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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 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

Sami Mavinga: Newcastle Falcons signing from Lyon excites Dean Richards

Lyon prop Sami Mavinga can be a “destructive” signing for Newcastle Falcons, says director of rugby Dean Richards.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39372811

Mar 24

Premiership: Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers

Team news as Northampton host Leicester Tigers in Saturday’s Premiership fixture at Franklin’s Gardens (15:00 GMT).

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39342448

Mar 24

Premiership: Wasps v Worcester Warriors

Team news as Wasps host Worcester in Sunday’s Premiership fixture at the Ricoh Arena (14:30 BST).

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39342460

Mar 24

Premiership: Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons

Team news as Harlequins host Newcastle Falcons in Saturday’s Premiership fixture at Twickenham Stoop (15:00 GMT).

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39342454

Mar 24

Premiership: Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks

Team news as Exeter host Sale in Saturday’s Premiership fixture at Sandy Park (15:00 GMT).

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39342442

Mar 24

Premiership: Saracens v Bath

Team news as Saracens host Bath in Sunday’s Premiership fixture at Allianz Park (15:00 BST).

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39342466

Mar 24

Gloucester win plunges Bristol deeper into trouble

Gloucester earn a bonus-point win at Bristol to keep the Premiership’s bottom club seven points adrift of Worcester.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39340726

Mar 23

George North: Wales wing ‘disappointed’ no action taken over alleged bite

Northampton Saints wing George North says he was disappointed no action was taken over an alleged bite on him in Wales’ Six Nations defeat against France.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39369119

Mar 23

Mark Jennings: Sale Sharks centre signs new two-year contract

Sale Sharks centre Mark Jennings signs a new two-year contract with the Premiership club.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39368719

Mar 23

Jack Nowell: Exeter Chiefs wing targets Premiership top spot going into play-offs

England and Exeter wing Jack Nowell says his club side want to go into the Premiership play-offs top of the table.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39366249

Mar 23

Michael Dowsett: Worcester Warriors scrum-half extends Sixways stay

Worcester Warriors sign Australian-born England-qualified scrum-half Michael Dowsett on a full-time contract.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39366908

Mar 23

Eddie Jones has given England a spine, now to work on problem solving

Six Nations success was a testament to the coach’s planning and vision but the Italy and Ireland games showed England are still a work in progress

International rugby has become a black and white world with a trace of gold and green. Eighteen months after going down under to Australia at Twickenham and out of the World Cup, England stand second to New Zealand in the world rankings having broken any number of records under the Tasmanian who was lured from Cape Town’s Stormers to mop up after a storm.

From the ashes of a campaign in which England became the first hosts to exit at the group stage has come a world record-equalling run of Test victories for a tier-one nation, back-to-back Six Nations titles, the breaking of an 82-year record for successive victories in the championship, a 3-0 whitewashing of Australia on tour and the respect of the All Blacks.

Related: Warren Gatland refines search for bearers of Lions pride | Robert Kitson

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/23/eddie-jones-england-the-breakdown

Mar 22

Newcastle Falcons sign forwards Mavinga and Graham

Newcastle Falcons agree the signings of Lyon prop Sami Mavinga and Jersey flanker Gary Graham for next season.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39360687

Mar 22

Luther Burrell: ‘Dynamic’ Northampton Saints ready for Leicester Tigers clash

Northampton Saints centre Luther Burrell says his side can make the Premiership top four if they beat Leicester Tigers.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39355530

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