Brian Moore’s Full Contact Rugby: Six Nations must ignore paywall for the good of the game

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After a week off , the Six Nations is back for round four and there are three teams still in with a chance of lifting the trophy come two weeks time.

Alongside Brian this week to look ahead to the weekend’s action, is former England hooker George Chuter.After navigating their way past Ireland, England’s attention now turns to a home match against old rivals Wales who are hoping to avoid three successive defeats for the first time since 2007. James Hook knows what it’s like to win and lose against England and he says it’s too early to cast judgement on Wayne Pivac after his Wales squad was hit with even more injuries.

There’s only two games on this weekend after the Irish government ruled their match with Italy should not go ahead due to concerns over Coronavirus. The Irish Times Liam Toland explains what effect the postponement will have on the IRFU financially and moving forward with a rearranged fixture.

Scotland’s fixture with France has been given the green light and it’s an opportunity for Gregor Townsend to win some fans over after an indifferent tournament. Ahead of the game there have been some green shoots of recovery in the relationship between Townsend and exiled fly half Finn Russell, and former Scotland international David Denton says it’s best for everyone that they bury the hatchet.

Off the pitch the big story surrounding the Six Nations is a potential deal to take the competition off free to air tv. Both Brian and George agree that the powers that be need to think long and hard about the damage that could be done by putting the tournament behind a paywall.

And as ever we answer your questions including where Chris Ashton is likely to end up and how Premiership sides should manager the salary cap.

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