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Rugby - Today’s News

Ireland's Six Nations hopes on the line with confident France in Dublin

Ireland's Six Nations hopes on the line with confident France in Dublin

It’s make or break for Joe Schmidt’s men against les Bleus.

Farrell wants Ireland's defence to be a try-scoring weapon against France

The Ireland defence coach is pleased to have Johnny Sexton back in the team.

Poll: Who will win today's Six Nations clash between Ireland and France? Round 3 This post contains a poll

Poll: Who will win today's Six Nations clash between Ireland and France?

The big one kicks off at 4.50pm this afternoon.

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Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Ireland U20s hold out after second-half Six Nations scare against France

Nigel Carolan’s men remain second in the table behind England.

Leinster run in 8 tries to steamroll hapless Dragons and move top of Pro12

Leo Cullen’s men took full advantage of Munster’s slip-up to move to the summit.

Munster blown away by superb Scarlets fightback

The hosts seemed poised for an easy win when they opened up a 15-point lead by the interval.

'I've heard it said by a few English players that some of them felt uneasy before kick-off'

Denis Leamy on ‘getting into the guts’ of Jonny Wilkinson and a ‘perfect day’ in 2007.

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France 'don't really care' that Sexton's fit, they're worried about Ireland's back row

The Ireland out-half has been rather unfortunate against the French in recent years.

'When I first came into the squad, it was a real rarity that we'd beat them'

Ireland captain Rory Best is back at hooker as Ireland look for another win over France.

Bundee Aki returns while Healy sits out Connacht's clash with Treviso

Matt Healy picked up a minor hip issue this week.

Jared Payne returns to Ulster squad after long layoff

Meanwhile Tommy Bowe is in line to win his 150th cap.

'In the changing room you see the guys' eyes welling up - sometimes it's the unspoken stuff'

Isaac Boss has special memories of facing England at Croke Park in 2007.

Analysis: Do the statistics back up Joe Schmidt's rebuke about Ireland's attack?

The Ireland head coach was frustrated with suggestions his side play an attritional game.

Ben Te'o starts for England as Jonathan Joseph drops from squad

George Ford and Danny Care are named in the half-backs as Eddie Jones makes four changes.

'I try not to get distracted by people who throw out opinions and not back it up'

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has defended the nature of his team’s attacking tactics.

Zebo keen on future French adventure but ready to beat les Bleus now

The Munster man can see himself making a move to France later in his career.

Ireland's U20s will need to keep a close eye on the 17-year-old son of a France legend tonight

Nigel Carolan’s side are looking to make it three wins from three.

Schmidt backs 'great orchestrator' Sexton to lift Ireland for France 10

Schmidt backs 'great orchestrator' Sexton to lift Ireland for France

The 31-year-old is back at out-half in place of Paddy Jackson ahead of tomorrow’s Six Nations clash.

Connacht distance themselves from a move for Ian Madigan

The province’s CEO, Willie Ruane, says they are well stocked at out-half.

Rugby - Thursday 23 February, 2017

'We're not disrespecting the Six Nations': IRFU defend decision to withdraw three key players

Sene Naoupu, Alison Miller and Hannah Tyrrell are flying to Las Vegas with the sevens squad instead of playing against France on Sunday.

'We had to win, and it brought horrendous pressure': Eddie O'Sullivan's memories of Croke Park 07 10 Years On This post contains videos

'We had to win, and it brought horrendous pressure': Eddie O'Sullivan's memories of Croke Park 07

Ten years on from England’s visit to Croke Park, the former Ireland head coach sits down with Murray Kinsella to relive the historic game.

We'll Leave It There So: Sexton set to pack his bag for Saturday, Rooney's staying put and today's sport

Plus, that all-important fixture list for a busy Friday of sport.

Quiz: How well do you remember Ireland's Croke Park win over England 10 years ago?

Cast your mind back to that historic day in 2007, the day Ireland hosted England at Croke Park.

'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.

Tierney continues to ring the changes as Ireland team named for France while trio confirmed in 7s squad

As expected, Sene Naoupu, Alison Miller and Hannah Tyrrell have all switched from the Six Nations squad to the sevens.

'I wouldn't mind staying at Leinster for a wee while as it's a pretty awesome club'

Leinster scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park has had to be patient during his debut season here but is still enjoying life in Ireland.

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 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.

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.

Keatley and Conway return to Munster 23 for visit of Scarlets

The pair are back from Ireland camp and among the replacement for tomorrow night’s Pro12 game at Thomond Park.

Kicked to touch? An open letter from frustrated supporters of women's rugby in Ireland

Frustrating inconsistency is hampering Ireland ahead of home Rugby World Cup.

‘It was sport and politics colliding’ – Behind the camera lens on that historic day in Croke Park

Inpho photographer Morgan Treacy chats to The42 about the momentous Ireland-England 2007 clash.

All Blacks teen sensation Rieko Ioane racks up a hat-trick in thrilling Super Rugby opener Bright Future This post contains videos

All Blacks teen sensation Rieko Ioane racks up a hat-trick in thrilling Super Rugby opener

The 19-year-old centre ran riot as the Blues thrashed the Rebels in Melbourne.

Slimani, Le Roux and Huget all start for France against Ireland

Guy Noves has named his team for the Test with Ireland on Saturday.

Connacht lose backs coach as McPhillips joins Lam at Bristol

The Dubliner has held the position since last June but will depart at the end of the current season.

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.

Concussions still a 'fact-free zone' as leading researchers call for national guidelines

A major conference on concussive brain injuries will take place in Trinity College tomorrow.

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