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# Six Nations

# Impact
Farrell backs experience on Ireland's bench as O'Toole gets Six Nations shot
The Ireland boss has gone for 412 caps worth of Test-level nous among his replacements.
# mental skills
'I’m obsessed with why teams keep being successful, why they stay at the top'
Andy Farrell is a big Man City fan but he had great admiration for Alex Ferguson’s Man United.
# Mack the Man
Tattoos, family, and self-doubt: Mack Hansen is Ireland's wildcard
Heading into his second Six Nations campaign, Hansen has taken some key lessons on board.
2nd February 2023
# The first step
'They played for Warren when they put that jersey on' - Gatland's first weeks with Ireland
The former All Blacks took over as Ireland head coach during the 1998 Five Nations.
# Big man
Munster prop Salanoa links up with Ireland as tighthead cover
The Hawaii native was part of the Emerging Ireland tour earlier this season.
'We wanted the roof closed' - Farrell urges Ireland to embrace Cardiff atmosphere
The Ireland head coach says Finlay Bealham deserves his starting chance against Wales.
# Blow
Wales' Halfpenny to miss Ireland Six Nations opener
Liam Williams has been called into starting line-up in his place.
# Team news
Bealham starts for Ireland against Wales as Furlong ruled out injured
Stuart McCloskey starts at inside centre, while Ross Byrne has made the bench.
# Ready to go
Scotland unveil side for England clash at Twickenham
WP Nel, the 36-year-old Edinburgh prop, takes over from Fagerson in the number three jersey.
# The Main Man
'Did it motivate me? Yeah... It was gutting' - Sexton still proving his point
The Ireland captain has fully recovered from a procedure on his face last month.
1st February 2023
# Possible Team
McCloskey set to start for Ireland in Six Nations clash against Wales
The Ulster centre impressed during the autumn and could get the nod ahead of Bundee Aki.
# Wonderkid
'He would do things that would just make you say, ‘Wow!''
Naas RFC man Jamie Osborne has risen swiftly through the ranks into the Ireland squad.
# Calm
'I'd be getting sick before games' - Porter has calmed the big-match nerves
Ireland’s loosehead prop is excited about a big scrum battle in Cardiff.
# back in the mix
Ireland's forgotten duo - Larmour and Stockdale look to bounce back after injuries
Both players didn’t play a single minute of Test rugby for Ireland in 2022.
# Fully Fit
Sexton good to go for Ireland after training without face mask for first time
The 37-year-old skipper isn’t buying Warren Gatland’s words about Wales having a free hit.
# friction
Netflix cameras fight for access as new Six Nations series begins shooting
The first series is due to be streamed ahead of next year’s championship.
# Selection
Byrne and Crowley vie for back-up slot to Sexton against the Welsh
Andy Farrell’s bench selections could be pivotal against Wales.
# Nous
Gatland reveals hand by calling on the veterans for Wales against Ireland
The Wales boss has brought back some experienced heads alongside a sprinkling of youth.
31st January 2023
# Welsh ties
'I’d made my decision that I wanted to wear green, not to be in red'
Tadhg Beirne had the option of playing for Wales but decided to return home to Ireland.
# Squad News
Jamie George boost for England with hooker on course to face Scotland
George sustained concussion on club duty for Saracens.
# Underdogs
Wales happy to be written off ahead of Ireland clash, says Warren Gatland
Gatland is back in charge of Wales, 15 years after his first Six Nations campaign in charge.
# Incumbent
Keenan remains a key man as Farrell's Ireland target a Six Nations title
The 26-year-old recalls visiting the Principality Stadium as a supporter back in 2015.
# Team news
Gatland names 34-year-old Halfpenny to start against Ireland
The Welsh boss has announced his matchday 23 for Saturday’s Six Nations showdown.
# Impressed
'He's such a great guy to work with' - Farrell's high praise for in-form Larmour
The Leinster winger heads into the Six Nations looking to win his first Ireland cap since 2021.
This week
29th January 2023 - 3rd February 2023
# inside centre
Aki, McCloskey, or Osborne? Ireland have a big call to confirm at 12
Andy Farrell has been weighing up his options in Ireland’s midfield.
# Injury Update
Kelleher managing hamstring injury as Stewart links up with Ireland
The Leinster man has had a cruel time with injuries recently.
# Irish Rugby
'He really gets the most out of those players' - Furlong ready to take on Gatland's Wales
The Ireland tighthead has worked with Gatland on two Lions tours.
# squad update
Henry Slade ruled out of England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland
Saracens hooker Jamie George is included in the squad ahead of the Calcutta Cup clash on 4 February.
# hot shot
Ireland call up Ulster hooker Stewart amid injury concern for Kelleher
The 22-year-old Belfast native has been excellent for the northern province.
# leading role
Sexton still the central character as Six Nations gears up for another series
The Ireland captain gave the rolling Netflix cameras plenty to work with at the Guinness Six Nations launch in London.
# The bosses
New coaches add Six Nations spice but doubts remain for Wales and England
Warren Gatland returns with Wales as Steve Borthwick leads the English into the championship.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Red Carpet
'It wasn't meant to cause offence. We didn't realise the uproar that'd come out of it'
It’s 20 years since Martin Johnson made his stand, as recalled by England legend Jason Leonard.
# business time
Ireland get to work in Portugal as the marginal Six Nations favourites
Andy Farrell’s squad will spend the next week at The Campus preparing for Wales.
# Boost
Jamie George returns to England training camp ahead of Six Nations opener
George will have to continue following concussion protocols until late next week.
# lukeless
England's injury issues compounded by loss of Cowan-Dickie
The front-row forward is out of the entire Six Nations championship.
# rugby weekly extra
'You do look at it with a different lens when it's an Irish player'
John Cooney qualifies for Scotland next month and has spoken to Gregor Townsend.
# Done Deal
Raphael Ibanez extends France contract
Coach Fabien Galthie announced earlier this month that he had extended his stay until 2027.
# concerns
England’s injury worries mount as Elliot Daly and Jamie George miss training
Six Nations preparations are proving disruptive for Steve Borthwick.
# last dance
'To prove we can do something in the World Cup, we need to do something in the Six Nations'
Johnny Sexton is on course to lead Ireland against Wales and is targeting Six Nations success.
# tough at the top
'Sometimes what's right for the team is a very difficult conversation to have'
Andy Farrell gives his thoughts on the upcoming Six Nations and a massive year for his Ireland team.