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The Exeter wing gets his chance in Paris against France

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Schmidt coached Strauss at Leinster and believes that his return is a bonus for Ireland ahead of the Six Nations campaign

Alex Cuthbert admits that Wales will be the team to beat ahead of this year's Six Nations

Six Nations 2014: Alex Cuthbert admits rivals will be gunning for Wales as the 'team to beat'

Fixture list favours Wales this year although they still face a testing trip to Twickenham to take on England on March 9

(Left to right) Ireland’s captain Paul O’Connell, Italy’s Sergio Parisse, Wales’s Sam Warburton, England’s Chris Robshaw, Scotland’s Kelly Brown and France’s Pascal Pape line up for the launch of the Six Nations

Six Nations 2014: Sam Warburton bides his time as camp offers welcome distraction

Defence of crown allows Welsh to forget rugby politics

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Six Nations: Chris Robshaw will remain England captain, confirms Stuart Lancaster

It will be the third successive Six Nations the Harlequins flanker has been at the helm for

Rhys Webb has overtaken Lloyd Williams in the race to be Wales’ scrum-half

Six Nations 2014: Warren Gatland stays true to tried and trusted squad to rise above turmoil

Warren Gatland already knows a thing or two about laying hands on the union code's glittering prizes, but if he makes Six Nations history over the next few weeks by coaching Wales to a third successive title, his reputation as a rugby alchemist will be secure. The 32-man squad he announced looked extremely powerful, but with several key players in contractual limbo, others plying their trade abroad and still more lamenting the viciousness of the political turf war west of the Severn, the New Zealander may have a difficult job bringing people together in common cause.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster is expecting a tough battle at the breakdown when they take on New Zealand

England coach Stuart Lancaster to treat Six Nations duration as a rest period after warning players are 'absolutely hanging'

Lancaster has warned administrators that the Elite Player Squad members need to be looked after better following a gruelling Lions tour and first half of the domestic season

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Wales coach Warren Gatland has called for his side to display the same 'never-say-die attitude' that New Zealand displayed last weekend

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Warren Gatland will be free to lead the 2017 Lions if asked

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The England coach, Steve McNamara, is to join the coaching staff of the Sydney Roosters, but is to continue to take charge of the national team on a part-time basis.

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