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#6 Nations

# 6-nations - Wednesday 18 January, 2017

Here's the Scotland squad Vern Cotter will pick from to face Ireland

Ireland’s opener in Murrayfield is just two and a half weeks away.

Venue standards, live broadcasts and highlights show part of developments for women's 6 Nations

We’ll now be able to watch all of the women’s Six Nations games live.

# 6-nations - Saturday 14 January, 2017

Provincial success in Europe has driven Ireland standards at Test level

Ireland’s recent Six Nations titles have coincided with disappointing provincial results. Is there a link or mere coincidence?

# 6-nations - Sunday 1 January, 2017

Injury worry for Manu Tuilagi as Saracens see off Leicester

While one England centre hobbled off, another continued to excel.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 27 December, 2016

Here's The42's Ireland XV to start the 6 Nations

Taking injuries into account, here’s who we’d pick to face Scotland in February.

# 6-nations - Wednesday 14 December, 2016

Dylan Hartley handed 6-week ban for striking Sean O'Brien

The England captain will be back on a rugby field just in time for the Six Nations.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 13 December, 2016

Munster's Edinburgh trip set for same weekend as Ireland face Scotland in Murrayfield

Get your digs sorted sooner rather than later.

# 6-nations - Thursday 8 December, 2016

Jaco Peyper won't ref Ireland in the 6 Nations

Jerome Garces will be the man in the middle for Ireland’s final day meeting with England at the Aviva.

# 6-nations - Saturday 3 December, 2016

McFadden: Bonus points promise entertainment in 6 Nations, but much more work for coaches

Fergus McFadden will be back running next week after ‘almost’ tearing his quad off the bone. Perfect timing for a new-look Six Nations.

# 6-nations - Friday 25 March, 2016

Italy confirm Conor O’Shea as new head coach on four-year contract

O’Shea will take the IRFU’s Stephen Aboud with him to oversee development in the country.

# 6-nations - Thursday 24 March, 2016

Public vote gives 6 Nations Player of the Championship award to Stuart Hogg

His closest Irish contender was scrum-half Conor Murray in fourth place.

Sean O’Brien: If Garry Ringrose played 6 Nations this year, I guarantee he gets hurt

The Leinster flanker hopes to return from his ripped hamstring tendon in a month’s time.

# 6-nations - Wednesday 23 March, 2016

The42 Six Nations Show: Trevor Hogan and Murray Kinsella reflect on Ireland’s campaign

And we pick the team for the tour of South Africa.

# 6-nations - Monday 21 March, 2016

Analysis: Heaslip’s offloads the highlight of Ireland’s final-day victory

The Ireland number eight released two excellent balls out of the tackle against Scotland.

Break out the tux, it’s The42′s Six Nations awards Extravaganza This post contains videos

Break out the tux, it’s The42′s Six Nations awards

We’ve had 15 long games, and here’s who we’re giving a great big slap on the back to.

# 6-nations - Sunday 20 March, 2016

The 10 best tries scored in the Six Nations this year Points For Pretty This post contains videos

The 10 best tries scored in the Six Nations this year

It wasn’t the most entertaining championship but there was no shortage of stand-out moments.

Ireland aim to ‘create history’ as Best hopes to lead South Africa tour

The 33-year-old enjoyed his first campaign as Ireland skipper.

Here’s The42′s Six Nations Team of the Championship

Scotland and the champions dominate our selection.

# 6-nations - Saturday 19 March, 2016

Best: ‘We’ll look back at the Six Nations as a whole and be disappointed’

Joe Schmidt says five new caps in the championship was one major positive.

Back row dominant, defensive work-ons and more Ireland talking points

Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray looked classy for long periods of the game.

As it happened: Ireland v Scotland, Six Nations Championship

Ireland took on Scotland, as both sides looked to end their Six Nations campaign on a high.

VIDEO: Rampant Wales put 67 points on sorry Italy in Cardiff

The visitors look like they’re over this tournament.

Life after Joe comes into perspective but Schmidt has built a legacy in Ireland

The Kiwi’s current contract expires next year.

# 6-nations - Friday 18 March, 2016

‘Les yeux de glaces was his nickname in France, the eyes of ice’

Joe Schmidt reflects on what he learned from Vern Cotter in their years together.

‘Simon Zebo’s strengths are what Ireland need more of in attack’

Lynne Cantwell looks at what makes Stuart Hogg effective and Simon Zebo in Ireland’s 15 shirt.

# 6-nations - Thursday 17 March, 2016

Zebo not worried by post-match reviews, he’ll continue to offload when the time is right

Zebo kick-started Ireland’s excellent first-half try against Italy with a sublime offload.

CJ Stander no longer playing like he’s got something to prove

The big back row also told us of the ‘massive’ St Patrick’s Day celebrations he used to see in South Africa.

Schmidt: ‘We never felt we were drowning, but we were struggling to stay on the surface’

The head coach made an early incision in the post-mortem of Ireland’s failed title defence.

O’Donnell returns and more talking points from the Ireland XV to face Scotland

Just when you thought it was safe to predict an unchanged Ireland team, Tommy forced his way back in.

Tommy O’Donnell restored to number 7 jersey in Ireland team to face Scotland

Rory Best has been able to shake off a calf problem and will lead Ireland out against Vern Cotter’s in-form side.

Connacht’s in-form Matt Healy called into Ireland training squad

Second row Quinn Roux was also at Carton House this week.

Trimble hopes for clinical edge against ‘Saracens’ of the Six Nations

The 31-year-old wing scored his 17th Test try last weekend against Italy.

# 6-nations - Wednesday 16 March, 2016

Gatland apologises for labelling Marler abuse of Lee as ‘banter’

The Wales coach initially tried to downplay the exchange between the two players.

David Pocock to take year off but stick with Australia

The number eight will return to Australia ahead of the 2018 Super rugby season.

Van der Flier benefits from help of Ireland openside rival O’Donnell

The 22-year-old is feeling increasingly at home in the Ireland squad.

Ultan Dillane hoping more Connacht players get chance with Ireland

The 22-year-old lock made his debut off the bench during the team’s recent 21-10 loss to England.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 15 March, 2016

Scotland lose Gray and Denton to injury ahead of Dublin trip

The Scots take on Ireland at the Aviva this weekend.

Tomas Francis banned for eight weeks for Dan Cole eye incident

The Exeter man had been named on the Welsh bench for the final weekend.

Analysis: Fear of Schmidt drives Heaslip to finish Ireland’s try of the season

Joe Schmidt’s side showed excellent running lines off the ball to score just before half time.

Captain Best sits out training but Healy and Reddan back for Ireland

The hooker is dealing with tightness in his calf.

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