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NBC to Air Ireland vs England Rugby 6 Nations Live StreamMatch March 17

NBC to Air Ireland vs England Rugby 6 Nations Live StreamMatch March 17
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The final round of the Six Nations Rugby Championship goes down March 17, and NBC will air England versus Ireland on tape delay at noon ET that day. A win for Ireland would see the squad win every match it played in this year’s competition, which Ireland has attained just twice in the history of the championship, which goes back over a century.

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NBC Sports’s presentation of Ireland versus England will also be shown on WPIX New York at noon ET, due to preemptions by WNBC’s coverage of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York.

Live coverage starts at 8:30 a.m. ET March 17 on NBCSN, as Italy plays Scotland, then CNBC has Wales versus France at 1 p.m. ET.

Streaming service NBC Sports Gold will provide live coverage of Ireland versus England on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET, as well as the other Six Nations matches. NBC sells the service, which includes other elite-level rugby action, for $59.99.

 

NBC Sports’ Leigh Diffey will anchor studio coverage alongside analysts Alex Corbisiero, who played for England, and former USA Rugby captain Dan Lyle.

The annual Six Nations Championship consists of 15 matches played in a round-robin format between England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

Ireland has clinched the 2018 Six Nations title by virtue of its 4-0 record, with wins over France, Wales, Italy and Scotland.

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Six Nations TV Coverage 2018: BBC and ITV Matches

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Six Nations TV Coverage 2018: BBC and ITV Matches

The Six Nations is nearly upon us, so take a look at what games are being televised where, to make sure you don’t miss any of the action

 

Six Nations TV Coverage 2018: BBC and ITV Matches

The pinnacle of Test rugby, the Six Nations, in the northern hemisphere has rolled around again so to make sure you miss none of the action, Rugby World has compiled an information page with the games and where they will be televised.

Men’s Six Nations

In the Men’s Six Nations Championship the games are shared between BBC and ITV this year. But importantly, it all revolves around who is playing at home.

So, if England, Italy, and Ireland are playing at home, then the game will be televised on ITV.

However, if France, Scotland, and Wales are, then the BBC is televising the match.

Six Nations TV Coverage 2018: BBC and ITV Matches

Round 1

Saturday 3rd February Wales v Scotland, 2.15pm – BBC
Saturday 3rd February France v Ireland, 4.45pm – BBC
Sunday 4th February Italy v England, 3.00pm – ITV

Round 2
Saturday 10th February, Ireland v Italy, 2.15pm – ITV
Saturday 10th February, England v Wales, 4.45pm – ITV
Sunday 11th February, Scotland v France, 3.00pm – BBC

Round 3
Friday 23nd February, France v Italy, 8.00pm – BBC
Saturday 23rd February, Ireland v Wales, 2.15pm – ITV
Sunday 24th February, Scotland v England, 4.45pm – BBC

Round 4
Saturday 10th March, Ireland v Scotland, Saturday 2.15pm – ITV
Saturday 10th March, France v England, Saturday 4.45pm – BBC
Sunday 11th March, Wales v Italy, Sunday 3.00pm – BBC

Round 5
Saturday 17th March, Italy v Scotland, Saturday 12.30pm – ITV
Saturday 17th March, England v Ireland, Saturday 2.45pm – ITV
Saturday 17th March, Wales v France, Saturday 5.00pm – BBC

Women’s Six Nations 

Additionally, every single England game in the women’s tournament is being televised on Sky Sports.

Round 1

02/02/2018 – Wales vs Scotland – BBC Wales – 18.00

03/02/2018 – France vs Ireland – 20.00

04/02/2018 – Italy vs England – Sky Sports – 17.30

Round 2

10/02/2018 – England vs Wales – Sky Sports – 12.15

10/02/2018 – Scotland vs France – 19.05

11/02/2018 – Ireland vs Italy – 13.00

Round 3

23/02/2018 – Scotland vs England – Sky Sports – 19.05

24/02/2018 – France vs Italy – 20.00

25/02/2018 – Ireland vs Wales – 15.00

Round 4

10/03/2018 – France vs England – Sky Sports – 20.00

11/03/2018 – Wales vs Italy – BBC Wales (tbc) – 11.45

11/03/2018 – Ireland vs Scotland – 13.00

Round 5

16/03/2018 – England vs Ireland – Sky Sports – 17.30

16/03/2018 – Wales vs France – 18.00 (tbc)

18/03/2018 – Italy vs Scotland – 15.00

U20 Six Nations 

As you would expect the Under-20 competition has limited television coverage, but there are still a few games for you to sit back and enjoy.

Round 1

02/02/2018 – Italy vs England – 18.00

02/02/2018 – France vs Ireland – 20.00

02/02/2018 – Wales vs Scotland – BBC Wales – 20.15

Round 2

09/02/2018 – Ireland vs Italy – 19.15

09/02/2018 – England vs Wales – Sky Sports – 19.45

09/02/2018 – Scotland vs France – 19.45

Round 3

23/02/2018 – France vs Italy – 17.45

23/02/2018 – Ireland vs Wales – 19.15

23/02/2018 – Scotland vs England – 19.30

Round 4

09/03/2018 – Ireland vs Scotland – 19.15

09/03/2018 – Wales vs Italy – BBC Wales – 19.15

09/03/2018 – France vs England – 20.00

Round 5

16/03/2018 – Italy vs Scotland – 14.00

16/03/2018 – England vs Ireland – Sky Sports – 20.00

16/03/2018 – Wales vs France – 20.15

Happy watching! Come back to the Rugby World website and social media channels for all the latest news, opinion and gossip on the Six Nations
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Six Nations 2018: Start time, fixtures, results, rule changes, and full TV schedule

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Rugby Union - 2015 RBS Six Nations Media Launch - The Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, London - 28/1/15 (L-R) France's Captain Thierry Dusautoir, Italy's Captain Sergio Parisse, England's Captain Chris Robshaw, Ireland's Captain Paul O'Connell, Wales' Captain Sam Warburton and Scotland's Captain Greig Laidlaw pose with the RBS Six Nations trophy during the launch Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Paul Childs Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Everything you need to know as England, Ireland, France, Italy, Scotland and Wales prepare for action

ENGLAND will be looking to become the first nation to win three successive Six Nations titles.

The 2016 and 2017 champions will be looking to defend their title when the action kicks off in February.

What is the Six Nations?

This is an annual international rugby union competition that consists of just six sides.

England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales will all play each other once.

If a team wins all of its games, then they are said to have won a ‘Grand Slam’.

 

When does it start and what TV channel can I watch them on?

The Six Nations action will get underway on Saturday, February 3.

Wales will take on Scotland to kick-off proceedings in Cardiff.

And all of the matches will be available for you to watch live on either the BBC or ITV.

Are there any rule changes for the 2018 Six Nations?

The 2017 Six Nations introduced the bonus-point system and it WILL be used again this year.

This means that it is four points for a win and a team will secure an extra point if they score four tries or more.

If a team loses by less than seven points then they will secure a losing bonus-point.

A draw is worth two points and a Grand Slam is worth three points.

 

What is the fixture list for the 2018 Six Nations?

ROUND ONE

Wales vs Scotland: February 3, 2.15pm, Cardiff, BBC

France vs Ireland: February 3, 4.45pm, Paris, BBC

Italy vs England: February 4, 3pm, Rome, ITV.

ROUND TWO

Ireland vs Italy: February 10, 2.15pm, Dublin, ITV

England vs Wales: February 10, 4:45pm, London, ITV

Scotland vs France: February 11, 3pm, Edinburgh, BBC

ROUND THREE

Frances vs Italy: February 23, 8pm, Marseille, ITV

Ireland vs Wales: February 24, 2.15pm, Dublin, BBC

Scotland vs England: February 24, 4.45pm, Edinburgh, BBC

ROUND FOUR 

Ireland vs Scotland: March 10, 2.15pm, Dublin, ITV

France vs England: March 10, 4:45pm, Paris, BBC

Wales vs Italy: March 11, 3pm, Cardiff, BBC

ROUND FIVE

Italy vs Scotland: March 17, 12:30pm, Rome, ITV

England vs Ireland: March 17, 2:45pm, London, ITV

Wales vs France: March 17, 5pm, Cardiff, BBC

 

 

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Live: Australia vs England, Rugby League World Cup final in Brisbane

Live: Australia vs England, Rugby League World Cup final in Brisbane

AUSTRALIA will be hoping its Rugby League World Cup comes full circle when it plays England in the final at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

The Kangaroos defeated the Poms 18-4 in the tournament opener and coasted through its next four matches to reach the decider, conceding just 16 points along the way. There are rumours tonight could see the final appearance of Billy Slater and perhaps even Cameron Smith in the green and gold, and a win would provide them with the perfect send-off if they decide to hang up the boots.

England scraped through its semi-final against Tonga to book its place against the home side tonight. Wayne Bennett’s men won 20-18 after Andrew Fifita’s try in the dying seconds was disallowed because of a knock-on and they will be hoping fortune favours them again against the Kangaroos.

Kick-off is scheduled for 8pm AEDT.

 

 

Earlier former Australian forward Gorden Tallis said he didn’t think the home side’s pack could match it with England’s big men if Sam Burgess and James Graham fired, but ex-NSW prop Mark Geyer disagreed.

“No, I don’t think they (England) have (the edge in the forwards),” Geyer told Channel Seven.

“Australia’s strength has been their forwards, in particular (David) Klemmer and (Aaron) Woods and then on comes (Reagan) Campbell-Gillard and (Jordan) McLean, with (Cameron) Smith guiding the ship.

“Their forward back has been immense. Sam Burgess tonight as captain will lead from the front and will be inspiring tonight.”

The stage is set for stand-in England skipper Sam Burgess to dominate an inferior Kangaroos pack and inspire a boilover in the Rugby League World Cup final in Brisbane, Gorden Tallis says.

Former Kangaroos enforcer Tallis has rated Burgess as the greatest British forward to play in the NRL and believes the South Sydney talisman can prove the difference against overwhelming favourite Australia at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

England appeared to cop a huge blow before its first Cup final appearance in 22 years when captain Sean O’Loughlin ruled himself out with a quad injury on match eve.

But Tallis believes Burgess can still provide enough firepower to blow away what he considered a lesser Kangaroos pack.

“He is one of the best forwards I have ever seen,” Tallis told a Rugby League World Cup final function in Brisbane.

“He is the best English forward that has come out here to play, I think he is absolutely outstanding.”

Tallis believes Burgess could pack a one-two punch with England forward James Graham that could give the Australian forwards nightmares.

“If he and James Graham can play the way they do in the NRL, if they can play with that intimidation and ferocity I don’t think the Australian forward pack are as good as those guys,” Tallis said.

“Australia have a great back-row but if those two guys can light it up and play to the best of their ability I think they will give the Australian pack a real nightmare.”

Back-rower Burgess will replace O’Loughlin at lock, with Ben Currie starting on the edge and utility Jonny Lomax added to the bench.

O’Loughlin is the second key forward coach Wayne Bennett has lost in a week, following star hooker Josh Hodgson’s torn ACL in the semi-final win over Tonga.

England has not won a series involving Australia since 1972. And it last beat Australia at a World Cup in 1995.

But Burgess was daring to dream, even contemplating who would lift the trophy for England if Australia — undefeated at a World Cup since 2008 — was somehow denied.

“I don’t think it gets much better than the World Cup final and it will be a special moment, although it’s kind of bittersweet if I’m honest,” said Burgess who led England in last year’s Four Nations tournament.

“Sean has been captain the whole tournament and he’ll lift the trophy if we get to that situation.”

Laine Clark, AAP

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Australia Kangaroos vs England rugby Live Stream RLWC Final 2017 Dec 2

Australia Kangaroos vs England rugby Live Stream RLWC Final 2017 Dec 2

Australia smashes Fiji in Rugby League World Cup semi-final

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Kangaroos winger Valentine Holmes created history by scoring six tries in his side’s 54-6 World Cup semi-final win over Fiji on Friday night.

Just a week after registering five tries against Samoa, the Cronulla flyer showed that was no fluke. His 11 tries in two games gives him 12 tries for the tournament, overtaking the previous record of most tries at a World Cup held by Broncos legend Wendell Sailor (10).

It was a stunning display by the 22-year-old who only made his representative debut last year, and played Origin for the first time in 2017. But he clearly enjoys the big stage.

He slammed down two four-pointers in the first half and celebrated his hat-trick two minutes into the second stanza when he reeled in an intercept 10m out from his own line before running the length of the field to score.

Billy Slater stole the limelight from him briefly when he sliced through from a scrum but Holmes didn’t take long to make sure all eyes were back on him as some crisp ball movement saw him stroll over from close range when Josh Dugan drew his defender and passed to his unmarked teammate.

The NSW star set Holmes up again when he hit him on the chest even after stumbling from 10m out to make it five tries for the young gun. Keen to go one better than last week, he didn’t disappoint, racing 50m down the sideline to put the finishing touches on a memorable night.

Despite his individual effort, Holmes was quick to praise his teammates after the match.

“A big credit to the team. It is an unbelievable team I’m playing in — probably the best team I’ve played in. Some great players in there,” Holmes said. “And obviously myself, six tries.

“I’m loving the tournament so far and very happy we have made the final now and I just want to relax and soak it up and get ready for next week.”

Rugby league icons were in awe of what the winger served up.

“We’ll never see this again, surely,” Canberra great Gary Belcher said in commentary for Channel Seven. “Gobsmacked.”

“It’s unbelievable,” former Penrith enforcer Mark Geyer added. “If you hadn’t seen it with your own eyes, you wouldn’t believe it.

“I don’t think I’ll ever see that again in my lifetime.

“Valentine Holmes has burst on the rugby league scene like an asteroid from out of space. He is great to watch.”

Coach Mal Meninga voiced his displeasure at his team’s training standards this week but he needn’t have worried as Australia dominated the first half.

The Bati opened the scoring with a penalty goal but that’s all they had to smile about as the home side showed its class to race to a 22-2 lead at the break.

The game started with plenty of fire, Jarryd Hayne’s illegal shoulder charge on Slater sparking a wild melee. The hit sat Slater on his backside but his teammates took exception to Hayne’s methods and another Fijian defender showing the No. 1 some extra attention on the ground, jumping in to defend the Storm star.

Back-rower Matt Gillett bombed a certain try with only the fullback to beat when his low pass to his outside floated forward and evaded Dane Gagai’s grasp, spilling over the sideline.

But the hosts’ attack clicked after 15 minutes when five-eighth Michael Morgan slid across to the left and shrugged off an attempted tackle. Fiji’s right-side defence had rushed up and once Morgan was through, it was easy to find the unmarked Slater on his outside for the opening try.

Holmes made it 12-2 when Fijian flyer Suliasi Vunivalu misjudged a bomb, leaping too early and watching in horror as the ball landed safely in Holmes’ arms on the tryline.

The Aussie winger went in again when he was the beneficiary of an overlap after the ball went through the hands to the left.

Gagai then stepped twice off his right foot to beat two defenders and score a four-pointer when he received an early ball from Cooper Cronk 20m out from Fiji’s line.

80th min — FULL-TIME: AUS 54 FIJI 6

76th min — TRY: Valentine Holmes is making international rugby league look like the easiest thing in the world, scoring his sixth try of the semi-final. He received the ball on the halfway line and raced down the left touchline to plant the ball in the in-goal once more. AUS 54 FIJI 6

70th min — TRY: Billy Slater scored a try from a scrum earlier, this time he set one set. In an eerily similar play to the one that resulted in a four-pointer seven minutes after half-time, the fullback passed instead of dummying to allow Dane Gagai to muscle his through the defence and score his second try of the night. AUS 50 FIJI 6

66th min — TRY: Valentine Holmes has remarkably scored five tries in a game for the second consecutive week. Josh Dugan almost blew it when he held onto the ball and stumbled, but he was able to fling the ball to Holmes on the left wing where he crossed for his fifth. “We’ll never see this again, surely,” Canberra great Gary Belcher said in commentary for Channel Seven. “Gobsmacked.” Colleague Mark Braybrook said it was “unbelievable”. Australian winger Wendell Sailor held the record for most tries in a World Cup with 10, but Holmes’ recent blitz sees him overtake that with 11 for the tournament. AUS 46 FIJI 6

60th min — TRY: Fiji’s Akuila Uate made a line break but couldn’t beat Billy Slater, dragged down 30m out from Australia’s line. That wasn’t the end of Fiji’s hopes though, Kevin Naiqama passing to Suliasi Vunivalu who did an extraordinary job of picking the ball off his bootlaces, his momentum carrying him over the stripe as he struggled to stay on his feet. AUS 40 FIJI 6

52nd min — Valentine Holmes now has four tries for the match, showing the five he scored against Samoa last week was no fluke. Some crisp ball movement out to the left saw the ball in Josh Dugan’s hands and he drew and passed from two metres out to hand Holmes another four-pointer on a platter. AUS 40 FIJI 2

47th min — TRY: Bill Slater dumped more pain on Fiji when he scored from a scrum. He received the ball on a second-man play and shaped to pass himself but he didn’t need any help, turning on the afterburners to slice through the Fijian defence and extend Australia’s advantage to 32. AUS 34 FIJI 2

42nd min — TRY: A week after scoring five tries against Samoa in Darwin Valentine Holmes registered a hat-trick against Fiji with an opportunistic intercept. Fiji was on the attack and threatened Australia’s line after retrieving an unintentional charge-down on the halfway line, but when fullback Kevin Naiqama passed to his outside backs, he watched in despair as Holmes plucked the ball out of the air before running the length of the field to score. AUS 28 FIJI 2

40th min — HALF-TIME: Australia botched a late attacking raid but still went into the sheds with a comfortable lead. AUS 22 FIJI 2

38th min — NO TRY: Australia almost benefited from a Hail Mary play after Cameron Smith grubbered on the halfway line. Cooper Cronk was first to the ball and got his boot to it again, putting Billy Slater in a race with Fiji’s halfback Henry Raiwalui to claim the Steeden. They both made a play for it but the video referee correctly ruled Slater knocked it forward into Michael Morgan’s hands, preventing the five-eighth’s try from standing.

37th min — KNOCK-ON: Fiji showed some spark as it ventured into enemy territory, but couldn’t regather a bomb on the right wing, handing the ball back to the hosts.

32nd min — TRY: Dane Gagai joined in on Australia’s pointscoring act when he found himself with time and space after receiving early, clean ball from Cooper Cronk. The winger stepped off his right foot 20m out from the line to beat Akuila Uate then put a similar move on the fullback to score a meat pie. AUS 22 FIJI 2

29th min — Fiji made a rare foray into Australia’s half but some adlib footy on the last tackle didn’t come off and the referee ordered a changeover 30m out from the Kangaroos’ line.

26th min — TRY: Valentine Holmes crossed for his second try of the night after the home side enjoyed a slice of luck. Cameron Smith’s grubber rebounded off a Fijian player back into the Aussies’ possession, and when they shifted the ball through the hands to the left edge it was a simple matter of taking advantage of an overlap to gift the Kangaroos winger another try. AUS 16 FIJI 2

25th min — Josh Dugan screamed out in agony as he tried to crash over for a try metres out from the line, but he recovered well enough to play the ball and stay on the park.

20th min — Play came to a stop when Jacob Saifiti went down with what looked to be a knee injury, which forced him off the field.

16th min — TRY: The Kangaroos went in again when Fijian winger Suliasi Vunivalu leapt up to catch a cross-field kick on his tryline, only to watch it sail agonisingly over him and into the waiting arms of Valentine Holmes, who crossed for an easy four-pointer. AUS 12 FIJI 2

14th min — TRY: Australia drew first blood when Fiji’s right-side defence made a mess of stopping the men in green and gold. Pivot Michael Morgan angled towards the left as Fiji’s outside men rushed up. He shrugged off one tackle to break the line, leaving three unmarked teammates on his outside. He passed to Billy Slater for an easy touchdown and Cameron Smith converted. AUS 6 FIJI 2

13th min — Cooper Cronk forced a line dropout with a perfectly weighted kick into the corner early in the tackle count. Dane Gagai chased and tackled his opposite winger in the in-goal.

9th min — BOMBED TRY: Matt Gillett had a shocker when he bombed a certain try. He broke through the defensive line about 25m out from Fiji’s line and had two men on his outside with only the fullback in front of him. He passed to his right but it missed the mark by plenty, going down and forward to evade Dane Gagai and spill over the sideline.

7th min — PENALTY GOAL: Fiji opened the scoring by slotting a penalty goal. FIJI 2 AUS 0

5th min — KNOCK-ON: Aussie winger Valentine Holmes took a hit up close to his own line but lost the ball in contact with lock Tui Kamikamica.

2nd min — HAYNE SHOT IGNITES BIFF: A brawl erupted after Jarryd Hayne shoulder-charged Billy Slater. A teammate came in and gave Slater’s head some extra attention when he was on the ground, causing the Aussies to run in and defend their fullback.

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga admits Jarryd Hayne will have a point to prove when he spearheads the Bati in Friday’s Rugby League World Cup semi-final against Australia.

Four years after helping the Kangaroos crush Fiji at the same stage of the tournament, Hayne will now be Australia’s biggest threat following his omission from the green-and-gold this year.

Asked if Hayne had a point to prove against the Kangaroos, Meninga said: “He probably has from his point of view I guess.

“From our point of view, we’re happy with the squad and I’m really happy with the way all the individuals have been playing and bought into what we’re doing.”

Meninga’s comments on Thursday come three weeks after he criticised the code-hopper for his likely move from the Gold Coast after the tournament. It is widely tipped Hayne will reunite with Parramatta over the summer following reports he’s moved out of his home on the glitter strip.

Meninga identified Hayne, who has four try assists and two tries in the tournament, as the man to shut down at Suncorp Stadium.

“He’s their control man. Fiji’s getting through their sets and he’s putting a good kick in or controlling the ends of sets really well,” he said. “He can play anywhere Jarryd if he puts his mind to it. He can play one, he can play centre, wing — which he does at rep level — and six for Fiji. He’s that type of player.

“He’s a great individual, a great talent and he can play a number of positions. All those positions would suit him.”

Fiji coach Mick Potter said he couldn’t speak highly enough of Hayne’s contributions for the Bati, where he has led the team to a perfect four wins from four.

“I hadn’t watched him closely away but his contribution at six when he’s playing with us, he’s helping steer the team around the park,” Potter said. “He’s come up with really good kick plays, he’s come up with really good plays for his outside men. He knows the game. He’s been excellent. “I can’t speak highly enough of him as far as how he’s been helping us.”

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Rugby League World Cup: As it happened – Tonga vs England 18-20

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Live Rugby League World Cup updates: Tonga v England

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Live Rugby League World Cup updates: Tonga v England

Follow live updates of the Rugby League World Cup semifinal as Tonga take on England at Mount Smart Stadium.

The sudden-death clash will decide which team goes through to face reigning champions Australia in next week’s tournament final in Brisbane, after the Kangaroos maintained their unbeaten run with last night’s emphatic 54-6 win over Fiji.

  • 4 minutes ago
    AMAZING!!!!
  • 5 minutes ago
    It is deafening
  • 5 minutes ago
    Time for the haka
  • 6 minutes ago
    A racuous ovation to the anthem’s conclusion, with King Tupou in attendance, and kick-off just moments away
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    And now Tonga
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    England anthem up first
  • 9 minutes ago
    A sea of red and white – mostly Tongan flags – welcome them out. Huge noise as they arrive
  • 10 minutes ago
    The teams are in the tunnel and being welcomed out onto Mt Smart with a traditional Maori welcome
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    Kiaora koutou, welcome to what should be a barnburner of a clash at Mount Smart today. We’ve got the anthems and haka to come, before we get into the action and find out who will play Australia in the Rugby League World Cup final
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    That’s me for today. Niall Anderson will be taking over for the live commentary. He probably knows way more about league than I do. Enjoy the game everyone!

 

Team news:
Tonga: 1. William Hopoate 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Michael Jennings 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. David Fusitua 6.Tuimoala Lolohea 7. Ata Hingano 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Siliva Havili 10. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 11.Manu Ma’u 12. Sika Manu 13. Jason Taumalolo.
Interchange: 14. Sione Katoa 15. Peni Terepo 16. Tevita Pangai Junior 17. Ben Murdoch-Masila.
Reserves: 18. Sam Moa 19. Manu Vatuvei
England: 1. Gareth Widdop 2. Jermaine McGillvary 3. Kallum Watkins 4. John Bateman 5. Ryan Hall 6.Kevin Brown 7. Luke Gale 8. Chris Hill 9. Josh Hodgson 10. James Graham 11. Sam Burgess 12. Elliot Whitehead 13. Sean O’Loughlin.
Interchange: 14. Alex Walmsley 15. Thomas Burgess 16. Ben Currie 17. James Roby.
Reserves: 18. Jonny Lomax 19. Chris Heighington

 

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Rugby League World Cup: England vs Tonga Live Coverage The Lions v Mate Ma’a get big boost for 2nd semi-final clash in Auckland

Rugby League World Cup: England vs Tonga Live Coverage The Lions v Mate Ma’a get big boost for 2nd semi-final clash in Auckland

England playmaker Kevin Brown and star forward Sam Burgess have both passed fitness tests and are right as rain for Saturday’s Rugby League World Cup semi- final against Tonga, assistant coach Denis Betts says.

The Warrington-based Brown, the beneficiary of linchpin Gareth Widdop’s fullback switch, suffered a head knock in last week’s 36-6 win over Papua New Guinea.

He was duly named in the matchday XVII for this weekend’s semi-final in Auckland, but needed to pass concussion protocols during the week.

Betts told reporters he had done so and would play against Mate Ma’a, while Burgess – named in the second row – had overcome an ankle issue.

“Kevin’s fit, he’s always been fit, never in doubt – just had to run through the protocols at this point. He’s been really good all week, and Sam’s been great – we’ve been really fortunate at the moment, got a full squad training,” Betts said.

“All the stuff we’ve put in place now that the game’s trying to protect people with, we’ve put (Brown) through those things, he’s got the all-clear.”

Betts backed the 33-year-old Brown to shine against a bustling Tonga, having coached the veteran stand-off and named him captain at Widnes.

Brown moved to Super League big guns Warrington for the start of the 2017 campaign, but couldn’t help the Cestrians finish higher than ninth.

He’ll join Castleford star Luke Gale in the halves for Saturday’s match, with his game management and experience to prove crucial.

“He’s had some ups and downs in his career and he’s been through the mill, in the international side, out of the side, fought his way back in,” Betts said.

“He’s always been a big player that can turn up in a big game and put big plays on.”

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Ireland v Argentina: live stream, kick off,Preview, head to head in focus: Five talking points ahead of Saturday’s clash

Ireland v Argentina: live stream, kick off,Preview, head to head in focus: Five talking points ahead of Saturday’s clash

Ireland v Argentina in focus: Five talking points ahead of Saturday’s clash

 

Ireland host Argentina on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Action, in their final autumn series Test.

Here’s a look at some of the major talking points ahead of the exciting clash…

Revenge for 2015?

The last time the two sides met was the quarter-final of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in perhaps the most disappointing day in Joe Schmidt’s reign.

Minus captain Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony, Jared Payne and Johnny Sexton to injury, along with Sean O’Brien to suspension, Ireland were well beaten by the Pumas 43-20.

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Having headed into the tournament as back-to-back Six Nations winners, Ireland had been labelled one of the World Cup favourites and the defeat is one which still grates on supporters and players alike.

It meant Ireland extended their woeful record in rugby’s premier competition of never having made it past the quarter-final stage.

Just eight of the men involved that day in Cardiff will line out in the Aviva on Saturday, while three of those who were forced to sit and watch in O’Mahony, Sexton and O’Brien starting.

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Injuries to Robbie Henshaw and Keith Earls mean they miss out but Rory Best, Cian Healy, Iain Henderson, Conor Murray and Rob Kearney start again, while Devin Toner, Jack McGrath and Rhys Ruddock will likely feature off the bench.

Though they wouldn’t admit it publicly, you get the feeling this Test could be as personal as it gets for Schmidt and his players.

Argentina’s losing run

Argentina may have picked up a 31-15 victory in their last Test match against Italy in Florence, but they are on a lengthy run of defeats against sides ranked above them.

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Indeed the Pumas have now lost 16 Tests in a row against sides ranked above them in world rugby, and with Argentina currently ninth in the world, that includes all Tier-1 nations apart from Italy.

England, New Zealand and Australia have all beaten Argentina four times in a row, while South Africa have won twice in addition to victories for Scotland and Wales.

You have to go back to August 2016 for the last time Argentina picked up a win against a side above them: A 26-24 victory over the Springboks in Salta.

Since then Argentina have only beaten Japan, Georgia and Italy on the Test stage. Could Ireland be the game to snap them out of their losing run?

The Pumas have never won in Ireland in seven attempts but have inflicted a world of pain on the men in green in the past. A positive record of 3-1 for the South Americans at Rugby World Cups tells you all you need to know about the history between the pair.

Big day for Byrne

Among Schmidt’s starting XV he has sprung one major shock with the inclusion of uncapped Leinster winger Adam Byrne on the right wing.

Despite Andrew Conway’s try scoring performance against South Africa and man of the match display over Fiji, he begins among the replacements, while fellow wingers Darren Sweetnam and Dave Kearney are left out altogether.

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Powerful in the air and quick along the ground, Byrne was given his provincial debut by Schmidt back in December 2012 before a string of injuries stemmed his development.

Having been in and out of the Leinster team, the 23-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance mixed with defensive frailties over the last couple of seasons and will be under pressure to perform against the Pumas.

His inclusion means that every fit member of Schmidt’s November squad will have featured on at least one occasion.

All change in the row

In the second row, 21-year-old Leinster lock James Ryan replaces the experienced Devin Toner to start alongside Iain Henderson in a big show of faith.

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Toner has been a go-to man since the very beginning of Schmidt’s tenure, with his only high profile omission before now coming against England in March during the Six Nations when Donnacha Ryan and Henderson started together.

Like Conway, Toner starts on the bench, as no player within the Irish squad is called upon to start all three autumn Tests.

Having been an eye-catching U20 captain and achieved his first senior Irish cap before he had even appeared for Leinster, Ryan is rated extremely highly.

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His impact off the bench against the Springboks was noteworthy and should they go well together, Henderson and Ryan could potentially form Ireland’s second row lineup for years to come.

How they fare at lineout time without the seasoned qualities and 6’11” frame of Toner will be fascinating to watch.

Physicality the key

Another key selection comes in Ireland’s midfield, where Robbie Henshaw’s hamstring strain hands Munster centre Chris Farrell a start in the 13 jersey.

Having only made his debut for Ireland against Fiji last time out, Farrell will look to strike an effective partnership with fellow one-cap international Bundee Aki, in a robust looking match-up.

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Physicality will be essential against the Pumas. Two years ago, Ireland lost the breakdown battle and were beaten up on the frontline, with the likes of backrow Pablo Matera almost animalistic.

Such aggression and physical dominance allowed Argentina’s backs to spring to life and hurt Ireland going forward.

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Forced to watch on that day, flankers O’Mahony and O’Brien are in from the start on Saturday and will look to dominate the breakdown and provide a platform for Ireland’s own backs and critical half-back pairing to flourish.

So often Test matches against Argentina become dogged and tight affairs. Whoever wins the physical battle will go a long way to clinching victory.

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Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Adam Byrne, 13 Chris Farrell,12 Bundee Aki,11 Jacob Stockdale,10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray; 1 Cian Healy, 2 Rory Best, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 James Ryan, 5 Iain Henderson, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 7 Sean O’Brien, 8 CJ Stander.

Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 John Ryan, 19 Devin Toner, 20 Rhys Ruddock, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Ian Keatley, 23 Andrew Conway.

Argentina: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo; 1 Santiago Garcia Botta, 2 Agustin Creevy (c), 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 4 Matias Alemanno, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 6 Pablo Matera, 7 Marcos Kremer, 8 Tomas Lezana.

Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere.

 

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Italy v South Africa: live stream, kick off,Preview, head to head and teams

Italy v South Africa: live stream, kick off,Preview, head to head and teams

Italy v South Africa: Springboks out to bury Azzurri demons

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South Africa return to Italy for the first time on Saturday since their historic defeat by the Azzurri in Florence last year, which coach Allister Coetzee called the darkest moment of his career.

The 54-year-old Coetzee knows that his future could depend on how the Springboks perform in the north-eastern city of Padua.

At the time of Italy’s historic 20-18 victory, it had looked that Coetzee would not see out 2016, but he survived and has rebuilt a squad which contains just five survivors from last year’s defeat to Italy.

The Springboks arrive in Italy after bouncing back from a record 38-3 drubbing by Ireland two weeks ago by edging France 18-17 in Paris last Saturday.

But Coetzee knows how motivated Italy will be to prove that last autumn’s victory was no fluke.

“We respect the Italian side, they are well coached and I know the,y will be up for the challenge,” said Coetzee. “However, we focus on ourselves and a disciplined and clinical performance is what is needed this weekend.

“It would be important for our pack to again create a good platform of which to play from and therefore our set piece will be key in the expected wet conditions,” said Coetzee, who has won just ten of 23 Tests since taking the helm in 2016.

Skipper Eben Etzebeth will again lead the Springboks after the giant lock shrugged off a lower leg injury, which he suffered in Paris.

Flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit returns from concussion suffered in the Ireland mauling as Bongi Mbonambi makes his first start after 12 caps off the bench in place of Malcolm Marx, who has a shoulder injury.

Chiliboy Ralepelle replaces Mbonambi on the bench with uncapped back Warrick Gelant preferred to Damian de Allende among the replacements.

Azzurri coach Conor O’Shea, architect of the famous victory in his first year in charge, said he was not dwelling on his side’s famous result last time out.

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“It’s part of our history,” said O’Shea. “I’m not interested in it. We are focused on our future and our future is South Africa on Saturday in Padua.

“It will be a very, very tough game. They are a better team than a year ago. But we are also ourselves.”

Italy ended a series of nine consecutive defeats going back to their win over South Africa by winning their opening November Test against Fiji 19-10 in Sicily but lost the second 31-15 in Florence to Argentina.

“I’m sure we can be very competitive on Saturday against the Springboks if our focus is the right one,” said the former Harlequins coach.

“The Springboks are a great team, a month ago they were about to beat the All Blacks. It is true that they have struggled a lot against Ireland but over the past week have defeated France.

“But, as always, we have to think about ourselves, our performance, and not the opponents: we have great players in every role, just like them. We will have to repeat the high-level performance last week, concretising in the right moments.

“We want to close this 2017 with a performance that will make our fans proud of this national team.”

Flanker Giovanni Licata will make his first start for Italy as O’Shea made two changes. Licata, who has won two caps off the bench, replaces Francesco Minto while the other change sees Angelo Esposito replace Leonardo Sarto on the right wing.

Under O’Shea they have won only four of 21 Tests and three of those were against tier-two nations.

Italy: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Tommaso Boni, 12 Tommaso Castello, 11 Mattia Bellini, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Marcello Violi; 1 Andrea Lovotti, 2 Luca Bigi, 3 Simone Ferrari, 4 Marco Fuser, 5 Dean Budd, 6 Giovanni Licata, 7 Abraham Steyn, 8 Sergio Parisse (c).

Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Federico Zani, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Francesco Minto, 20 Renato Giammarioli, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Ian McKinley, 23 Matteo Minozzi.

South Africa: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ross Cronje; 1 Tendai Mtawarira, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 3 Wilco Louw, 4 Eben Etzebeth (c), 5 Lood de Jager, 6 Francois Louw, 7 Pieter Steph du Toit, 8 Duane Vermeulen.

Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Dan du Preez, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Warrick Gelant.

Source: skysports

 

South Africa travel to Padua to meet Italy on Saturday in their penultimate fixture of this year’s outgoing tour.

Considering the quality of the opposition and their recent form, this is a match Allister Coetzee’s men would have been eyeing as the easiest of the tour, but if their shock defeat in Florence last year is anything to go by, nothing is a given.

Besides Saturday’s tight win against France in Paris, the visitors’ form has left a lot to be desired. That victory ended a five-game winless streak which included heavy defeats to New Zealand and Ireland.

The hosts, on the other hand are coming off a 31-15 home defeat at the hands of Argentina, a game which was preceded by a 19-10 victory against Fiji, their first win this year.

For these sides the last six games makes for sorry reading – both boasting just one win – with South Africa’s twin draws against Australia giving their record a bit of a glow compared to their opponents.

Head to head

Up until Italy’s shock 20-18 win in Florence last year, a Springbok defeat in a clash between these two sides was almost unthinkable. That was the hosts’ first win in 13 encounters against the Boks.

The man believed to have plotted the Boks’ demise, Brenden Venter has since switched camps and is working as the his home country’s defence coach, but the Italians still boast another South African in their ranks in Marius Goosen, their head coach.

The South Africans have inflicted heavy defeats on the Italians including their heaviest in history, where Nick Mallett’s then defending world champions racked up 101 unanswered points in June 1999.

The most points Italy have scored against South Africa were in a losing cause where they managed to run in 31 points, only for their opponents to double that tally.

Teams

Italy – TBA

South Africa: Andries Coetzee, Dillyn Leyds, Jesse Kriel, Francois Venter, Courtnall Skosan, Handre Pollard, Ross Cronje, Duane Vermeulen, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Francois Louw, Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Wilco Louw, Bongi Mbonambi, Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Steven Kitshoff, Trevor Nyakane, Franco Mostert, Dan du Preez, Rudy Paige, Elton Jantjies, Warrick Gelant.

Kick off and live stream

Kick off is at 15:00 and the game will be broadcast on Supersport 1 (SS1).

Source: thesouthafrican

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Scotland vs Australia: Live Stream Coverage, start time and TV channel autumn international

Scotland vs Australia: Live Stream Coverage, start time and TV channel autumn international

Scotland vs Australia: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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What is it?

Scotland welcome the Wallabies to Murrayfield for what will be both teams’ final Test of the autumn series.

Both sides are hoping to bounce back from defeat after Scotland fell to an agonising defeat to the All Blacks, while Australia were comfortably beaten by England at Twickenham.

When is it?

Saturday, November 25.

What time is kick off?

The match is due to start at 2:30pm, but you can follow live build-up to the game with our live blog from 1:30pm.

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What TV channel is it on?

Coverage of the match begins from 2pm on BBC One.

What are they saying?

Gregor Townsend on Australia 

“It’s moving on – we play the current No 3 team in the world – arguably the best attacking team in the world.

“Australia beat New Zealand a few weeks ago. They were very good against Wales and had a lot of the game on a wet day against England, so we know we are playing one of the form teams in the world right now. If we drop our standards, we are not going to win.

“We’ve got to have the same endeavour [as the All Blacks game], the same mindset, the defensive performance in the first half especially, and what we did in the second half attack-wise – and then take it to another level.

“That’s the benefit of having another game this week. It is great for our guys that they get to go again. Yes, they are disappointed that they didn’t get the win, but we have another opportunity as a group to play a brilliant side and work to find a way to win.”

“They have improved a lot since then. They are a team on the up. The longer they have been together has helped them. They have excellent coaches. Michael Cheika being one, Stephen Larkham being another.

“Their fitness has improved a lot. I know that was something Southern Hemisphere commentators were talking about with Super Rugby. They look a very fit team. It’s the last game of their tour. They are probably hoping for dry weather given how wet it was last week [at Twickenham].

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“They play a similar brand of rugby and have a similar mindset every time they go into a game, which is moving the target. They kick the ball the least of any international team. Their back-line is put together with brilliant attacking players – I think there are three players of Fijian origin there. They’ve got outstanding half-backs and Kurtley Beale at full-back, so this is a quality outfit.

“One of the best forwards in the world in Michael Hooper and they’ve got an experienced front-row, so they are a top team. Against the current No 3 team in the world, we know it is going to require a better performance than we gave last week to win.”

“Fraser Brown and Sean Maitland come back in – these are experienced players who have played very well for Scotland and it’s great that they are available for such a big game.”

Michael Cheika when he asked if he called the Twickenham referee “a cheat” 

“No, I never said … what are you talking [about]?”

“Is that really what it’s coming down to? Don’t say you’re not. Have the respect for me to say, ‘I am doing that’ at least and I’m trying to fire it off. You know maybe I could’ve said something but if that’s the new thing, well yeah maybe I did swear.

“It happens sometimes in life. I’m sure you have as well, have you? Maybe the TV camera wasn’t on you at the time.

“They can replay whatever they like. If that’s what it’s come down to, that’s it. I’m trying to have an interview without getting stuck into that and you want to try to keep making it [about that].”

Team news

Scotland

Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), H Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Maitland (Saracens), Russell (Glasgow Warriors), Price (Glasgow Warriors), Marfo (Edinburgh), McInally (Edinburgh), Berghan (Edinburgh), Gilchrist (Edinburgh), J Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Barclay (Scarlets, capt), Wilson (Glasgow Warriors), Watson (Edinburgh).

Replacements: Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors), Z Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Toolis (Edinburgh), Du Preez (Edinburgh), Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors), Horne (Glasgow Warriors), McGuigan (Sale Sharks).

Australia are yet to name their starting XV

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Betting odds

Australia 8/5

Scotland 6/4

Draw 22/1

What’s our prediction?

Australia were unlucky to suffer such a heavy defeat at Twickenham and Michael Cheika’s men will be smarting. This one has all the makings of an incredibly tight Test match and the Murrayfield scoreboard should reflect that.

Prediction: Scotland 18-21 Australia 

Source : telegraph.co.uk

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