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Thursday 23 February, 2017

'I'll always come away having learned something new' - Ringrose

The centre will win just his sixth cap this Saturday, but is lapping up every lesson.

Jackson took benching 'with a smile' as Schmidt slips Sexton back in

Joe Schmidt expects to need both of his out-halves against France.

Sexton starts as Ireland aim to keep Six Nations chase alive against France

The out-half is one of three changes as captain Rory Best also returns after illness.

French 'lesson' has Furlong well warned for Test ahead

A lot has changed for the Wexford man since his 17 minutes in Paris last year.

Wednesday 22 February, 2017

Marmion willing to work and wait to match 'best in the world' Murray 999

Marmion willing to work and wait to match 'best in the world' Murray

The Connacht star is firmly in the role of impact player for Ireland.

Jackson 'learning', but Sexton remains the perfect 10 for Schmidt and Ireland

The Ulster playmaker still has work to do to match up with the intangibles offered by Sexton, says Richie Murphy

Tuesday 21 February, 2017

New Jersey date with US set for Ireland's summer schedule

Ireland will clock up the air miles this summer as they travel to face the USA before a two Test tour of Japan.

Heaslip not afraid to think big - World Cup big - when setting late career goals

Heaslip wasn’t confident of even playing in Japan after the painful quarter-final exit to Argentina, but a lot has passed under the bridge since.

Monday 20 February, 2017

Saili cited for alleged dangerous tackle in Munster's win over Ospreys

The All Black will face a disciplinary committee on Wednesday.

Kiwi Keane gives Connacht welcome continuity

The 63-year-old will be familiar with the Westerners’ philosophy when he arrived to fill Pat Lam’s sizable shoes.

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton to take full part in Ireland training tomorrow

Rob Kearney is scheduled to take part in contact training today and is also expected to train fully tomorrow.

Saturday 11 February, 2017

Eddie Jones demands that England 'take Italy to the cleaners' Trash Talk This post contains videos

Eddie Jones demands that England 'take Italy to the cleaners'

None of that auld: ‘they’re getting better all the time’ craic for Eddie.

England overcome intense Welsh resistance to maintain winning streak

Wales put Eddie Jones’ men under intense pressure for long portions in Cardiff.

Schmidt praises debutant Scannell after Ireland build big win from solid start

The Munster man got a late call to face Italy as Rory Best was unable to play.

As it happened: Italy v Ireland, Six Nations

We went minute-by-minute as Ireland ran in nine tries against Italy in Rome.

Niall Scannell to start for Ireland in Italy as captain Best misses out

Jamie Heaslip will lead Ireland out at Stadio Olimpico as Joe Schmidt’s side look to bounce back from opening day defeat.

10 years on from 'manic aggression': Behind the dressing room door on rugby's Croke Park debut

‘Everybody feels they were there,’ but O’Connell’s famous speech would only emerge much later.

Friday 10 February, 2017

Goujon dips in as France and Scotland make blindside changes

Stuart Hogg will win his 50th cap at Stade de France.

Thursday 9 February, 2017

Park it! 'We made mistakes on the pitch, nothing to do with the bus'

Even best laid plans can unravel, so Ireland must show an ability to adapt and improvise.

Munster schools 1/4 final to be replayed after 'unprecedented injury circumstances'

St Munchin’s had declined to play the remainder of their Junior Cup meeting with PBC after three players were withdrawn due to injury.

'People might laugh, but in a few years we'll be a very good team' -- Conor O'Shea

Italy’s head coach says his side have ‘a mountain to climb’ against his home nation this weekend.

'Angry' Irish players eager to make amends, says Murray

Defeat in Scotland has cast a shadow on Schmidt’s squad this week, but they’re determined to issue an emphatic response.

Bench power and more talking points from Ireland's XV to face Italy

Ireland are set up to finish strong in Rome.

Schmidt lays down 'challenge' to Ireland players to ensure strong start

The Kiwi is backing Donnacha Ryan’s line-out nous to shore up the set-piece.

'Rugby isn't healthy for the mind, it's up and down': Comeback confidence fuelling Ireland for Rome rumble

Keith Earls will travel to Italy intent on righting some wrongs from the opening weekend.

Wednesday 8 February, 2017

'Ruthlessness' the focus for Ireland defence coach Farrell, not stats

The numbers of tries conceded are piling up for Andy Farrell, but he’s looking beyond the numbers.

Wait and weight concerns over for John Ryan as he thrives in Ireland camp

The Munster prop had to contend with a sharp drop in weight, but has found the formula to regain a balanced diet and normality.

Tuesday 7 February, 2017

Munster and Top 14-linked Ben Smith commits to Highlanders

The 30-year-old All Black will stay with his native region beyond the next World Cup.

Half-time defensive fix gives Ireland confidence they can bounce back

Andy Farrell’s defensive review looms for the squad today after a nightmare first half.

Monday 6 February, 2017

Parisse ready to shrug off neck concern ahead of Ireland clash

The focal point of Italy’s game will be in place this weekend.

Saturday 4 February, 2017

Te'o time! Ben's first England try enough to steal a nervy win over France Up And Running This post contains videos

Te'o time! Ben's first England try enough to steal a nervy win over France

Holders made to sweat as France push them all the way at Twickenham.

As it happened: Scotland v Ireland, Six Nations

Bonus points are in play and the Six Nations is ready for the starter’s gun, so we’re going minute-by-minute from Murrayfield.

CJ Stander's ex-roomie Strauss plotting 'strategy' to counter Murray

Familiarity has fuelled the fire with our celtic brethren after Munster’s feisty meetings with Glasgow.

Friday 3 February, 2017

Holders Belvo drawn to meet St Michael's and all of your Leinster Senior Cup quarter-final details

St Michael’s were the Junior Cup runners-up last year and will hope for a different outcome than the last time the sides met in the Senior Cup.

'He's a leader now': Jackson presence a seamless transition for Ireland

The Ulster number 10 played more Test minutes than Sexton last year despite sitting out the Six Nations.

Thursday 2 February, 2017

Professional power has put the squeeze on Ireland's once-vibrant club rugby scene

“The top of the game is very strong, but the bit in the middle, the clubs, are struggling badly.”

U20 driving force Gallagher ready get uncomfortable again

Ireland’s vice captain is relishing another term of rugby education under Nigel Carolan.

Wednesday 1 February, 2017

Steyn appeal against ban for high hit on Sexton turned down

The Springbok is still suspended for Top 14 matches against Toulouse and Lyon.

Marauding McEniff helps Mary's overcome resolute Newbridge

The Kildare men had to withstand an early onslaught and struggled for a foothold in St Mary’s half.

Ireland well placed to profit from bonus points in Six Nations

We’ve run the numbers on how bonus points might have changed games in recent years.

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