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The mark of a slow sports day today at the NY Times, make that a very slow day, are two articles about rugby, a Six Nation Men’s weekend analysis in print, and a US Olympic profile in the digital edition. The latter was written by Emma Stoney, the usually reliable stringer from New Zealand. However, she committed the sin of comission citing one of the Eagles’ main Olympic competitors as being “England,” when it should have been “Great Britain.”
This past weekend witnessed Round Two of the Six Nation’s Men’s Championship. Perhaps, the most important game was France eking out a narrow 10-9 victory at home against Ireland, reversing the pool result in the last RWC. France are currently 2-0 with a first round victory over Italy. This marked the first Les Bleus triumph in the past six contests against the Irish.
England routed the Italians away 40-9 off of Jonathan Joseph’s splendid hat-trick. Ahead only 11-9, the Red Roses ran in second-half tries. England are also 2-0, the victories coming against the two weaker sides (Scotland and Italy) in the event. Historically, the Azzurri have never beaten England after joining the Championship in 2000.
Wales enjoyed their ninth consecutive win over Scotland 27-23 at home. The memories of Scotland’s heart breaking loss to Australia in the RWC is becoming a distant memory. Wales at 1-0-1 are still in contention for the title.
(Tomorrow, Six Nations Women)