Weekend Round Up

Weekend Round Up

France kick off their new era with a 24-17 win over England


It's like we forgot how to play – Jones frustrated after England beaten by France


Eddie Jones conceded England looked like they "forgot how to play rugby" during Sunday's Six Nations defeat to France, just over a week after declaring he wants his side to be the greatest of all time.

"It was one of those things, but full credit to the French. They played the conditions well. It’s like we forgot how to play rugby in the first half," he told BBC Sport.

"We were slow out of the blocks, we were sorry for ourselves and out of kilter, we let the situation get to us. But we took responsibility magnificently at half-time." Full story

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Harlequins have found Kyle Sinckler's replacement - reports

Harlequins coach Paul Gustard seems to have found Kyle Sinckler's replacement according to reports in South Africa.

The Quins were dealt a heavy blow ahead of next season with British and Irish Lions prop Kyle Sinckler signing for Bristol Bears for next season.

However, Gustard has moved swiftly to find a replacement with South African newspaper, The Rapport, reporting that Wilco Louw has signed with the London based club ahead of next season. Full story

Jaguares, Stormers ease to comfortable wins in Super Rugby openers

Last season's runners-up, the Jaguares eased to a 38-8 victory over the Lions in Buenos Aires, while the Stormers also started their campaign in style on Saturday.

It took until the second half for the Jaguares to run away with their win, having led 10-8 at the break.

The hosts ended up scoring 31 unanswered points after the Lions had taken an 8-7 lead midway through the first half.

The Stormers began their campaign in style, easing to a 27-0 home victory over the Hurricanes.

The visiting Hurricanes reached the semi-finals of the competition last season but were blown away in the opening 40 minutes on Saturday. Full report

Crusaders stroll to winning start as Sunwolves shock Rebels

England U20's win it late in France

England led 10-9 at the break through Rusiate Tuima’s try and five points from the boot of Josh Hodge while Joris Moura kicked all of France’s points.

Second-half scores from Hodge and Tom Roebuck gave England a 24-12 lead but tries from Jordan Joseph and Ethan Dumortier levelled the game.

With just a minute remaining though Richard Capstick bundled over after England went through several phases to seal victory. Full report

 Italy U20's battle to opening success away in Wales

Paolo Garbisi kicked 12 points as Italy Under-20s recovered from a slow start to see off Wales Under-20s 17-7 in Colwyn Bay in their Under-20s Six Nations opener.

 
Sam Costelow’s early score had given Wales the perfect start, but from there Italy were able to seize control of proceedings, dominating both possession and territory.

 
While they struggled to convert it into tries, with just a close-range effort from Matteo Drudi, Garbisi kept the scoreboard ticking over the clinch the victory. Full report

Pivac hails Adams as one of the world's best

Josh Adams plundered a hat-trick in Wales' rout of Italy, much to the delight of his boss Wayne Pivac.

Wales coach Wayne Pivac has described Josh Adams as one of the best players in the world after his hat-trick in the 42-0 Six Nations win over Italy.

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Fiji claim title of the season in Sydney

Fiji came out on top against South Africa for the second time in eight days, although this time their prize was not ninth place but a first HSBC Sydney Sevens title.

Both teams had been determined to bounce back from that disappointment in Hamilton and served up a Cup final every bit as thrilling as their last meeting in Singapore when Fiji had led 19-0 at half-time only for South Africa to storm back and triumph 21-19.

Fiji nearly had the dream start in their first Cup final of the season, but JC Pretorius and Selvyn Davids managed to hold Meli Derenalagi over the line. It would only be a temporary respite, though, because as the rain began to fall again the ball skewed out the side of a breakdown and Napolioni Bolaca reacted quickest to score the opening try.



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