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# Six Nations

# 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.
Yesterday
29th January 2023
# 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.
# Law Changes
Sexton 'strongly disagrees' with RFU's new tackle height law
The out-half also confirmed he is ‘good to go’ for Ireland’s Six Nations opener against Wales.
# Tough Calls
'There has been feedback' - Farrell explains decision to drop Carbery
The Ireland head coach was speaking at today’s Six Nations launch in London.
# doubt
Potential blow for England after Jamie George suffers suspected concussion
Steve Borthwick’s side face Scotland on 4 February.
# depth chart
Which players have played the most for Ireland under Andy Farrell?
The Ireland boss has handed out 30 debuts since his tenure began in 2020.
This month
January 2023
# Update
'That's the plan' - Furlong targeting Wales game for return from latest injury setback
The tighthead is stepping up his recovery from a calf issue.
# Comment
Farrell's ruthless edge on display in Six Nations squad that sends clear message
The Ireland head coach has never shied away from making bold calls.
# big calls
Joey Carbery misses out as Ross Byrne included in Ireland's 37-man Six Nations squad
Andy Farrell’s side begin their campaign away to Wales on 4 February.
# Available for selection
England's Henry Slade cleared for Six Nations after red card rescinded
Exeter player was sent off for a dangerous tackle on the Bulls’ South Africa full-back Kurt-Lee Arendse last Saturday.
# Bundee Jump
Friend backs Aki to shine in Six Nations despite limited game-time for Connacht
‘I reckon Bundee himself would understand his fitness needed to get better and that’s what we are focusing on. But he’s fine.’
# Timing
Gatland frustrated that WRU blocked move to bring Rob Howley back into Welsh fold
‘You would like to think that if anyone was going to be forgiving it would be the Welsh forgiving their own.’
England are disliked but must be fuelled by more than hate – defence coach Kevin Sinfield
Sinfield also insists that Owen Farrell ‘understands the tackle-height stuff’ following his recent ban for a dangerous challenge.
# Les Bleus
Lock Willemse returns to France squad for Six Nations
Les Bleus head coach Fabien Galthie has named eight uncapped players in his squad.
# High hopes
'We feel he’s got Test match ability' - Scotland boss Townsend happy to have Healy on board
The Munster player was named in Scotland’s 40-man Six Nations squad on Tuesday.
Ken Owens named Wales captain as Warren Gatland picks four uncapped players
Wales begin their campaign against Ireland in Cardiff on 4 February.
# The Deck
Hansen could provide Ireland with full-back option for Six Nations
Connacht head coach says Hansen told him that full-back was his preferred option.
# maul to survive
Netflix to go behind-the-scenes with Ireland as Six Nations gets Drive to Survive treatment
Netflix have also announced the release date for the next edition of the hugely-popular F1 series.
# Development
Farrell receives ban but will be available for England’s Six Nations opener
The skipper is set to be able to resume playing after Saracens’ Premiership clash with Bristol on 28 January.
# dammit zammit
Louis Rees-Zammit likely to miss Wales’ Six Nations clash with Ireland
The Gloucester wing suffered an ankle injury on Christmas Eve.
# Roots
Hansen gets fresh trim and settles into new Galway house as Six Nations looms
The Canberra native he is taking nothing for granted about making this year’s Irish squad.
# Tricky Times
Farrell at risk of missing Six Nations opener if cited for dangerous tackle
The England out-half committed what appeared to be a high, shoulder-led charge on Gloucester’s Jack Clement.
# Evans Sent
Harlequins assistant Nick Evans named England attack coach for Six Nations
The former New Zealand out-half has joined Steve Borthwick’s management team.
# bolter
Hastings injury could open Six Nations door for Ben Healy
Scotland will take on Ireland at Murrayfield on 12 March.
# scotsman
Lure of Test rugby sees ambitious Healy agree Munster exit for Scotland
Munster are understood to be closing in on the re-signing of Jake Flannery from Ulster.
# Update
Munster's Synman back running but won't return imminently
The World Cup winner is currently recovering from a second cruciate injury