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Dublin: 3 °C Thursday 23 February, 2017

Today’s News

Sexton straight back in, McGrath's loosehead nod and Kearney at 15

Joe Schmidt has been able to name a very strong Ireland matchday 23 to face France.

Ian Madigan: 'I would be open to playing for any of the provinces'

The 31-times capped Ireland international has not been happy with life at Top 14 club Bordeaux.

Yesterday’s News

Ireland likely to field settled team for France with Sexton set to return

Joe Schmidt has had some tight selection calls to make this week.

Analysis: Shaggy's classic try the symbol of Ireland's great day at Croker

We dig into the archive footage to rediscover a stunning performance from Eddie O’Sullivan’s side.

'You want this guy to come through again for Ireland, he's a class act'

Eddie O’Sullivan believes a move to England would work well for Ian Madigan.

Tuesday 21 February, 2017

IRFU to pull three key Ireland players from Six Nations to go on 7s duty

Tom Tierney’s side are set to lose Sene Naoupu, Alison Miller and Hannah Tyrrell.

Sunday 19 February, 2017

'In my life, I have a philosophy that I want to understand the world'

Highly-rated French coach Régis Sonnes is working in Bandon after leaving the Top 14 behind.

Saturday 18 February, 2017

'I had to learn to walk again. I was so nervous I wouldn't be able to hold myself up'

Connacht’s Eoghan Masterson is back playing after a severe knee injury that could have ended his career.

'We're under the hammer' - Big selection calls for Ireland before France test

Joe Schmidt is pleased to see his forwards looking more comfortable when passing the ball.

Schmidt pleased with Heaslip's new deal and hopes to see Ryan sign on

The 33-year-olds remain important players for Ireland.

Friday 17 February, 2017

Ireland 'quietly confident' over Kearney as Sexton hits his markers

Joe Schmidt provided an injury update after Ireland’s training session in Monaghan today.

Thursday 16 February, 2017

You're the analyst: What were the keys to this Wales try against England?

Tell us what went right and wrong for this try in last weekend’s Six Nations action.

Wednesday 15 February, 2017

'I never spoke to Munster' - French coach Sonnes stresses loyalty to Bandon

The highly-regarded former Bordeaux forwards coach has been in Ireland since last summer.

Tuesday 14 February, 2017

Ulster boosted by released Ireland internationals and fit-again Pienaar

Craig Gilroy is back after scoring a hat-trick last weekend in Rome.

IRFU confirm new Heaslip contract until after 2019 World Cup

The 33-year-old has agreed to remain in Ireland with native province Leinster.

'The first day, I let myself down and I had to work a lot harder last week'

Ultan Dillane was rusty in the Six Nations defeat to Scotland but improved against Italy last weekend.

Monday 13 February, 2017

Analysis: Whatever about the try, Ringrose's defence will have excited Schmidt

The 22-year-old showed promising signs in defence against Italy last weekend.

'I put the phone on 'Do Not Disturb'. You just have to knuckle down'

24-year-old Munster hooker Niall Scannell made his Ireland debut against Italy on Saturday.

Schmidt's Ireland in a better place after being 'spooked' early in Six Nations

The Ireland head coach won’t be getting over the round-one defeat in Scotland just yet though.

Sunday 12 February, 2017

Stander to the fore as Ireland get back on track with dismantling of Italy

A nine-try victory in Rome brings Ireland back into contention for the Six Nations title.

Saturday 11 February, 2017

Schmidt rates Gilroy display as 'a mixed bag' as Jackson stresses his quality

The Ulster wing scored three tries but didn’t fully meet the Ireland head coach’s standards.

Ireland positive on Henshaw and Kearney injuries as Best recovers from gut ache

Joe Schmidt was pleased with how his side dealt with the loss of Rory Best.

Ireland's attack, Scannell's debut, dire Italy and more talking points from Rome

Niall Scannell had a fine debut for Ireland in Rory Best’s absence.

Two hat-tricks as Schmidt's Ireland hammer Italy to get Six Nations bid rolling

Joe Schmidt’s men scored nine tries in a dominant performance in Rome.

No excuses for Ireland as they aim to get Six Nations title bid back on track

Joe Schmidt’s men are strong favourites at Stadio Olimpico this afternoon.

'It was a different game back when I started' - Healy eyes Ireland opening

The 29-year-old loosehead gets his starting chance at Stadio Olimpico today.

Analysis: Ireland always work hard but their breakdown must be better in Italy

Devin Toner continues to lead the way for Ireland in terms of sheer ruck numbers.

Friday 10 February, 2017

Ireland call on Tracy as cover after captain Rory Best hit by stomach bug Ill

Ireland call on Tracy as cover after captain Rory Best hit by stomach bug

Niall Scannell will make his debut in the starting team if Best does not recover.

'Ireland don't think we're fit enough for 80 minutes' - Italy's Parisse

The talismanic number eight is enjoying life under head coach Conor O’Shea.

'I'm more of a realist now' - Ryan returns to lead Ireland with his actions

The 33-year-old was left out last weekend in Edinburgh but is back for the Italy clash.

Forget the bus, Schmidt's Ireland have a point to prove after 'wake-up call'

The Ireland head coach says his squad must stay positive as they bid to bounce back.

Thursday 9 February, 2017

Healy and Ryan start as Ireland look to bounce back in Italy

Ulster wing Craig Gilroy has come onto the Ireland bench for the trip to Rome.

Wednesday 8 February, 2017

Schmidt unlikely to ring the changes for Italy trip but Ryan could get recall

Ireland travel to Rome to take on the Italians in round two of the Six Nations.

Analysis: Ireland tried to play at Murrayfield but just weren't good enough at it

There was lots of intent from Ireland but their execution was extremely inconsistent.

Tuesday 7 February, 2017

Analysis: Scottish trick play lowlights a bad day for Ireland's lineout and maul

Simon Easterby’s pack missed some big opportunities at key points in the game.

Monday 6 February, 2017

Analysis: Basic folding and spacing problems cause Ireland's defence failures

Andy Farrell and his players will be deeply unhappy with their defensive display in Edinburgh.

Ireland lead the Six Nations after their great escape in Scotland

Jenny Murphy’s return was among the positives in a poor performance from Tom Tierney’s side.

'There's guys there who'll be playing international rugby in a few years'

Ireland U20s head coach Nigel Carolan took plenty of positives from a heartening win in Scotland.

Schmidt unlikely to make 'knee-jerk reactions' after defeat in Edinburgh

The Ireland head coach believes his team can fix the defensive problems they suffered against Scotland.

Sunday 5 February, 2017

'Apart from missing family, there's no real desire to move back home'

Former Ulster wing Conor Gaston is a key part of the set-up at Jeremy Davidson’s Aurillac.

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