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#Six Nations

# six-nations - Thursday 31 January, 2019

Tuilagi gets first Six Nations start since 2013 in England team to face Ireland

England head coach Eddie Jones has named his side for Saturday’s championship opener in Dublin.

Lineout leader Devin Toner remains a key figure for Schmidt's Ireland

The 32-year-old is a specialist when it comes to the set-piece.

# six-nations - Wednesday 30 January, 2019

England ready for aerial bombardment as Jones considers recalling Brown

The Harlequins fullback is in line to start against Ireland, having been dropped for the November Tests.

Cardiff scrum-half Williams to make Six Nations debut in Paris

Warren Gatland has named his Wales team for Friday night’s opener against France.

Ntamack poised for France debut as Bastareaud fails to make bench for Six Nations opener

The 19-year-old is the youngest player in any of this year’s squads as he prepares to face Wales.

McNamara preparing U20s to hit the ground running in Cork

The U20 boss relishes the cycle of tournament rugby, and his side will work to keep England from settling into any sort of flow.

Stander relishing colossal back row battle with 'power athlete' Vunipola

The Munster number eight is facing into his fourth Six Nations campaign with Ireland.

'I'm not expecting to score eight tries this year' - Stockdale stays grounded

The 22-year-old Ireland wing enjoyed a remarkable 2018.

# six-nations - Tuesday 29 January, 2019

Fully-loaded Ireland in good shape as competition drives standards

‘It’s a good place to be at the moment,’ says forwards coach Simon Easterby.

Tuilagi set to start as England centre Te'o ruled out of Ireland clash

The former Leinster back is struggling with a side strain.

In-form Carbery sets his sights on Ireland's number 10 jersey

‘I know if I get picked I’ll go out and do the job. I feel confident, but it’s up to Joe.’

Stringer: Ireland will target 'hothead' Owen Farrell

The retired scrum-half played with England’s stand-in captain at Saracens.

'I think it's a headline': Easterby brushes off England's latest verbal grenade

The entire Ireland squad trained at their Carton House base on Tuesday morning.

'We can't fall in love with ourselves and think it's going to happen again'

Joe Schmidt has been focusing in on the imperfections of last year’s Grand Slam campaign.

New and returning faces on the bench as Griggs names Ireland side for England opener

Ireland Women get their Six Nations campaign up and running on Friday evening.

'I just shovel food down my throat': Lawes bulks up for Ireland challenge

The England forward has put on over a stone after a back injury limited the work he could do in the gym.

# six-nations - Monday 28 January, 2019

'I remember telling the lads in school I'd like to play rugby and they laughed'

Michelle Claffey was brought up in a Gaelic football household but has overcome two serious knee injuries to fulfil her ambition of playing rugby for Ireland.

'I'm in control of my own life now': Peter Stringer enjoying his own brand of freedom in retirement

A fitness fanatic, Stringer felt stronger and fitter when he retired at 40 than when he turned professional.

'Billy Vunipola does what he does best, he runs over fellas'

Ireland’s 38-man squad is back in Carton House preparing for a huge clash with England.

Zebo: 'The experience has been everything I thought it would be and more'

The Irish fullback has become one of the stars in an expensively-assembled Racing 92 side.

Cullen backs Kearney to step up performance to face England

Leinster’s head coach was more concerned with why his fullback was left making one-on-one tackles.

# six-nations - Sunday 27 January, 2019

'Joe told me he hadn't seen enough of me. I knew I needed to move'

Now very much an adopted Ulsterman, Jordi Murphy hopes his big-game performances for the province will get him into the Ireland team.

QUIZ: Can you identify the Irish U20 year?

Does all recent history blend together for you, or were you with these boys every step of the way?

# six-nations - Thursday 24 January, 2019

'Joey Carbery could play 10 for any of the teams in the Six Nations' - Jackman

Should Ireland use this year’s championship as a squad strengthening exercise?

Join The42 for a special Six Nations preview event with Simon Zebo & Murray Kinsella

The Racing 92 man joins us in Dublin’s Liberty Hall Theatre on Thursday 31 January.

# six-nations - Wednesday 23 January, 2019

'Do they want me to stay on? Yes' - O'Shea not distracted by Italy speculation

French media have suggested the Irishman could be replaced after the World Cup this year.

'My job is to tackle within the laws, never tried to do otherwise' - Farrell

The England out-half says he expects to be fit for the Six Nations opener against Ireland.

'Eddie went past me just before and said, 'get ready for a few grenades''

Joe Schmidt is ready for further verbals from England coach Eddie Jones ahead of the Six Nations opener in Dublin.

Schmidt expects Sexton to be fully fit for Six Nations opener against England

The experienced out-half has been sidelined with a knee tendon injury in recent weeks.

# six-nations - Tuesday 22 January, 2019

Opportunity beckons for Dillane or Roux after Ireland's second row injuries

Joe Schmidt has to plot for England without Tadhg Beirne and Iain Henderson.

Gatland hopes Wales learn from Irish model as he prepares for final Six Nations

The Grand Slam-winning coach hopes to coach Super Rugby in New Zealand in the future.

# six-nations - Monday 21 January, 2019

Munster's Tadhg Beirne ruled out of opening rounds of Six Nations

Connacht’s Quinn Roux has been called up as Ireland depart for Portugal.

Sexton back running as Ireland set off for Portugal training camp

The Leinster out-half has been absent for the past fortnight with a knee injury.

# six-nations - Saturday 19 January, 2019

England captain Farrell emerges as a doubt for massive Ireland clash

Saracens boss Mark McCall say the out-half will be back in seven to 10 days’ time.

# six-nations - Friday 18 January, 2019

'It's difficult when you miss out but Ross just needs to focus on playing well'

Ross Byrne has the chance to produce a big performance for Leinster against Wasps at the end of a disappointing week for the out-half.

Aki insists he's 'a cog in the wheel' as he aims to build on stellar first year of international rugby

And he can feel the spirit of 2016 swelling in Connacht too.

# six-nations - Thursday 17 January, 2019

Eddie Jones ponders converting winger Jack Nowell into openside flanker

‘The next change is you will have players who can play backs and forwards.’

'A great day for them and a great day for Connacht': Friend salutes international call-ups West Is Best This post contains videos

'A great day for them and a great day for Connacht': Friend salutes international call-ups

The Connacht head coach marvelled over his trio of uncapped players who have been called up for international duty.

Hartley injured, Farrell captains England squad for 'brutal' Six Nations opener against Ireland

Eddie Jones says Ireland are the best team in the world as he aims to take a first win over Joe Schmidt since 2016.

Leinster openside Van der Flier in impressive form as Six Nations looms VDF

Leinster openside Van der Flier in impressive form as Six Nations looms

The 25-year-old is looking likely to be wearing Ireland’s seven shirt on 2 February.