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Dublin: 7 °C Friday 27 February, 2015

#Ireland

# ireland-rugby - Today’s News

11 Ireland v England battles that will be settled once and for all this Sunday

Hold on tight, folks. There’s a whole lot of baggage that goes along with this rivalry.

In pics: Ireland and England squads go through paces ahead of pivotal Six Nations clash

Here’s how the Championship’s remaining unbeaten sides are shaping up for the big one on Sunday.

Jack McGrath Ireland’s ‘stand-out player against South Africa and he’s played right through’

Here’s Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt explaining some tight selection calls.

Healy held back and more talking points from Ireland’s XV for England

There’s no change at 23, while Jordi Murphy starts his second game of the championship.

Murphy at number eight as Schmidt opts for continuity in Ireland selection

Here’s the starting team and replacements to face England on Sunday afternoon.

England XV as expected with Goode and Nowell brought in for Ireland clash

Stuart Lancaster has kept the changes in his back three.

Keith Wood: Expectation on Ireland ‘not as much of a danger as in times past’

The legendary hooker is finding it difficult to pick out a winner for Sunday’s clash with England.

How good are Johnny Sexton and George Ford? We asked Jonny Wilkinson

It’s Ireland v England but it’s also Sexton v Ford.

# ireland-rugby - Yesterday’s News

Analysis: Joseph’s X-factor for England a major threat to Ireland 13

Analysis: Joseph’s X-factor for England a major threat to Ireland

We identify what makes England’s outside centre such a dangerous attacker.

Easterby and Healy confident Jordi Murphy will ‘muscle up’ in Heaslip’s absence

The vice captain’s back injury has paved the way for the 23-year-old to make his third Test start.

Five days to forget in Ireland’s Six Nations rivalry with England

A not-so-happy look back at some of the days when England outgunned Ireland in the Six Nations.

Simon Zebo braced for Goode grief as Ireland aim to kick on past England

The wing says the Saracens fullback has ‘some of the best footwork I’ve ever seen’.

# ireland-rugby - Wednesday 25 February, 2015

Pascal Pape and rugby’s Twitter apologists engaging in the fine art of PR spin

The French player took to social media to say sorry for injuring the Ireland and Leinster star.

Simon Hick Column: ‘Don’t hate the players, hate the game’

Our man says Ireland aren’t taking risks, but rugby clearly doesn’t reward risk takers anymore.

‘If Sexton plays well, we’ll win and if Sexton plays badly, we’ll lose’

Paul Wallace thinks a lot is resting on how Sexton performs against England.

Ireland’s toughest task yet as O’Mahony prepares for ‘adaptive’ England Pom

Ireland’s toughest task yet as O’Mahony prepares for ‘adaptive’ England

The Munster captain says Joe Schmidt’s side are not happy with their performances in his championship so far.

# ireland-rugby - Tuesday 24 February, 2015

‘It was a proud day for the Irish people’ – Wallace remembers when England came to Croker

The rampaging flanker played a key role in one of Ireland’s greatest victories.

We’ll Leave It There So: Christmas in Qatar, the Fitzgibbon Cup moves on and all today’s sport

We’ll also have news on additions to the Ireland rugby squad.

TMO replaced for Ireland’s clash with England after stabbing in South Africa

Deon von Blommestein has been drafted in after the attack on Shaun Veldsman.

Heaslip remains with Ireland squad as preparations for England intensify

Munster’s Billy Holland and Roger Wilson have joined up with Joe Schmidt’s group this week.

8 years ago today the Bull’s tears inspired a nation

And it feels like just yesterday.

‘Johnny the nerd’ – Sexton’s journey from St. Mary’s to the Six Nations

A new video charts Sexton’s progress through the eyes of Ronan O’Gara, Billy Keane and others.

# ireland-rugby - Monday 23 February, 2015

Time’s up, Johnny! Sexton caught out by the Top 14 ‘kicking clock’ Clock Up This post contains videos

Time’s up, Johnny! Sexton caught out by the Top 14 ‘kicking clock’

Ireland out-half scored eight points in Racing’s Top 14 draw against Clermont.

‘Front rows always have a nemesis and Cian has had some pretty good days against Dan Cole’

Leinster scrum coach Marco Caputo on the task facing the Irish front row against England on Sunday.

The TMO for Ireland’s clash with England has been stabbed in South Africa

There may now be a change to the team of match officials after Shaun Veldsman was assaulted in Cape Town.

Forget about the records, beating the old enemy is enough motivation for Murray

Victory on Sunday would equal an Irish record for consecutive wins.

Kiss wary of England’s ‘scary midfield’ as preparations intensify ahead of Aviva showdown

The Ireland defence coach believes this weekend’s game won’t decide the Championship.

# ireland-rugby - Sunday 22 February, 2015

There’ll be no repeat of 2011 Dublin collapse, warns England star Haskell

England are less likely to buckle under pressure with Stuart Lancaster at the helm, according to forward James Haskell.

# ireland-rugby - Saturday 21 February, 2015

Johnny Sexton played an hour this evening as Racing Metro drew with Clermont

The out-half scored eight points before being withdrawn in the second-half.

For many he’s the complete player but Conor Murray wants to add another string to his bow

The scrum-half is continuously working on his kicking.

Jared Payne increasingly comfortable in Ireland’s famous 13 shirt

The New Zealand native tells us about working with Joe Schmidt and playing alongside Robbie Henshaw.

# ireland-rugby - Friday 20 February, 2015

Sean O’Brien on the photo of sad SOB, the biggest hit he ever took and his viral clear-out v France

The photo of a despairing Tullow Tank on the sideline didn’t tell the whole story.

Bowe happy to chase the kicks as part of Schmidt’s Ireland masterplan

The 30-year-old lost his grandmother last week and says the win over France was ‘special’.

Has the scrum become a blight on modern rugby?

What is supposed to be a means of re-starting the game after one team makes a mistake has somehow evolved into an interminable wait, write Whiff of Cordite.

‘He tells me where I’m playing, I don’t go ‘here Joe, I’m playing No 8”

Joe Schmidt has a lot of back row options for the England game – Sean O’Brien at eight is one of them.

# ireland-rugby - Thursday 19 February, 2015

Pascal Pape handed 10-week ban for Jamie Heaslip incident

For you, Pascal, the tournament is over.

While some guys relax on their week off, Ireland’s most important player takes on Clermont

Johnny Sexton will be fending off cleaving tackles from the likes of Fritz Lee on Saturday.

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