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Jones makes three changes for Italy clash

Eddie Jones has handed starting XV places to Mako Vunipola, Courtney Lawes and Ben Youngs to face Italy on Sunday, while Maro Itoje will have to wait to make his debut.

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Six Nations preview: Wales vs. Scotland

Wales welcome Scotland to Cardiff on Saturday evening hoping to kick-start their Six Nations title push with victory.

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4hRob Bartlett

Six Nations preview: France vs. Ireland

Ireland beat France 24-9 in the Rugby World Cup last year, and despite not particularly impressing last weekend beating Italy 23-21, Les Bleus are still favourites going into this match in Paris.

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PRO12: Connacht win to go back top

Connacht returned to the top of the Guinness PRO12 table as they came from behind to earn a bonus point in an entertaining match at Newport Gwent Dragons.

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3hJohn Griffiths

The Italian pivot

How many fly-halves have Italy used in the Six Nations tournament? ESPN's resident experts have the answer.

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Wayne Smith 'considering options' amid Quins links

All Blacks coach Wayne Smith has confirmed he is keeping his options open for future coaching roles amid reports emerge Aviva Premiership side Harlequins are in talks with him.

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New Zealand 7s avoid sanction for fielding eight players

New Zealand's Sevens side have avoided any sanction for momentarily fielding eight players against Australia in a group stage match in the Sydney leg of the World Rugby Sevens series.

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Ireland swap three for France trip

Joe Schmidt has made three changes to his Ireland side for this weekend's RBS Six Nations clash with France in Paris.

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Ed Slater lacerates hand cutting bagel

Leicester Tigers second-row Ed Slater will miss Friday night's match against Newcastle after cutting his hand making breakfast.

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Vakatawa threat puts Ireland on red alert

Ireland must shut down Sevens star Virimi Vakatawa at source to pull off back-to-back victories in France for the first time in 89 years, according to Dave Kearney.

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Pocock set for study break as Gill moves on

Australia's back-row stocks have never been more plentiful than they were in 2015 but that embarrassment of riches is about change with the brilliant No.7s set for opposing career moves.

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Pollard out for nine months with knee injury

Handre Pollard is set to miss the Super Rugby season, South Africa's Test series against Ireland and the Rugby Championship after rupturing knee ligaments in training.

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Italy call up two ahead of England clash

Italy have called Robert Barbieri and the uncapped Andrea Buondonno into their squad as injury cover ahead of Sunday's RBS Six Nations match against England.

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Chiefs hit by Pulu's Sevens injury

The Chiefs are likely to be without the livewire No.9 for the opening weeks of Super Rugby after he suffered a broken arm during the Sydney 7s last weekend.

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Ireland, Wales set Six Nations standard

Given how much effort went into 80 minutes of bruising, brutal Test match rugby at the Aviva Stadium, it was no surprise both Ireland and Wales thought they had done enough to win.

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Jones tells England: Give Italy a good hiding

Eddie Jones' tenure got off to a winning start against Scotland on Saturday. But while it was a case of job done for England, Jones wants them to go up another gear in Rome.

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Vunipola brothers lead the way for recovering England

As with Stuart Lancaster's era, Eddie Jones' tenure starts with a win, under the lights, in Baltic conditions at Murrayfield. It wasn't pretty but they got the job done, writes Tom Hamilton.

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Highlanders in 'Barracuda' tribute for Buckman

The Highlanders' renowned club culture was on show at the weekend with Joe Wheeler leading an impromptu musical performance in the absence of their injured cult hero. Watch the video!

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Worcester sign Springbok Dewald Potgieter

Worcester Warriors have signed Springboks flanker Dewald Potgieter who will be available for Saturday's match against Bath.

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