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Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Ireland’s women lose out to the French in front of 11,158 in Perpignan

The Girls in Green were defeated 18-6 in the Six Nations tonight.

‘We’re not going to look for excuses’ – Ireland face up to failure in Paris

Joe Schmidt’s men aren’t giving up on the Six Nations just yet.

Schmidt frustrated by Peyper’s refereeing in Six Nations loss to France

The Ireland head coach feels his team should have had a first-half try.

More warning shots from Scotland, but North and Roberts tip the balance for Wales

Wales and Scotland shared five tries in an entertaining encounter under the roof in Cardiff.

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Sean O’Brien suffers hamstring injury while Kearney ‘out for some time’

It was an intensely physical battle at Stade de France.

Wales and Scotland made up for all that unpleasantness in Paris with two lovely first-half tries

Gareth Davies came up with a terrific finish, but should have been called back.

Schmidt’s strategy, no yellows and more talking points from Ireland’s defeat

Jaco Peyper could have yellow carded two French players.

How we rated Ireland in that bruising battle against France

This one was painful on so many levels.

Les Bleus edge brutal Parisian battle with Schmidt’s beaten Ireland

Ireland’s hopes of a third consecutive Six Nations title faded at Stade de France.

Paul O’Connell is on BBC in Paris and they played this wonderful career montage

A nice touch from the broadcaster as Paulie joined Keith Wood and Thomas Castaignede in the studio.

Black and Bleu! The first half in Paris was an absolute war

Referee Jaco Peyper is making no friends in Ireland this afternoon.

Ireland fear as Sean O’Brien lasts less than 20 minutes against France

Knee worries for O’Brien at the Stade de France.

‘Tweaked calf’ for Boss only negative for Leinster as Ross and Healy build match fitness

The props came through unscathed and should be available to win a few more match minutes next weekend.

‘At some stage we have to start doing, rather than just trying to learn all the time’

Nigel Carolan frank as Ireland U20s fall to a second successive defeat.

As it happened: France v Ireland, Six Nations

Joe Schmidt’s side are looking to claim their first win of the tournament in Paris today.

‘He was told he was too small for the Springboks, like me’ – Former Ireland captain on Stander

Dion O’Cuinneagain talks to The42 about the Munster back-rower, his days as Irish skipper and plans for the summer tour of South Africa.

Paulie putting the fear of God into golf balls? It’s your comments of the week

We’ve also got a reference to that time Graeme Souness got conned by a name claiming to be George Weah’s cousin, and a bagel injury.

‘We need to do something, because if not we’ll be like English soccer’

Philippe Saint-André spoke to The42 about his concerns for French rugby.

Payback on Irish minds as they seek to break France hoodoo

Fly-half Caughey putting Olympic dreams on hold with a Six Nations crown to defend.

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Poll: Who do you think will win today’s Ireland-France Six Nations clash?

All eyes turn to the Stade De France this afternoon.

Stade de France set to host two of Ireland’s greatest sporting moments of 2016

Both this weekend’s Six Nations clash and Ireland’s Euro 2016 curtain-raiser are being staged at the Paris ground.

France too strong for Ireland with dominant performance in Narbonne

It was a 21-point defeat for Nigel Carolan’s side.

Defensive master Trimble to lead the line for Ireland against les Bleus

The 31-year-old explains the intricacies of defending the wide channels with Ireland.

Ireland and the ‘grand Satan of French rugby’ have no fear of Paris

‘There has been a little bit of a shift in mentality, not just against the French.’

Rugby - Friday 12 February, 2016

Ulster keep pressure on Connacht with hard-fought win over defending champions Glasgow

Callum Black scored their only try on his 100th appearance for the province.

McGrath magic sets Leinster on their way to 8-try rout at home to Zebre

Leo Cullen’s men kept Zebre to nil in an extremely one-sided contest.

Leinster Schools Committee will hold investigation into concussion call row

Gary Glennon was the target of an irate Gonzaga backroom team member after the ref called for a player to be replaced due to suspected concussion.

No time to lick their wounds as U20s prepare for bruising France encounter

Forwards coach calls for major improvement tonight after opening defeat to Wales.

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Sexton takes dominant Ireland role on return to Paris after ‘personal criticism’

The Ireland out-half has not appreciated the negative press in France.

4 changes to Munster team to face Ospreys as Kilcoyne and Sherry return

Anthony Foley has shaken his team up since the Zebre match.

Lawes, Vunipola and Youngs to start as England make three changes

Eddie Jones feels he has selected the strongest possible line-up for England’s trip to Italy.

Vunipola applauds bonding as England target Italy win

“I respond to the love and compassion Eddie shows the boys, me especially. He is very personable.”

Lynne Cantwell: Sexton shines, French offloads and a Perpignan test

Our Six Nations columnist looks at how Ireland can deal with the French offload threat.

Echoes of Argentina week, but Schmidt confident in Ireland’s work ethic

‘You are always confident that you are going to get the work ethic from an Irish team.’

Sean O’Brien looking forward to linking up with new Ireland star Stander

Joe Schmidt has named a rounded, imposing back row for the clash with France.

Rugby - Thursday 11 February, 2016

Connacht go top of Pro12 table after bonus-point victory over Dragons

An excellent second half display earned Pat Lam’s man the win tonight.

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