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Jack Nowell scored twice for the Lions.

Second-string Lions step up in Chiefs win

HAMILTON: British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland is tipping plenty of lively debate in Wednesday's Test selection meeting after his supposed second-string troops outclassed the Chiefs 34-6 in Hamilton.

Lions set to make shock call on skipper

Many leaders: Owen Farrell, Peter O'Mahony and Conor Murray celebrate after defeating the Crusaders.

Peter O'Mahony, the Ireland flanker, has emerged as the leading contender to captain the British and Irish Lions in the opening Test match against the All Blacks on -Saturday. His leadership skills were endorsed yesterday by assistant coach Andy Farrell.

Eddie Jones exhorts England to climb their Everest

Aiming for the heights: Eddie Jones as England focused on the Grand Slam.

Eddie Jones has urged England to embrace their inner Sir Edmund Hillary as they contemplate scaling a significant peak in Dublin on Saturday, back-to-back Grand Slams that would be the Everest of their expectations.

Italy deserves spot, says coach after nine-try rout

Conor Murray unleashes a box kick against Italy.

Italy coach Conor O'Shea fended off suggestions on Saturday that his team were out of their depth in the Six Nations and said the tournament's experiment with attacking bonus-points encouraged opponents to "go for the jugular" this year.

Ireland beat Scotland in exciting end to campaign

Ireland's Keith Earls, right, runs,  on his way to scoring his side's second try, during the Six Nations rugby union ...

Ireland ended a disappointing defence of the Six Nations title with their best display of the championship, beating Scotland 35-25 in an exciting contest on Saturday to wrap up the campaign with two victories in a row.

England on course for title after beating Ireland

Mike Brown crosses the line for England's second try.

England, playing at Twickenham for the first time since their embarrassing World Cup exit at the hands of Australia, scored two tries within five second-half minutes on their way to a 21-10 victory over Ireland on Saturday to keep Eddie Jones' team on course for a first Six Nations title since 2011.

Ireland legend forced into retirement

Bowing out: Paul O'Connell takes on the Wallabies defence at Eden Park during the 2011 World Cup.

Paul O'Connell has been forced to retire from rugby due to injury before having the chance to end a glittering career with European champions Toulon, the former Ireland captain said on Tuesday.