Itoje England’s youngest second row for 20 years

RUGBY – Maro Itoje has been named in England’s starting XV to face Ireland in the third round of the Six Nations Championship at Twickenham on Saturday. Itoje will be the youngest second row to start for England in the competition since Garath Archer 20 years ago, and only the eighth forward in the professional era to debut for England before his 22nd birthday. Continue reading

PREVIEW: North by far youngest to earn 50th Test cap in rugby

RUGBY – Wales have named George North in their starting XV to face France in the teams’ Six Nations Championship encounter in Paris on Saturday. For North, it will be his 50 Test appearance, making him by far the youngest player in Test history to reach the half century. He beats the former mark held by Australia’s Joe Roff by more than a year.

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FIVE FAST FACTS: The Rugby Championship Week 6 (4 October 2014)

RUGBY UNION – The following is a preview for this Saturday’s matches in The Rugby Championship. South Africa host New Zealand and Australia travel to Argentina.

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FIVE FAST FACTS: The Rugby Championship Week 5 (27 September 2014)

RUGBY UNION – The following is a preview for this Saturday’s matches in The Rugby Championship. South Africa host Australia and New Zealand travel to Argentina.

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REVIEW: O’Driscoll out on a high, Ireland win Six Nations

RUGBY UNION –  Ireland defeated France 22-20 to seal their first Six Nations Championship since 2009. It was a fitting farewell for icon Brian O’Driscoll who leaves the international stage having featured in a world record 141 Test matches, 133 for Ireland and eight for the British & Irish Lions. Ireland also joined France, England and Wales as sides to win the competition on more than one occasion in the Six Nations era (2000-2014).