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Dublin: 4 °C Thursday 11 February, 2016

#6 Nations

# 6-nations - Today’s News

Sean O’Brien and the Kearneys start for Ireland, as Zebo misses out on France trip

Fergus McFadden is on Ireland’s bench as Joe Schmidt makes three changes for the trip to Paris.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 9 February, 2016

Ireland ready to spring towards Paris after bruising ‘neutral’ start

The ‘building blocks’ are in place and Ireland will reach for the gears this weekend.

‘Young Munster U8s are looking for someone’: Ryan backs ‘great communicator’ POC to become coach

Donnacha Ryan was in a better position than anyone to see every aspect brought to the able by Paul O’Connell.

Sexton, Trimble and Zebo sit out training while McFadden joins Ireland squad as cover

The trio are expected to train fully on Thursday, but Keith Earls remains a major doubt for Saturday’s trip to Paris.

Jones: Billy Vunipola can be the best number 8 in the world

A key player in last week’s Six Nations win over Scotland, Billy Vunipola has impressed Eddie Jones.

# 6-nations - Monday 8 February, 2016

Having Mike Ross back in training is good news for everybody (unless you’re the lad who has to carry him)

There was nothing light about the entertainment at Leinster’s training ground today.

‘When you come off the pitch a bit battered and bruised, that’s always a good thing’ — Best

‘When you come off the pitch in the front five and you’re a bit battered and bruised that’s always a good thing.’

CJ Stander and the rest of The42′s Six Nations Team of the Week

There was the tightest of tight calls at number eight, while we found room for five Irishmen after the draw against Wales.

# 6-nations - Sunday 7 February, 2016

‘We can build on that and get better’: Positives in Irish game keeps Murray confident

A point dropped, but Ireland have won back-to-back titles with a defeat under their belts.

‘We had the game won’: Wales leave Dublin frustrated with point dropped

Jamie Roberts said his side were ‘kicking themselves’ after failing to close the game at 13 – 16.

Here’s how we rated Ireland after an intense draw at home to Wales

Ireland will head back to Carton House disappointed at having to share the spoils.

13-point lead not enough for Ireland as Wales scrap back to force a draw

It’s the first time in Championship history that the sides have shared the spoils.

# 6-nations - Saturday 6 February, 2016

Best driving Ireland squad to enjoy the build-up, and get out of rucks clean

Entering the third of four internationals refereed by Jerome Garces, the new Ireland captain has a clear message at the breakdown.

Ireland in a bullish ‘mind-space’ with new leaders pushed forward

“Wracked with doubt? Not really, no.”

# 6-nations - Friday 5 February, 2016

‘Lying on the turf in the Millennium Stadium, I didn’t think this was possible’

Tommy O’Donnell is ready to seize an opportunity he thought was beyond him.

Ireland hope to welcome O’Brien and Kearney back to full training next week

Rob Kearney is expected to join the squad on Tuesday, “at the latest Thursday”.

‘You’re never going to get all the decisions right’: Schmidt trusting tested combinations

The head coach explained some of his key selection calls for Sunday’s crunch clash against Wales.

Cavalier or conservative? The talking points from Joe Schmidt’s first Ireland XV of 2016

There are some exciting and surprising calls in Schmidt’s first XV of 2016.

CJ Stander earns Ireland debut, Zebo starts at fullback against Wales

The South African-born back row is the only uncapped player in Ireland’s 23 to take on Wales.

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POLL: What is your favourite Six Nations anthem?

We want to know what your favourite pre-match tune is.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 2 February, 2016

Paulie’s not around to ‘stare and intimidate’, but otherwise a familiar feeling in Ireland camp

Sean O’Brien will be one of the core squad members aiming to make up for the absence of one of Ireland’s best ever players.

How well do you remember the 2015 Six Nations?

Twelve months on, how good is your memory?

Sean O’Brien: CJ Stander settling in as a fresh, strong voice in Ireland camp

O’Brien and Stander are cut from the same cloth, but the Tullow Tank has no desire to run at the South African.

Fancy a flutter? Here are six of our best bets for the Six Nations

Everything you need to cash in (please gamble responsibly) on the Six Nations.

# 6-nations - Monday 1 February, 2016

Six Nations champs Ireland fourth in first-ever women’s World Rugby rankings

World Rugby say the rankings will encourage more matches to be played.

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POLL: How will Ireland do in the 2016 Six Nations?

Winners, wooden spoon or somewhere in between?

‘If you don’t get a good start you’re behind the 8 ball’: Schmidt dealing with familiar pressure

The Kiwi is chasing a third straight Championship with Ireland.

# 6-nations - Sunday 31 January, 2016

6 women who will be key to a successful Irish title defence

Ireland’s captain and world player of the year nominee are among the most important components of the squad in this campaign.

# 6-nations - Friday 29 January, 2016

Props, prohibiting substances and even a proposal at Ireland’s open training session

Here’s how Ireland are looking a week out from the Six Nations.

# 6-nations - Thursday 28 January, 2016

New faces in Ireland Women’s squad as 7s stars miss start of Six Nations defence

Head coach Tom Tierney has included seven uncapped players as Ireland women spread resources across two forms of the game.

England v Arnie: Jones shows no remorse for painting over motivational Schwarzenegger quote

Eddie Jones apparently hasn’t got time for action heroes, last or not.

# 6-nations - Wednesday 27 January, 2016

Schmidt’s welcome to ‘tough’ Lions job, says Gatland with an eye on 2017 schedule

‘I’m not thinking about the Lions,’” says Warren Gatland after reeling off a chunk of the tour itinerary.

‘Dwell on the past, you’re going to be stuck there’: O’Donnell at peace with World Cup woe

The flanker’s healthy mind has helped his body to follow suit after a horrible dislocated hip injury in August.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 26 January, 2016

‘He wouldn’t have taken his decision lightly’: Bowe wishes Earls all the best after Saracens link

The Ulster wing hopes Earls can still be his team-mate with Ireland even if he moves to the Premiership.

Jones backs ‘unburdened’ Robshaw to shine at blindside

“The next part of his career is going to be the best part of his career.”

# 6-nations - Monday 25 January, 2016

Marty Moore will miss the 6 Nations with hamstring injury

The Leinster prop picked up the knock at the weekend.

# 6-nations - Friday 22 January, 2016

Likely England captain Dylan Hartley (!) feared discipline had cost him England career

Hooker Dylan Hartley is relishing being given another chance by Eddie Jones after fearing his England career had come to an end.

# 6-nations - Thursday 21 January, 2016

Rory Best ‘the ideal candidate to take over’ Irish captaincy, says Johnny Sexton

The out-half reckons it was an easy decision for Joe Schmidt.

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