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#6 Nations

# 6-nations - Yesterday’s News

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.

Analysis: Sexton puts body on the line for Stander set-piece success

Ireland used an almost identical strike move to that which cut Wales apart.

‘The standard is getting better’ – Heaslip says Six Nations is on the rise

Last weekend’s action was the most exciting yet.

# 6-nations - Monday 14 March, 2016

‘I’m always slagging him that he’s going around with his notepad’

Jamie Heaslip has been impressed by Josh van der Flier’s work ethic.

Kilcoyne and Conway join Ireland squad as Kearney ruled out of Scotland clash

The Munster back is uncapped by Ireland at senior level.

England prop Joe Marler cited for this alleged strike in win over Wales

Marler may now miss England’s Grand Slam clash against France this weekend.

No time for losers… It’s the Six Nations Team of the Weekend

Who won gameweek four for you?

‘It felt like the first time in a while where we were properly enjoying ourselves’

Simon Zebo was superb in attack as Ireland hammered Italy in Saturday.

Schmidt buoyed by Ireland’s attack after ‘depressing’ Six Nations

‘The licence to play is always there,’ said Schmidt after his side’s nine-try win.

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