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#6 Nations

From The42 'Under Joe, there was no hoping': O'Gara wants more from Ireland's contestable kicks Thrill Of The Chase

'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.

From The42 England hope to have Tuilagi back fit to face Ireland Groin Pains

England hope to have Tuilagi back fit to face Ireland

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

From The42 Tyrrell goes straight from 7s to 15s squad as Ireland wait on injured trio 6 Nations

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.

From The42 Out with the dreaded Monday review, Andy Farrell's are 'fun' Craic The Whip

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

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

From The42 U20s braced for 'seismic physical battle' against wounded Welsh Backlash

U20s braced for 'seismic physical battle' against wounded Welsh

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

From The42 '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.

From The42 Cooney and Murray side-by-side and content to keep challenging each other Friends And Rivals

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.

From The42 'It was definitely ugly at times, but we’ll take it' Hard Fought

'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.

From The42 Hard-tackling Caplice thrilled to help Ireland hang tough until Parsons breakaway Footwork

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.

From The42 'It's our house': Donnybrook ideal place to start massive year for Ireland Women Fortress

'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.

From The42 'We asked the boys to stand for something and it was true Irish grit out there' Single-minded

'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.

From The42 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.

From The42 On your marks: How did you rate Ireland in the tense win over Scotland? Tip The Scales

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.

From The42 '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.

From The42 Sensational Crowley try helps Ireland to winning start in U20 Six Nations Jack In The Box

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.

From The42 Moloney feeling sharper after injury and exile 6 Nations

Moloney feeling sharper after injury and exile

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

From The42 'A lot of people have been asking questions about John Cooney today' Competition

'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.

From The42 Vunipola: Mental weakness not an issue for England 6 Nations

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.

From The42 Tom Farrell senses noticeable improvement after Ireland camp Better Again

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.

From The42 Six Nations wash-out shows human side of Schmidt 6 Nations

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.

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

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

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

From The42 'A mistake leaving the roof open,' says Gatland as he celebrates Grand Slam Open And Shut Case

'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.

From The42 Penaud punishes Italy as France survive late onslaught 6 Nations

Penaud punishes Italy as France survive late onslaught

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

From The42 As it happened: Wales v Ireland, Six Nations Liveblog

As it happened: Wales v Ireland, Six Nations

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

From The42 Henderson set for 'few weeks' sidelined as Schmidt signals intent in Cardiff Grand Finale

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.

From The42 Roof debate rages as Wales request closure, while Schmidt prefers match in open air Open And Shut Case

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.”

From The42 Beirne and O'Brien in harness as Ireland bid to halt Welsh title bid Slambusters

Beirne and O'Brien in harness as Ireland bid to halt Welsh title bid

Joe Schmidt has also recalled Andrew Porter, Kieran Marmion and Quinn Roux to his squad for his final Six Nations match.

From The42 Hard work and patience the name of the game for Munster's Ryan Back In The Mix

Hard work and patience the name of the game for Munster's Ryan

The tighthead has forced his way into Joe Schmidt’s plans after sitting out the first two rounds of Six Nation action.

From The42 O'Brien and Beirne training hard to give Schmidt headaches for Cardiff Options

O'Brien and Beirne training hard to give Schmidt headaches for Cardiff

The pair missed out on selection last week but are pushing to be involved against Wales.

From The42 Van der Flier sidelined but Kearney and Carbery 'ready to rock and roll' Injury Update

Van der Flier sidelined but Kearney and Carbery 'ready to rock and roll'

Dan Leavy is back in the Ireland squad for the final Six Nations game against Wales, while Ross Byrne has been released back to Leinster.

From The42 Scotland lose their first-choice back three for trip to Twickenham Injury Blow

Scotland lose their first-choice back three for trip to Twickenham

Tommy Seymour, Blair Kinghorn and Stuart Hogg have all been ruled out of Saturday’s Six Nations clash.

From The42 Back in business: It's The42's Six Nations Team of the Week First XV

Back in business: It's The42's Six Nations Team of the Week

Here’s who shone brightest on the penultimate weekend of the Six Nations.

From The42 Rory Best: 'It’s exactly how you would plan your last home game here' Skipper

Rory Best: 'It’s exactly how you would plan your last home game here'

The captain was thrilled with how Ireland ‘attacked’ the contest.

From The42 '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.

From The42 As it happened: Ireland v France, Six Nations Liveblog

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.

From The42 Fortune on Wales' side as Gatland's men march on towards 'dream' 6 Nations

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

Next Saturday in Cardiff should be tasty.

From The42 Gatland's Wales dig deep at Murrayfield to set up Grand Slam bid against Ireland Four From Four

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.

From The42 'My wife was due three weeks later. I had to be able to drive her to hospital and hold my child' The Next Chapter

'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.

From The42 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.

From The42 'It will be hard to say goodbye': Schmidt's final Six Nations game in Dublin Home

'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.