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Rugby-You're confused about France? So am I, says coach

LONDON, Jan 28 - The accepted wisdom about France in the Six Nations, or in almost every game of rugby they play, is that nobody knows "which France will turn up" -- and it seems to be a concern shared by their own coach.

Rugby-Band of brothers can unite Scots, says Laidlaw

LONDON, Jan 28 - Scotland have the rare privilege in international sport of being able to select siblings in locks Jonny and Richie Gray, but their feeling of unity comes from having a tight-knit squad, captain Greig Laidlaw said.

28 Jan 2015

Rugby-Schmidt ignores talk of Ireland being title favourites

LONDON, Jan 28 - Talk of Ireland being favourites to retain their Six Nations championship crown is a distraction head coach Joe Schmidt is doing his best to ignore.

28 Jan 2015

Rugby-Wales focusing on themselves, not England injuries - Gatland

LONDON, Jan 28 - Wales coach Warren Gatland is not paying too much attention to England's injury crisis ahead of their Six Nations showdown next month, saying Stuart Lancaster's men have enough strength in depth to cope.

28 Jan 2015

Rugby-New trophy for Six Nations gives belated nod to Italy

LONDON, Jan 28 - The winners of this year's Six Nations championship on March 21 will hoist a new trophy, organisers said on Wednesday as they revealed the new six-sided cup that recognises Italy joining the competition 15 years ago.

28 Jan 2015

Rugby-Former England winger Cueto announces retirement

LONDON, Jan 28 - Former England winger Mark Cueto, Premiership rugby's all-time leading try scorer, announced on Wednesday he will retire at the end of the current season.

28 Jan 2015

Rugby-Injuries leave England midfield plans in tatters

LONDON, Jan 28 - A week ago England coach Stuart Lancaster was luxuriating in his myriad midfield options but, after a horror weekend on the injury front, he is down to the bare bones for the daunting Six Nations opener against Wales.

28 Jan 2015

Rugby-Six Nations failures 'burn inside", says Lancaster

LONDON, Jan 28 - Stuart Lancaster said England's failure to land the Six Nations championship on his watch "burns inside" as he prepares for his fourth tilt at the title after a hat-trick of second places.

28 Jan 2015

UPDATE 2-Rugby-Farrell's bad luck could be Cipriani's England gain

* Cipriani or Myler set for bench role against Wales (Recasts)

27 Jan 2015

Rugby-England's Farrell, Barritt ruled out of Wales game

LONDON, Jan 27 - England flyhalf Owen Farrell and centre Brad Barritt have been ruled out of next week's Six Nations Championship opener against Wales in Cardiff, British media reported on Tuesday.

27 Jan 2015
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Dhoni: the legacy of a cricket champion

When Dhoni finally hangs up his boots for good in all forms of cricket, he'll be best remembered as a handsome and charismatic leader who inspired India to scale cricket's greatest heights.

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