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Cotter sings Schmidt's praises

Scotland coach Vern Cotter is looking forward to locking horns with his Ireland counterpart Joe Schmidt during the forthcoming Six Nations Championship.

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'Ireland the best' says Parisse

Sergio Parisse says Ireland are currently the strongest international team in the northern hemisphere.

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Schmidt optimistic on O'Brien

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is confident flanker Sean O'Brien is ready to put his 14-month injury nightmare behind him after observing him in training.

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Saint-Andre in bullish mood

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre reckons his team are one of four sides capable of lifting the Six Nations trophy this year.

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Gatland still wary of England

Warren Gatland has warned his Wales players not to be lured into complacency by England's injury crisis ahead of their Six Nations opener in Cardiff on Friday week.

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England quartet set to miss out

England's injury problems are mounting ahead of their Six Nations opener against Wales after Brad Barritt, Geoff Parling, Tom Wood and Kyle Eastmond were all rated highly doubtful for the game.

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Robshaw: Winning start crucial

Chris Robshaw believes England cannot afford to lose their opening game against Wales if they are to be crowned Six Nations champions this year.

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Cueto announces retirement

Mark Cueto has announced he will retire from rugby at the end of the season.

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Wilson awaits news on future

Ryan Wilson is awaiting news on his Glasgow and Scotland future after being convicted of two counts of assault.

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Saints sign Glasgow's Ryder

Northampton have signed forward Tom Ryder from Glasgow on a short-term deal.

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New trophy for Six Nations

The winners of the Six Nations Championship will lift a new trophy this year, only the second one since 1883 to be created for the competition.

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Gloucester sign three props

Gloucester have signed three front-row forwards for next season, among them former Kingsholm favourite Paul Doran-Jones.

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