS 6 Nations despite not earning his full debut.

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Mar 24

England players return as Premiership clubs seek to bask in Six Nations glow | Gerard Meagher

England and Six Nations have hogged the best players for seven weeks but Premiership clubs are now at full strength to make a push for the play-offs

Anyone attending a Premiership match this weekend may find it worthwhile leafing through the programme. It may be a little bit shinier than usual as clubs go on the charm offensive, looking to bask in the Six Nations afterglow, and a chief executive or chairman may have something to say.

Twelve months ago it was the Saracens owner, Nigel Wray, who bemoaned the “rank stupidity” of the rugby calendar, describing a system whereby Premiership clubs lose their players to internationals for a large chunk of the season as “absolute nonsense”. Now, however, the tone is likely to be more upbeat. Changes to the calendar are due after the next World Cup so expect a degree of triumphalism and reassurance that from then on clubs will not be missing their international stars – this on the weekend that 19 of the England squad who lost to Ireland last Saturday return to action.

Related: England’s defeat by Ireland a necessary wake-up call for Eddie Jones

Related: Gloucester edge out Saracens as Mako Vunipola makes return from injury

Related: Matt O’Connor to return to Leicester Tigers to replace Aaron Mauger as coach

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/24/chris-robshaw-returns-harlequins-premiership-clubs-spotlight

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