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Well, this year in England and Ireland we have two of the world’s best four teams in reality as well as ratings, a Welsh and Scottish team committed to more ambition, oh, and France talking up mobility and dynamism. As for Italy, the odd losing bonus point is neither here nor there and no victories will be ruined by the fact they didn’t score four tries.

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