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Big six who have stamped their authority on the Six Nations so far | Paul Rees

Big hitters, gamechangers, impact backs, formidable forwards – here are six players who have made an impression after two thrilling rounds

Age 30, Wales, flanker, caps 15

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Eddie Jones slams World Rugby for saying Anscombe’s try for Wales should have stood

• WR’s head of referees acknowledges error to Warren Gatland

• England head coach says it shows ‘lack of respect’ for referees

Eddie Jones has criticised World Rugby for publicly admitting the TMO, Glenn Newman, was wrong to disallow Gareth Anscombe’s try during England’s 12-6 victory over Wales, suggesting that doing so shows a lack of respect towards the referee.

World Rugby’s head of referees, Alain Rolland, rang Warren Gatland on Monday to say Anscombe’s try should have been awarded while the governing body also released a statement, acknowledging that: “In accordance with law 21.1 b Wales should have been awarded a try as the Wales player grounded the ball.”

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Ben Te'o ousts Jonathan Joseph to start for England against Italy in Six Nations

  • Fit-again Te’o lines up in No13 position outside Owen Farrell
  • Eddie Jones picks Courtney Lawes in the back-row for Rome trip

Ben Te’o has been handed only his second start for England after he was named at outside-centre to face Italy on Sunday. Te’o has not played at all since October due to an ankle injury but Eddie Jones has put him straight into his starting XV for England’s Six Nations opener.

Te’o also started 12 months ago against Italy, as well as in the first British & Irish Lions Test, but he suffered an ankle injury when playing for Worcester against Brive nearly four months ago. Last week he revealed that he funded a six-week rehab programme in Australia at the end of last year to ensure he was fighting fit for the Six Nations.

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England adopt cold war tactics in bid to avoid Six Nations embarrassment

• Eddie Jones’ side use military technique to spot potential weakness
• Champions struggled to deal with Italy’s approach to ruck last year

England have adopted cold war military tactics to guard against the kind of embarrassment suffered as a result of Italy’s approach to the rules of engagement during last year’s Six Nations.

The defence coach, Paul Gustard, has revealed England have introduced “military red-teaming” – a practice previously employed by the US armed forces and intelligence agencies against the Soviet Union – that involves an organisation instructing an independent group to improve its effectiveness by assuming an adversarial role and probing its weaknesses.

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Premiership’s faltering form in Europe could spell trouble for England | Robert Kitson

Eddie Jones’ side could suffer knock-on effect as Pro14 teams teach wealthier English and French rivals a lesson in the European Rugby Champions Cup

Amid all the myriad European pool permutations and head-scratching arithmetic it can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture out on the wintry fields. This has been a Champions Cup season of vivid, gripping contrasts in which the Pro14 sides are teaching their wealthy English and French league counterparts an increasing lesson in humility.

Even if the Premiership sides, in particular, stage a last-gasp resurrection they are already scrabbling for quarter-final crumbs. It could be that England has only one representative – or possibly none – in a last eight that could contain five Pro14 sides. Two years ago there were five Premiership quarter‑finalists and none at all from the then Pro12. The pendulum has swung.

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