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Six Nations 2019 LIVE Rugby Results & Line-Ups

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Six Nations 2019 LIVE Rugby Results & Line-Ups

Six Nations 2019 LIVE rugby results: England vs France news and line-ups, Scotland vs Ireland, Italy vs Wales

The second weekend of the Six Nations is upon us, with Saturday’s action headlined by a clash between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield.

The defending Grand Slam champions arrive in Edinburgh a wounded team after seeing their exceptional run of form and formidable home winning streak ended with a brutal 32-20 defeat to England in which they failed to match the visitors’ physicality and intensity.

They face a Scotland team that began their campaign with a bonus-point win over Italy but will have been alarmed by a lack of concentration that saw them concede three tries in the final 10 minutes.

Saturday’s late afternoon action comes from Rome, where Italy, who have now lost 18 successive matches in the competition, will look to build on that late flurry against Wales at the Stadio Olimpico.

Warren Gatland has made 10 changes to the side that remarkably overturned a 16-point half-time deficit in Paris on Friday night thanks to some inexplicable French errors.

Standard Sport will keep you up to date with all the action as well as looking ahead to the latest edition of ‘Le Crunch’ at Twickenham, which takes place on Sunday afternoon.

Live Updates

Ashton and Lawes recalled 
England have sprung a surprise by selecting Chris Ashton in place of Jack Nowell for Sunday’s Guinness Six Nations clash with France at Twickenham.
Nowell impressed in the 32-20 victory over Ireland in Dublin but has lost his spot on the right wing to Ashton, the Top 14 record try-scorer who makes his first Championship start since 2013.
“We have gone for Chris Ashton on the wing because we think he might sneak us a try early in the game,” head coach Eddie Jones said.
“Jack Nowell was brilliant against Ireland and he’ll play a significant role for us off the bench.”
The second change to the starting XV sees Courtney Lawes partner George Kruis at lock after Maro Itoje was struck down by a knee injury at the Aviva Stadium. Filling the vacancy on the bench created by Lawes’ promotion is Joe Launchbury.
England team to face France
15 Elliot Daly (Wasps, 26 caps) 14 Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks, 43 caps) 13 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 18 caps) 12 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 28 caps) 11 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 41 caps) 10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 66 caps) (c) 9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 81 caps) 1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 52 caps) 2 Jamie George (Saracens, 33 caps) 3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 18 caps) 4 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 69 caps) 5 George Kruis (Saracens, 28 caps) 6 Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons, 9 caps) 7 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 6 caps) 8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 37 caps)
Replacements
16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 8 caps) 17 Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs, 4 caps) 18 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 82 caps) 19 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 54 caps) 20 Nathan Hughes (Wasps, 19 caps) 21 Dan Robson (Wasps, uncapped) 22 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 52 caps) 23 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 30 caps) (Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by Toby Davis)
England vs France
Jamie George says England’s pack are “relishing” the prospect of taking on France’s huge forwards in the scrum on Sunday, writes Will Macpherson.
France fielded a pack weighing more than 150 stone against Wales last week and similar bulk is expected at Twickenham.
But hooker George believes size does not matter and says England must focus on technique and look to tire out France.
England’s pack were superb in victory over Ireland in Dublin and George believes that was down to a collective effort in the scrum.
“I’ve played France a few times now and they’re always a big, well-drilled pack,” said the 28-year-old.
“We’re very aware of the threat and we’re going to have to make sure we’re right on it.
“At the same time we’re a decent, heavy pack so we’re very up for the fight.
“Weight is an advantage but Wales will have come out of that game pretty happy about the way they scrummed.
“Clearly there are ways around it and technique is a big part of that. How collective we are is something we really pride ourselves on.
“Everyone is buying into the scrum, which a lot of the time the back rowers don’t like doing.
“We’ve drilled it into them that they’re going to have to. Height is another thing — how low we can take their scrum.
“It’s hard dragging that weight around. But they seem to just bring on other props who go all right as well.
“We’re not afraid of the confrontation that’s going to come at scrum time, we’re relishing that opportunity.
“We were good in Dublin but we know we can take it to a different place in terms of the way we scrum.”

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England vs France Rugby, Six Nations 2019: Training squad – and expected line-up

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England team vs France, Six Nations 2019: Training squad – and expected line-up
Eddie Jones names 35-man squad ahead of the clash at Twickenham with Saracens lock Nick Isiekwe replacing injured teammate Maro Itoje.
Saracens lock Nick Isiekwe has been called up to the England Six Nations squad ahead of the clash against France at Twickenham on Sunday to replace injured teammate Maro Itoje. England have been installed as favourites to win the Six Nations title following their 32-20 win over reigning champions Ireland on the opening weekend. However, the injury to Itoje will be cause for concern for head coach Eddie Jones ahead of the French visit. The 24-year-old was an imposing figure in Dublin and is not expected to figure again for England until towards the end of this year’s championship.
Who will start vs France?
Saracens lock Nick Isiekwe has been called up to the England Six Nations squad ahead of the clash against France at Twickenham on Sunday to replace injured teammate Maro Itoje. England have been installed as favourites to win the Six Nations title following their 32-20 win over reigning champions Ireland on the opening weekend.
However, the injury to Itoje will be cause for concern for head coach Eddie Jones ahead of the French visit. The 24-year-old was an imposing figure in Dublin and is not expected to figure again for England until towards the end of this year’s championship. Who will start vs France? Will ‘No 1 choice’ Ben Te’o be forced to bide his time? (Getty Images) Will ‘first choice centre’ Ben Te’o be forced to bide his time? (Getty Images) By Hugh Godwin, i rugby union correspondent Apart from the need to replace the injured Itoje, it is unlikely England will change a winning team after Saturday’s 32-20 Six Nations success away to Ireland.
Three men who might have started in Dublin if they had been fit – centre Ben Te’o, blindside flanker Brad Shields and wing Joe Cokanasiga – rejoined the squad on Tuesday and are available to face France at Twickenham this Sunday. Te’o was described as first-choice inside centre by head coach Eddie Jones last week.
But with Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade in the midfield and back-rowers Mark Wilson, Tom Curry and Billy Vunipola having performed up to and beyond expectations against the Irish, the returnees may have to bide their time.
England squad for France Test
Forwards
Jack Clifford, Dan Cole, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Ben Earl ,Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Nathan Hughes, Nick Isiekwe, George Kruis ,Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Ben Moon, Brad Shields ,Kyle Sinckler ,Jack Singleton, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Harry Williams, Mark Wilson
Backs
Chris Ashton, Mike Brown, Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly, Ollie Devoto, Owen Farrell © ,George Ford, Jonny May, Jack Nowell, Dan Robson, Henry Slade, Ben Te’o, Ollie Thorley, Manu  Tuilagi ,Ben Youngs.
England Six Nations fixtures
Ireland vs England: 4.45pm (GMT) 2 February 2019, Aviva Stadium
England vs France: 3pm (GMT) 10 February 2019, Twickenham Wales vs England: 4.45pm (GMT) 23 February 2019, Principality Stadium
England vs Italy: 4.45pm (GMT) 9 March 2019, Twickenham England vs Scotland: 5pm (GMT) 16 March 2019, Twickenham Pick up a copy of i for news, interviews and expert analysis from rugby correspondent Hugh Godwin throughout the Six Nations Read more at:

Six Nations 2019: Scotland vs Ireland Rugby score prediction, line-ups, odds, live stream, TV, h2h

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Six Nations 2019: Scotland vs Ireland Rugby score prediction, line-ups, odds, live stream, TV, h2h

Scotland vs Ireland

Six Nations 2019

Venue: Murrayfield 

Kick-off: 14.15 GMT, Saturday February 9

A wounded Ireland team head to Murrayfield on Saturday with their pride hurt and championship credentials badly damaged following a devastating 32-20 defeat to England in Dublin on opening weekend.

The defending Grand Slam champions and tournament favourites, ranked second in the world after a stunning 2018, saw their formidable home winning streak busted in convincing fashion as they wilted in the face of their rivals’ sheer intensity and physicality at the Aviva Stadium.

A late John Cooney try made the scoreline more respectable, but in truth Ireland were worryingly flat and second best in almost every department.

Joe Schmidt’s side travel to Murrayfield next, annoyed not to have successfully shed that reputation as slow starters and will be eager to take their frustration out on a Scotland team whom they will also face at the World Cup in Yokohama in September.

The Scots took a while to get going against tournament whipping boys Italy last time out, but a hat-trick from Edinburgh’s Blair Kinghorn – deputising for injured wing Sean Maitland – plus further efforts from the irrepressible Stuart Hogg and Chris Harris and a superb Finn Russell display secured a winning bonus point.

Of big concern to coach Gregor Townsend will be the match’s final quarter, in which Italy took full advantage of Simon Berghan’s yellow card and ran in three late tries despite rarely threatening before that.

For all the talk of an increased selection pool that comes as a result of Edinburgh and Glasgow’s impressive performances both in Europe and the Pro14, bench depth remains a key worry amid a slew of injuries and Scotland have to maintain better levels of concentration throughout the full 80 minutes.

Team news and line-ups

Sam Skinner tried to play on after rolling his ankle in the very early stages against Italy, but was eventually replaced by Josh Strauss as Scotland’s back-row injuries continue to bite.

Tighthead prop WP Nel was suffering from a calf issue, while the potential return of Maitland – along with Fraser Brown, Jonny Gray and Peter Horne – could leave Townsend with a very tough decision to make following Kinghorn’s treble, which was a first for Scotland in the Five/Six Nations for 30 years.

Ireland, meanwhile, were involved in a brutal contest against England and Schmidt revealed afterwards that Keith Earls had sustained a hip issue after some rough treatment from Maro Itoje and Tom Curry in particular. He was replaced by Jordan Larmour at half-time.

CJ Stander is said to have played for 62 minutes with two fractures to his cheek and eye socket, while lock Devin Toner hurt his ankle and will need to be assessed.

Scotland XV: TBC

Ireland XV: TBC


Score prediction: Scotland 22-35 Ireland

A wounded Ireland team under Schmidt feels like a very dangerous proposition indeed and if Italy can exploit Scotland’s lapses in concentration, then the men in green certainly can.

Two defeats in a row to begin the Six Nations in a World Cup year feels unthinkable for this Ireland setup and memories of their last trip to Murrayfield should provide further fuel for success.

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Match odds

  • Scotland to win: 2/1
  • Draw: 22/1
  • Ireland to win: 4/9

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TV channel and live stream, and online coverage

ITV and the BBC are sharing broadcasting rights for the Six Nations for the third successive year, with the BBC hosting Scotland vs Ireland on BBC One and via the iPlayer.

You can also follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog.

Ireland vs England LIVE: Six Nations rugby 2019 as it happened in Dublin

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Ireland vs England LIVE: Six Nations rugby 2019 as it happened in Dublin

How To Watch and Live Stream The Six Nations Championship 2019

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How To Watch and Live Stream The Six Nations Championship 2019
TOPSHOT - Ireland's centre Bundee Aki (L) and England's wing Elliot Daly (R) battle over the ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between England and Ireland at the Twickenham, west London, on March 17, 2018. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

The Six Nations Championship is one of the biggest sporting events of the year, and will be guaranteed to excite and enthuse rugby fans across Europe and the world when it kicks off in February. The tournament will once again see England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales fight it out over five weeks of fabulous rugby union.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 17: Anthony Watson of England fumbles the ball while later leads to Ireland scoring a try during NatWest Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on March 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

When is the Six Nations 2019?

The competition is played over the course of six weeks. Beginning on Friday, 1st February, matches will run until Saturday 16th March – ‘Super Saturday’ – when all three matches of the final round will take place.

Where does the Six Nations take place?

The fixtures for the Six Nations take place across each of the countries. The venues are Twickenham Stadium, the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Stade de France in Paris, and Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

When are matches played in UK time?

The fixtures are at varying times over the course of the tournament, but will usually take place in the afternoon, with two matches on the Saturday and one on the Sunday.

Check out the full fixtures with UK times below:

Round One

France v Wales, Friday 1st February, 8.00pm (Paris) – BBC

Scotland v Italy, Saturday 2nd February, 2.15pm (Edinburgh) – BBC

Ireland v England, Saturday 2nd February, 4.45pm (Dublin) – ITV

Round Two

Scotland v Ireland, Saturday 9th February, 2.15pm (Edinburgh) – BBC

Italy v Wales, Saturday 9th February, 4.45pm (Rome) – ITV

England v France, Sunday 10th February, 3.00pm (Twickenham) – ITV

Round Three

France v Scotland, Saturday 23rd February, 2.15pm (Paris) – BBC

Wales v England, Saturday 23rd February, 4.45pm (Cardiff) – BBC

Italy v Ireland, Sunday 24th February, 3.00pm (Rome) – ITV

Round Four

Scotland v Wales, Saturday 9th March, 2.15pm (Edinburgh) – BBC

England v Italy, Saturday 9th March, 4.45pm (Twickenham) – ITV

Ireland v France, Sunday 10th March, 3.00pm (Dublin) – ITV

Round Five

Italy v France, Saturday 16th March, 12.30pm (Rome) – ITV

Wales v Ireland, Saturday 16th March, 2.45pm (Cardiff) – BBC

England v Scotland, Saturday 16th March, 5.00pm (Twickenham) – ITV

How can I watch and stream the Six Nations live in the UK?

For fans in the UK, all of the matches will be available to watch live on BBC and ITV (see times and channels above).

BBC games will also be available to stream on the BBC Website and BBC iPlayer, with ITV games available to stream through the ITV Hub

CARDIFF, WALES – MARCH 17: George North of Wales is tackled by Mathieu Bastareaud of France and Mathieu Babillot of France during the NatWest Six Nations match between Wales and France at Principality Stadium on March 17, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

How can I watch the Six Nations in the US?

For fans in America, all of the matches in the championship will be broadcast and streamed on NBC and streamed on NBC Sports Gold.

How can I watch the Six Nations elsewhere?

All of the Wales games will be broadcast live, in Welsh, on S4C. For viewers in France, all games will be shown on France Télévisions. In Ireland, they will be shown live on Virgin Media One and Virgin Media Sport, and in Italy all games will be shown live on DMAX.

Who won the Six Nations Championship in 2018?

The current champions are Ireland, who won the championship in 2018. They beat England to win the Grand Slam, having beaten all the other teams during the competition.

What does the Grand Slam mean in the Six Nations?

A team that wins all its games throughout the Six Nations wins the Grand Slam. The Grand Slam has been won by England 13 times, Wales 11 times, France 9 times, and both Ireland and Scotland 3 times. Italy are yet to have won the Grand Slam.

What does the Triple Crown mean in the Six Nations?

The Triple Crown can only be won by England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. This is when one nation wins all three of their games against the others. England currently holds the most Triple Crown wins at 25, followed by Wales at 20, Ireland at 12, and Scotland at 10.

Which team has won the Six Nations the most times?

With 6 wins, England has won the Six Nations the most times. This is followed by France with 5 wins, and Ireland and Wales with 4 wins.

Which team won the most Five Nations titles?

England won the most with 17, followed by Wales (15), France (12), Ireland (6) and Scotland (4).

TOPSHOT – Ireland’s centre Bundee Aki (L) and England’s wing Elliot Daly (R) battle over the ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between England and Ireland at the Twickenham, west London, on March 17, 2018. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

When did the tournament change its name from the Five Nations?

When it was established in 1883, the tournament was originally the Home Nations Championship comprised of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This became the Five Nations when France joined in 1910, though it briefly reverted back to the Home Nations between 1932 and 1939. The tournament eventually changed it name from the Five Nations to the Six Nations in 2000, when Italy joined the championship.

Who are the favourites to win the Six Nations in 2019?

Following on from their win in 2018, Ireland are favourites, with England and Wales also looking hopeful.

How can I get tickets to the Six Nations matches?

Tickets can be bought from each rugby union for their respective matches, and those wishing to travel can purchase hospitality packages. If you are lucky enough, you may also be able to win tickets by filling out a form. More information can be found on the Six Nations website.

Six Nations Rugby 2019 Fixtures | Kickoff Time, Live TV Guide

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Six Nations Rugby 2019 Fixtures | Kickoff Time, Live TV Guide

Rugby fans are anxiously waiting for the commencement of the 6 Nations Tournament. We are here to bring you all the information featuring Six Nations Rugby 2019 Fixture TV Guide you need with regards to the competition that’s set to kick off in February, early next year. The journey will end up on 16th of March 2019 through the matchup between England Rugby and Scotland.

What is the Six Nations Rugby 2019 Fixtures TV Guide?

Scroll below to find out all the details regarding the match playing times and dates, where to watch the live action, as well as the procedure of acquiring official match tickets.

Round One

  • Wales Tour France Rugby: France vs Wales Rugby 02/01/19

The Les Bleus France and the Dragons will get us underway when they face off in the opening match of Six Nations Rugby 2019 in Stade de France at 20:00 GMT on the 1st of February. In the previous 89 one-on-one contests, France registered 40 wins while Wales won 46 times. Wales have scored 90 tries against the French who have in turn put 87 tries behind the Welsh enemy lines. Expect a game that will be won by conversions and efficient penalty scoring.

Prediction: France 17-16 Wales

  • Italy Tour Scotland Rugby: Scotland vs Italy Rugby 02/02/19

Scotland will host Italy in a relatively easy penultimate round one match on the second day of Feb. 2019 in BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh at 14:15 GMT. Despite winning 12/19 of the previous head to head meetings, Scotland will be wary of the fact that they had to fight it to the death in their 29-27 win last time out against the Azzurri.

Prediction: Scotland 26-19 Italy

The final match of the opening round will be a clash of titans as defending champions battle it out with immediate former holders, England, at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on the 2nd of Feb. 2019 at 16:45 GMT. The two teams have met 122 times with England recording 62 wins compared to Ireland’s 48. Ireland will be looking to mount a title challenge and losing against the Red and Whites won’t do them any good.

Prediction: Ireland 25-17 England.

Round Two

  • Ireland Tour Scotland Rugby: Scotland vs Ireland Rugby 02/09/19

This mouthwatering clash will take place at the BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland on the 9th of Feb. 2019 at 14:15 GMT. Out of 123 outings, Ireland has won 60 times while Scotland has won 51 times.

Predictions: Scotland 16-26 Ireland.

  • Wales Tour Italy rugby: Italy vs Wales Rugby 09/02/19

Italy plays against Wales at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome on the 9th of Feb at 16:45 GMT in the 2nd game of Round 2 of Six Nations Rugby 2019. Wales has a superior head to head record over Italy with 16/19 wins and one draw.

Prediction: Italy 14-36 Wales.

The Red and Whites will host the Ls Bleus France in the final game of round 2 of on the 10th of Feb. 2019 at 15:00 GMT. The game will be played at the Twickenham Stadium, London. The two teams have met 89 times with England winning 48 and France 34.

Prediction: England 23-15 France.

Round Three

  • Scotland Tour France Rugby: France vs Scotland Rugby 23/02/19

France will open Round 3 Fixture by hosting Scotland at the Stade de France on 23rd Feb. 2019 at 14:15 GMT. France has won 50/88 previous meetings with Scotland winning 36.

Prediction: France 33-25 Scotland.

Wales will host the Red and Whites at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff on the 23rd of Feb. 2019 for the second round 3 game. The two arch rivals have relatively equal head to records with England winning 54 against Wales’ 52.

Prediction: Wales 17-15 England.

The final game of the third round Fixture will see Italy host Ireland at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome on the 24th of February 2019 at 15:00 GMT. Ireland has won 18 and lost just once to the Italians in their previous meetings.

Prediction: Italy 17-52 Ireland.

Round Four

  • Wales Tour Scotland Rugby: Scotland vs Wales Rugby 09/03/19

Round IV will kick off with a match between Scotland and Wales at the BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh. Wales are better placed between the two having won 69 as compared to 44 of the past 122 h2h clashes.

Prediction: Wales 35 – 29 Scotland

Match 2 of the fourth round Fixture will witness England lock horns with the Azzurri at the Twickenham Stadium, London. England has won all the past meetings against the Gil Azzurri (19/19).

Prediction: England 47- 14 Italy

Round four’s final matchup will see defending champs Ireland take on Le XV de France at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Ireland has won 31 and lost 51 of its h2h meetings with the French outfit.

Predictions: Ireland 15-19 France.

Round Five

  • France Tour Italy Rugby: Italy vs France Rugby 16/03/19

Italy will be hosts to France in the opening matchup of the fifth round Fixture at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome. France Rugby has a dominant head to head record over the Azzurri win 17 0ut of the 19 matches they played.

Prediction: France 35 -16 Italy

  • Ireland Tour Wales Rugby: Wales vs Ireland Rugby 16/03/19

The 2nd match in the final round will see Wales go head to head with Ireland at the Principality Stadium, Westgate Street, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. Ireland boasts a better head to head record over Wales with 62 wins and 11 games ending in dead heat out of the 119 clashes so far.

Prediction: Ireland 38 – 29 Wales

  • Scotland Tour England Rugby: England vs Scotland Rugby 16/03/19

The curtains close at the Twickenham Stadium in London as the Red and Whites take on Scotland. Of the 121 head to head meetings, England has a superior record, winning 67 and drawing 15 against the Thistles.

Prediction: England 24 – 19 Scotland

Where do I Catch the Action Live Stream Online?

All the Six Nations Rugby 2019 games will be televised and fan from the various regions will have a chance to watch the competition live. The list is as follows;

  • ITV and BBC will broadcast the games live in the UK.
  • In addition to that, each & every game involving the Dragons (Wales) will be aired on S4C.
  • In France, FR2 will air all the games.
  • American fans will have the witness how the events unwrap on NBC.
  • Italians followers will catch the action on DMAX.
  • Finally, Ireland fans will watch the games on TV3.

How to Get Tickets for the Games

Genuine Tickets for the Six Nations Rugby 2019 are issued by individual host unions and can be accessed on the following sites;

  • Wales: http://www.wru.co.uk
  • Scotland: http://www.scottishrugby.org
  • France: http://www.ffr.fr
  • Ireland: http://www.irishrugby.ie
  • Italy: http://www.federugby.it
  • England: http://www.rfu.com

Moreover, from a couple of other sites like Viagogo, StubHub, Getmein etc. can buy Six Nations Rugby 2019 Tickets.

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Six Nations Rugby – How to Watch Six Nations Rugby 2019

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Six Nations Rugby – How to Watch Six Nations Rugby 2019

How to watch Six Nations 2019 rugby tournament live online? This year’s editions of the Six Nations will start on the 3rd of February and end on the 17th of March, 2019. England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales will all compete for the Championship Trophy. In the UK, ITV and BBC iPlayer will broadcast the 6 Nations free live online. In this guide, I will show you how to unblock these channels abroad. Thus, stream Six Nations 2019 on PC, Mac, Android, iOS, PS3, PS4, Xbox, Fire TV Stick, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, or Smart TV.

SIX NATIONS 2019 STREAMING CHANNELS

HOW TO WATCH 6 NATIONS 2019 LIVE WITH VPN

In order to unblock any of the Six Nations streaming channels listed above overseas, you need to spoof your online location. Let’s say you want to watch BBC iPlayer or ITV live outside UK. To do so, you need to get a UK IP address. That’s because your current IP address reveals your location to geo-restricted channel you are trying to watch. By hiding your real IP, that channel will believe you are in a region where their live stream is available. Here’s how to setup VPN live stream Six Nations 2019 online.

  1. First, head over to ExpressVPN and sign up for a VPN account.
  2. Then, download and install the ExpressVPN app on your Android, iPhone, iPad, PC, or Mac.
  3. Now, launch the app and connect to a UK VPN server.
  4. Finally, watch Six Nations 2019 live online anywhere in the world.

While ExpressVPN are the best in the business when it comes to unblocking sports channels from all around the world, there are other VPN services you can use to bypass regional restrictions as well.

HOW TO STREAM SIX NATIONS LIVE ONLINE WITH SMART DNS PROXIES

Smart DNS is an alternative option you can use to unblock geoblocked channels from around the world. Although in this case, the quantity of channels you can unblock is limited. Your IP address is also not masked. Smart DNS, however, is compatible with all streaming devices i.e. you can directly set it up on almost any platform. Follow these instructions if you wish to use Smart DNS to watch 2019 6 Nations live online.

  1. Head over to Unlocator and sign up for a 7-day trial.
  2. Once done, follow these tutorials/videos to setup Unlocator DNS on your device.
  3. Finally, go to BBC iPlayer or ITV to stream Six Nations 2019 live online.

The absence of an app makes setting up Smart DNS a bit more complicated when compared to VPN. However, you should still be able to unblock channels such as BBC iPlayer, ITV, Hulu, NBC Sports, Sky Go and many others using a service such as Unlocator.

SIX NATIONS 2019 SCHEDULE

WEEK 1

SATURDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 2019

  • Wales v. Scotland (14:15GMT) Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
  • France v. Ireland (16:45GMT) Stade de France, Saint-Denis

SUNDAY 4TH FEBRUARY 2019

  • Italy v. England (15:00GMT) Stadio Olimpico, Rome

WEEK 2

SATURDAY 10TH FEBRUARY 2019

  • Ireland v. Italy (14:15GMT) Aviva Stadium, Dublin
  • England v. Wales (16:45GMT) Twickenham Stadium, London

SUNDAY 11TH FEBRUARY 2019

  • Scotland v. France (15:00GMT) Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

WEEK 3

FRIDAY 23D FEBRUARY 2019

  • France v. Italy (20:00GMT) Stade Vélodrome, Marseille

SATURDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2019

  • Ireland v. Wales (14:15GMT) Aviva Stadium, Dublin
  • Scotland v. England (16:45GMT) Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

WEEK 4

SATURDAY 10TH MARCH 2019

  • Ireland v. Scotland (14:15GMT) Aviva Stadium, Dublin
  • France v. England (16:45GMT) Stade de France, Saint-Denis

SUNDAY 12TH MARCH 2019

  • Wales v. Italy (15:00GMT) Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

WEEK 5

SATURDAY 17H MARCH 2019

  • Italy v. Scotland (12:30GMT) Stadio Olimpico, Rome
  • England v. Ireland (14:45GMT) Twickenham Stadium, London
  • Wales v. France (17:00GMT) Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

HOW TO WATCH 2019 SIX NATIONS FREE LIVE ONLINE?

It will definitely be interesting to see how the introduction of bonus point system will affect the final 6 Nations standing this year. Which nation do you think will come out on top? In case you need any help setting up ExpressVPN or Unlocator to stream RBS 6 Nations live online, please let me know by leaving a comment below.

1 Bok named in Rugby World’s team of 2018

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1 Bok named in Rugby World’s team of 2018

Cape Town – Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx is the only South African named in Rugby World magazine’s team of the year.

The respected magazine comprised the team of the year from a panel of experts from 12 different countries.

The rest of the team includes five New Zealanders, four Irishmen, two Englishmen and one player each from Australia, Fiji and Wales.

An interesting selection is New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett at fullback, with Ireland’s World Rugby Player of the Year Johnny Sexton preferred at flyhalf.

Rugby World’s 2018 team of the year:

15 Beauden Barrett (New Zealand), 14 Ben Smith (New Zealand), 13 Jonathan Davies (Wales), 12 Owen Farrell (England), 11 Rieko Ioane (New Zealand), 10 Johnny Sexton (Ireland), 9 Conor Murray (Ireland), 8 Kieran Read (New Zealand), 7 David Pocock (Australia), 6  Peter O’Mahony (Ireland), 5 Leone Nakarawa (Fiji), 4 Brodie Retallick (New Zealand), 3 Tadgh Furlong (Ireland), 2 Malcolm Marx (South Africa), 1 Mako Vunipola (England)

Source: sport24.co.za

Nearly two-thirds of retired rugby players have experienced mental health problems

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Nearly two-thirds of retired rugby players have experienced mental health problems

Nearly two thirds of retired professional rugby players in England have suffered problems with their mental health, according to statistics compiled by the Rugby Players’ Association.

The RFA described the revelations, which were published today in the Telegraph, as a “major issue” and have called on others in the sport to increase their backing for former players.

The study is based on 200 retired players with 46 per cent retired internationals and 77 per cent who have either played 100 club matches or at international level.

The findings revealed 62 per cent has suffered some sort of mental issue; 52 per cent did not feel in control of their lives two years after hanging up their boots; nearly 50 per cent had financial concerns and 46 per cent were not prepared for life after the oval ball.

The Telegraph reports that mental health concerns – ranging from panic attacks to suicidal thoughts – were driven mainly by financial concerns.

“That 62 per cent figure is very alarming,” said Omar Hassanein, chief executive of International Rugby Players.

“That is almost two in three players suffering mental health issues. If that is not a major issue that requires focus then I do not know what is.

“There is no point in looking at that figure and simply saying it is alarming. As the game grows, and the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France is going to be the most lucrative [World Cup in history], no doubt, then the game needs to find a way to look after the personal side of the athletes, otherwise it is only going to get worse.”

In October, England’s Joe Marler announced his retirement from international rugby because of anxiety caused by being away from his family.

“The anxiety I would get about having to leave and go away again would manifest itself in giving away more dull penalties and looking for outs, looking for a yellow card, looking for a red card, because if I could pick up a ban, that’s an easy way out without actually pulling the trigger,” Marler told the Rugby Pod at the time.

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How your club fared in the Super Rugby off-season

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How your club fared in the Super Rugby off-season

Quade Cooper and Ma’a Nonu headline the off-season moves as we count down to the 2019 Super Rugby campaign.

Check out how your club fared as we run through all the transfers and pick each team’s best XV.

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BRUMBIES

IN: Vunipola Fifita, Tom Ross, James Slipper, Murray Douglas, Pete Samu, Bayley Kuenzle, Len Ikitau, Noah Lolesio, Irae Simone, Tom Wright, Toni Pulu

OUT: Ben Alexander, Mees Erasmus, Nic Mayhew, Faalelei Sione, Robbie Abel, Richie Arnold, Michael Oakman-Hunt, Lolo Fakaosilea, Isi Naisarani, Kyle Godwin, Andrew Smith, James Dargaville, James Verity-Amm

SQUAD: Allan Alaalatoa, Vunipola Fifita, Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, Tom Ross, Scott Sio, James Slipper, Folau Fainga’a, Joshua Mann-Rea, Connal McInerney, Rory Arnold, Sam Carter, Murray Douglas, Blake Enever, Darcy Swain, Tom Cusack, Lachlan McCaffrey, David Pocock, Pete Samu, Rob Valetini, Ben Hyne, Ryan Lonergan, Matt Lucas, Joe Powell, Wharenui Hawera, Bayley Kuenzle, Christian Lealiifano, Len Ikitau, Jordan Jackson-Hope, Tevita Kuridrani, Noah Lolesio, Irae Simone, Tom Wright, Andy Muirhead, Chance Peni, Toni Pulu, Henry Speight, Lausii Taliauli, Tom Banks, Mack Hansen

BEST XV: Banks, Pulu, Kuridrani, Lealiifano, Speight, Hawera, Powell, Valetini, Pocock, Samu, Arnold, Carter, Alaalatoa, Fainga’a, Sio

VERDICT: Some handy pick-ups for the Brumbies as they look to rebound from the disappointment of missing this year’s finals.

Pete Samu replaces Isi Naisarani in a talented and versatile loose forward group while former Wallaby James Slipper likewise adds plenty of experience in the front row.

Former Chiefs flyer Toni Pulu is an excellent finisher while Scottish lock Murray Douglas, by way of the Hurricanes and Rebels, is reliable as they come.

Tom Wright, the former Manly NRL player, is an intriguing pick-up and will compete with Christian Lealiifano and Wharenui Hawera for a starting spot at No 10 and 12.

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REBELS

IN: Mees Erasmus, Hugh Roach, Luke Jones, Brad Wilkin, Isi Naisarani, Quade Cooper, Matt Toomua, Campbell Magnay

OUT: Laurie Weeks, Geoff Parling, Colby Fainga’a, Lopeti Timani, Amanaki Mafi, Jack Debreczeni, Jack McGregor, David Horwitz, Henry Hutchison

SQUAD: Jermaine Ainsley, Ben Daley, Mees Erasmus, Pone Fa’amausili, Tetera Faulkner, Fereti Sa’aga, Sam Talakai, Hugh Roach, Jordan Uelese, Adam Coleman, Matt Philip, Angus Cottrell, Richard Hardwick, Ross Haylett-Petty, Luke Jones, Rob Leota, Brad Wilkin, Isi Naisarani, Will Genia, Harrison Goddard, Michael Ruru, Quade Cooper, Matt Toomua, Reece Hodge, Billy Meakes, Sione Tuipulotu, Semisi Tupou, Tom English, Marika Koroibete, Campbell Magnay, Sefa Naivalu, Dane Haylett-Petty, Jack Maddocks

BEST XV: Haylett-Petty, Maddocks, Hodge, Toomua, Koroibete, Cooper, Genia, Naisarani, Cottrell, Jones, Coleman, Philip, Ainsley, Uelese, Faulkner

VERDICT: The Rebels will be able to roll out an all Wallaby backline in 2019 although Matt Toomua won’t join until he completes his commitments with Leicester.

Billy Meakes is a more than capable placeholder at No 12, however, while Sefa Naivalu might have to settle for a bench spot.

Isi Naisarani is a ready-made replacement for disgraced No 8 Amanaki Mafi as he looks to build his Rugby World Cup claims, while blindside/lock Luke Jones is back from Bordeaux to also put his hand up for the Wallabies.

But all the attention will be on Quade Cooper and whether he can recapture his playmaking magic with his old mate Will Genia.

TITLE ODDS: $51

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REDS

IN: Gavin Luka, Efi Ma’afu, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Matt McGahan, Jock Campbell, Will Eadie

OUT: Sef Fa’agase, James Slipper, Markus Vanzati, Andrew Ready, Kane Douglas, Michael Gunn, Reece Hewat, George Smith, Quade Cooper, Jono Lance, Ben Lucas, Lachlan Maranta, Eto Nabuli, Jayden Ngamanu

SQUAD: Harry Hoopert, Gavin Luka, JP Smith, Ruan Smith, Taniela Tupou, Efi Ma’afu, Alex Mafi, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Angus Blyth, Harry Hockings, Izack Rodda, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Adam Korczyk, Fraser McReight, Angus Scott-Young, Caleb Timu, Harry Wilson, Liam Wright, Scott Higginbotham, Tate McDermott, Moses Sorovi, James Tuttle, Matt McGahan, Hamish Stewart, Teti Tela, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Samu Kerevi, Duncan Paia’aua, Jock Campbell, Filipo Daugunu, Will Eadie, Izaia Perese, Jordan Petaia, Karmichael Hunt, Aidan Toua

BEST XV: Petaia, Daugunu, Kerevi, Paia’aua, Perese, Stewart, McDermott, Higginbotham, Wright, Timu, Rodda, Salakaia-Loto, Tupou, Paenga-Amosa, JP Smith

VERDICT: Coach Brad Thorn has doubled down on his staunch policy of developing young, local talent, with George Smith, Quade Cooper, James Slipper, Kane Douglas, Jono Lance and Ben Lucas all moving on and taking vast experience and ability with them.

It places huge pressure on captain Scott Higginbotham and the side’s young Test players Samu Kerevi, Izack Rodda, Taniela Tupou and the recently renamed Lukhan Salakaia-Loto.

And then there is Jordan Petaia, the teenage sensation who could play at fullback, on either wing or at outside centre.

Former Blues five-eighth Matt McGahan — the son of Kiwis league great Hugh — is an interesting addition and will view with Hamish Stewart and Duncan Paia’aua for the playmaking positions.

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WARATAHS

IN: Rory O’Connor, Le Roux Roets

OUT: Paddy Ryan, Kalivati Tawake, Hugh Roach, Kelly Meafua, Brad Wilkin, Michael Snowden, Irae Simone, Andrew Kellaway, Taqele Naiyaravoro

SQUAD: Harry Johnson-Holmes, Sekope Kepu, Rory O’Connor, Tom Robertson, Matt Sandell, Shambeckler Vui, Cody Walker, Damien Fitzpatrick, Tolu Latu, Ryan McCauley, Le Roux Roets, Rob Simmons, Nick Palmer, Tom Staniforth, Ned Hanigan, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper, Will Miller, Lachlan Swinton, Michael Wells, Jed Holloway, Jake Gordon

Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley, Kurtley Beale, Bryce Hegarty, Mack Mason, Lalakai Foketi, Alex Newsome, Cam Clark, Curtis Rona, Israel Folau

BEST XV: Folau, Clark, Rona, Beale, Newsome, Foley, Gordon, Wells, Hooper, Dempsey, Simmons, Holloway, Kepu, Latu, Johnson-Holmes

VERDICT: NSW still have a bit of box ticking to do on their 2019 squad, with Wallabies veteran Adam Ashley-Cooper yet to officially sign on and big winger John Folau — Israel’s younger brother — creating a positive impression at training.

The Tahs have recruited man mountain South African lock Le Roux Roets — 2m and 135kg — to bolster their pack which relied on mobility not size last season.

Coach Daryl Gibson has admitted he burnt out stars Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale with too many minutes in 2018 so expect Mack Mason and Lalakai Foketi to see plenty of gametime as NSW look to improve on their semifinal exit away to the Lions.

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NEW ZEALAND

BLUES

IN: Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Marcel Renata, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Jed Brown, Tom Robinson, Hoskins Sotutu, Harry Plummer, Levi Aumua, Ma’a Nonu, Tanielu Tele’a

OUT: Pauliasi Manu, Isaac Salmon, Mike Tamoaieta, Ross Wright, Lyndon Dunshea, Matiaha Martin, Ben Nee-Nee, Sione Havili, Jerome Kaino, Antonio Kiri Kiri, Glenn Preston, Kara Pryor, Murphy Taramai, Bryn Gatland, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Terrence Hepetema, Matthew Johnson, Orbyn Leger, Tumua Manu, George Moala, Tamati Tua, Jordan Hyland

SQUAD: Alex Hodgman, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Sione Mafileo, Marcel Renata, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi, Leni Apisai, Matt Moulds, James Parsons, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Josh Goodhue, Jacob Pierce, Scott Scrafton, Patrick Tuipulotu, Jed Brown, Blake Gibson, Dalton Papalii, Tom Robinson, Hoskins Sotutu, Jimmy Tupou, Akira Ioane, Sam Nock, Augustine Pulu, Jonathan Ruru, Otere Black, Stephen Perofeta, Harry Plummer, Levi Aumua, TJ Faiane, Ma’a Nonu, Tanielu Tele’a, Sonny Bill Williams, Caleb Clarke, Matt Duffie, Rieko Ioane, Melani Nanai, Michael Collins, Jordan Trainor

BEST XV: Duffie, Clarke, Nonu, Williams, R Ioane, Perofeta, Pulu, A Ioane, Gibson, Papalii, Cowley-Tuioti, Tuipolotu, Tuungafasi, Parsons, Tu’inukuafe

VERDICT: The return from France of Ma’a Nonu and the luring of Karl Tu’inukuafe from the Chiefs headline the Blues’ 2019 recruitment drive.

Veteran Nonu and Sonny Bill Williams will form a power packed midfield but might have to toss a coin to decide who wears the preferred No 12 jersey.

More important, though, is the eternal Blues question of who wears No 10.

Stephen Perofeta, Otere Black and Harry Plummer are the options for new coach Leon MacDonald, who has surpringly taken the reins from former All Blacks teammate Tana Umaga.

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CHIEFS

IN: Reuben O’Neill, Laghlan McWhannell, Jack Debreczeni, Tumua Manu, Ataata Moeakiola, Etene Nanai-Seturo

OUT: Mitchell Graham, Sam Prattley, Jeff Thwaites, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Dominic Bird, Matt Matich, Liam Messam, Jesse Parete, Luteru Laulala, Johnny Fa’auli, Charlie Ngatai, Regan Verney, Levi Aumua, Tim Nanai-Williams, Declan O’Donnell, Toni Pulu, Sam McNicol

SQUAD: Kane Hames, Sefo Kautai, Nepo Laulala, Atu Moli, Reuben O’Neill, Aidan Ross, Angus Ta’avao, Nathan Harris, Liam Polwart, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Michael Allardice, Tyler Ardron, Fin Hoeata, Laghlan McWhannell, Brodie Retallick, Lachlan Boshier, Sam Cane, Luke Jacobson, Mitchell Karpik, Taleni Seu, Pita Gus Sowakula, Mitchell Brown, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Jonathan Taumateine, Brad Weber, Jack Debreczeni, Tiaan Falcon, Damian McKenzie, Anton Lienert-Brown, Tumua Manu, Alex Nankivell, Bailyn Sullivan, Solomon Alaimalo, Ataata Moeakiola, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Shaun Stevenson, Sean Wainui, Marty McKenzie

BEST XV: Stevenson, Nanai-Seturo, Lienert-Brown, Nankivell, Alaimalo, D McKenzie, Tahuriorangi, Jacobson, Cane, Boshier, Ardron, Retallick, Laulala, Harris, Hames

VERDICT: Chiefs coach Colin Cooper has made three interesting additions to his backline in Jack Debreczeni, Ataata Moeakiola and Etene Nanai-Seturo.

The Auckland-born Debreczeni is looking to reignite his career after playing 53 games for the Rebels without ever truly delivering on his potential.

Moeakiola is a Tongan-born Japanese international blessed with real power and pace, as is Nanai-Seturo, the sought after schoolboys star who won Commonwealth Games gold with New Zealand’s sevens team last year.

All Blacks star Sam Cane is targeting a return in May after fracturing a bone in his neck against the Springboks in October.

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CRUSADERS

IN: Harry Allan, Whetu Douglas, Ere Enari, Leicester Faingaanuku, Ngane Punivai

OUT: Donald Brighouse, Wyatt Crockett, Chris King, Sam Anderson-Heather, Sebastian Siataga, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Pete Samu, Jack Stratton, Mike Delany, Seta Tamanivalu, Tima Faingaanuku, Jone Macilai-Tori

SQUAD: Mike Alaalatoa, Harry Allan, Owen Franks, Oliver Jager, Joe Moody, Tim Perry, Ben Funnell, Andrew Makalio, Codie Taylor, Scott Barrett, Luke Romano, Quinten Strange, Sam Whitelock, Ethan Blackadder, Mitchell Dunshea, Billy Harmon, Tom Sanders, Jordan Taufua, Matt Todd, Whetu Douglas, Kieran Read, Mitchell Drummond, Ere Enari, Bryn Hall, Brett Cameron, Mitch Hunt, Richie Mo’unga, Tim Bateman, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, George Bridge, Braydon Ennor, Leicester Faingaanuku, Will Jordan, Manasa Mataele, Ngane Punivai, Israel Dagg, David Havili

BEST XV: Havili, Dagg, Goodhue, Crotty, Bridge, Mo’unga, Hall, Read, Todd, Taufua, Barrett, Whitelock, Franks, Taylor, Moody

VERDICT: Scott Robertson’s Crusaders look as strong as ever as they gun for a three-peat of titles next season.

Seta Tamanivalu, Wyatt Crockett, and Pete Samu are losses but nothing that they shouldn’t be able to deal with as they sprinkle in a handful of promising youngsters from their own system.

Keep an eye out for talented outside back Will Jordan, a New Zealand under-20 and Tasman star who was kept on the Super Rugby sidelines this year with vertigo issues.

TITLE ODDS: $4

HIGHLANDERS

IN: Sef Fa’agase, Josh Iosefa-Scott, Ayden Johnstone, Ray Niuia, Jack Whetton, Folau Fakatava, Marty Banks, Bryn Gatland

OUT: Guy Millar, Aki Seiuli, Kalolo Tuiloma, Greg Pleasants-Tate, Alex Ainley, Dan Pryor, Josh Renton, Fletcher Smith, Lima Sopoaga

SQUAD: Sef Fa’agase, Josh Iosefa-Scott, Ayden Johnstone, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Tyrel Lomax, Siate Tokolahi, Liam Coltman, Ash Dixon, Ray Niuia, Josh Dickson, Tom Franklin, Jackson Hemopo, Pari Pari Parkinson, Jack Whetton, Shannon Frizell, Dillon Hunt, James Lentjes, Luke Whitelock, Elliot Dixon, Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, Liam Squire, Folau Fakatava, Kayne Hammington, Aaron Smith, Marty Banks, Bryn Gatland, Josh Ioane, Richard Buckman, Matt Faddes, Rob Thompson, Sio Tomkinson, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Teihorangi Walden, Tevita Li, Josh McKay, Tevita Nabura, Waisake Naholo, Ben Smith

BEST XV: B Smith, Naholo, Buckman, Thompson, Li, Gatland, A Smith, Squire, Hunt, Frizell, Franklin, Hemopo, Lomax, Coltman, Lienert-Brown

VERDICT: Auckland-born former Reds prop Sef Fa’agase has crossed the Tasman and landed a gig with the Highlanders after playing the Mitre 10 Cup season with Canterbury.

It will be interesting to observe his progress but the bigger battle is at No 10, where the departure of Lima Sopoaga to Wasps has left a big hole.

Bryn Gatland, Marty Banks and Josh Ioane are in a three-way tussle for the job, while Aaron Mauger’s side is packed with loose forward options including Shannon Frizell, Dillon Hunt, Luke Whitelock, Elliot Dixon and Liam Squire.

TITLE ODDS: $8

HURRICANES

IN: Geoff Cridge, Liam Mitchell, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Fletcher Smith, Billy Proctor, James Marshall, Salesi Rayasi

OUT: Marcel Renata, James O’Reilly, Nathan Vella, Murray Douglas, Michael Fatialofa, Brad Shields, Blade Thomson, Jamie Booth, TJ Va’a, Ihaia West, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Julian Savea

SQUAD: Fraser Armstrong, Chris Eves, Alex Fidow, Ben May, Toby Smith, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Asafo Aumua, Dane Coles, Ricky Riccitelli, James Blackwell, Geoff Cridge, Sam Lousi, Liam Mitchell, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Vaea Fifita, Sam Henwood, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Reed Prinsep, Ardie Savea, Gareth Evans, Finlay Christie, Richard Judd, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Fletcher Smith, Vince Aso, Wes Goosen, Ngani Laumape, Billy Proctor, Matt Proctor, Ben Lam, Jonah Lowe, James Marshall, Salesi Rayasi, Jordie Barrett, Nehe Milner-Skudder

BEST XV: J Barrett, Milner-Skudder, M Proctor, Laumape, Lam, B Barrett, Perenara, Evans, Savea, Fifita, Lousi, Walker-Leawere, Toomaga-Allen, Coles, Smith

VERDICT: There have been some big changes in Canes country, with assistant coach John Plumtree stepping up to replace Chris Boyd (now Northampton) in the hot seat and senior pro Brad Shields now playing for Wasps and England.

James Marshall, a member of the 2016 title-winning team, is back from England to provide a cool head and utility value while there are big raps on Billy Proctor, the younger brother of tough tackling centre Matt.

They look a little light on at lock, however, after the departures of Michael Fatialofa and Murray Douglas.

It’s a different story at hooker where captain Dane Coles is fit again to join Ricky Riccitelli and Asafo Aumua.

TITLE ODDS: $4.75

SOUTH AFRICA

BULLS

IN: Madot Mabokela, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Schalk Brits, Carel du Preez, Paul Schoeman, Muller Uys, Jano Venter, Duane Vermeulen, Theo Maree, Stedman Gans, Franco Naude, Dylan Sage, Cornal Hendricks, Rosko Specman

OUT: Pierre Schoeman, Mornay Smith, Adriaan Strauss, Aston Fortuin, Ruan Nortje, Ruben van Heerden, Shaun Adendorff, Boeta Hamman, Francois Brummer, Dries Swanepoel, Jamba Ulengo

SQUAD: Matthys Basson, Lizo Gqoboka, Madot Mabokela, Simphiwe Matanzima, Nqoba Mxoli, Trevor Nyakane, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Conraad van Vuuren, Frans van Wyk, Schalk Brits, Johan Grobbelaar, Edgar Marutlulle, Jaco Visagie, Lood de Jager, Jason Jenkins, RG Snyman, Hendre Stassen, Tim Agaba, Thembelani Bholi, Nick de Jager, Carel du Preez, Jannes Kirsten, Paul Schoeman, Roelof Smit, Ruan Steenkamp, Muller Uys, Marco van Staden

Hanro Liebenberg, Jano Venter, Duane Vermeulen, Theo Maree, Embrose Papier, Ivan van Zyl, Andre Warner, Marnitz Boshoff, Manie Libbok, Handre Pollard, Stedman Gans, JT Jackson, Johnny Kotze, Jesse Kriel, Franco Naude, Burger Odendaal, Dylan Sage, Cornal Hendricks, Travis Ismaiel, Duncan Matthews, Rosko Specman, Jade Stighling, Warrick Gelant, Divan Rossouw

BEST XV: Gelant, Ismaiel, Kriel, Odendaal, Specman, Pollard, Papier, Vermeulen, van Staden, N de Jager, L de Jager, Snyman, van Vuuren, Brits, Nyakane

VERDICT: There are big changes afoot in Pretoria, with Springboks and Bulls legend Victor Matfield expected to soon be unveiled as the coaching replacement for John Mitchell, who is now Eddie Jones’ minister of defence with England.

The Bulls have also made some impressive signings, with blockbusting No 8 Duane Vermeulen and hooker Schalk Brits bolstering the pack and sevens stars Rosko Specman, Dylan Sage and Stedman Gans adding some intriguing backline options.

Retired hooker Adriaan Strauss is the most notable loss.

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LIONS

IN: Danie Mienie

OUT: Ruan Dreyer, Jacques van Rooyen, Franco Mostert, Jaco Kriel, Marco Jansen van Vuren, Rohan Janse van Rensburg

SQUAD: Jacobie Adriaanse, Johannes Jonker, Danie Mienie, Sti Sithole, Dylan Smith, Malcolm Marx, Lourens Erasmus, Rhyno Herbst, Robert Kruger, Marvin Orie, Cyle Brink, Hacjivah Dayimani, Len Massyn, Marnus Schoeman, Kwagga Smith, Warren Whiteley, Ross Cronje, Nic Groom, Dillon Smit, Elton Jantjies, Shaun Reynolds, Lionel Mapoe, Harold Vorster, Ruan Combrinck, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Courtnall Skosan, Madosh Tambwe, Andries Coetzee, Sylvian Mahuza

BEST XV: Coetzee, Combrinck, Mapoe, Vorster, Dyantyi, Jantjies, Cronje, Whiteley, K Smith, Brink, Erasmus, Orie, Adriaanse, Marx, D Smith

VERDICT: Three years, three runners-up medals for Super Rugby’s bridesmaids, who look weaker on paper next season.

They should still be very competitive but depth is a concern following the departures of class acts like Jaco Kriel, Franco Mostert, Ruan Dreyer and Rohan Janse van Rensburg.

And with the Rugby World Cup on the horizon, the Lions will have to carefully manage the workloads of Springboks trump cards Malcolm Marx, Aphiwe Dyantyi and Warren Whiteley.

TITLE ODDS: $9

SHARKS

IN: Ruben van Heerden

OUT: Ross Geldenhuys, Franco Marais, Keegan Daniel, Michael Claassens, Garth April, Tristan Blewett, Johan Deysel

SQUAD: Thomas du Toit, Mzamo Majola, John-Hubert Meyer, Coenie Oosthuizen, Akker van der Merwe, Hyron Andrews, Ruan Botha, Jean Droste, Gideon Koegelenberg, Ruben van Heerden, Tyler Paul, Jacques Vermeulen, Wian Vosloo, Louis Schreuder, Cameron Wright, Lukhanyo Am, Marius Louw, S’busiso Nkosi, Kobus van Wyk, Rhyno Smith, Courtney Winnaar

BEST XV: N/A

VERDICT: The Sharks are yet to announce their full squad, so we’ll hold off on having a crack at their best run-on side.

Coach Robert du Preez has lost some experienced campaigners, including hooker Franco Marais, flanker Keegan Daniel, halfback Michael Claasens, utility Garth April and centre Johan Deysel.

The Sharks made the quarterfinals this year but were soundly beaten, 40-10, by the dominant Crusaders in Christchurch.

TITLE ODDS: $29

STORMERS

IN: Kwenzo Blose, Michael Kumbirai, Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, Chad Solomon, Ernst van Rhyn, Chris Massyn, Nama Xaba, Ruhan Nel, Duncan Saal, Edwill van der Merwe

OUT: JC Janse van Rensburg, Caylib Oosthuizen, Carlu Sadie, Dean Muir, Ramone Samuels, Jan de Klerk, Eduard Zandberg, Stephan de Wit, Nizaam Carr, Dewaldt Duvenage, George Whitehead, Raymond Rhule

SQUAD: Kwenzo Blose, Neethling Fouche, Steven Kitshoff, Michael Kumbirai, Wilco Louw, Frans Malherbe, Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, Alistair Vermaak, Bongi Mbonambi, Scarra Ntubeni, Chad Solomon, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Salmaan Moerat, JD Schickerling, Ernst van Rhyn, Chris van Zyl, Johan du Toit, Siya Kolisi, Chris Massyn, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Cobus Wiese, Nama Xaba, Juarno Augustus, Jaco Coetzee, Kobus van Dyk, Paul de Wet, Herschel Jantjies, Justin Phillips, Jano Vermaak, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Joshua Stander, Damian Willemse, Damian de Allende, Daniel du Plessis, JJ Engelbrecht, Dan Kriel, Ruhan Nel, EW Viljoen, Dillyn Leyds, Sergeal Petersen, Duncan Saal, Seabelo Senatla, Edwill van der Merwe, Craig Barry, SP Marais

BEST XV: Marais, Leyds, Engelbrecht, de Allende, Senatla, Willemse, de Wet, Notshe, van Dyk, Kolisi, du Toit, Etzebeth, Louw, Mbonambi, Kitshoff

VERDICT: The Stormers have lost several handy players, including prop JC Janse van Rensburg, hooker Ramone Samuels, No 8 Nizaam Carr, halfback Dewaldt Duvenage and winger Raymond Rhule.

But the spine of a good side remains, including world class locking duo Pieter-Steph du Toit and Eben Etzebeth, Springboks captain Siya Kolisi, centre Damian de Allende and exciting young playmaker Damian Willemse.

There are also high hopes for sevens convert Ruhan Nel.

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ARGENTINA

JAGUARES

IN:

OUT: Juan Martin Hernandez, Nicolas Sanchez

SQUAD: Santiago Garcia Botta, Enrique Pieretto, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Matias Alemanno, Marcos Kremer, Guido Petti, Pablo Matera, Javier Ortega Desio, Tomas Cubelli, Bautista Ezcurra, Emiliano Boffelli, Bautista Delguy

BEST XV: N/A

VERDICT: The full Jaguares squad is yet to filter out of Argentina so we’ll hold fire on a best XV.

But losses don’t come much bigger than Nicolas Sanchez’s departure to Stade Francais.

The Pumas pivot was simply outstanding during the Rugby Championship although the presumable replacement, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, is not the worst.

The Jaguares made the finals for the first time in 2018, under Mario Ledesma, who has signed stepped up to be Argentina’s new coach.

Ledesma’s former Test teammate, Gonzalo Quesada, has taken the Jaguares job after 20 years playing and coaching in France.

TITLE ODDS: $13

JAPAN

SUNWOLVES

IN: Tom Rowe, Dan Pryor, Hendrik Tui, Phil Burleigh, Rene Ranger

OUT: Nika Khatiashvili

SQUAD: Asaeli Ai Valu, Keita Inagaki, Koo Ji-won, Craig Millar, Hencus van Wyk, Jaba Bregvadze, Shota Horie, Atsushi Sakate, Grant Hattingh, Kazuki Himeno, James Moore, Tom Rowe, Lappies Labuschagne, Dan Pryor, Ed Quirk, Hendrik Tui, Michael Leitch, Yutaka Nagare, Kaito Shigeno, Fumiaki Tanaka, Hayden Parker, Phil Burleigh, Jason Emery, Michael Little, Rikiya Matsuda, Ryoto Nakamura, Lomano Lemeki, Rene Ranger, Gerhard van den Heever

BEST XV: Emery, Lemeki, Nakamura, Little, Ranger, Parker, Tanaka, Leitch, Labuschagne, Tui, Hattingh, Himeno, van Wyk, Horie, Inagaki

VERDICT: New Sunwolves coach Tony Brown said his side is capable of pushing for the playoffs in 2019 after naming a settled and cosmopolitan 29-man initial squad.

Among the new faces are former Reds loose forward Hendrik Tui and former All Blacks outside back Rene Ranger, who has been plagued by injury in recent seasons.

“We want to play Japanese rugby, which is an expansive style with a lot of skill and speed, and which is based around unstructured rugby,” Brown said.

“The players we have added are the right players to play our style of rugby and will add to our game, experience and leadership group.”

TITLE ODDS: $1001

Source: foxsports.com.au/