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Clean possession: England functioned well

England 54-12 Fiji: The Verdict

By Owain Jones, Rugby World Editor In a nutshell England performed a satisfactory, if perfunctory job on an underprepared and underpowered Fiji side. The hosts got off to a sluggish…

Lewis Moody’s greatest challenge

Lewis Moody’s greatest challenge

FORMER ENGLAND captain Lewis Moody is embarking on a huge challenge in February 2013. He’s heading to Canada to take part in the Yukon Arctic Ultra – a 300-mile trek…

A memorable try for Freddie Burns

A memorable try for Freddie Burns

GLOUCESTER FLY-HALF Freddie Burns scored 17 points in Gloucester’s 27-21 victory over Leicester in the Aviva Premiership in October, including an impressive chip-and-chase try. That touchdown was the Premiership’s Try…

Worthy effort: Disconsolate Scots

Scotland outclassed by peerless All Blacks

MURRAYFIELD MAY have hosted the world famous All Blacks, but the only way to see the game properly was in a pub where the sounds of the football drowned everything…

Focus: Pat Lambie ticks the scoreboard over

Ireland need to get back to winning ways

I CAN'T begin to imagine the impact on Ireland's pysche having come so close to beating the World Champions on their own turf, and then suffering a record defeat the…

Stand-out: Faletau carried Wales

Wales v Argentina: Five things we learned

WALES’ 12-26 defeat to Argentina seems to have come as a shock to many. To those who analysed the Pumas performances in the inaugural Rugby Championship, it hasn't. Argentina may…

Jonathan Joseph

England must develop killer instinct

Would New Zealand have put 80 points on this below-strength Fiji side? They may well have, such is their ability to see an opportunity and take it. That is what…

Tim Visser

Scotland 22 New Zealand 51: The Verdict

THREE TRIES in eight first-half minutes enabled New Zealand to take the game away from Scotland after a hard-fought first quarter, with the world champions showing their class with some…

Ireland v South Africa

Ireland 12 South Africa 16: The Verdict

IT WAS an unspectacular match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, with the physical exchanges dominating and little creative attacking play on show. Ireland built a healthy 12-3 half-time lead,…

Argentina

Wales 12 Argentina 26: The Verdict

WARREN GATLAND’S mantra is paying off for Argentina – but not Wales. Gatland has long said that Wales can only get better by playing the best in the world –…