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#Six Nations

# six-nations - Sunday 10 March, 2019

Kearney 'a good chance' for Wales but Ireland uncertain on van der Flier

Robbie Henshaw won’t be coming back into the mix as his dead leg lingers.

'It's taken a while, but there was a bit of our rhythm back' -- Schmidt Cohesive This post contains videos

'It's taken a while, but there was a bit of our rhythm back' -- Schmidt

The head coach was thrilled to see his side dominate the first half against France on their way to a bonus point win.

Out of 10: How did you rate Ireland in their dominant four-try win over France?

James Ryan, Iain Henderson, Cian Healy and Garry Ringrose were all outstanding at the Aviva Stadium.

Bonus-point win over les Bleus boosts Schmidt's Ireland before Wales trip

The Ireland boss will be frustrated at how his side closed out the game but they dominated most of the contest.

As it happened: Ireland v France, Six Nations

We went minute-by-minute as Ireland attempted to retain their interest in the Championship going into the final week.

Late change for Ireland as Kearney ruled out of France clash 15

Late change for Ireland as Kearney ruled out of France clash

Jordan Larmour is promoted from the bench to start at fullback.

Big performance against les Bleus can ease concerns over Schmidt's Ireland

The home side have named 13 of the starting team that beat the All Blacks back in November.

'He could have another eight years or more at the highest level, which is scary!'

From second-choice scrum-half to world-class 13, Garry Ringrose’s rise has been extraordinary.

# six-nations - Saturday 9 March, 2019

'We saw how they carried on last year after they beat us' - Jones eyeing revenge against Scotland

The England head coach was reportedly abused by Scotland fans after their Six Nations clash last year.

Fortune on Wales' side as Gatland's men march on towards 'dream'

Next Saturday in Cardiff should be tasty.

Gatland's Wales dig deep at Murrayfield to set up Grand Slam bid against Ireland

The visitors made it four from four with a hard-fought win over Scotland, and are one victory away from a first Slam since 2012.

'What actually changed my mindset was reading a bit of McCaw’s book'

Josh van der Flier is looking to make good decisions on both sides of the breakdown.

'My wife was due three weeks later. I had to be able to drive her to hospital and hold my child'

Three months into retirement, Chris Henry sits down with The42 to reflect on his career with Ulster and Ireland.

Beirne and O'Brien remain part of Schmidt's thinking amidst 'different brief'

The Ireland head coach says this Six Nations has partly been about ‘posing a few questions to players’.

McNamara hails inner calm and outward character of champion U20s with focus trained on Grand Slam

‘There are very few people in the history of Irish rugby who have managed to win a Grand Slam.’

Ireland look to defence for next building block against France

The attack functioned for Adam Grigg’s side in the loss to Italy, but against the formidable French Ireland will have to pick their battles.

# six-nations - Friday 8 March, 2019

Fit-again Ringrose relishing midfield match-up with 'freakish' Fickou 13

Fit-again Ringrose relishing midfield match-up with 'freakish' Fickou

The Leinster centre is back in the Ireland team after injuring his hamstring against England.

'Chancy decision' to drop Laidlaw shows Scotland boss Townsend is still learning

Axing captain for Wales clash ‘sends ructions through the camp’, according to Matt Williams.

'It will be hard to say goodbye': Schmidt's final Six Nations game in Dublin

The Ireland head coach is ready for his last competitive game in charge at the Aviva Stadium.

Beirne given weekend off after reporting 'soreness' in training

The Munster second row has made a strong injury comeback but has been given more time by Joe Schmidt.

Furlong: 'Most defences are looking for two-man hits and it's very, very hard'

Tadhg Furlong takes prides in his ball-carrying and lineout involvements for Ireland.

# six-nations - Thursday 7 March, 2019

'There is something we're missing because he's too good a player'

Sean Cronin’s omission was one of the main talking points up for his discussion on this week’s The42 Rugby Weekly.

Ringrose set for return as Schmidt recalls big guns for France

Sean O’Brien is set to miss out, while captain Rory Best makes his return in the front row.

Russell returns and Laidlaw left out as Scots bid to scupper Welsh Grand Slam

Racing 92 out-half Finn Russell is back after missing the defeat to France with a head injury.

Open thread: Who should Schmidt pick in the Ireland team for France?

We want to hear who you would select for Sunday’s Six Nations clash in Dublin.

Eddie Jones makes five changes as England aim to bounce back

They’ll aim to rebound from their defeat to Wales when Italy visit Twickenham on Saturday.

'We're not going into our shell or worrying, I think a lot of people outside are'

Keith Earls says Ireland will ‘be back to themselves soon enough’ as Joe Schmidt’s side bid to finish the Six Nations strongly.

Hunters? Hunted? Schmidt's Ireland not interested in Hansen's perception

Joe Schmidt and his coaches have had some ‘very tough’ selection meetings ahead of the France game.

'I like those collisions... Sometimes you go, ‘that’s a good f***ing hit, man’'

Getting run over by his dad’s truck at the age of six prepared CJ Stander for a love of contact.

# six-nations - Wednesday 6 March, 2019

Ireland insist Cronin's omission down to 'building squad depth' Cut

Ireland insist Cronin's omission down to 'building squad depth'

Forwards coach Simon Easterby insisted it was not a harsh call to leave the Leinster hooker out of this week’s squad.

Ireland U20s captain Hawkshaw misses out as Grand Slam bid continues in Cork

The injured centre has been replaced in the team by Sean French for Friday night’s game against France.

Carbery to miss France showdown as Leavy and Henshaw remain sidelined

The Munster out-half has made good progress in his comeback, but Sunday will come too soon for a return.

Byrne and Marmion back in Schmidt's Ireland squad for France

Sean Cronin is not included in the 37-man panel, while Robbie Henshaw and Dan Leavy remain unavailable through injury.

'Elite athletes are no different to any other punter in the world'

Ireland fullback Rob Kearney feels one set-piece attack can result in Joe Schmidt’s side regaining their confidence.

# six-nations - Tuesday 5 March, 2019

France will 'sniff blood' as they aim to pressure Ireland's 'weaknesses'

The Toulouse trio of Antoine Dupoint, Romain Ntamack and Thomas Ramos will be central for the French.

Sean Cronin set to miss out on Ireland squad for final Six Nations games

Ulster’s Rob Herring is set to come into Joe Schmidt’s extended training squad.

'That’s Johnny, we’re a bit used to it. That’s his way of communicating it'

Ireland’s out-half has faced some criticism for his show of annoyance against Italy.

Henshaw and Leavy set to miss Ireland's clash with France

The Leinster centre hasn’t played since the England game due to a dead leg.

France unveil team to face Ireland in next Sunday's Six Nations clash

Coach Jacques Brunel has kept faith with the side that defeated Scotland.

Ireland Women suffer double injury blow as they bid to bounce back after Italy defeat

Centre Michelle Claffey required surgery on the ankle injury picked up in Italy, while Leah Lyons will be sidelined with a shoulder issue.