# philppe-saint-andre - Wednesday 7 March, 2012
Ulster man to lead out Ireland to face Andy Robinson’s side at Lansdowne Rd this weekend.
# philppe-saint-andre - Tuesday 6 March, 2012
Mike Ross shows off some of the battle scars he left the Stade de France with on Sunday evening.
# philppe-saint-andre - Monday 5 March, 2012
Ireland’s blitz defence very nearly delivered a famous win in Paris, but when the chips were down it was the attack which stuttered.
‘Trust me, in the changing rooms, there was a feeling of failure in the air. It didn’t feel like a draw.’
# philppe-saint-andre - Sunday 4 March, 2012
Bowe scored two tries that put the visitors within touching distance of a first win in Paris since 2000.
The rescheduled clash, postponed from three weeks ago due to a frozen pitch, was well worth the wait.
The Irish coach admitted he was disappointed with a draw in Paris and is already looking ahead to Scotland’s visit to the Aviva.
“We’re playing some good rugby at times and we’re good enough to win these games so it’s very frustrating that we didn’t close it out.”
It was a close run thing and a massive collective effort. Here is our judgement on the 22 individual performances.
If they are to make it two wins from three, Ireland will have to earn their first win at the Stade de France since 2000.
# philppe-saint-andre - Friday 2 March, 2012
Dr. Frank O’Driscoll thinks his son will be back in action in ‘three to four weeks’, in time for Leinster’s Heineken Cup defence and maybe even a trip to Thomond Park.
# philppe-saint-andre - Thursday 1 March, 2012
The full-back has revealed that he faces up to nine months out of action with a serious knee ligament injury.
# philppe-saint-andre - Wednesday 29 February, 2012
Declan Kidney has stressed that an unchanged team does not mean that no thought went into the selection process.
The France coach has made one enforced and one tactical change as he urges his side to take Ireland “by the throat.”
Pride in the jersey is all well and good, but players should be reminded that it is not theirs to keep, it is only on loan.
# philppe-saint-andre - Tuesday 28 February, 2012
Rob Kearney, Gordon D’Arcy, Cian Healy and Sean O’Brien are all expected to recover from the injuries sustained against Italy.
# philppe-saint-andre - Wednesday 15 February, 2012
After a few days of uncertainty in the Irish camp, the Leinster man says it’s time to get back to business.
# philppe-saint-andre - Saturday 11 February, 2012
It’s a big night for the Irish rugby team – and for coach Declan Kidney. Join our open thread for a bit of pre-match chatter on tonight’s Six Nations game.
We’ve had our ups and downs with les Bleus over the years. More downs if truth be told, but it’s always compulsive viewing.
# philppe-saint-andre - Friday 10 February, 2012
The Ulster centre was gearing up to start for his province until Jonathan Sexton complained of ‘stiffness’ in his thigh.
Ireland lost their opening Six Nations Championship game against Wales in Dublin last Sunday afternoon and face a daunting task to get their challenge back on track.