Month: January 2016

Articles of the week, 30 Jan

 

French rugby at a crossroads and a definitive profile of Eddie Jones headline this week’s pieces.

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Northampton Saints vs. Scarlets, 23 Jan 16

Northampton sent the Scarlets to their sixth ERCC pool defeat of the season at Parc y Scarlets on a sodden January evening last Saturday, and ensured that they remained in the running for a place in the knockout rounds. Other results fell their way over the weekend, and as a result they will face Saracens in an away quarter final in April. Despite achieving a attacking bonus point, it wasn’t a convincing performance from their misfiring backline – they managed to keep the Welsh region at arm’s length with harrying defensive effort, effective work at the maul in both attack and defence and opportunism when try-scoring chances arose.

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Vern Cotter, Jason O’Halloran and Scotland’s RWC19 promise

Scotland surprised many by finishing the World Cup as the Northern Hemisphere team closest to earning a semi-final place, and their one point loss to Australia in the quarter final is only one reason why the country can be excited about their prospects over the next four-year cycle. Vern Cotter’s instalment as head coach did not immediately bear fruit in last year’s 6 Nations, but in stretches during the pool stage of October’s tournament glimpses of his characteristic style of play could be seen.

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