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2017 Six Nations Round One: The team of the week - Irish Times;

2017 Six Nations Round One: The team of the week - Irish Times

Irish Times2017 Six Nations Round One: The team of the weekIrish Times15. Stuart Hogg. The 2016 player of the tournament continued in a similar vein on Saturday as he inspired Scotland to an opening win over Ireland. His second score, which saw him sell opposite number Rob Kearney with a beautiful dummy before burning ...and more »

Team of the week: Scotland star on Six Nations' opening weekend - SkySports;

Team of the week: Scotland star on Six Nations' opening weekend - SkySports

SkySportsTeam of the week: Scotland star on Six Nations' opening weekendSkySportsScotland and Wales have four players a piece in our team of the week as the Six Nations threw up some gripping contests on the opening weekend. The Championship got off to a cracking start at Murrayfield where Scotland overcame a second-half rally from ...and more »

The players in pole position for the Lions tour and the men in trouble after the opening Six Nations weekend - WalesOnline;

The players in pole position for the Lions tour and the men in trouble after the opening Six Nations weekend - WalesOnline

WalesOnlineThe players in pole position for the Lions tour and the men in trouble after the opening Six Nations weekendWalesOnlineWales sit on top of the RBS 6 Nations table after the first round of matches, but arguably the display of the opening weekend came from Scotland when beating Ireland at Murrayfield. England were ordinary in seeing off France, Wales were hot and cold ...and more »

Six Nations team of the weekend: Ross Ford of Scotland and England's Owen Farrell make cut... but who joins them? - Daily Mail;

Six Nations team of the weekend: Ross Ford of Scotland and England's Owen Farrell make cut... but who joins them? - Daily Mail

Daily MailSix Nations team of the weekend: Ross Ford of Scotland and England's Owen Farrell make cut... but who joins them?Daily MailEngland, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, France and Italy all returned to action this weekend for the Six Nations. The highly-anticipated return of the competition saw the Red Rose edge past France while Scotland and Wales both secured opening victories, too.and more »

Stuart Barnes' 6N talking points: Louis Picamoles stars on opening weekend - SkySports;

Stuart Barnes' 6N talking points: Louis Picamoles stars on opening weekend - SkySports

SkySportsStuart Barnes' 6N talking points: Louis Picamoles stars on opening weekendSkySports1. After all the fuss about the trialled bonus points system only two of the six teams managed one, in both cases consolations that won't feel like one for either France or Ireland, both of whom were in positions to record opening away-day victories ...and more »

Six Nations is in rude health thanks to airing of national antagonisms - The Guardian;

Six Nations is in rude health thanks to airing of national antagonisms - The Guardian

The GuardianSix Nations is in rude health thanks to airing of national antagonismsThe GuardianScottish fans head for Murrayfield before the opening match of the 2017 Six Nations against Ireland. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA. Six Nations 2017. Six Nations is in rude health thanks to airing of national antagonisms. The tournament has the world's ...and more »

Joe Schmidt absolves Conor Murray of blame for defeat - Irish Times;

Joe Schmidt absolves Conor Murray of blame for defeat - Irish Times

Irish TimesJoe Schmidt absolves Conor Murray of blame for defeatIrish TimesWatching Conor Murray has never been so grim, and still his performance was sprinkled with enough moments of brilliance to keep the faith. Follow the victorious scrumhalf and see how any game unfolds. All the secrets can be discovered in his movements, ...and more »

Six Nations 2017: talking points from the opening weekend - The Guardian (blog);

Six Nations 2017: talking points from the opening weekend - The Guardian (blog)

The Guardian (blog)Six Nations 2017: talking points from the opening weekendThe Guardian (blog)England's substitutes overpowered France, Scotland shone against Ireland and Italy were overwhelmed by Wales. Composite: Getty/rex. Six Nations 2017 · Sportblog. Six Nations 2017: talking points from the opening weekend. England were a rabble – but a ...and more »

Ireland already out of wriggle room as Six Nations reality bites hard - Irish Times;

Ireland already out of wriggle room as Six Nations reality bites hard - Irish Times

Irish TimesIreland already out of wriggle room as Six Nations reality bites hardIrish TimesThis was no way for the first team to beat New Zealand, Australia and South Africa in the same calendar year since 2003 to say a premature good bye to a shot at a Grand Slam. But then again the Six Nations' uniqueness and its internecine rivalries once ...and more »

Greig Laidlaw huddle got us out of a muddle and off to a flier in the Six Nations, says Alex Dunbar - Scottish Daily Record;

Greig Laidlaw huddle got us out of a muddle and off to a flier in the Six Nations, says Alex Dunbar - Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily RecordGreig Laidlaw huddle got us out of a muddle and off to a flier in the Six Nations, says Alex DunbarScottish Daily RecordScotland get off to the perfect start with 27-22 win against Ireland following words of wisdom from their skipper at a crucial point in the game. Share. ByGordon Parks. 06:00, 6 FEB 2017. Sport. The Scotland players pre-match huddle (Photo: SNS Group ...and more »

Scotland couldn't even buy a win when Vern Cotter first took charge... just look at them now - Daily Mail;

Scotland couldn't even buy a win when Vern Cotter first took charge... just look at them now - Daily Mail

Daily MailScotland couldn't even buy a win when Vern Cotter first took charge... just look at them nowDaily MailWhen Vern Cotter first took charge of this Scotland team, they couldn't even buy a try. Now look at them after Saturday's 27-22 win over Ireland. They have adopted an exciting attacking plan that's suddenly turned this Six Nations tournament into one ...and more »

Rob Kearney accuses Ireland of being 'soft' at Murrayfield - Irish Times;

Rob Kearney accuses Ireland of being 'soft' at Murrayfield - Irish Times

Irish TimesRob Kearney accuses Ireland of being 'soft' at MurrayfieldIrish Times“There were times on the edges there when we just chased shadows,” said Rob Kearney. “We let Finn Russell play the game all day long, there wasn't a speck of dirt on him coming off.” An equally disgusted Rory Best concurred: “If you let a let a player ...and more »

Stuart Hogg and Jonny Gray fire up Scotland and stake Lions claim - The Guardian;

Stuart Hogg and Jonny Gray fire up Scotland and stake Lions claim - The Guardian

The GuardianStuart Hogg and Jonny Gray fire up Scotland and stake Lions claimThe GuardianScotland's Stuart Hogg at the end of their Six Nations win over Ireland. Photograph: David Gibson/Rex/Shutterstock. Six Nations 2017. Stuart Hogg and Jonny Gray fire up Scotland and stake Lions claim. • Pair have done Lions chances 'no harm at all' in ...and more »

Joe Schmidt: Ireland's challenge is to bounce back immediately after Scotland defeat - Telegraph.co.uk;

Joe Schmidt: Ireland's challenge is to bounce back immediately after Scotland defeat - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukJoe Schmidt: Ireland's challenge is to bounce back immediately after Scotland defeatTelegraph.co.ukRob Kearney admitted Ireland's players would not enjoy Monday's post-mortem of their defeat by Scotland, predicting they would be forced to eat some “humble pie” by their famously exacting head coach Joe Schmidt following a woeful first-half ...and more »

Six Nations: Jeremy Guscott on Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales - BBC Sport;

Six Nations: Jeremy Guscott on Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales - BBC Sport

BBC SportSix Nations: Jeremy Guscott on Scotland, Ireland, England and WalesBBC SportThe Six Nations opening weekend has prompted as many questions as it has provided answers. Is Scotland's win over Ireland the start of some sustained success? Was England's scrappy, but nonetheless victorious, performance against France a sign of ...and more »

Character and brains the deciding factor in Scotland's Six Nations victory over Ireland - Telegraph.co.uk;

Character and brains the deciding factor in Scotland's Six Nations victory over Ireland - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukCharacter and brains the deciding factor in Scotland's Six Nations victory over IrelandTelegraph.co.ukI would love to say that I was serenely confident throughout Scotland's win over Ireland but I would be lying. When Ireland went ahead and were completely bossing the game, my heart lurched. “Here we go again,” I muttered under my breath. But I was wrong.and more »

Scotland's victory over Ireland vindicates Vern Cotter as Six Nations is thrown wide open - Telegraph.co.uk;

Scotland's victory over Ireland vindicates Vern Cotter as Six Nations is thrown wide open - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukScotland's victory over Ireland vindicates Vern Cotter as Six Nations is thrown wide openTelegraph.co.ukTwo years ago, when Vern Cotter's whitewashed Scotland bombed to a wooden spoon in his first season, the Kiwi was at pains to point out that Scotland had been fiercely competitive in three of their five games. They had been within a converted try in ...and more »

British & Irish Lions -- Team of the Week - ESPN.co.uk;

British & Irish Lions -- Team of the Week - ESPN.co.uk

ESPN.co.ukBritish & Irish Lions -- Team of the WeekESPN.co.ukThe Six Nations returned with a bang over the weekend as an opening round low on try-scoring bonus points but high in excitement was played out. Scotland kicked off the championship in style with a win over Ireland before England were made to dig deep ...and more »

Joe Schmidt: Ireland's slow start not down to belated arrival - Irish Times;

Joe Schmidt: Ireland's slow start not down to belated arrival - Irish Times

Irish TimesJoe Schmidt: Ireland's slow start not down to belated arrivalIrish TimesThe Ireland team arrived precisely eight minutes late to Murrayfield on Saturday afternoon. Turns out the police escort took an alternative route to what had been mapped in the Joe Schmidt master plan. Not to be making a mountain out of a traffic jam ...and more »

Six Nations 2017: Pain of past defeats drove Scots to victory - Jonny Gray - BBC News;

Six Nations 2017: Pain of past defeats drove Scots to victory - Jonny Gray - BBC News

BBC NewsSix Nations 2017: Pain of past defeats drove Scots to victory - Jonny GrayBBC NewsForward Jonny Gray says Scotland were determined not to repeat the mistakes of previous narrow losses as they held on to beat Ireland in the Six Nations. The Scots have lost in the dying minutes in two meetings with Australia and in home Six Nations ...and more »