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18 Feb 2017
The Six Nations championship is underway Six Nations Rugby 2017 Live for another year and England remain on course for back-to-back Grand Slam triumphs. Eddie Jones has made no secret of his intention to steer England to the top of the rugby world rankings and the Red Rose can make a giant stride towards that goal by maintaining a winning sequence under the Australian.After narrow victories over a France and Wales, England can beat New Zealand's record for successive Test wins if they sweep aside Italy, Scotland and Ireland over the coming month. The Six Nations started on Saturday, February 4 and will run until Saturday, March 18 with a one-week break between both rounds two and three and three and four. 

Luke Charteris

Matches will be staged at Twickenham, the Stade de France, Aviva Stadium, Stadio Olimpico, Murrayfield and the Principality Stadium. For individual kick-off times check out the full schedule below.  The 33-year-old Bath forward missed Wales' 33-7 win over Italy and the 21-16 defeat by England.Forwards coach Robin McBryde said Charteris is keen to play against Scotland on 25 February.If you ask Luke, he'll be fit to play. I'm not sure about the medics yet," said the former Wales hooker.He's back up and running, he's done a bit of passing today albeit with a bit of protection on his hand.Everything is going in the right direction and it's just step by step with Luke again with regards to how that increases his load.

He's had a little bit of extra time to heal his hand because he picked up a hamstring injury.The 71-times capped Charteris played in three of the November Test matches, but Scarlets second row Jake Ball has stepped up in his absence.Wales have also been without Ospreys lock Bradley Davies since the defeat by Australia on 5 November.McBryde said the Wales squad had gone through a tough analysis session following their narrow defeat by England, but were keen not to forget some of the positives from the performance.Wales led until the 77th minute Six Nations Rugby 2017 Live Stream when Elliott Daly's try edged the defending champions ahead.We were playing against a team ranked second in the world and for 65 minutes we more than matched them," he said.

The disappointing thing is obviously the 15 minutes and - typically Welsh - you tend to focus on what went wrong.There were occasions when we had the ball and in control, and we could control where the game was going. It was those we focussed on for our learning and how we can improve if we find ourselves in that situation again.You can perhaps focus too much on what went wrong and forget the good stuff.It's important we retain a lot of the stuff there and focus on those instances.After England and Wales served up a thriller that justified the build-up in Cardiff - capped off with a dramatic late match-winning score from the visitors' Elliot Daly - France out-muscled a spirited Scotland in Paris on Sunday.Saturday's first fixture - Ireland's 63-10 steam-rollering of Italy - was the sort of confidence-booster that Joe Schmidt's side needed after an opening-weekend defeat by Scotland, but far sterner tests will follow.

With a fortnight's break before the next round, there is plenty to ponder. And it is still all up for grabs.England's win over Wales was a very tight game of fine margins, and it was the visitors' perfect execution of the chance they were given to win the match that proved to be the difference.When Jonathan Davies kicked into the backfield in the last four minutes at the Principality Stadium, England were able to impose themselves enough to create an opportunity and were then clear-headed enough to take it.This is a very powerful, confident, internally competitive 23-man England squad. Individually Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes were mammoth in the second row, expending huge amounts of energy. Nathan Hughes racked up some huge numbers, with the most metres gained (75), carries (22) and defenders beaten (three) of any England player.

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Elliot Daly showed himself to be a complete footballer. He showed the gas of a winger to round Alex Cuthbert for the crucial score, but he also has the vision of a very good full-back, the touch of a very good fly-half and added to which he can also kick penalties from his own half.It is powerful thing to be part of a team that has got that winning habit. You Six Nations Rugby Live are familiar with your team-mates, but training becomes very high level. There is no sympathy for mistakes that slow up the progress of the project and you go onto the field believing that you will find a way to win.England are going to lose at some point and head coach Eddie Jones is right to say there are only so many times that they are going to come through these tight scrapes - but for the moment that confidence the players have is getting them over the line.

Jones may decide to use the Italy game to try some new starting combinations to see if the replacements can be as influential from the beginning of matches. Dylan Hartley was off the pace to my eye , but in modern rugby so much will depend on the condition of the players.Compared with the game at Twickenham last year, where Wales made a host of errors and gave England a 16-point lead at half-time, this was a markedly better performance.Wales could have easily won this year's match and when they play with that amount of energy they are a real threat to the top four in world rugby.Some people questioned coach Rob Howley's decision to withdraw number eight Ross Moriarty after 52 minutes. The Gloucester man had had a blast up until then, a real physical presence with some immense hits in defence.

But it may have been that that impact was a result of him emptying the tanks in the time he was on the pitch, knowing he was going to be taken off soon after half-time. It is not a given that had he stayed on he would have been able to maintain that pace.The balance of the Wales back row was good with Moriarty everywhere, blind-side flanker Sam Six Nations Rugby 2017 Live Warburton doing the heavy-duty carrying and tackling and open-side Justin Tipuric fetching, disrupting and supporting in space.They were more mobile than their England counterparts and were a big part of Wales securing seven turnovers to England's three.There were a few mistakes and a few opportunities that went begging, but England's pressure and instinctive quality in those split-seconds perhaps forced that. The influence of an opposition as good as England cannot be discounted.


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