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RugbyU: Ireland see off France to clinch Six Nations

Ireland sent centre great Brian O'Driscoll into international retirement with the Six Nations title after a nailbiting 22-20 win over France in Paris on Saturday. "The emotions are starting to kick in now," O'Driscoll, the world's most capped player, told the BBC. "It feels great to be a two-time Six Nations winner. So many seconds along the years and so many disappointments, it is great to finish my career on a high. "When I do hang this jersey up on the hook inside it will be with fond memories.

RugbyU: Wales thrash 14-man Scotland

Wales inflicted Scotland's heaviest Six Nations defeat with a crushing 51-3 victory at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday. The Scots never recovered from having to play nearly an hour a man down after full-back Stuart Hogg was sent off for a late tackle on Wales fly-half Dan Biggar. The visitors, seeking a first win in Cardiff in 12 years, took an early lead but from then on it was one-way traffic as Wales, unable to win a third successive title following last week's 29-18 defeat by England, took complete control of their final match of the 2014 Championship.

RugbyU: Wales thrash 14-man Scotland

Wales inflicted Scotland's heaviest Six Nations defeat with a crushing 51-3 victory at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday. The Scots never recovered from having to play nearly an hour a man down after full-back Stuart Hogg was sent off for a late tackle on Wales fly-half Dan Biggar. The visitors, seeking a first win in Cardiff in 12 years, took an early lead but from then on it was one-way traffic as Wales, unable to win a third successive title following last week's defeat by England, took complete control of their final match of the 2014 Championship.

RugbyU: England hammer Italy but title in Ireland's hands

Ireland were 80 minutes away from sending centre great Brian O'Driscoll into retirement with the Six Nations title as they kicked off the final match of the 2014 Championship against France in Paris. Earlier on 'Super Saturday', England went to the top of the table with a 52-11 victory away to Italy in Rome. But although England scored seven tries their points difference of +73 was still marginally worse than previous leaders Ireland's +81. An Ireland victory in Paris -- where they've won just once since 1972 -- will see them take the title.

RugbyU: Wales thrash 14-man Scotland

Wales inflicted Scotland's heaviest Six Nations defeat with a crushing 51-3 victory at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday. The Scots never recovered from having to play nearly an hour a man down after full-back Stuart Hogg was sent off for a late tackle on Wales fly-half Dan Biggar. The visitors, seeking a first win in Cardiff in 12 years, took an early lead but from then on it was one-way traffic as Wales, unable to win a third successive title following last week's defeat by England, took complete control of their final match of the 2014 Championship.

RugbyU: World Cup shadow looms over Anglo-Welsh clash

Every England-Wales match 'matters' and with the series all square at 56 wins apiece, Sunday's Six Nations clash at Twickenham won't lack a sense of occasion. For one thing both two-time defending champions Wales and England, bidding for the Triple Crown, are in with a shot of winning this season's title as they have each won two out of their three matches so far this Championship.

RugbyU: Plisson puts up case for the defence against Welsh

France fly-half Jules Plisson has made a positive impression in his first two appearances for his country but accepts that he will face a searching examination against two-time defending champions Wales on Friday. The 22-year-old Stade Francais playmaker -- who has shot to the head of the fly-half list at the expense of the likes of Francois Trinh-Duc -- insists he has so far coped with what England and Italy have thrown at him but now knows the Welsh will seriously challenge his defensive capabilities.

RugbyU: Plisson puts up case for the defence against Welsh

France fly-half Jules Plisson has made a positive impression in his first two appearances for his country but accepts that he will face a searching examination against two-time defending champions Wales on Friday. The 22-year-old Stade Francais playmaker -- who has shot to the head of the fly-half list at the expense of the likes of Francois Trinh-Duc -- insists he has so far coped with what England and Italy have thrown at him but now knows the Welsh will seriously challenge his defensive capabilities.

RugbyU: Wales drop Phillips for France match

Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has been demoted to the bench for Friday's crunch Six Nations international against unbeaten France in Cardiff. Phillips, who has won 82 caps and was the British and Irish Lions Test number nine in Australia last year, was replaced by Rhys Webb, who will make his first Wales start, in the team announced by coach Warren Gatland on Wednesday. In the absence through injury of Scott Williams, George North moves from wing to centre, with Liam Williams replacing North out wide.

RugbyU: Wales drop Phillips for France match

Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has been demoted to the bench for Friday's crunch Six Nations international against unbeaten France in Cardiff. Phillips, who has won 82 caps and was the British and Irish Lions Test number nine in Australia last year, was replaced by Rhys Web, who will make his first Wales start, in the team announced by coach Warren Gatland on Wednesday. In the absence through injury of Scott Williams, George North moves from wing to centre, with Liam Williams replacing North out wide.
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