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#6 Nations

From The42 How we rated Ireland's Grand Slam winners on a historic day at Twickenham Out Of 10

How we rated Ireland's Grand Slam winners on a historic day at Twickenham

Kearney, Ringrose, Ryan, Furlong and Leavy were all superb.

From The42 Watch: Three first-half tries give Ireland the dream start at Twickenham Out Of The Blocks This post contains videos

Watch: Three first-half tries give Ireland the dream start at Twickenham

Ringrose, Stander and Stockdale all crossed.

From The42 Laidlaw's late penalty denies Conor O'Shea's Italy as Scotland end on a high Six Nations

Laidlaw's late penalty denies Conor O'Shea's Italy as Scotland end on a high

Italy finish with the wooden spoon.

From The42 As it happened: England v Ireland, Grand Slam decider Slam Dunk

As it happened: England v Ireland, Grand Slam decider

We went minute-by-minute through Ireland’s St Patrick’s Day bid for glory in Twickenham.

From The42 'Send us again into a dream land': TV3's Grand Slam tilt promo is spine-tingling Grand Slam Saturday This post contains videos
From The42 Mentor and apprentice: Ringrose relishing battle with former team-mate Te'o Centre Of Attention

Mentor and apprentice: Ringrose relishing battle with former team-mate Te'o

The 23-year-old will be the centre of attention at Twickenham later as he hopes to help Ireland to a third ever Grand Slam success.

From The42 Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz Test

Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz

How closely have you paid attention to this week’s sporting headlines?

From The42 'We're under no illusion of what it means to the country, our families and where we’re from' Irish Pride

'We're under no illusion of what it means to the country, our families and where we’re from'

Tadhg Furlong is primed and ready to go for an individual battle with two of his Lions team-mates tomorrow.

From The42 'It's hugely frustrating, he's already passed the number of tries that I've scored!' Young Guns

'It's hugely frustrating, he's already passed the number of tries that I've scored!'

Rory Best and the senior players have an important role to play with Ireland’s young guns.

From The42 'He's apologised and Eddie's been Eddie... there's been no change in his demeanour' Scummy Irish

'He's apologised and Eddie's been Eddie... there's been no change in his demeanour'

England have been more focused on fixing their breakdown problems than the high-profile build-up.

From The42 Premature celebrations, dormant quality and harsh lessons: Slambush roles reversed for Ireland Slambusters This post contains videos

Premature celebrations, dormant quality and harsh lessons: Slambush roles reversed for Ireland

We spoke with two Englishmen familar with the difficulties of the final hurdle in a Grand Slam chase about what can go wrong.

From The42 Passion and emotion key but Schmidt knows Ireland will need luck at Twickenham Grand Slam Saturday

Passion and emotion key but Schmidt knows Ireland will need luck at Twickenham

The head coach is fully aware a good performance from his side will guarantee nothing on Saturday.

From The42 Schmidt hopes powerful Henderson can be one of Ireland's 'go-to guys' after recall Locked And Loaded

Schmidt hopes powerful Henderson can be one of Ireland's 'go-to guys' after recall

The Ulster second row is back in the starting XV for England at the expense of Devin Toner.

From The42 A face in the crowd in '09, this time James Ryan is in the thick of Grand Slam push Dj Jr

A face in the crowd in '09, this time James Ryan is in the thick of Grand Slam push

The Leinster lock has seemed destined for an Ireland jersey for most of the nine years since he watched an epic Grand Slam decider in Cardiff.

From The42 World Rugby stand Van der Westhuizen down for England-Ireland clash Six Nations

World Rugby stand Van der Westhuizen down for England-Ireland clash

The South African official was due to be assistant referee at Twickenham on Saturday.

From The42 3-0 would do: Schmidt ready to accept boring badge if it comes with a Slam Pragmatic

3-0 would do: Schmidt ready to accept boring badge if it comes with a Slam

‘I don’t think we would be uninspired by a 3-0 victory, because we know what’s at stake.’

From The42 Changing locks, Schmidt's bench power and more Ireland team talking points Ready To Go

Changing locks, Schmidt's bench power and more Ireland team talking points

Meanwhile, it’s all change for England.

From The42 Schmidt 'surprised' to see Van der Westhuizen in England camp, but stands by assistant ref's integrity Official Business

Schmidt 'surprised' to see Van der Westhuizen in England camp, but stands by assistant ref's integrity

The South African will run the line at Twickenham on Saturday despite aiding England’s preparations this week.

From The42 Henderson handed starting role as Ireland chase Grand Slam in Twickenham Team-Sheet

Henderson handed starting role as Ireland chase Grand Slam in Twickenham

Rob Kearney and Peter O’Mahony are cleared to play despite sitting out training early this week.

From The42 Farrell takes over at 10 as Jones makes sweeping changes for Irish visit Team-Sheet

Farrell takes over at 10 as Jones makes sweeping changes for Irish visit

The England coach has paired up Saracens in both the second row and at half-back

From The42 Ireland head coach Griggs makes three changes for England clash Starting XV

Ireland head coach Griggs makes three changes for England clash

Louise Galvin, Nicole Cronin and Ashleigh Baxter all come into the XV.

From The42 Bastareaud to skipper France against Wales in Six Nations Team News

Bastareaud to skipper France against Wales in Six Nations

The barnstorming Toulon centre has revelled in French colours since his recall.

From The42 Analysis: Bundee Aki's unglamorous role for Ireland key to ruck success Ruck Stats

Analysis: Bundee Aki's unglamorous role for Ireland key to ruck success

The Connacht centre was busy in Ireland’s win over Scotland last weekend.

From The42 'We were trying to get him to sing 'Joxer Goes To Twickenham' but he couldn’t pull it off!' Christy

'We were trying to get him to sing 'Joxer Goes To Twickenham' but he couldn’t pull it off!'

Ireland aren’t getting distracted with a Grand Slam on the line in London this weekend.

From The42 'They have old heads on their shoulders': No fear of Ireland's new breed being overawed in Twickenham History Boys

'They have old heads on their shoulders': No fear of Ireland's new breed being overawed in Twickenham

Ireland’s record in London since 2010 could even make a lack of experience an advantage.

From The42 Confidence in Ireland squad kept in check by Schmidt's 'motivational fear' Stick And Carrot

Confidence in Ireland squad kept in check by Schmidt's 'motivational fear'

Sean Cronin isn’t going to argue against the notion that Joe Schmidt is the best coach in the game right now.

From The42 Ankle keeps Kearney out of Ireland session, but Healy and Sexton in full training Running Repairs

Ankle keeps Kearney out of Ireland session, but Healy and Sexton in full training

Cian Healy and Johnny Sexton got through their respective extra work in the scrum and goal-kicking on top of the field session.

From The42 'We'll have three days of training and then Toulon': Ireland ambition puts the squeeze on provinces Champions Cup

'We'll have three days of training and then Toulon': Ireland ambition puts the squeeze on provinces

The European quarter-finals will come hot on the heels of Saturday’s Six Nations finale.

From The42 'He said 'Josh you're good at this'': Sage advice keeping Van der Flier positive on road to recovery Unlucky 7

'He said 'Josh you're good at this'': Sage advice keeping Van der Flier positive on road to recovery

The Leinster flanker injured his ACL on the opening day of the Six Nations and admits a wince at the brilliant performances of Dan Leavy in his absence.

From The42 'A week you dream of': Watching on as an U20 in '09, Conor Murray is ready to fulfill Grand ambition Legacy

'A week you dream of': Watching on as an U20 in '09, Conor Murray is ready to fulfill Grand ambition

The scrum-half watched Rory Best and Rob Kearney from a safe distance as they won a Grand Slam nine years ago, this weekend he intends to help them do it again.

From The42 Daly a doubt for England as Jones banks 'painful' lessons before facing Ireland Mental Resolve

Daly a doubt for England as Jones banks 'painful' lessons before facing Ireland

Dylan Hartley looks set to return as he returned to running today.

From The42 'We can start talking about it now': Murray and Ireland ready to raise performance for Slam bid Grand Designs

'We can start talking about it now': Murray and Ireland ready to raise performance for Slam bid

Ireland have always maintained they were taking this Championship ‘one game at a time.’ Now that one game carries historical implications.

From The42 'I don't think we turned up': One step forward, two steps back for sloppy Ireland Disappointing

'I don't think we turned up': One step forward, two steps back for sloppy Ireland

Adam Griggs says his side didn’t start playing until the final minutes against Scotland, by which stage it was too late to rescue the game.

From The42 'The opportunity that exists is really precious' - Schmidt set for Grand Slam shot Bring It On

'The opportunity that exists is really precious' - Schmidt set for Grand Slam shot

There are battered bodies in Ireland’s squad but no one will be letting up this week.

From The42 Fierce and frenetic contest leaves Ireland U20s a sniff of Six Nations title Double Vision

Fierce and frenetic contest leaves Ireland U20s a sniff of Six Nations title

Watching Noel McNamara’s men hasn’t been good for the heart, but they’ve fought long and hard enough to stay in the hunt for silverware.

From The42 England lose two forwards for Twickenham showdown with Ireland Six Nations

England lose two forwards for Twickenham showdown with Ireland

Nathan Hughes and Courtney Lawes have been ruled out of Saturday’s round five clash.

From The42 Wales work their way into second place with laboured bonus point win over Italy 6 Nations

Wales work their way into second place with laboured bonus point win over Italy

Liam Williams was hooked at half-time by Warren Gatland, who cut a frustrated figure throughout Wales’ five-try win.

From The42 Error-strewn Ireland pay the penalty as Scotland end Triple Crown hopes Six Nations

Error-strewn Ireland pay the penalty as Scotland end Triple Crown hopes

Adam Griggs’ side were unable to build on the recent wins over Italy and Wales at Donnybrook this afternoon.

From The42 Ireland enjoy championship-winning moment but know biggest test yet to come Grand Slam Ready

Ireland enjoy championship-winning moment but know biggest test yet to come

Rory Best says it would be ‘special’ for every member of the squad to win a Grand Slam in London next week.

From The42 Outstanding Leavy seizing his chance with another big shift in green 7

Outstanding Leavy seizing his chance with another big shift in green

The Leinster flanker is relishing a first visit to Twickenham next weekend.