Six Nations LIVE: Rugby news as England, Scotland and Ireland name teams

Six Nations LIVE: Rugby news as England, Scotland and Ireland name teams



‘It’s a first step’: Jamie George hopeful after England’s victory against Wales in Six Nations match

The third round of the 2024 Six Nations is nearly upon us with a fascinating trio of matches lined up for the weekend as the championship starts to move towards the business end of the competition.

After a well-earned rest week, Ireland look to continue their apparent grand slam procession against a young Wales side who have suffered two narrow defeats, England will also aim to make it three wins from three against a Scotland team still reeling from a heartbreaking loss to France last time out, while Les Bleus take on wooden spoon contenders Italy to round out the weekend.

Thursday afternoon sees three countries set to name their teams as England and Scotland’s line-up for the Calcutta Cup will be revealed and Andy Farrell will announce Ireland’s 23 to square off against Wales – who selected their side earlier this week.

Manu Tuilagi or Ollie Lawrence could return from injury at inside centre for Steve Borthwick’s England, Blair Kinghorn should be fit for Scotland and Ireland will need to replace star full back Hugo Keenan and also have fitness concerns around talismanic No 8 Caelan Doris.

Follow below for today’s team announcements and all the latest news ahead of the third round of matches this weekend:

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Blair Kinghorn and Kyle Steyn set to return for England showdown but Darcy Graham ruled out

Scotland are hopeful that talismanic wing Darcy Graham will be fit enough to play a part in the Six Nations even though he will stay on the sidelines for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup showdown with England.

The 26-year-old – who is second on the national team’s all-time try-scoring list – missed the opening two matches of the championship against Wales and France with a quad problem.

Graham was scheduled to return to the fold for this weekend’s Murrayfield clash with England, but it emerged on Monday that he had suffered a new groin issue while training with Edinburgh last week, which has ruled him out of contention.

Despite Graham’s ongoing absence, Scotland will welcome back two senior members of their back three this weekend, with Glasgow wing Kyle Steyn returning after missing the France game for the birth of his child and Toulouse full-back Blair Kinghorn available after sitting out the first two games with a knee injury.

“Blair has been training really well and we’re excited to see him back in the squad again,” reported scrum coach Pieter de Villiers.

Blair Kinghorn is set to return to the Scotland squad

(PA Wire)

Luke Baker22 February 2024 11:01

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Why power-packed pair could hold the key to getting England’s attack firing

Either Ollie Lawrence or Manu Tuilagi could return from injury to add some ballast to England’s midfield at the weekend and our rugby writer Harry Latham-Coyle has been digging into what they could bring to England’s attack.

England’s attack hasn’t quite clicked. Why? To start with, England may not, as of yet, be working with their preferred personnel. Indications from inside camp suggested that coach Steve Borthwick had planned to combine Marcus Smith, Ollie Lawrence and Henry Slade in midfield for the tournament – that two of those three haven’t been available has required the England coaching staff to alter their gameplan to better match their personnel.

Lawrence’s availability for the Calcutta Cup, coupled with the return of Manu Tuilagi, gives Borthwick more options and feels key to getting England’s attack firing. They have sorely lacked carrying threat across the opening two rounds of the tournament. Of the starting centre pairings utilised by the six nations in rounds one and two, the combination of Fraser Dingwall and Slade has offered the least in terms of carrying output.

Read Harry’s full piece below:

Luke Baker22 February 2024 10:51

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Caelan Doris and Hugo Keenan face fitness tests as Ireland prepare to face Wales

Ireland back row Caelan Doris is expected to be fully fit to face Wales in the Six Nations, despite sitting out training on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old suffered “bumps and bruises” while captaining his country to a 36-0 win over Italy in round two of the championship.

Full back Hugo Keenan is yet to train after being forced off by a knee injury against the Azzurri on February 11 but will be given a chance to prove his fitness ahead of Saturday afternoon’s match in Dublin.

“Caelan didn’t train and that was the plan at the beginning of the week, just to manage him,” defence coach Simon Easterby told a press conference. “He is probably carrying a few (knocks), but more bumps and bruises.

“I guess he took a few hits against Italy and he’s in a good place but he needs to be managed in a couple of areas. We don’t expect him not to be fully fit for the weekend.”

Luke Baker22 February 2024 10:41

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Sam Costelow returns as Wales name team to face Ireland in Six Nations

Fly half Sam Costelow has been recalled to the Wales starting line-up for Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin.

The Scarlets number 10 went off because of a neck problem suffered when Wales were beaten 27-26 by opening Six Nations opponents Scotland.

He was replaced by Ioan Lloyd, who started at fly half in the Twickenham appointment with England, but Costelow now returns as a solitary change from that game.

Elsewhere, there are further starts for squad newcomers Cameron Winnett and Alex Mann, while centre George North wins his 120th cap and is only the third Wales player to reach that mark after Alun Wyn Jones and Gethin Jenkins.

Uncapped Cardiff back-row forward Mackenzie Martin, meanwhile, features on the replacements’ bench.

Wales team: 15 Cameron Winnett; 14 Josh Adams, 13 George North, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Rio Dyer; 10 Sam Costelow, 9 Tomos Williams; 1 Gareth Thomas, 2 Elliot Dee, 3 Keiron Assiratti, 4 Dafydd Jenkins (capt), 5 Adam Beard, 6 Alex Mann, 7 Tommy Reffell, 8 Adam Wainwright

Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Corey Domachowski, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Will Rowlands, 20 Mackenzie Martin, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Ioan Lloyd, 23 Mason Grady (Cardiff).

Luke Baker22 February 2024 10:28

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Six Nations team news

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of today’s team announcements from the 2024 Six Nations, as well as all the latest news from the championship.

England and Scotland are set to name their sides for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup clash, while Ireland will also announce their squad for the game against Wales, with their opponents having already selected their team for the fixture.

Stick with us for full live coverage.

Luke Baker22 February 2024 09:58



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