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2dSam Bruce and Tom Hamilton

What's new for rugby's top 10 nations this July?

The rugby world is set to reunite this July, with World Rugby's Test window bringing the northern and southern hemispheres together across the globe. So what shape are the top 10 in at this key juncture, and what might they be looking to nail down?

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Aussie lock Meafou wants to play for France

Rugby giant Emmanuel Meafou is set to turn his back on the Wallabies and pledge allegiance to France after being overlooked by Australian Super Rugby teams.

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France's Dupont wins 6N player of tournament

France scrum-half Antoine Dupont has been named men's 2022 Six Nations player of the championship after guiding his team to their first Grand Slam and Six Nations title since 2010.

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France's Penaud back for 6N finale vs. England

Winger Damian Penaud returns in the only change to Grand Slam-chasing France for their Six Nations match with England in Paris on Saturday.

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Penaud tests positive for COVID ahead of Wales

France duo Romain Taofifenua and Damian Penaud have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing coach Fabien Galthie to make changes from the team who beat Scotland two weeks ago.

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France score six tries in rout over Scotland

France were at their flamboyant best as they scored six tries in thumping Scotland 36-17 at Murrayfield on Saturday to make it three wins out of three in the Six Nations this year.

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125dSam Bruce

Resilient Reds find a way to sink Waratahs in sodden Sydney

The Reds lost Taniela Tupou before kick-off, Tate McDermott before halftime, had little ball nor territory, but still found a way to scrounge what may prove to be a crucial victory on the road in Sydney.

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Danty France's only change for Scotland tie

Jonathan Danty returns from injury to take his place in the French backline in the only change announced by coach Fabien Galtier to take on Scotland in the Six Nations at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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121dBrittany Mitchell and Sam Bruce

Rugby Real or Not: Australian rugby doesn't value locks enough

Izack Rodda's contract extension was good news for Australian rugby, but the question must still be asked whether the country puts enough importance on the lock position. Meanwhile, is this the year the Waratahs come unstuck in Super W?

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128dBrittany Mitchell and Sam Bruce

Rugby Real or Not: Beale's return makes him fullback frontrunner

With Super Rugby Pacific underway, and the Six Nations set to resume after a week off, there is plenty happening across the rugby world. Our writers break down some of the big stories in the first edition of Rugby Real or Not.

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Ireland captain Sexton to miss key France clash

Ireland will be without captain Johnny Sexton when they face France in Paris on Saturday after the fly-half sustained an hamstring strain in training on Wednesday.

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France 6N preparations hit by COVID-19 cases

France's Six Nations preparations were hit by a string of positive COVID-19 tests which kept scrum-half Antoine Dupont and six others out of the squad's training camp.

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220dSam 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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England's Itoje nominated for player of the year

England's Maro Itoje will challenge Australia captain Michael Hooper and teammate Samu Kerevi for the men's player of the year while scrum-half Antoine Dupont became the first Frenchman to be shortlisted for the award since 2012.

2022 RankingsSix Nations

  • FRA2nd
    Tries Scored 1st Ireland : 24 Tries Scored
    IRE1st
    17
    24
  • FRA2nd
    Points Difference 1st Ireland : 105 Points Difference
    IRE1st
    68
    105