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# six-nations - Yesterday’s News

From The42 Lynne Cantwell: Sexton shines, French offloads and a Perpignan test Column

Lynne Cantwell: Sexton shines, French offloads and a Perpignan test

Our Six Nations columnist looks at how Ireland can deal with the French offload threat.

95 minutes of training time in ‘unsettling and frustrating’ week for Schmidt

Late selection calls and a focus on recovery have made it a difficult week for the reigning champs.

From The42 ‘It’s down to who’s willing to work harder’: McGrath scrummaging with a plan Jack Be Nimble

‘It’s down to who’s willing to work harder’: McGrath scrummaging with a plan

The Leinster loosehead will pack down against the heaviest man to appear at last year’s World Cup. You think he’s fazed?

From The42 Gatland has no qualms with Schmidt over gamesmanship suggestions Shenanigans

Gatland has no qualms with Schmidt over gamesmanship suggestions

“As coaches it’s a case of making sure we stick together and not try and allow anyone to put wedges between us.”

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From The42 No Bastareaud coming down the tracks, but Sexton fit and ready for France and Danty Playmaker

No Bastareaud coming down the tracks, but Sexton fit and ready for France and Danty

‘I probably felt the way front-rowers feel every day, but as a soft out-half I just didn’t hide it as well.’

From The42 Tight turnaround for Sexton and more talking points from Schmidt’s side to face France Opinion

Tight turnaround for Sexton and more talking points from Schmidt’s side to face France

The out-half has struggled with a shoulder injury this week, but has been declared good to go.

From The42 Sean O’Brien and the Kearneys start for Ireland, as Zebo misses out on France trip Patched Up

Sean O’Brien and the Kearneys start for Ireland, as Zebo misses out on France trip

Fergus McFadden is on Ireland’s bench as Joe Schmidt makes three changes for the trip to Paris.

From The42 Biggar completes recovery to start for Wales as Scotland make just one change Team News

Biggar completes recovery to start for Wales as Scotland make just one change

The teams for Saturday’s game in Cardiff have been named.

From The42 France coach Guy Noves makes 6 changes for Ireland clash in Paris Les Blues

France coach Guy Noves makes 6 changes for Ireland clash in Paris

Joe Schmidt will name his XV later today.

From The42 Furlong ‘more determined to keep getting to that level’ after first taste of the Six Nations

Furlong ‘more determined to keep getting to that level’ after first taste of the Six Nations

The Leinster prop won his fourth Ireland cap against Wales.

From The42 Irish women plotting inside job in French rugby heartland Familiar Territory

Irish women plotting inside job in French rugby heartland

Paula Fitzpatrick knows what to expect this weekend having played with Toulouse for the past three months.

From The42 What should the Ireland XV be to face France this weekend? Have Your Say

What should the Ireland XV be to face France this weekend?

Coach Joe Schmidt faces some tough calls ahead of Saturday’s game.

# six-nations - Wednesday 10 February, 2016

From The42 Kearney reveals Ireland looking to target ‘soft’ France defence Wide Open

Kearney reveals Ireland looking to target ‘soft’ France defence

The Leinster winger, who came on as a substitute against Wales, believes France are vulnerable out wide.

From The42 ‘The smallest things made the biggest difference, he was good at that’ Poc

‘The smallest things made the biggest difference, he was good at that’

Paul O’Connell remains highly respected by all in the current Ireland squad.

From The42 O’Brien return to boost Ireland as Schmidt narrows in on XV for France Selection Calls

O’Brien return to boost Ireland as Schmidt narrows in on XV for France

There are a number of players carrying injuries this week ahead of the trip to Paris.

# six-nations - Tuesday 9 February, 2016

From The42 Analysis: Schmidt’s attack strikes but ruthless edge needed against France Attack

Analysis: Schmidt’s attack strikes but ruthless edge needed against France

Ireland manufactured seven linebreaks against the Welsh but could have converted more chances.

From The42 Ireland ready to spring towards Paris after bruising ‘neutral’ start Black And Bleu

Ireland ready to spring towards Paris after bruising ‘neutral’ start

The ‘building blocks’ are in place and Ireland will reach for the gears this weekend.

From The42 ‘Young Munster U8s are looking for someone’: Ryan backs ‘great communicator’ POC to become coach Nest Step

‘Young Munster U8s are looking for someone’: Ryan backs ‘great communicator’ POC to become coach

Donnacha Ryan was in a better position than anyone to see every aspect brought to the able by Paul O’Connell.

From The42 10 reasons Irish fans are the best in the world Home Advantage

10 reasons Irish fans are the best in the world

We know how to make ourselves feel right at home.

From The42 Sexton, Trimble and Zebo sit out training while McFadden joins Ireland squad as cover Walking Wounded

Sexton, Trimble and Zebo sit out training while McFadden joins Ireland squad as cover

The trio are expected to train fully on Thursday, but Keith Earls remains a major doubt for Saturday’s trip to Paris.

From The42 Jones: Billy Vunipola can be the best number 8 in the world Number 1

Jones: Billy Vunipola can be the best number 8 in the world

A key player in last week’s Six Nations win over Scotland, Billy Vunipola has impressed Eddie Jones.

From The42 ‘There’s a lot of bruised bodies’ – Schmidt outlines Ireland’s week ahead of Paris trip Looking Ahead This post contains videos

‘There’s a lot of bruised bodies’ – Schmidt outlines Ireland’s week ahead of Paris trip

The Ireland head coach briefly spoke to the IRFU’s YouTube channel on Monday.

# six-nations - Monday 8 February, 2016

From The42 Analysis: Ireland’s defence holds up in brutal battle against Wales Onslaught

Analysis: Ireland’s defence holds up in brutal battle against Wales

We pick apart the defensive performance from Joe Schmidt’s men in Dublin yesterday.

From The42 Leinster ‘hopeful’ Healy will be available this weekend but Schmidt could yet come calling Comeback Trail

Leinster ‘hopeful’ Healy will be available this weekend but Schmidt could yet come calling

It looks like the prop will be playing at the weekend, but will it be for Leinster or Ireland?

From The42 Having Mike Ross back in training is good news for everybody (unless you’re the lad who has to carry him) Propped Up

Having Mike Ross back in training is good news for everybody (unless you’re the lad who has to carry him)

There was nothing light about the entertainment at Leinster’s training ground today.

From The42 ‘The gloom wasn’t justified’ – the Welsh media reaction to yesterday’s game Looking Back

‘The gloom wasn’t justified’ – the Welsh media reaction to yesterday’s game

The two sides drew 16-16 in their opening Six Nations encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.

From The42 Schmidt considering changes as Ireland look to build on solid foundation Next Step

Schmidt considering changes as Ireland look to build on solid foundation

Mike Ross and Cian Healy may come into the selection mix for the France clash.

From The42 ‘When you come off the pitch a bit battered and bruised, that’s always a good thing’ — Best Onwards

‘When you come off the pitch a bit battered and bruised, that’s always a good thing’ — Best

‘When you come off the pitch in the front five and you’re a bit battered and bruised that’s always a good thing.’

From The42 CJ Stander and the rest of The42′s Six Nations Team of the Week First XV

CJ Stander and the rest of The42′s Six Nations Team of the Week

There was the tightest of tight calls at number eight, while we found room for five Irishmen after the draw against Wales.

# six-nations - Sunday 7 February, 2016

From The42 ‘We can build on that and get better’: Positives in Irish game keeps Murray confident Time To Draw Breath

‘We can build on that and get better’: Positives in Irish game keeps Murray confident

A point dropped, but Ireland have won back-to-back titles with a defeat under their belts.

From The42 Six Nations drama, Schmidt’s hard-hitting wings and more Ireland talking points All Even

Six Nations drama, Schmidt’s hard-hitting wings and more Ireland talking points

Ireland will pick out missed chances in their draw with Wales in Dublin.

From The42 ‘We had the game won’: Wales leave Dublin frustrated with point dropped KICKING THEMSELVES

‘We had the game won’: Wales leave Dublin frustrated with point dropped

Jamie Roberts said his side were ‘kicking themselves’ after failing to close the game at 13 – 16.

From The42 ‘I thought CJ was superb’ – Schmidt impressed with Munster man’s debut New Cap

‘I thought CJ was superb’ – Schmidt impressed with Munster man’s debut

The Ireland head coach now faces into a six-day turnaround before the clash with France.

From The42 Earls a doubt for France, but Schmidt confident SOB and Kearney will return Injury Update

Earls a doubt for France, but Schmidt confident SOB and Kearney will return

Johnny Sexton was ‘sore’ after an intensely physical battle with the Welsh.

From The42 Here’s how we rated Ireland after an intense draw at home to Wales Out Of 10

Here’s how we rated Ireland after an intense draw at home to Wales

Ireland will head back to Carton House disappointed at having to share the spoils.

From The42 CJ Stander man of the match on barnstorming Ireland debut against Wales STANDOUT

CJ Stander man of the match on barnstorming Ireland debut against Wales

The Munster back row was superb on his Test debut for Joe Schmidt’s side.

From The42 13-point lead not enough for Ireland as Wales scrap back to force a draw Honours Even

13-point lead not enough for Ireland as Wales scrap back to force a draw

It’s the first time in Championship history that the sides have shared the spoils.

From The42 An emotional CJ Stander absolutely belted out Amhrán na bhFiann today Pride

An emotional CJ Stander absolutely belted out Amhrán na bhFiann today

The South Africa-born back-row has been learning the anthem in recent weeks.

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