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#Six Nations

Keenan and Connors handed debuts as Stockdale moves to 15 for Ireland
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# Team News

Keenan and Connors handed debuts as Stockdale moves to 15 for Ireland

Oct 21st 2020, 12:29 PM 36,144 Views 74 Comments

Ed Byrne and Jamison Gibson-Park are set for their first caps off the bench against Italy.

'It's an honour to do it and when he asked me to do it again, I was delighted'
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# Captain

'It's an honour to do it and when he asked me to do it again, I was delighted'

Oct 21st 2020, 7:05 AM 7,415 Views 3 Comments

Johnny Sexton has been reflecting on his captaincy of Ireland as the Six Nations gets underway again.

'Conor Murray's pass is the best pass in Ireland' - Brian O'Driscoll
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'Conor Murray's pass is the best pass in Ireland' - Brian O'Driscoll

Oct 21st 2020, 6:00 AM 12,004 Views 17 Comments

The former Ireland captain believes some criticism of the scrum-half has been unwarranted.

Training with a sheep has jackal specialist CJ Stander in fine fettle
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# Breakdown

Training with a sheep has jackal specialist CJ Stander in fine fettle

Oct 21st 2020, 1:01 AM 16,958 Views 11 Comments

The Munster back row is heading into the restarted Six Nations in superb form.

'I get on people's nerves': Bundee Aki refuses to quieten down
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# Vocal

'I get on people's nerves': Bundee Aki refuses to quieten down

Oct 20th 2020, 8:11 PM 10,065 Views 4 Comments

‘My team-mates at Connacht are well used to my loud voice and to me screaming at them, giving them crap here and there.’

Sexton feeling greater responsibility and gratitude as ireland prepare to play through Level 5
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# Play On

Sexton feeling greater responsibility and gratitude as ireland prepare to play through Level 5

Oct 20th 2020, 3:10 PM 5,958 Views 2 Comments

The exemption granted to elite sport has the Ireland skipper feeling privileged.

'I think my game is coming along really nicely, to be honest' - Stockdale
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# Form

'I think my game is coming along really nicely, to be honest' - Stockdale

Oct 20th 2020, 6:00 AM 9,426 Views 18 Comments

The 24-year-old has been playing at fullback for Ulster in recent times.

Doris relishing restart with an Ireland team playing 'heads-up rugby' From The42

Doris relishing restart with an Ireland team playing 'heads-up rugby'

Oct 19th 2020, 5:07 AM 7,214 Views 9 Comments

The Leinster number 8 will be eager to bank 80 Test minutes after injury limited his time in the first three rounds.

Injuries and form calls mean Ireland will have a refreshed look against Italy
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# Selection

Injuries and form calls mean Ireland will have a refreshed look against Italy

Oct 18th 2020, 6:00 AM 15,450 Views 13 Comments

Andy Farrell’s men restart their 2020 Six Nations campaign next weekend in Dublin.

'Why wouldn't we go hunting?': Farrell targets evolution along with a Six Nations title chase
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# Bubble

'Why wouldn't we go hunting?': Farrell targets evolution along with a Six Nations title chase

Oct 17th 2020, 7:00 AM 7,414 Views 1 Comment

International rugby is scheduled to return to these shores next week.

Andy Farrell: ‘There are bigger things than finishing the Six Nations’ From The42

Andy Farrell: ‘There are bigger things than finishing the Six Nations’

Updated Oct 16th 2020, 1:10 PM 9,350 Views 4 Comments

Ireland coach says the health and safety of the country has to take priority over the completion of a rugby tournament.

Three-week ban rules Iain Henderson out of Six Nations restart
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# Lock Out

Three-week ban rules Iain Henderson out of Six Nations restart

Oct 15th 2020, 2:31 PM 8,061 Views 9 Comments

The Ulster lock will be free to play against Wales on 13 November.

Italy scrum-half Stephen Varney positive for Covid-19 ahead of Ireland fixture
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# Blue Flu

Italy scrum-half Stephen Varney positive for Covid-19 ahead of Ireland fixture

Oct 13th 2020, 2:49 PM 8,496 Views 5 Comments

The sides meet in their refixed Six Nations game next week.

'He's a ridiculous athlete' - Ryan excited by potential of Leinster team-mate Baird
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# Lock Stocks

'He's a ridiculous athlete' - Ryan excited by potential of Leinster team-mate Baird

Oct 10th 2020, 6:00 AM 12,514 Views 6 Comments

Both seconds rows are part of Andy Farrell’s 35-man Ireland squad.

Baird, Daly, Keenan, Gibson-Park, Byrne, Connors - Ireland's uncapped six
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# Newcomers

Baird, Daly, Keenan, Gibson-Park, Byrne, Connors - Ireland's uncapped six

Oct 8th 2020, 7:00 PM 9,551 Views 2 Comments

Andy Farrell’s squad includes six men who will be hoping for their Test debuts later this month.

'As soon as he's had a little dip, he's out of the squad completely, which is harsh'
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# The42 Rugby Weekly

'As soon as he's had a little dip, he's out of the squad completely, which is harsh'

Oct 8th 2020, 2:51 PM 32,308 Views 32 Comments

John Cooney’s omission from the Ireland squad was discussed on today’s episode of The42 Rugby Weekly.

Farrell includes six uncapped players in Ireland squad as Sexton retains captaincy
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# Fresh Faces

Farrell includes six uncapped players in Ireland squad as Sexton retains captaincy

Oct 8th 2020, 10:09 AM 44,303 Views 77 Comments

Ed Byrne, Will Connors, Jamison Gibson-Park, Shane Daly, Hugo Keenan, and Ryan Baird have been included.

Ulster scrum-half John Cooney set to miss out on Farrell's Ireland squad
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# Nines

Ulster scrum-half John Cooney set to miss out on Farrell's Ireland squad

Oct 7th 2020, 8:13 PM 26,732 Views 66 Comments

The 30-year-old came off the bench three times during the Six Nations earlier this year.

Earls sidelined by back injury as Munster rule Scannell out for two months
# Injury Update
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# Injury Update

Earls sidelined by back injury as Munster rule Scannell out for two months

Oct 7th 2020, 4:28 PM 10,614 Views 7 Comments

Ireland boss Andy Farrell already had several injury concerns ahead of the autumn campaign.

No formal discussions yet as Wales boss Pivac says 2021 Six Nations could be delayed
# Options Open
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# Options Open

No formal discussions yet as Wales boss Pivac says 2021 Six Nations could be delayed

Oct 7th 2020, 3:36 PM 3,556 Views 2 Comments

Tournament organisers are considering all options amidst serious financial worries within the sport.

Another blow for Jones' England as Courtney Lawes ruled out of autumn Tests
# Sidelined
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# Sidelined

Another blow for Jones' England as Courtney Lawes ruled out of autumn Tests

Oct 7th 2020, 2:31 PM 4,259 Views 2 Comments

England take on Ireland at Twickenham in the Autumn Nations Cup in November.

First start for Ireland next on agenda for 22-year-old Leinster man Kelleher
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# Hooker

First start for Ireland next on agenda for 22-year-old Leinster man Kelleher

Oct 7th 2020, 6:00 AM 7,479 Views 7 Comments

The powerful hooker won his first three caps off the bench earlier this year.

Sexton set to be fit for Six Nations but Deegan's knee injury is 'not minor'
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# Hammy

Sexton set to be fit for Six Nations but Deegan's knee injury is 'not minor'

Oct 6th 2020, 6:00 AM 5,083 Views 3 Comments

The 35-year-old was injured during Leinster’s win over the Dragons.

Eddie Jones selects four newcomers as England prepare for Six Nations restart
# International Affairs
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# International Affairs

Eddie Jones selects four newcomers as England prepare for Six Nations restart

Oct 5th 2020, 11:22 AM 8,363 Views 4 Comments

Leicester Tigers prop Joe Heyes – whose mother is Irish – is one of 12 uncapped players included.

Furlong remains hopeful of being fit for restart of Ireland's Six Nations campaign
# Key Man
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# Key Man

Furlong remains hopeful of being fit for restart of Ireland's Six Nations campaign

Sep 29th 2020, 9:36 AM 6,457 Views 8 Comments

The 27-year-old Leinster tighthead hasn’t played since rugby got back up and running in August.

Griggs' Ireland set for Six Nations return next month as postponed fixture details confirmed
# We Go Again
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# We Go Again

Griggs' Ireland set for Six Nations return next month as postponed fixture details confirmed

Sep 21st 2020, 2:30 PM 3,273 Views 0 Comments

A massive end to 2020 lies ahead.

Exciting autumn for Farrell's Ireland as Fiji and Georgia get a welcome invitation
# New Look
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# New Look

Exciting autumn for Farrell's Ireland as Fiji and Georgia get a welcome invitation

Sep 10th 2020, 7:30 PM 5,320 Views 3 Comments

Fixtures against Italy and Georgia look like chances to test the depth

Murray to have scan on thigh injury sustained in Munster's defeat to Leinster
# Worry
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# Worry

Murray to have scan on thigh injury sustained in Munster's defeat to Leinster

Sep 8th 2020, 2:02 PM 7,863 Views 26 Comments

The scrum-half will hope to be cleared of serious injury with the Six Nations resuming next month.

Griggs' Ireland set for busy end to 2020 as World Cup European qualifier dates confirmed
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# Back In Business

Griggs' Ireland set for busy end to 2020 as World Cup European qualifier dates confirmed

Aug 10th 2020, 6:21 PM 4,707 Views 0 Comments

A huge end to this unprecedented year lies ahead.

'I'm sure we're going to see a few bolters for all countries' - Farrell
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# Crystal Ball

'I'm sure we're going to see a few bolters for all countries' - Farrell

Aug 7th 2020, 7:15 AM 8,828 Views 9 Comments

The Ireland boss is embracing the challenge of an uncertain season ahead.

Farrell praises Sexton for 'super job' as Ireland captain during Six Nations
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# Leader

Farrell praises Sexton for 'super job' as Ireland captain during Six Nations

Aug 7th 2020, 7:00 AM 7,162 Views 23 Comments

The 35-year-old took over from Rory Best for the Six Nations earlier this year.

'We know it's there to be won' - Farrell's Ireland hungry for Six Nations shot
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# Target

'We know it's there to be won' - Farrell's Ireland hungry for Six Nations shot

Updated Aug 6th 2020, 5:14 PM 25,306 Views 31 Comments

The national team head coach is excited about the new ‘Eight Nations’ tournament this autumn.

James Lowe 'a great tonic for Irish rugby' as November qualification looms
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# On The Radar

James Lowe 'a great tonic for Irish rugby' as November qualification looms

Aug 6th 2020, 12:45 PM 10,612 Views 30 Comments

Ireland boss Andy Farrell has been impressed with many elements of the Leinster wing’s game.

Connacht's Jack Carty has the tools to break back into the Ireland mix
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# Playmaker

Connacht's Jack Carty has the tools to break back into the Ireland mix

Updated Aug 4th 2020, 8:03 PM 26,126 Views 26 Comments

The 27-year-old out-half had his struggles post-World Cup but remains a classy operator.

Test rugby to restart in October as World Rugby confirms autumn window
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# Approved

Test rugby to restart in October as World Rugby confirms autumn window

Jul 30th 2020, 1:55 PM 6,393 Views 9 Comments

Ireland are set to play six Tests in seven weekends from October through into December.

Busy autumn schedule is an exciting chance for Farrell's Ireland to progress
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# Calendar

Busy autumn schedule is an exciting chance for Farrell's Ireland to progress

Updated Jul 28th 2020, 12:00 PM 20,423 Views 25 Comments

A new eight-team competition is set to see Ireland face Wales, England and Fiji.

Wales’ 2020 fixtures to be away with Principality Stadium to remain a hospital
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# Pitch Battle

Wales’ 2020 fixtures to be away with Principality Stadium to remain a hospital

Jul 23rd 2020, 9:10 AM 5,765 Views 5 Comments

The 74,500-seater ground is set to continue as a medical facility in case of second coronavirus spike.

Six Nations play down expectation of imminent deal with CVC
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# No Deal Yet

Six Nations play down expectation of imminent deal with CVC

Jul 7th 2020, 9:12 PM 4,345 Views 3 Comments

Bernard Laporte has said a deal is almost done.

What kind of shape are Andy Farrell's Ireland in as they look towards next season?
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What kind of shape are Andy Farrell's Ireland in as they look towards next season?

Jul 4th 2020, 7:00 AM 20,499 Views 48 Comments

Ireland were due to face Australia in Brisbane today.

The next Six Nations could be expanded to become a home-and-away tournament
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# Alternative Arrangements

The next Six Nations could be expanded to become a home-and-away tournament

Jun 4th 2020, 3:10 PM 8,985 Views 19 Comments

It’s one of the options currently being considered, according to RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney.