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Scotland lock Alastair Kellock will miss the Six Nations after undergoing surgery on an arm injury.

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Sam Warburton said pressure was now off Wales

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Undeterred by five successive Test defeats, Sam Warburton believes Wales have "every chance" of beating New Zealand, the world champions, at the Millennium Stadium next Saturday.

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