1. Six Nations: Statistics, Standings, World Rankings, and Analysis, Week Three

    We look in detail at the Six Nations, their teams and history. First, this weekend’s actions will affect the IRB world rankings. Ireland's new rating will be 81.18 (from 80.49) so they will remain in sixth place...

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  2. France-Wales: Six Nations Review and Match Report

    A ninth consecutive Six Nations victory and back-to-back Grand Slams will not occur, after the Welsh failed to storm Paris. An abrasive and traditionally passionate Les Bleus put together a performance typical of the French when under such pressure...

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  3. Guinness Premiership Preview Round 15

    This weekend in the Guinness Rugby Premiership we see a top-of-the-table clash with Gloucester hosting Bath. The two form teams of the competition will play a classic West Country derby in what is probably the match of the round...

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  4. Match Review and Statistics: Crusaders V Hurricanes

    Hurricanes finally show promise to announce contender status This was the match that the Hurricanes' faithful were waiting for—one fulfilling of much promise. So much in fact, that they were being talked up as a possible championship favourites..

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  5. Wobbly England Aim To Derail Resurgent Irish at Croke Park

    HEAD TO HEAD: England 70, Ireland 43, Draw 8 @ Ireland: Ireland 27, England 30, Draw 4 Largest Winning margin England: England 50, Ireland 18, 5 February 2000 Largest Winning margin ...

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  6. Wales Could Expose France's Fragile Halves

    HEAD TO HEAD: Wales 43 France 39 Draw 3 @ Stade de France: Wales 3 France 2Largest Winning margin France: France 51 Wales 0, 5th April 1998Largest Winning margin Wales: Wales 47 Wales ...

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  7. Canterbury Vs. Wellington

    This is the greatest rivalry in Super 14 rugby - based on the number of games played.No other team has played each other more times, this being the 18th match played between the two fierce competitors...

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  8. New Zealand Rugby Season Must Adjust to Difficult Times

    So far, the New Zealand teams have only three wins in 10 games, while the flagship Australian and South African teams look potent...

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  9. Countrymen Must Rise Above Dean's Verbal Attack

    The Wallaby coach has re-affirmed his remarks that South Africa is not only the benchmark nation, but also that the most dangerous teams in the Super 14 hail from the republic...

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  10. Fluky Hurricanes Beat Otago Nearly Men

    Restoration of the All Black midfield and a two-try burst in the last five minutes saw the Hurricanes prevail in a game which Otago again could have won. The Highlanders could count themselves to be the absolute just about team in the Super 14...

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  11. Super 14 Week Two: What to Expect

    A look at the key factors from the second week of the tournament, and what to expect from all involved. All Blacks MIA Richie McCaw, Brad Thorn, Leon Macdonald, Conrad Smith, Andrew Hore, ...

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  12. Super 14: South African Snapshot, Week One

    We see two solid quality local derbies; and the possible re-emergence of one of the powerhouses of Southern Hemisphere domestic rugby...

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  13. Super 14: New Zealand Snapshot, Week One

    Two wins and three losses in the opening round—the glaring synopsis is that the Crusaders' machine still looks menacingly efficient despite losing key operating parts. Robbie and Dan who? The Crusaders' fans would have said or asked...

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  14. Super 14: Australian Snapshot, Week One

    Two from four, but enough was shown from all of the franchises to show that no Australian team will be humbled this year. As always, key Wallabies stood up for their respective sides...

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  15. Wales Rugby Needs Mindset to Complement Talent

    It is unfair to criticize the Red Dragons after the vastly-improved performance resulting in a Feb. 5 win against England. But attention must be drawn to the mental state of this team right now...

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  16. The Sad Tale of South Africa's Missing Franchise

    As the fourteenth edition of Super rugby commences, little do many know about the omitted groups of South African rugby...

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  17. Hurricanes Need to Rapidly Adapt for Super 14 Glory

    As the Wellington based franchise suffered its second consecutive first round loss to the Waratahs, Colin Cooper certainly has plenty to work on with his team. Under normal circumstances, perhaps such heavy scrutiny would not be necessary for this game.

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  18. Wales To Continue Grand Slamming Run

    Saturday 14 February: Wales V England Millennium Stadium, Cardiff HEAD TO HEAD: Played 117, England 53, Wales 52, 12 draws LAST MATCH: England 19, Wales 26, Twickenham, London ...

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  19. France To Rediscover the Running Flair

    Saturday 14 February: France V Scotland Stade de France, Paris HEAD TO HEAD: Played 81, France 44, Scotland 34, 3 draws LAST PLAYED: 3 February 2008, France 27, Scotland 6 @ Edinburgh, ...

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  20. Super 14 Favourites Open Their Account

    Hurricanes (2008 Position: Seventh) vs Waratahs (2008 Position: Runners Up) @ Westpac Stadium Wellington – 7:35pm local Head to Head: Played 14, Hurricanes 8, Waratahs 6 Last match: Waratahs ...

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  21. Chiefs Look to Take the Scalp of the Champs

    Chiefs (2008 Position: 7th) V Crusaders (2008 Position: Champions) @ AMI Stadium – 5:30pm local Head to Head: Played 13, Crusaders 9, Chiefs 4 Last match: Chiefs 18 Crusaders ...

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  22. Battle of Super 14 Underachievers in African Derby

    Lions (2008 Position: 14th) V Cheetahs (2008 Position: 13th) @ Coca Cola Park Johannesburg – 7:10pm local Head to Head: Played 3, Cheetahs 2, Lions 1 Last match: Lions ...

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  23. Force Look to Put Their Offseason Blues Behind Them

    Blues (2008 Position: Sixth) V Force (2008 Position: Eighth) @ Subiaco Oval Perth – 7:45pm local Head to head: Played 3, Blues 2, Force 1 Last match: Blues 17 Western Force 27 @ Albany ...

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  24. 2009 Super 14 Begins at the House of Pain

    Highlanders (2008 Position: 11th) V Brumbies (2008 Position: ninth) @ Carisbrook Stadium Dunedin – 7:35pm local Head to head: Played 13 Brumbies 7 Highlanders 6 Last match: Brumbies 22 ...

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  25. Welsh Win, but Defeat of Scotland Far from Great

    At times they looked like a genuine world power, but lack of a killer instinct may count against the Red Dragons as the Six Nations draws on Rugby Maxim states that a good team goes ...

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