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# ireland-rugby - Today’s News

‘This was a massive opportunity’ – Ireland rue missed chance in Paris

Captain Rory Best says Ireland struggled when France changed their props and scrum tactics.

# ireland-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.

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

It was an intensely physical battle at Stade de France.


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

Jaco Peyper could have yellow carded two French players.

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.

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.

‘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.

Poll: Who do you think will win today’s Ireland-France Six Nations clash? Crystal Ball This post contains a poll

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.

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.’

# ireland-rugby - Friday 12 February, 2016

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

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

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.

# ireland-rugby - Thursday 11 February, 2016

What should the Ireland XV be to face France this weekend?

Coach Joe Schmidt faces some tough calls ahead of Saturday’s game.

# ireland-rugby - Wednesday 10 February, 2016

‘The smallest things made the biggest difference, he was good at that’ Poc

‘The smallest things made the biggest difference, he was good at that’

Paul O’Connell remains highly respected by all in the current Ireland squad.

O’Brien return to boost Ireland as Schmidt narrows in on XV for France

There are a number of players carrying injuries this week ahead of the trip to Paris.

# ireland-rugby - Tuesday 9 February, 2016

Analysis: Schmidt’s attack strikes but ruthless edge needed against France

Ireland manufactured seven linebreaks against the Welsh but could have converted more chances.

Is Paul O’Connell Ireland’s greatest ever rugby player? Poll This post contains a poll

Is Paul O’Connell Ireland’s greatest ever rugby player?

The Munster legend brought his glittering career to an end today.

We’ll Leave It There So: Paulie retires, Seanie returns and all today’s sport

Davy Fitzgerald, Rafael Dos Anjos and Jamie Carragher were all in the news as well.

True legend, role model, irreplaceable – the rugby world salutes Paul O’Connell

The Munster and Irish rugby great has hung up his boots.

‘There’s a lot of bruised bodies’ – Schmidt outlines Ireland’s week ahead of Paris trip Looking Ahead This post contains videos

‘There’s a lot of bruised bodies’ – Schmidt outlines Ireland’s week ahead of Paris trip

The Ireland head coach briefly spoke to the IRFU’s YouTube channel on Monday.

# ireland-rugby - Monday 8 February, 2016

Analysis: Ireland’s defence holds up in brutal battle against Wales

We pick apart the defensive performance from Joe Schmidt’s men in Dublin yesterday.

‘The gloom wasn’t justified’ – the Welsh media reaction to yesterday’s game

The two sides drew 16-16 in their opening Six Nations encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.

Schmidt considering changes as Ireland look to build on solid foundation

Mike Ross and Cian Healy may come into the selection mix for the France clash.

South Africa fans watched on enviously as CJ Stander made his Ireland debut

The back-row delivered a man-of-the-match performance as Ireland drew with Wales at the weekend.

# ireland-rugby - Sunday 7 February, 2016

Six Nations drama, Schmidt’s hard-hitting wings and more Ireland talking points

Ireland will pick out missed chances in their draw with Wales in Dublin.

‘I thought CJ was superb’ – Schmidt impressed with Munster man’s debut

The Ireland head coach now faces into a six-day turnaround before the clash with France.

Earls a doubt for France, but Schmidt confident SOB and Kearney will return

Johnny Sexton was ‘sore’ after an intensely physical battle with the Welsh.

CJ Stander man of the match on barnstorming Ireland debut against Wales

The Munster back row was superb on his Test debut for Joe Schmidt’s side.

An emotional CJ Stander absolutely belted out Amhrán na bhFiann today

The South Africa-born back-row has been learning the anthem in recent weeks.

# ireland-rugby - Saturday 6 February, 2016

QUIZ: How well do you know Ireland’s Six Nations opponents Wales?

Will you win the Grand Slam or pick up the wooden spoon?

‘Probably not unusual for Wales’ – Ireland set scrum record straight

Greg Feek is unsure how legal Welsh loosehead Rob Evans is at scrum time.

Guy Novès rules powerhouse Picamoles out of clash with Ireland

The Toulouse number eight limped off during the win over Italy in Paris today.

# ireland-rugby - Friday 5 February, 2016

O’Brien and Kearney set to be ruled out of Ireland’s clash with Wales

The experienced pair have been struggling with hamstring problems this week.

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