10/02/2017 Inside Six Nations


10/02/2017

Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes looks ahead to the weekend's games, including interviews, features, and the latest news and analysis.


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What an opening week we had two this year's Six Nations tournament.

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Scotland stunned Ireland, England's unbeaten run continues, although

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they looked more sluggish against France and Wales turned it on in

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Rome to beat Italy and top the table. Where else to be than Cardiff

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for this week's Inside Six Nations. Look at that, the roof is open here

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at the principality Stadium. Good evening from the heart of Cardiff.

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In around 22 hours, the Dragons will be roaring as Wales take on England

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in what we hope will be another classic encounter. Someone who knows

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all about the rivalry between Wales and England is Martyn Williams. Good

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evening. We will be getting his wisdom and insight into the action,

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but first let's remind ourselves of what happened in week one.

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We are underway in the 2017 Six Nations. Two tries for Scotland.

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Ireland have hits back. Great from Greig Laidlaw. They have beaten

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Ireland. Try is going to be scored. Looking to work it around the

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fringes. Over they go. George North sets are. North heads for the posts.

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Wales, like England and Scotland are up and running in the Six Nations

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championship. We talked about bonus points. Wales

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notoriously are slow starters and we saw that in Italy. That bonus point,

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I am told by the fans they are not bothered but it could be

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significant? It could be. If you had said last Sunday we were going to

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beat Italy 33-7, I would have snapped your hand. Potentially that

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was a banana skin. The second half performance, I was impressed with

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it. If they win every game, it is irrelevant. Who knows what bonus

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points will come down to. But I am happy. England's unbeaten run

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continues, 15 games but they struggled against France. How much

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was it about England needing to improve and how much about France

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surprisingly is all and being better? I have been impressed with

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France, for the first time they looked organised. England missed

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George Kruis in the second row so the line-out dysfunction. I am

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expecting a better opening team tomorrow. The first game is

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difficult, you are trying to find your feet at international level. I

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think England will be happy, they got a lot of rustiness out. Eddie

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Jones is doing his best to upset the entire Welsh nation. Some of his

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comments in the newspapers! The roof has been a talking point. He alluded

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to the fact he was going to keep it shut, which wales wanted. But out it

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is open. Why do Wales want the roof closed so much? I think the

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atmosphere goes up ten or 15% when it is shut. But Wales England, it

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will be red hot in here. It won't make much difference. If it is

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raining, you obviously want the roof shut, but it is a fine day tomorrow.

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From the large point of view, maybe it does give us an edge but if the

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shoe was on the other foot, he would leave it open as well if he was

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going to Twickenham. It is something for the media and Eddie has played

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it well. Wales' strength is England's weakness. Sam Warburton is

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strong. We have been catching up with him? Yes, we walked his dog.

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I look back now and I found it hard at times, the captaincy, but as I

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look back over the last few years, I am pleased I have done it. I do

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think now the time is right for Ireland to do it. It feels right the

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time to move on. Alistair Cooke has resigned from England cricket

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captaincy. He said he had gone to the well, too many times. Do you

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feel it is the case for you? I put a lot of time and effort into the

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captaincy. I did not try to change how I am or what I do, but you do

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carry the weight with you as captain. Someone like Alan Wynne, an

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international candidate for captain for any team in the world, he can

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step in seamlessly. He is one of the form players in Wales. His

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leadership is brilliant and it will be an easy transition for him to

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come in and take over. It made the decision easier knowing you would

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have an experienced guy coming in and doing a great job. I got the

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time is right. To be a little bit selfish and focus on yourself and

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get your game right. There is lots of good things that happened when I

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was captain, but a lot of things I wished I could have changed as well.

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I am proud of myself, it is five and a half years more than I thought I

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would do. What as it been like the last few weeks just as Sam, rather

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than the captain. Obviously I want to do my bit for the team. I will

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try and have a leadership role in the team because I feel I have

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something to offer, experience I have now. It is nice being able to

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focus on yourself and over time, you just want to get back to enjoy

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playing and strip it back and just be the rugby player. That was the

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thought for me. Plus I have a little one as well. It kind of made me

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think, do what you are happy with. I am 28, whether I have three, four,

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56 years left, I will make sure I enjoy them.

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Sam Warburton there, the former Welsh captain,

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He was pretty young when he started, but luckily they have Alun Wyn

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Jones, did you agree with the decision to switch them, what did

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you think about it? By Sam's admission, in six years it was time

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for him to move on. When you have Alun Wyn Jones, he was captain of

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the British Lions as well, he was a natural fit for him to take over. I

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think the time is right. Sam did a wonderful job. Alun Wyn Jones

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started well last week and hopefully he can continue in that vein. He

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could be the Lions captain again. On Sunday it is France against

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Scotland. So let's catch up with all the team

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news from our reporters Nial Foster is in Rome

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with the Ireland camp as they look to get their campaign back

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on track against Italy. It was a captain's run with a

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difference for Ireland as no captain was in attendance here. Rory Best,

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who often leads from the front for Ireland was back in his hotel room

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nursing a stomach bug. But the Irish camp are confident the 34-year-old

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will be fit and raring to go against Italy tomorrow. I think there is

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always things that crop up in the course of a week. I think how we

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react and respond to it, hopefully it will allow us to continue the

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preparation as seamlessly as possible. Unfortunately, these

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things happen. We are confident he will recover in time for tomorrow.

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The England camp has been on edge this week. Eddie Jones said on

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Monday, the victory over France felt a bit like a defeat. Jones has also

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been stoking the fires with his comments about the Cardiff

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atmosphere and his apparent U-turn over the principality stadium roof,

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or lack of it. As for selection, Jack Nowell returns on the wing.

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Jack Clifford comes in at flanker. He will provide pace and dynamism to

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the back row. One of a handful of players who haven't received the

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reception that awaits England on Saturday. We need to do the

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fundamentals well to give ourselves options in attack. We need the

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defence to be disciplined, nice and square and off the line. If we do

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those simple things well, I think we will have a great game.

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The Wales camp have been nursing injuries this week and it is still

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not clear exactly who will be walking out of this tunnel tomorrow

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afternoon. Dan Biggar and George North are both named in the sides,

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but both are nursing injuries and Rob Howley will give them as long as

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possible to recover. Toby Fowler Tao is on the bench and he could make a

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really big impact. For the trip to Paris, just one

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change to the 15 who started against Ireland last week. That is upfront

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and it is because of injury. Wilson is out with an infected elbow, so he

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is replaced by John Barclay. The Scots, buoyed by an opening weekend

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win over Ireland, now looking for the first victory here in Paris

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since 1999. It has improved and is becoming a dangerous team to cause

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anybody problems. We need to understand why we beat them last

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year. We need to develop new ways of being clever and smart, being able

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to score points. We looked at that this weekend.

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Martin, the Scots are in flying form, but can they beat them in

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France? Interesting, I thought they were outstanding last weekend, but

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this is different. The French are an improved side and they are

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juggernauts, huge team. If Scotland can get parity up front, they stand

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a chance. Scotland beat Ireland last week, will they be able to bounce

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back in Rome? They are still full of world-class players and beat

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Australia and New Zealand in the autumn. Bit of a hiccup last week,

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but they will bounce back and if it is a dry day in Rome, they could put

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the score on Italy. Italy were disappointing against Wales last

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week. Where do you stand on the whole Six Nations should be the

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strongest in Europe because there is the Georgia argument? Georgia showed

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what a great side they are. If Wales finished bottom, you will play off

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against Georgia, Romania. But I think it will be a great idea if

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they did have relegation. The women's tournament mirrors the

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men's. England's women are in Cardiff tomorrow morning at Cardiff

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Arms Park playing Wales. There was an incredible match between Scotland

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and Ireland but it went the way of Ireland.

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Scotland's women haven't won a match in the Six Nations the seven years,

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so they weren't expected to challenge Ireland. In the first

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match, that is exactly what they did. Two first half tries put them

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ahead at the break. But missed penalties meant they miss the

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opportunity to stretch the lead. In the final minutes, island made them

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pay. Jenny Murphy crashed over to snatch victory for the Irish. 22

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Dutch 15 the final score but a losing bonus point and will be

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little consolation. England missed out on becoming Six Nations

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champions last year to France. They were beaten by them in their final

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match. It looked like it might be a similar result at Twickenham when

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they trailed 13/ zero. But in an emphatic performance, they answered

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16 unanswered points. We knew we were in a Test match and it shows

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the strength of a team when we can come out and grind out a win. It

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wasn't perfect but sometimes it is about winning. Wales struggled

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against Italy in recent years, but under new coach Rowland Phillips

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they ground out a victory. They ran out winners 20-8. After round one it

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is island who top the table thanks to their bonus point win over

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Scotland. They face Italy away on Sunday. England and Wales both

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picked up four points and Scotland will hope to build on the losing

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bonus point, but they face a tough test against France. There will be

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highlights of the women's's games on BBC Two.

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And on Sunday, France versus Scotland live from Paris

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Tell me, what is it about this rivalry, what does it feel like when

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you walk onto the pitch at your home ground against England? You always

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ask when you retire, do you miss the game? These are the moment you miss.

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This place will be bouncing. Every man and his dog, it is all they have

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been talking about all week. Particularly if England come in, the

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Big Brother, if you like, from across the bridge. It is always nice

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if you can get one over on the old enemy. It is a special place.

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Butterflies are starting already, 24 was out, I cannot wait. We are

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hoping tomorrow will be a classic. We are calling them the solar

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lights, the grass growing lights, get that bit is there because it has

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been trained on. That's it for us, we will leave you with a classic. It

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was in 2013, Wales against England, England came here on the last eight

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of the six Nations hoping for a grand slam. Wales had other ideas.

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Good night. It has been a cold day and we have

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seen a wintry mix of showers and that is the theme over the weekend.

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A lot of cloud for the weekend and the showers will

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