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7dSam Bruce

Re-ranking world rugby's top 10 two years out from the World Cup

The halfway point between Rugby World Cups has been reached, with the countdown now on to France 2023. After a fascinating few weeks of cross-hemisphere play, where does the pecking order sit for the game's elite nations?

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13dLiam Napier

Inspired, relentless Ireland reinforced All Blacks' deep-seated issues

A humbling loss to Ireland has the All Blacks hurting, and rightly so. Not since the 2019 World Cup semifinal have they been so comprehensively outplayed. The loss further diminished the All Blacks' fear factor, which is in dire need of a boost in Paris.

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14dReuters

Ireland's Sexton ruled out for up to six weeks

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton will miss their final autumn international series test against Argentina after being ruled out for between four to six weeks due to injury.

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19dLiam Napier

Crunch time: All Blacks' season reaches its defining Tests

Five weeks on from the Springboks and the All Blacks are set to face their greatest challenge since splitting successive Tests against the world champions. These are the key areas New Zealand must get right in Dublin.

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16dESPN staff

All you need to know for the weekend's rugby Tests

After an enthralling opening weekend of the November Test window, the action goes up a gear with huge clashes in London, Dublin and Edinburgh. Read up on all you need to know here.

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20dAAP

Scrumhalf Smith to join All Blacks in Dublin

New Zealand scrumhalf Aaron Smith will join the squad in Dublin midweek ahead of the test against Ireland to provide injury cover after a head-knock to Brad Weber.

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23dReuters

Ireland tear Japan apart 60-5 with masterclass

Ireland tore Japan apart with a stunning display of attacking rugby, particularly from their dynamic pack, to mark captain Johnny Sexton's 100th cap with an impressive 60-5 victory at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

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23dESPN staff

All you need to know for the weekend's rugby Tests

The November Test window officially begins this weekend, the opening round of matches highlighted by the Springboks' trip to Cardiff and Scotland's Murrayfield clash with the Wallabies. Read up on all you need to know here.

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33dSam Bruce and Tom Hamilton

What's new for rugby's top 10 nations this November series?

After two years apart, the elite rugby nations of the northern and southern hemispheres will reunite throughout November, providing a valuable marker two years out from the next global showpiece. Here's what you need to know.

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139dReuters

Ireland to face New Zealand, U.S. in autumn

Ireland will host New Zealand in one of four international tests announced by the Irish Rugby Football Union for Andy Farrell's squad in October and November.

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139dReuters

Ireland to host All Blacks during November tour

Ireland will host New Zealand in one of four international tests announced by the Irish Rugby Football Union for Andy Farrell's squad in October and November.

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149dReuters

Ireland edge past Japan in free-scoring thriller

Ireland survived some brilliant attacking Japanese play to gain revenge for their shock 2019 World Cup defeat with a 39-31 win in an entertaining and free-scoring match at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

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254dReuters

Ireland dominate England to finish 6N with win

A rejuvenated Ireland gave coach Andy Farrell the kind of performance he desperately wanted as they finished the Six Nations on a high by hammering England.

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255dTom Hamilton

ESPN Rugby Pick'em Predictions: Wales on course for a Six Nations Grand Slam

As the final round of the 2021 Six Nations approaches, Wayne Pivac's Wales side are on the verge of history as they chase the Grand Slam. Tom Hamilton previews what's at stake in this weekend's games.

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259dESPN

Ringrose, Ryan ruled out of 6N clash vs. England

Ireland have confirmed that James Ryan and Garry Ringrose won't be available for their final Six Nations game against England after both picked up injuries.

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260dReuters

Sexton kicks Ireland to 6N win over Scotland

Johnny Sexton steered Ireland to a 27-24 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday, grinding down a sparkling but indisciplined home side.

2021 RankingsSix Nations

  • IRE4th
    Tries Scored 1st Wales : 20 Tries Scored
    WALES1st
    12
    20
  • IRE2nd
    Points Difference 1st Wales : 61 Points Difference
    WALES1st
    48
    61