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Head Coach Gregor Townsend has reselected the starting line-up from Scotland’s round two win over France (32-26) for this Saturday’s Calcutta Cup clash with England at BT Murrayfield Stadium (kick-off 4.45pm UK Time; 6.45pm SA Time).

The Scots fought back from a ten-point deficit on two occasions and scored 12 unanswered points in the final quarter to post their first win of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations Championship, with the two-try showing rewarded with reselection for the staring XV.

There are, however, three changes to the bench with fit-again prop Willem Nel (Edinburgh Rugby) and lock Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) – both of whom returned to the squad this week – named among the replacements in place of Jon Welsh (Newcastle Falcons) and Ben Toolis (Edinburgh Rugby).

Centre Nick Grigg is the only change among the backs replacements as a reward for his consistency of performance for Glasgow Warriors, highlighted in his man-of-the-match winning performance for the club in their bonus-point win over Cheetahs last weekend.

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It would seem the England management are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations for Saturday’s Six Nations match against Scotland at Murrayfield as they aim to retain the Calcutta Cup which they won in emphatic fashion last year at Twickenham.

First came the news that the ever inventive Eddie Jones had enlisted the help of Georgia in a live forwards training session last week. This included scrums and lineout practice and from the feedback from the likes of England’s Joe Marler it seems as if the England pack learnt a lot from going head to head against the tough Georgian pack.

Further proof of the innovations come from reports that England’s replacements will be once again be wearing battery operated trousers to help keep them warm on what is expected to be a cold winter’s day at Murrayfield. England’s replacements have already made use of the “hot pants” in their last match at Twickenham against Wales.

More unthinkable though is the news that Scot David Moyes, who is currently manager of West Ham United football club, will be linking up with the English Rugby Squad today to give them advice. What advice that may be who knows but it won’t be the first time they have had input from the round ball bosses as previously Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola was also invited to spend some time with the squad. Although it does seem odd that a proud Scot Moyes would agree in the first place to try and help the Auld Enemy in their preparations for a match against his countrymen.

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Ireland (28) 56 / 19 (0) Italy (Final Score)

Ireland and the Italian Azzurri did battle in the RBS SIX Nations 2018 at

Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland at 16:15 SA Time (14:15 UK Time & GMT, 15:15 Italy Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 on TV in SA.

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SIX Nations 2018 – Rugby-Talk SIX Nations 2018

 

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Italy (10) 15 / 46 (17) England (Final Score)

The Italian Azzurri and England did battle in the RBS SIX Nations 2018 at

Stadio Olympico, Rome, Italy at 17:00 SA Time (16:00 Italy Time, 15:00 UK Time & GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

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Nathan Mc Beth

Head Coach Stevie Scott has named the Scotland U20 team to face Wales at Parc Eirias in the opening fixture of the U20 Six Nations this Friday (2 February, kick-off 8.15pm) . Scott has named the Golden Lions youngster, who has decided to through in his lot with Scotland, Nathan Mc Beth, as one the props on the bench.

Of the 23-man squad named, 11 players are products of the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy.

In the centre, Stafford McDowell – one of two players in the starting XV to feature in last summer’s World Rugby U20 Championship – is joined by Strathallan School product Mark New.

Edinburgh Rugby’s Callum McLelland and livewire scrum-half Kaleem Barreto form an all action half-back partnership.

Hooker Robbie Smith is named as captain and will pack down alongside Edinburgh Accies duo Shaun Gunn and Finlay Richardson – who complete the powerful front-row trio.

In the second-row, Jamie Hodgson is joined by Racing 92’s Ewan Johnson, whilst Archie Erksine, Guy Graham and Devante Onojaife form an abrasive back-row.

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Experienced scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw returns to a 40-man Scotland squad announced for the Six Nations.

Laidlaw, 32, has not played a Test for almost a year and is just returning from a broken leg.

John Barclay retains the captain’s role he took on when Laidlaw was injured during last season’s Six Nations.

Uncapped props Murray McCallum and D’Arcy Rae are included, along with fullback Blair Kinghorn and scrumhalf Nathan Fowles.

Head coach Gregor Townsend also recalls Dave Denton, Scott Lawson, Gordon Reid and Jon Welsh after long absences from the international scene.

But there is no room for Josh Strauss, Matt Scott and Tim Visser, while John Hardie is overlooked as he nears the end of a 3-month “gross misconduct” ban.

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Wales have named uncapped pair James Davies and Josh Adams in their squad for the Six Nations.

Flanker Davies, 27, has been rewarded for his excellent form with Scarlets, while Worcester wing Adams is the top try scorer in the English Premiership.

Bath No 8 Taulupe Faletau is included despite being ruled out of the 1st 2 Rounds of the Six Nations with a knee injury.

Harlequins centre Jamie Roberts and Bath lock Luke Charteris are left out.

The 39-man squad is larger than usual, partly because of fitness concerns over a handful of players.

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Gary Graham called up for England training camp

Bath prop Beno Obano and Newcastle flanker Gary Graham have been called up to England training for the first time.

Obano, 23, and Graham, 25, are part of a 34-man training squad named by England boss Eddie Jones for a two-day camp in Brighton starting on 1 January.

Saracens winger Nathan Earle is also included but Courtney Lawes is rested for personal reasons, while Elliot Daly and Nathan Hughes are injured.

George Kruis and Manu Tuilagi, who is just back from injury, both miss out.

James Haskell is recalled while injured number eight Billy Vunipola will also attend as champions England start their preparations for the Six Nations – their first match is against Italy in Rome on Sunday, 4 February.

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Wales (11) 18 / 33 (12) All Blacks (Final Score)

Wales and the New Zealand All Blacks did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2017 Internationals at

the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, at 19:15 SA Time (17:15 UK Time & GMT, Sunday 06:15 NZ Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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Italy (6) 6 / 35 (21) Springboks (Final Score)

The Italian Azzurri and South African Springboks did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2017 Internationals at

Stadio Euganeo, Padua, Italy, at 16:00 SA Time (15:00 Italy Time, 14:00 GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & M-Net on TV in SA.

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Assistant coach Mike Blair shrugged off comments by one the greatest All Blacks of all time, who had predicted New Zealand will “whack” Scotland by what would be a record 60 points at BT Murrayfield on Saturday evening.

Zinzan Brooke, the legendary No 8 who won 58 caps between 1987 and 1997, also used his column on the official All Blacks website to blast the Scots’ performance against Samoa last weekend, which saw them concede five tries in a 44-38 win. “If conditions are firm this weekend at Murrayfield, they could completely run Scotland ragged and whack them by 50 to 60 points,” wrote Brooke.

Scotland’s record defeat by New Zealand was a 69-20 loss in Dunedin 17 years ago, with the 49-3 defeat in 2010 the heaviest at Murrayfield.

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Scotland (3) 17 / 22 (3) All Blacks (Final Score)

Scotland and the New Zealand All Blacks did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2017 Internationals at

Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland, at 19:15 SA Time (17:15 Uk Time & GMT, Sunday 06:15 NZ Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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England (6) 30 / 6 (0) Wallabies (Final Score)

England and the Australian Wallabies did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2017 Internationals at

Twickenham Stadium, London, England, at 17:00 SA Time (15:00 UK Time & GMT, Sunday 02:00 AEDT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after beating rival bids from South Africa and Ireland.

South Africa had been expected to win the vote after an independent review recommended they stage the tournament.

However, at a World Rugby Council meeting in London on Wednesday, France was chosen to hold the 10th event.

France has staged the competition twice before – in 1991 and 2007 – and won in the second round of voting, with 24 votes compared to 15 for South Africa.

Ireland, one of five joint hosts in 1991, was eliminated after getting eight of the 39 votes in the first round – France picked up 18 and South Africa 13.

South Africa hosted the World Cup in 1995, when the Springboks beat New Zealand 15-12 in the final.

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France (5) 18 / 38 (31) All Blacks (Final Score)

France and the New Zealand All Blacks did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2017 Internationals at

Stade de France, Paris, France, at 21:45 SA Time (20:45 French Time, 19:45 GMT, Sunday 08:45 NZ Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

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England (14) 21 / 8 (3) Los Pumas (Final Score)

England and the Argentinian Los Pumas did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2017 Internationals at

Twickenham Stadium, London, England, at 17:00 SA Time (15:00 UK Time & GMT, 12:00 Arg Time).

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The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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Edinburgh prop Darryl Marfo will make his Scotland debut in Saturday’s autumn Test against Samoa at Murrayfield.

Hooker Stuart McInally makes only his fourth Test start in the absence of the injured Fraser Brown and Ross Ford.

Ben Toolis joins Jonny Gray in the second row, with fit-again Alex Dunbar and Huw Jones resuming at centre.

Three more players – Glasgow duo George Turner and Jamie Bhatti, and Newcastle centre Chris Harris – could make their Test debuts off the bench.

With Brown and Ford on a lengthy injury list, McInally makes his first appearance since the summer tour of Japan in 2016, with WP Nel getting the nod at tight-head over Zander Fagerson.

Three loose-head props – Alasdair Dickinson, Allan Dell and Gordon Reid – are are all missing, while new head coach Gregor Townsend must also do without Greig Laidlaw, Richie Gray, Sean Maitland, Duncan Taylor, Matt Scott and Adam Ashe for his first Test on home soil.

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Being in a Scotland international camp is always a pleasure and a privilege and, in the case of this autumn, a mighty relief.

I should go back a few months to explain what’s been going on with me this past while, to the 25th minute of a Scarlets game against Edinburgh on 23 September.

That’s when I went low in a tackle on Magnus Bradbury and caught his hip on my head. It was an innocuous collision. Looking at it, you wouldn’t have said there was any great force in it. You wouldn’t have called it a big hit.

I’ve been knocked unconscious before playing rugby, but this was different. When I was 20 and playing for the Scotland Under-21s against Wales I was out cold for about five minutes and then spent an hour in an ambulance not knowing where I was, before doing a night in hospital while my head cleared.

This time, I was out for about 10 or 15 seconds. I woke up to the sound of my own snoring. The minute I came around, I knew what had happened. The medics were tending to my neck, doing all the things they needed to do to make sure I was OK, but my neck was fine. I told them, ‘You can let go of my neck, boys, there’s nothing wrong with it’. But that’s procedure in these cases.

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Barbarians (17) 22 / 31 (10) All Blacks (Final Score)

The Barbarians and New Zealand All Blacks did battle in the End Of Year Tours 2017 Internationals at

Twickenham Stadium, London, England, at 17:00 SA Time (15:00 UK Time & GMT, Sunday 03:00 NZ Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

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Exciting young backs Warrick Gelant and Lukhanyo Am, as well as Daniel du Preez and Louis Schreuder are the 4 uncapped players in the Springbok squad of 34 players announced on Sunday for the 2017 Castle Lager Outgoing Tour.

Furthermore, experienced prop Coenie Oosthuizen has been recalled to the squad, having successfully completed his rehabilitation from an arm injury, which meant he missed the Springboks’ recent home Tests against Australia and New Zealand.

Also included in the squad are loose forward Uzair Cassiem (who has recovered from the rib injury he sustained against the Wallabies in Bloemfontein) and the experienced Tendai Mtawarira (who missed the encounter against the All Blacks in Cape Town because of family reasons).

There are also recalls to the squad for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs duo of Francois Venter (centre) and Oupa Mohoje (loose forward).

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Wallabies (12) 23 / 18 (13) All Blacks (Final Score)

The Australian Wallabies and New Zealand All Blacks did battle in the 3rd Bledisloe Cup encounter of 2017 at

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia, at 11:05 SA Time (09:05 GMT, 19:05 AEDT, 21:05 NZ Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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Los Pumas (13) 20 / 37 (13) Wallabies (Final Score)

The Argentinian Los Pumas and Australian Wallabies did battle in The Rugby Championship 2017 at

Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Argentina, at 00:40 SA Time (22:40 GMT, 19:40 ARG Time, Sunday 08:40 AEST).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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Springboks (3) 24 / 25 (8) All Blacks (Final Score)

The South African Springboks and New Zealand All Blacks did battle in The Rugby Championship 2017 at

DHL Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa, at 17:05 SA Time (15:05 GMT, Sunday 03:05 NZ Time).

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The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & M-Net on TV in SA.

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Los Pumas (3) 10 / 36 (29) All Blacks (Final Score)

The Argentinaian Los Pumas and the New Zealand All Blacks did battle in The Rugby Championship 2017 at

Estadio Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, at 00:40 SA Time (22:40 GMT, 10:40 NZ Time, 19:40 ARG Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1 & CSN on TV in SA.

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