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Week 3: Autumn series talking points

Opportunity knocks for Ford With all the discussion of centred round George Ford – Owen Farrell reunion against Samoa, it’s been easy to overlook that the former is making his…

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George Ford and Owen Farrell: The story so far

Regardless of five Test defeats in a row and whatever has appeared in this week’s newspapers, English rugby is in rude health. An exacting talent identification system and a cohesive,…

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#SamoaUnited has to encourage change

I imagine it is pretty comforting to know All Black big men Jerome Kaino, Sonny Bill Williams, Brodie Retallick and Liam Messam have got your back. Then again, the Samoans preparing to represent…

Putting the boot in:  Camille Lopez may be the man to sort out France's fly-half woes

Have France sorted out their half-back issues?

UNLUCKY 13? Philippe Saint-Andre will be hoping not. Since he became coach of France after the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Saint-Andre has gone through 12 half-back pairings in his quest…

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Ireland v Georgia: Talking points

Pressure for places led to a patchy first forty With thirteen changes made from the side that beat South Africa, there were a lot of players coming into this game…

Not overawed: Scotland stood up to an experimental All Blacks side and gave them a scare

Scotland v New Zealand: Talking points

The All Blacks are still the best at closing out tight games Scotland came closer than they have in more than a decade to breaking their 109 year drought against…

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Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

Saints Teddy Thomas: Remember the name The 21-year-old from Biarritz is the latest player to be anointed the ‘the prochaine grand chose’ in French rugby. It’s not hard to see…

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Wales v Fiji: Talking points

When offloads go wrong Wales may have beaten Fiji 17-13 but it was as error strewn a performance as you are likely to see from a tier one nation –…