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Dublin: 8 °C Thursday 5 March, 2015

#6 Nations

# 6-nations - Today’s News

(It’s business) It’s business time as Steve Walsh pulls out as referee of Wales-Ireland game

Wayne Barnes will be the man in the middle next weekend.

# 6-nations - Yesterday’s News

Ireland players are not just robots following Schmidt’s orders — Conor Murray

“Joe does not stop you from backing yourself,” says the star scrum-half.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 3 March, 2015

Here’s Conor Murray’s view on the ‘pressure-off’ kick that put Sunday’s game beyond England

Ireland’s play-making number nine is almost completely satisfied with a job well done against England and is ready to get back to work tomorrow.

All Blacks call Joe Schmidt Superman… then say Ireland need to temper expectations

Oh and Johnny Sexton is the ‘most dangerous man in Europe.’

# 6-nations - Monday 2 March, 2015

‘Sexton can deliver that World Cup’ – How the English media reacted to Ireland’s win

The opposition’s journalists were impressed by what they saw from the home side yesterday.

Host Daire O’Brien had an awkward slip of the tongue on ‘Against the Head’ tonight

The presenter quickly corrected himself, but the damage was already done.

One of Wales’ key players looks odds-on to be fit for their Six Nations clash with Ireland

The team captain suffered a contusion to his knee during his country’s defeat of France at the weekend.

‘A lot of our young lads haven’t played in that sort of intensity before’ — England coach Lancaster

Six of England’s starting XV yesterday had fewer than 10 international caps.

6 talking points as Ireland take control of the 6 Nations after win over England

Joe Schmidt’s men were in imperious form against England as they extended their winning run to 10 games.

# 6-nations - Sunday 1 March, 2015

Schmidt on Zebo: ‘He’s a free-spirited young man who loves the game’

The Munster wing’s hard work made him a stand-out performer against England.

Was that display against England Paul O’Connell’s final act at home in the Six Nations?

Ireland will finish off this year’s Championship on the road and the captain still hasn’t decided whether he will play beyond the World Cup.

Schmidt vows to ‘enjoy the moment, take a deep breath’ and pour cold water on Grand Slam talk

‘Control is fickle’, says the Ireland coach after his team took over at the top of the Six Nations Championship.

# 6-nations - Friday 27 February, 2015

11 Ireland v England battles that will be settled once and for all this Sunday

Hold on tight, folks. There’s a whole lot of baggage that goes along with this rivalry.

In pics: Ireland and England squads go through paces ahead of pivotal Six Nations clash

Here’s how the Championship’s remaining unbeaten sides are shaping up for the big one on Sunday.

Jack McGrath Ireland’s ‘stand-out player against South Africa and he’s played right through’

Here’s Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt explaining some tight selection calls.

Healy held back and more talking points from Ireland’s XV for England

There’s no change at 23, while Jordi Murphy starts his second game of the championship.

England XV as expected with Goode and Nowell brought in for Ireland clash

Stuart Lancaster has kept the changes in his back three.

# 6-nations - Thursday 26 February, 2015

Horne steps in for suspended Russell as Scotland name side for pivotal Italy clash

Vern Cotter has made two enforced and two tactical changes for Saturday’s meeting with the Azzurri.

Easterby and Healy confident Jordi Murphy will ‘muscle up’ in Heaslip’s absence

The vice captain’s back injury has paved the way for the 23-year-old to make his third Test start.

Simon Zebo braced for Goode grief as Ireland aim to kick on past England

The wing says the Saracens fullback has ‘some of the best footwork I’ve ever seen’.

# 6-nations - Wednesday 25 February, 2015

Choke conversation out of breath with Ireland refusing to take focus off England

Two weeks feels like an interminably long wait for a game of this magnitude. Roll on Sunday.

‘I wouldn’t have come back if I didn’t think I could last the pace’ — Cian Healy

Naturally, ‘strength hasn’t been an issue’ for the prop during his recovery from hamstring injury.

Pascal Pape and rugby’s Twitter apologists engaging in the fine art of PR spin

The French player took to social media to say sorry for injuring the Ireland and Leinster star.

Simon Hick Column: ‘Don’t hate the players, hate the game’

Our man says Ireland aren’t taking risks, but rugby clearly doesn’t reward risk takers anymore.

Best of enemies: The best Ireland-England battles through the years

Ahead of Sunday’s showdown in Dublin, we look at more tussles with the English.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 24 February, 2015

The French rugby team of the 80s ran on amphetamines according to a new book

“They each had their little pill in front of their plates for the meal before the match,” according to the French team doctor of the time.

# 6-nations - Monday 23 February, 2015

George Ford: Our plan for Dublin is much more than ‘stop Sexton’

England fly-half George Ford warned there is more to Ireland than Jonathan Sexton leading into Sunday’s Six Nations showdown.

Forget about the records, beating the old enemy is enough motivation for Murray

Victory on Sunday would equal an Irish record for consecutive wins.

Kiss wary of England’s ‘scary midfield’ as preparations intensify ahead of Aviva showdown

The Ireland defence coach believes this weekend’s game won’t decide the Championship.

# 6-nations - Sunday 22 February, 2015

There’ll be no repeat of 2011 Dublin collapse, warns England star Haskell

England are less likely to buckle under pressure with Stuart Lancaster at the helm, according to forward James Haskell.

# 6-nations - Saturday 21 February, 2015

Johnny Sexton played an hour this evening as Racing Metro drew with Clermont

The out-half scored eight points before being withdrawn in the second-half.

For many he’s the complete player but Conor Murray wants to add another string to his bow

The scrum-half is continuously working on his kicking.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 17 February, 2015

Jamie Heaslip accepts Papé apology after knee to back fractures three verebrae

The pair seemed to make amends on Twitter this evening.

# 6-nations - Monday 16 February, 2015

Sexton wary of underachieving England ahead of Lansdowne showdown

It’s the English next up in Dublin in two weeks’ time.

# 6-nations - Saturday 14 February, 2015

Birthday boy O’Brien relieved to survive late French onslaught

“You’re just getting up and trying to find a blue shirt.”

Out of 10: How we rated Ireland in a hard fought Six Nations victory over France

Out of 10: How we rated Ireland in a hard fought Six Nations victory over France

It was a rough night for everyone out there.

Battered and bruised, but Sexton guides Ireland to victory over France

The out-half put his concussion struggles behind him with five penalties against Les Bleus.

O’Connell still annoyed by Paris endgame as he seeks out another rare win over France

Ireland’s captain has only tasted victory over Les Bleus twice, and both led to Championship success.

‘This is a good team, but not the best Ireland team we’ve seen in the last 10 years’

Former French star Thomas Castaignède spoke to The42 ahead of the weekend’s big game.

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