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Dublin: 2 °C Monday 2 March, 2015

Saturday 7 February, 2015

As it happened: Italy v Ireland, Six Nations Championship

We went minute-by-minute as the champions opened their title defence in Rome.

Teams have learned how to shut down ‘stale’ Welsh gameplan — O’Gara

The Racing Metro coach believes the Welsh boss ‘brainwashes’ players to think they can steamroll any side.

‘It’s been a long road’: Keatley and Murray set to steer Ireland on first step in Championship defence

Munster’s 27-year-old out-half has had to be patient. Today, almost six years since his debut, he makes his Six Nations bow.

Friday 6 February, 2015

Jack McGrath ready to go ’cause a bit of damage’ against legendary Castro

The Azzurri want to take control of the scrum and ‘rub it in our faces,’ says McGrath.

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Che Guevera and more big names than you could possibly imagine in RTÉ’s Six Nations promo

You couldn’t turn a sweet in your mouth this clip is so packed with heroes.

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You’ll fancy a trial by combat after watching this Game of Thrones Six Nations promo

As long as the Lannisters lose, we’ll all be happy.

In pics: Keats kicks into gear as Ireland get a feel for Stadio Olimpico

Ian Keatley looks to be in decent goal-kicking form.

Connacht captain Muldoon primed for ‘season defining’ clash with Scarlets

The Welsh side are hot on the tails of Connacht in sixth place, but a win could propel the Westerners closer to a playoff spot.

Wales has been pumped for English visit since Christmas — Warburton ready burst the 6 Nations open

The principality can lay down a big World Cup marker if they play half as well as they did on England’s last visit.

Thursday 5 February, 2015

Schmidt confident that ‘clutch’ Keatley will deliver for Ireland

The out-half has proven his ability to deliver under pressure this season.

Return of the magnificent 7 and more talking points from Schmidt’s team-sheet

There were some big and surprising calls in Ireland’s first XV of 2015.

Keatley and O’Brien in starting line-up as Ireland begin Six Nations defence

However, there is no place for Jamie Heaslip in the matchday 23.

‘I nearly crashed the car’: Briggs admits shock at Ireland captaincy call but ready to take on Europe

The goal-kicking fullback modestly says she had never even considered the prospect of leading her country.

O’Mahony on the wing and other cautionary tales as Ireland head for Rome

Ireland lost on their last clash with Italy in Rome. And we all should have seen it coming.

Wednesday 4 February, 2015

Favourites tag irrelevant, but Toner confident Ireland can now pull any result out of the bag

Consistency was a pipe dream this time last year. In Rome, Ireland can show that they can carry it into a new year.

Open Thread: Pick your Ireland XV to face Italy in the Six Nations

Joe Schmidt names his starting line-up tomorrow, but who should be in there?

Jake Heenan captain, Rodney Ah You to start Connacht Eagles’ clash with Ravens tomorrow

The Kiwi openside will meet his compatriot Tim Boys on his road to recovery.

Ireland Women head to Italy with six uncapped players in matchday squad

Jenny Murphy and Jackie Shiels form a new centre partnership.

Cipriani, Easter back on England’s bench as Lancaster pairs Burrell and Joseph in the centre

George Ford is England’s number 10 and will be partnered by Ben Youngs.

Tuesday 3 February, 2015

In pics: Ireland warm up for Italy after waiting out the early frost

Training had to be postponed in Maynooth this morning.

Ireland Women aiming for ‘the next level’ with big changes on and off the field

New head coach Tom Tierney wants to bring more great athletes onto Ireland’s rugby scene.

Monday 2 February, 2015

5 big questions facing Ireland before the Six Nations kick-off

Is it just us, or is everyone feeling the pressure?

‘We won’t be going out with much caution, we’ll go out to win’ — Tommy Bowe

The Ulster winger is ready to attack a rare Six Nations campaign, but not in a new way.

‘A small degree of doubt’ over Heaslip, but Murray ready to play in Six Nations opener

There was also good news about Dave Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald today.

‘People in Ireland love giving out’: O’Brien has his say on ‘unfair’ criticism of Leinster

The flanker thinks it’s “a load of shite” that Matt O’Connor has been the target of so much flak.

Saturday 31 January, 2015

‘If you’re willing to stay up and watch, you better be ready to train’: Jamie Heaslip is pumped for the Super Bowl

Ireland’s vice captain is predicting a close finale to the NFL season, but only wants one winner.

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A definitive ranking of the 11 best Super Bowl ads ever made

Frogs selling beer, cats selling IT solutions and old ladies complaining about beef shortages. All human life is captured at half-time of the NFL’s showpiece game.

Friday 30 January, 2015

Here’s what the redeveloped RDS will look like after its €20 million makeover

The new Anglesea Stand will bring Leinster’s home up to a 25,000 capacity.

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Conor McGregor talks rugby, the Super Bowl and a likely July date for Jose Aldo fight

The Dubliner was in Arizona before Sunday’s big game.

Sean O’Brien: ‘I’m not going to go out like Tarzan and run around like a headless chicken’

Ireland’s powerful openside is patiently following the road to recovery, so probably won’t be travelling to Rome for the Six Nations opener.

Thursday 29 January, 2015

Jamie Heaslip never tired of learning from the world’s great ‘outliers’

From the Rock to Rob Kearney, Ferriss to Phelps. The Ireland number eight chews through any insight that can help his game.

No Cipriani, but Burgess and Ashton to start for powerful England Saxons XV

Coach Joe Callard says his squad is one of the strongest Saxons sides ever assembled.

‘It’s a very uncertain time when you get picked ahead of a legend of Irish rugby’ — Sexton talks pressure in new ad

Sexton talks us through the tension he feels taking on a place-kick, and then cuts loose with an annoying wedding dance floor staple.

Munster’s Dave Foley ruled out of Six Nations after wrist surgery

The second row was also issued a citing warning over an incident in the win over Sale.

Open Thread: Who would you like to see get a run with the Wolfhounds tomorrow night?

The team-sheets will be unveiled today for the ‘A’ international in Cork.

Wednesday 28 January, 2015

Another inter-provincial switch in the books as John Cooney signs full-time for Connacht

The province have also committed academy products Jack Carty and Caolin Blade to new two-year deals.

‘This is my job. What’s my other option, pack it in?’ Felix Jones refuses to be defined by injury

The Munster fullback has endured a rough time with injuries in his career, but it’s ancient history as far as he’s concerned.