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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

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# Taking Flight
Liam Squire leaving New Zealand to join Red Hurricanes
The back-row forward is off after the 2019 World Cup.
# tidy
Wales won't be fazed by Eddie Jones' mind games, insists Neil Jenkins
It’s ramping up ahead of the game in Cardiff next weekend.
# Not Cricket
West Indies' Shannon Gabriel apologises to Joe Root and reveals what was said between players
The bowler has been banned for four games.
# Cricket
Ban handed down for 'personal abuse of a player' after homophobic sledging storm
Shannon Gabriel admitted breaching the ICC Code of Conduct in an exchange with England captain Joe Root.
# verbals
Gabriel charged by ICC following Root sledging incident
Shannon Gabriel and Joe Root exchanged words on day three of the third Test.
# Best of the best
'We're playing the greatest Welsh side ever. We're going to have to be at our absolute best'
England may be top of the Six Nations table after two bonus-point wins, but Eddie Jones is wary of a Wales team that has won 11 straight.
# Demolition
'We definitely played some good rugby at times': Hat-trick hero May delighted as England hammer France
A hat-trick from Jonny May helped England to a second bonus-point victory in the Six Nations at Twickenham.
# rampant
May's hat-trick helps hammer France as England move one step closer to Grand Slam
Eddie Jones’ men were 44-8 winners this afternoon, with wing May scoring three of his side’s six tries at Twickenham.
# Committed
Folau ends speculation over future by signing new Wallabies deal
The Australia fullback will remain with the Waratahs until 2022 after penning a new long-term deal.
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# Staying Put
All Blacks centre Laumape rejects overseas interest to sign new Hurricanes deal
Steve Hansen expects to see the 25-year-old play for the All Blacks ‘for years to come’ after he opted to stay with the Hurricanes.
# faith in youth
Ntamack poised for France debut as Bastareaud fails to make bench for Six Nations opener
The 19-year-old is the youngest player in any of this year’s squads as he prepares to face Wales.
# tweaks and valleys
Halfpenny, Davies and Williams set to miss Wales' Six Nations opener with France
Leigh Halfpenny has been all but ruled out of Wales’ first two games in this year’s Six Nations as he recovers from a concussion.
# future plans
Erasmus expects to leave Springbok head coach role after World Cup
The former Munster boss will instead focus on his director of rugby duties with South Africa.
# upward curve
Captain Kolisi proud to restore respect for Springboks in Rassie's first year
The former Munster boss has led a resurgence in South African rugby that could lead them to a World Cup clash with Ireland.
# Call Me
Rugby Australia hang up on Jake White after Wallabies coach bid
White has offered to replace under-siege Michael Cheika ahead of the World Cup.
# the baa-baas
All Black Crockett to skipper Barbarians against Pumas at Twickenham
There’s a South African flavour to the Barbarians XV this weekend.
# Hamstrung
Blow for Munster's European rivals as Nowell suffers 'significant hamstring tear'
Exeter will be without the England winger for a period of eight weeks.
# error of judgement
I made the wrong call on Farrell non-penalty, admits ref
Angus Gardner concedes he made the wrong decision over the contentious challenge on South Africa’s Andre Esterhuizen.
# Unhappy
Bastareaud slams 'pathetic' and 'shameful' France
Les Bleus had never lost to their opponents in nine previous attempts.
# Setback
Big injury blow for Wales as flanker Jenkins suffers suspected ACL damage
‘You have to really feel for him,’ Warren Gatland said.
# November internationals
Hartley dropped by England but Tuilagi named on the bench for Wallabies Test
Eddie Jones has announced his starting XV for Saturday’s game against Australia at Twickenham.
# response
'When we play like that and we are not rewarded, I'm angry': O'Shea fumes at disallowed Italy try
Tito Tebaldi’s first-half try was ruled out as Italy came up short against Australia.
# Manu mission
Tuilagi on course to end 32-month England absence against the Wallabies
The last of centre Tuilagi’s 26 England caps came against Wales at Twickenham in March 2016.
# Dual mandate
Scotland call up Newcastle flanker who featured in England's Six Nations squad
‘I’m Scottish through-and-through but England asked me first,’ explained Gary Graham.
# 50/50
England hopeful over Tuilagi and Lawes for All Blacks clash
The pair missed England’s victory over South Africa, but could face the world champions this weekend.
# Out of jail
Defiant England coach Jones backs Farrell to avoid citing
Referee Angus Gardner’s decision to leave Farrell’s late hit go unpunished caused huge debate.
# November Tests
Davies scores on return as Wales beat sloppy Scotland in Cardiff
Warren Gatland’s side started their November international schedule with victory over their Six Nations rivals.
# Tries galore
Laumape hat-trick helps All Blacks romp to victory in 100-point game with Japan
There was no shortage of action in Tokyo this morning as New Zealand won a contest that featured 15 tries.
# Team news
Scotland without Laidlaw as Cardiff clash falls outside international window
Gregor Townsend has effectively named an Edinburgh-Glasgow select side for Saturday’s game against Wales.
# clean sweep
Brilliant Barrett steers ruthless All Blacks to Bledisloe Cup whitewash
New Zealand out-half Beauden Barrett scored his sixth try in three Tests against Australia this year.
# Test
Quigley emerges victorious after serious scrap with veteran Hernandez
Jason Quigley was pushed to the edge of his collar by 39-year-old Freddy Hernandez.
# Suspension
England forward Hughes given six-week ban for punch
England will be without Nathan Hughes for three of their November internationals after he was banned for six weeks.
# Testing times
NCT contract worth €650 million up for grabs for ten years to 2030
Applus, the company which currently operates the test, made €6.5 million in profit last year, down 20% from 2016.
# Podcast
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# Retirement
'The anxiety I would get would manifest itself' - Joe Marler reaffirms he never tried to incur an England ban
Marler said that comments he recently made about looking for an “easy way out” of England duty were taken out of context.
# Retirement
'Now is the time to walk away' - England prop Joe Marler retires from international rugby
The Harlequins forward said it was “a very difficult decision” to end his England career at the age of 28.
# rugby championship
Mo'unga in for Barrett as All Blacks make seven changes for Argentina
A much-changed New Zealand line-up will take on Argentina in Nelson on Saturday.
# Going nowhere
Defiant Cheika unimpressed when questioned over Wallabies future
‘If you are naive enough to think that I’m worried about myself here, then you don’t know me at all.’
# Hammering
Hooper retains full belief in Cheika's Wallabies despite All Blacks drubbing
All Blacks captain Kieran Read insisted this morning’s 40-12 win did not come easily.