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#6 Nations

# 6-nations - Monday 10 February, 2020

Farrell releases 13 players back to provinces as 23-man group heads to Cork for camp

Ireland will host an open session in CIT on Thursday.

Ireland U20s won't be overawed ahead of clash with seniors and England

Noel McNamara is keen to prep his side to play without the benefit of a supportive home crowd.

# 6-nations - Sunday 9 February, 2020

Weight of the World Cup shaken off as Ireland prove they can entertain

Ireland played with freedom of expression in attack and, whisper it, had a little fun too.

# 6-nations - Saturday 8 February, 2020

'This is not the top, we keep going': Deegan ready to work for more after first cap

The Leinster back row earned his international debut as a late replacement.

On your marks: How did you rate Ireland in their big win over Wales?

For the second week in a row, CJ Stander got the official man of the match award but this time he had plenty of rivals for that prize. Here are our ratings but tell us what you think.

As it happened: Ireland v Wales, Six Nations

We went minute-by-minute as both Andy Farrell and Wayne Pivac enter their second match as head coach.

Djougang poised to make another big impact for Ireland

The Rush woman was grateful to the Donnybrook crowd that kept her going when her ‘lungs were bursting, body is screaming.’

# 6-nations - Friday 7 February, 2020

Barnstorming Stewart pushes Ireland to bonus point-win over Wales

Openside Mark Hernan scored early and late in the first-half to keep Ireland well clear of the Welsh threat.

Speedster Smith and Ireland U20 ready to move through the gears against Wales

After scoring six tries on opening night, Ireland are keen to deliver a sustained threat through the 80 minutes.

# 6-nations - Thursday 6 February, 2020

'The Test arena is intense and you need to be emotionally right'

Andrew Conway isn’t about to start resting on his laurels as he prepares for his second Six Nations start at age 28.

'I think if Conor isn't an 8/10 this week, you can't really keep picking him'

Murray Kinsella and Bernard Jackman make their cases for Conor Murray and John Cooney respectively.

Cardiff wash-out still stings for Sexton

‘Anytime you lose for Ireland, it never leaves you.’.

50 passes a night put Finlay on the U20 fast track

The Ulster academy 9 took his lead from Aaron Smith after a relatively late start to his rugby path.

# 6-nations - Wednesday 5 February, 2020

Welsh woe in November 'gave us the kick up the ass to work hard over Christmas'

Adam Griggs’ side are chasing a repeat of the 2018 win over Wales. They have only beaten Scotland since.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 4 February, 2020

'Under Joe, there was no hoping': O'Gara wants more from Ireland's contestable kicks

The La Rochelle boss was disappointed with the chase on Jacob Stockdale’s side of the field against Scotland.

England hope to have Tuilagi back fit to face Ireland

The powerful centre will miss this weekend’s Calcutta Cup clash.

Tyrrell goes straight from 7s to 15s squad as Ireland wait on injured trio

Eimear Considine will face a fitness test later this week, while Cliodhna Moloney is progressing through concussion RTP protocols.

Out with the dreaded Monday review, Andy Farrell's are 'fun'

Ireland’s new training base in Abbottstown has allowed for tweaks too.

U20s braced for 'seismic physical battle' against wounded Welsh

Ireland U20 assistant coach Kieran Campbell is bracing his squad for a Welsh backlash.

'There's more in us,' says Naoupu after birthday battle

'There's more in us,' says Naoupu after birthday battle

The Ireland cente turned 36 before Ireland beat Scotland, but wasn’t in celebratory mood.

# 6-nations - Monday 3 February, 2020

Cooney and Murray side-by-side and content to keep challenging each other

The two scrum-halves were presented for media duty simultaneously today and it wasn’t awkward at all.

'It was definitely ugly at times, but we’ll take it'

Ireland Women’s head coach Adam Griggs was a relieved man after yesterday’s 18-14 win over Scotland.

# 6-nations - Sunday 2 February, 2020

Hard-tackling Caplice thrilled to help Ireland hang tough until Parsons breakaway

The talismanic back row put 21 tackles into a phenomenal defensive effort from Ireland.

'It's our house': Donnybrook ideal place to start massive year for Ireland Women

Three wins is the stated goal for this year’s Championship. So Ireland Women must make their home a foreboding place for opponents.

# 6-nations - Saturday 1 February, 2020

'We asked the boys to stand for something and it was true Irish grit out there'

Andy Farrell was delighted with the tenacity of his pack to come out on top of an arm-wrestle with Scotland.

Farrell hails 'magnificent effort' from Sexton to perform despite minimal prep

Farrell hails 'magnificent effort' from Sexton to perform despite minimal prep

A knee injury left the new Ireland captain unable to train in full until the squad went to Portugal 10 days ago.

On your marks: How did you rate Ireland in the tense win over Scotland?

CJ Stander took the man-of-the-match award on a day when few Ireland players shone. Here’s our ratings but tell us what you think.

'Until you go into the trenches you never know'

'Until you go into the trenches you never know'

After increasingly fiery training sessions and a winter’s worth of talk, Lindsay Peat is ready to pour her all into turning Ireland’s form around.

# 6-nations - Friday 31 January, 2020

Sensational Crowley try helps Ireland to winning start in U20 Six Nations

Both sides earned bonus points, but the Cork Con playmaker ensured the defending champions were a cut above.

Moloney feeling sharper after injury and exile

The Wasps hooker missed last year’s Six Nations through injury and is eager to sting Scotland.

# 6-nations - Wednesday 22 January, 2020

'A lot of people have been asking questions about John Cooney today'

Andy Farrell continues to underline the importance of competition, but is tight-lipped over selection for next week’s Six Nations opener.

# 6-nations - Thursday 21 March, 2019

Vunipola: Mental weakness not an issue for England

Eddie Jones says psychology has been an issue for England since the last World Cup, but Billy Vunipola sees it differently.

Tom Farrell senses noticeable improvement after Ireland camp

The Connacht centre remains uncapped, but already feels his reaction time and decision-making improved in Carton House.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 19 March, 2019

Six Nations wash-out shows human side of Schmidt

The outgoing head coach won’t tear up his gameplan and start anew, so Ireland will have to fight their way out of this corner.

# 6-nations - Sunday 17 March, 2019

AWJ +14: It's The42's Six Nations Team of the Championship

Here’s who stood out for us since the start of February.

# 6-nations - Saturday 16 March, 2019

'A mistake leaving the roof open,' says Gatland as he celebrates Grand Slam

The winning coach also joked that his side were not looking tired, despite Eddie Jones’ assertions.

Penaud punishes Italy as France survive late onslaught

The wing scored, assisted and denied tries in a tight contest in Rome.

As it happened: Wales v Ireland, Six Nations

We went minute-by-minute as Ireland went to rain on a Welsh Grand Slam parade.

# 6-nations - Thursday 14 March, 2019

Henderson set for 'few weeks' sidelined as Schmidt signals intent in Cardiff

The Kiwi hopes the fine margins and crucial decision go his team’s way in his last Six nations match.

Roof debate rages as Wales request closure, while Schmidt prefers match in open air

Warren Gatland wants to close the Principality roof because he says they have “a responsibility to the game as a spectacle.”