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Six Nations: Six of the Best - Scotland v England

Welcome to the first in a series of 'Six of the Best', our chance to remind you of some of the most memorable matches associated with a particular Six Nations fixture. In the build-up to each Six Nations weekend in 2012, you can watch...Show More Summary

Why Scotland are better than England... and Ireland are the most successful Six Nations team

I know, it's an inflammatory headline. But with the start of the 2012 Six Nations just a few days away, I've been nose-deep in numbers and notions in an attempt to work out which side really does deserve the title of the tournament's most successful side. Show More Summary

England's likely lads set for senior service

Half of England's World Cup squad are likely to be cast aside when interim head coach Stuart Lancaster names his elite player squad (EPS) on Wednesday ahead of the Six Nations. While retirements, injuries and ageing players past their...Show More Summary

Quins show England the way

A rugby ground in Twickenham, south-west London. The corridors run thick with paranoia. Urgent whispers can be heard behind office doors. Rumours ricochet round the place like shrapnel. Heads are set to roll. But this is not Twickenham Stadium. Show More Summary

World Cup team of the tournament

Right, here it is, what the world has been waiting for: the BBC Sport website's Rugby World Cup team of the tournament. Ten All Blacks, three Welshmen and two Frenchmen - and only one Englishman warrants an 'honourable mention', which...Show More Summary

Why are New Zealand so good at rugby?

Auckland, North Island On Sunday night, New Zealand will run out at Eden Park as clear favourites to be crowned world champions for the second time. Many rational judges cannot see them failing. Even if France do pull off one of theShow More Summary

Revamped England ready to blitz France

Auckland, North Island An old yarn about Ian Botham has been much in mind as one soaks up the atmosphere in town during the final few days before England's World Cup quarter-final battle with France. In the tale, Botham is in his dotage, saggy of rump and multiple of chin. Show More Summary

The making of Wales coach Warren Gatland

Hamilton, North Island It is a dank, stormy morning in a quiet part of one of New Zealand's quieter cities. Muddy puddles ripple on the playing-fields all around. A solitary, disconsolate figure trudges across the playground, sent out...Show More Summary

Celtic classic in the making

Hamilton Witnessing Wales dismantle Fiji in Hamilton, there were times when I thought I might be watching the 2011 World Cup winners. And then I tuned in to see Ireland do a number on Italy. My oh my, next weekend's Celtic quarter-final bash in Wellington is going to be a barnburner - I haven't looked forward to a rugby match this much in years. Show More Summary

Can limited England template take them to 'promised land'?

Auckland The New Zealand media have a lot of fun with what they perceive as the pompous attitude of English rugby journalists and fans: "You simple southern hemisphere folk fail to understand the intricacies of the game," goes the line. Show More Summary

England aim to stifle Scotland's passion

Auckland Down on Queens Wharf on Wednesday, I spotted several members of the England squad taking an evening constitutional. Followed every step of the way by a full Scottish pipe band. From where I was sitting, the England boys failed...Show More Summary

Where Eagles dare

Nelson Like a cat stretching out on a veranda, ironing out the kinks and the creases, New Zealand is slowly easing off the last vestiges of winter, so that when I opened my curtains this morning I was greeted by a blazing sun and uninterrupted blue skies - not a single long white cloud in sight. Show More Summary

Johnson finally has something to smile about

Dunedin With 20 minutes remaining at Otago Stadium, some poor unfortunate decided it would be a grand idea to stamp his authority on the game. The pitch intruder in question may live to regret his moment in the sun - you can get three...Show More Summary

The small-town values that made Dan Carter

Southbridge When Christchurch was struck by an earthquake in February of this year, Neville Carter packed up his firefighting equipment and headed straight for the carnage. "As everyone was leaving the city, I was heading in," says Neville. Show More Summary

Chasing the All Black dream

Rotorua "When a kid is born here in New Zealand, one of their aunties or uncles will buy them a little All Blacks jersey, a little ball, and he'll be dreaming of playing for the All Blacks from the time he laces up boots." Gordon Hunt,...Show More Summary

England still searching for another gear

Dunedin At the end of a week which taught us that booze, tossing, blonde 'stunners' and England rugby players do not mix - unless you are a headline writer for a red top rag - Martin Johnson's men would have hoped for an emphatic display against Georgia in Dunedin to keep the critics at bay. Show More Summary

All Blacks glitter, but doubts will remain

Hamilton When Sir Colin 'Pinetree' Meads speaks, his fellow Kiwis hush up and listen, his pronouncements on rugby the sporting equivalent of Franklin D Roosevelt's fireside chats. Drive into his home town of Te Kuiti in the Waikato region and you will see a huge sign bearing the legend 'Meadsville - where rugby is the only religion'. Show More Summary

Russia rugby begins new chapter

Kingsley Jones – former Wales captain, ex-Sale Sharks supremo and now head coach of the Russian national team – is scanning the walls of Slava Moscow’s clubhouse: the framed shirts and pendants, the tankards with inscriptions, the yellowing...Show More Summary

The World Cup's hardest man?

Rotorua Jacques Burger chuckles when I ask him to take me through his current list of injuries and ailments. "I've done my knee," says the Namibia captain and budding Saracens great. "I had a 'scope' on that the other day. I've got a bit of a dodgy elbow and I've got a couple of ankles that are a bit loose. Show More Summary

Can the Six Nations change to become a bigger tournament?

The World Cup causes us all problems - or at least Saturday's Scotland game against Romania caused me a problem. After it I thought to myself: "hang on, if we can bring Italy into the fold and create the Six Nations do we have to stop...Show More Summary

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