Analysis: Finn Russell’s Improving Game Management Shows That He is Learning from His Mistakes

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In the wake of last weekend’s Six Nations fixtures, Italy’s controversial showing at Twickenham shared back-page headlines with the stellar performances of Ireland’s half-backs. The supremely composed Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton were worthy of the admiration heaped upon them against the French, and there were few arguments when both were named in the Championship’s official Team of the Week.

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If It Wasn’t Rugby, What Game Was Eddie Jones Playing?

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As we all know by now, what Italy played on Saturday was not rugby. This came as a surprise to most of us, because we thought their game-plan was rooted in an intimate understanding of rugby. As always, though, Eddie Jones put us right, telling us that the laws of rugby don’t actually apply to real rugby, and that James Haskell showed himself to be an unquestionable player-of-rugby by not knowing them.

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How It Was Scored: What Liam Williams’ Try vs England Might Mean for the Lions

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Hello again, everyone! In this series of posts, which I’ve rather unimaginatively called ‘How it was Scored’, I’m going to be taking a really close look at how great tries are, well… scored. I’ll be picking apart how certain moves are planned, engineered and executed, hoping to give you an insight into how they function.

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Analysis: Ireland’s Defensive Decision-Making and the Return of Andrew Trimble

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When Jared Payne was withdrawn halfway through Ireland’s plucky 27-24 defeat of Australia back in November, the signs were worrying for all present in Dublin. Even setting aside the fact that Robbie Henshaw was absent after a Same Cane hit against the All Blacks, Payne in many ways had become Ireland’s defensive general, and to lose him came as a blow.

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