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#6 Nations

# 6-nations - Thursday 9 July, 2015

BBC lose ground in 6 Nations broadcast deal to keep Sky at bay

The move would appear to strengthen RTÉ’s grip on rights for the annual rugby tournament.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 31 March, 2015

Clive Woodward thinks bonus points in the Six Nations are the way forward

“Rugby’s a great game when it’s played properly,” the former England coach added.

# 6-nations - Sunday 29 March, 2015

Sports film of the week: Hooked on Rugby

As George Hook exits pursued by a bear, we look at his ‘landmark’ documentary.

‘Myself and Johnny would probably have been the fall guys’ – Madigan on tense Six Nations finale

“Obviously the way sports people are, you like to take responsibility.”

Relive the moments that made Paul O’Connell the Six Nations Player of the Championship

The captain played an integral role as Joe Schmidt’s side secured back-to-back titles last week.

# 6-nations - Wednesday 25 March, 2015

‘Henshaw was a contender for Ireland’s player of the tournament’

Whiff of Cordite assess the incredible events of last Saturday and reflect on the Six Nations in general.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 24 March, 2015

Wave goodbye to Hook and McGurk with this class Six Nations closing montage

The duo bowed out as Ireland were crowned champions in thrilling circumstances.

# 6-nations - Monday 23 March, 2015

The42′s virtually impossible 2015 Six Nations quiz

It’s so difficult, you’ll have to Google the answers.

# 6-nations - Sunday 22 March, 2015

How the world’s media reacted to Ireland’s Six Nations triumph

From New Zealand to Wales, we take a look at what they’re saying about Joe Schmidt’s men.

Do you agree with our Six Nations team of the tournament?

We’ve crunched the numbers and this is the XV we’ve come up with.

‘I’ll just have to pinch myself and let it sink in’ – Robbie Henshaw

The centre has gone form winning Connacht Senior Cups to Six Nations championships in just three years.

# 6-nations - Saturday 21 March, 2015

Every moment is really special and every bit of playing time is precious

With Ireland on the brink of another championship Sophie Spence is relishing every minute.

# 6-nations - Friday 20 March, 2015

# 6-nations - Thursday 19 March, 2015

Ex-Scotland coach says ‘pretty ordinary’ Joe Schmidt is not a messiah

Jim Telfer believes the Ireland boss is over-rated.

Parling back for England and France make two changes ahead of 6 Nations showdown

The teams meet in Twickenham on Saturday at 5pm.

# 6-nations - Wednesday 18 March, 2015

‘Scotland game will be the biggest challenge of Joe Schmidt’s international career’

The nature of the Wales defeat has led to disproportionate levels of gloom, writes Simon Hick.

‘Rugby will become boring if we don’t rip up the law book’ – Steve Hansen

New Zealand’s coach says the game is in danger of alienating viewers.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 17 March, 2015

Nothing wrong with the Irish lineout – Heaslip

The number 8 is well aware of the dangers posed by upcoming opponents Scotland.

Simon Easterby: Any issues with Irish lineout have already been fixed

The forwards coach is preparing for a trip to Murrayfield.

Analysis: Ireland get taste of own medicine in early stages against Wales

Warren Gatland’s men dominated the early aerial exchanges at the Millennium Stadium.

# 6-nations - Monday 16 March, 2015

Rob Kearney: Ireland won’t be focusing on points difference against Scotland

The 28-year-old full-back insists all thoughts will be on beating their upcoming opponents.

UK media says Ireland only have themselves to blame for missing out on the Grand Slam

Here’s the reaction across the Irish sea.

‘I was close’ – Ireland’s Bowe agonisingly short of crucial try against Wales

‘I was close’ – Ireland’s Bowe agonisingly short of crucial try against Wales

The right wing was halted within a metre of the Wales line in the second half.

Schmidt pushes Ireland to look towards Scotland after defeat in Wales

Eoin Reddan says the Ireland head coach told his players ‘not to dwell on’ their loss.

# 6-nations - Sunday 15 March, 2015

O’Connell keen to move past Cardiff disappointment before Scotland showdown Poc

O’Connell keen to move past Cardiff disappointment before Scotland showdown

The Ireland captain says ‘it’s up to individuals to lift themselves’ after defeat in Wales.

# 6-nations - Saturday 14 March, 2015

Ireland have ‘no gripes’ with Wayne Barnes after Wales defeat

Joe Schmidt said his side have to take responsibility for ‘what happens in our ruck’.

England take top spot in Six Nations despite lacklustre display against Scotland

It could have been much worse for Ireland’s Championship hopes.

O’Connell left looking towards Scotland after giving ‘a leg up’ to Wales

The centurion and captain bemoaned the early glut of penalties conceded as a crucial part of Ireland’s loss.

‘We’ve only got ourselves to blame’ — Joe Schmidt

The Kiwi lamented the loss of the aerial battle as Wales shaded all the fine margins in Cardiff.

Here’s how we rated Ireland in the heart-stopping defeat to Wales

Ireland trailed 12 – 0 in Cardiff and couldn’t reel Wales in during an intense contest.

As it happened: Wales v Ireland, Six Nations

Could Ireland continue their bid for back-to-back titles? We had live updates of all the action at the Millennium Stadium.

‘Good touch for a big man’ was made for this Cian Healy showboat

Outrageous stuff from the prop.

George Hook clearly isn’t a fan of Schmidt’s penchant for stats judging by this analogy

For entertainment alone, we’ll miss him when he retires.

Open Thread: How will Ireland fare in the Six Nations clash with Wales? Call It This post contains a poll

# 6-nations - Friday 13 March, 2015

From ever-present to outsider — Dave Kearney working hard to get back in the picture with Ireland

The Leinster man admits it has been a frustrating experience watching Ireland defend the Six Nations without him.

# 6-nations - Thursday 12 March, 2015

Clermont flier Nakaitaci handed debut as PSA wields the axe for Italy clash

The head coach has made eight changes to the side which lost at home to Wales.

‘Teams at Test level tend to be pretty complete’ — Schmidt ready for whatever Wales throw at him

“They have some very clear and obvious strengths,” says Schmidt. And he doesn’t expect Gatland to change tack.

Shane Williams looks back on fearful days against ‘best tactical defender’ Tommy Bowe

One of Warren Gatland’s finest hours in charge of Wales involved the switch of the prolific try-scorer away from Bowe.

# 6-nations - Wednesday 11 March, 2015

Paul O’Connell getting better as the years go on, he scares me — Sean Cronin

The hooker says there has been extra bite between packs this week as players try to match the captain’s standards.

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