Nobody in rugby wants to admit that this year’s Six Nations is just a World Cup warm-up

Nobody in rugby wants to admit that this year’s Six Nations is just a World Cup warm-up

There was one piece of insight in the lead-up to the Six Nations that stood tall above all others. Wasps and England back-row James Haskell was talking about an element of the Welsh approach those getting whirled up in the immediate hype don’t want t

Having spoken to club teammates that he’ll come across in the opening game this Friday he said: “It’s like pre– season for Wales; if I’d to do what they’ve been doing, I think I’d retire. It was like double-fitness sessions because they are looking to peak . . .”

Specifically, he meant, for the World Cup. It started back in the autumn as they barely did any rugby sessions before those tests, instead...

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