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#Six Nations

From The42 Beirne set to start against Wales as O'Brien makes return for Ireland Big Calls

Beirne set to start against Wales as O'Brien makes return for Ireland

The Munster second row could make his Six Nations debut in Cardiff on Saturday.

From The42 Ireland's front row options improve as Kilcoyne and Ryan drive on Prop Life

Ireland's front row options improve as Kilcoyne and Ryan drive on

The Munster pair have pushed into the matchday squad again in recent weeks.

From The42 'I wasn’t panicking' - Conor Murray unfazed by debate about his Six Nations form Form

'I wasn’t panicking' - Conor Murray unfazed by debate about his Six Nations form

Ireland’s scrum-half has been ignoring the debate around his form in the Six Nations.

From The42 Big call for Schmidt to make at openside with Leavy offering 'X-factor' 7

Big call for Schmidt to make at openside with Leavy offering 'X-factor'

Sean O’Brien’s experience is tempting after Josh van der Flier was ruled out.

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 'It's been working in training for three years, so it's good it came off' Strike Move

'It's been working in training for three years, so it's good it came off'

Johnny Sexton was pleased to steer Ireland around a corner against France after a couple of frustrating weeks.

From The42 Wales retain hope of having Liam Williams at fullback for clash with Ireland Decider

Wales retain hope of having Liam Williams at fullback for clash with Ireland

The fullback was forced off with a shoulder injury against Scotland and has yet to take a full part in training.

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 'You don't see much bollocking anymore': Welsh legend Jones on tough sessions with Schmidt and Sexton Unforgiving

'You don't see much bollocking anymore': Welsh legend Jones on tough sessions with Schmidt and Sexton

Adam Jones was taken aback at the intensity brought by Joe Schmidt and ‘coach’ Johnny Sexton.

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 'It would be nice to tick it off' - Schmidt's Ireland out to end pain in Cardiff Next Job

'It would be nice to tick it off' - Schmidt's Ireland out to end pain in Cardiff

The Ireland boss has yet to beat the Welsh in a Six Nations game at Principality Stadium.

From The42 Superb Ireland U20 tackles stifle Joseph before French star shows fair play Bien Joue

Superb Ireland U20 tackles stifle Joseph before French star shows fair play

The 18-year-old France number eight was clearly targeted by Noel McNamara’s charges.

From The42 Hungry Conan thrilled to slot back in alongside O'Mahony and Stander Back Row Ballast

Hungry Conan thrilled to slot back in alongside O'Mahony and Stander

The Leinster number eight is hoping to get more game-time in Cardiff next week.

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 Set-play or open play: Choose your favourite try of the Six Nations weekend 6 Of The Best This post contains a poll This post contains videos

Set-play or open play: Choose your favourite try of the Six Nations weekend

By a quirk of our try taste-buds this week, all six sides have an entry.

From The42 Cian Healy's law knowledge nearly delivers clever try against France Ruck Over

Cian Healy's law knowledge nearly delivers clever try against France

The Ireland loosehead prop realised the ruck had ended on the French goal line.

From The42 Grand Slam-chasing Wales' 'jealousy' adds extra motive against Ireland Cardiff Chaos

Grand Slam-chasing Wales' 'jealousy' adds extra motive against Ireland

Wales boss Warren Gatland says his players are keen to settle a few scores against Ireland.

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 Analysis: Stander pass sends Earls in for another Schmidt set-piece strike Inside Job

Analysis: Stander pass sends Earls in for another Schmidt set-piece strike

The Munster back row delivered the scoring pass in what he called ‘a real team try.’

From The42 Jones dismisses Woodward's 'ridiculous' Cokanasiga comparison to Lomu Above Average Joe

Jones dismisses Woodward's 'ridiculous' Cokanasiga comparison to Lomu

‘That tells you why when you have the television on you should have the commentary down.’

From The42 Schmidt to consider Ireland selection options for six-day turnaround to Cardiff XV

Schmidt to consider Ireland selection options for six-day turnaround to Cardiff

Dan Leavy or Sean O’Brien could come into the mix after an injury to Josh van der Flier.

From The42 'I thought I was in!' - Larmour continuing to learn as he shows off dancing feet Review

'I thought I was in!' - Larmour continuing to learn as he shows off dancing feet

The 21-year-old benefitted from 80 minutes at fullback in the absence of Rob Kearney.

From The42 Man of the match Ryan does his talking on the pitch Immense

Man of the match Ryan does his talking on the pitch

The second row was part of a dominant performance from the Ireland pack against France.

From The42 Late lapse the chief disappointment for Schmidt Cons

Late lapse the chief disappointment for Schmidt

The head coach wasn’t concerned by the delay between Ireland’s first and second tries during a sustained period of pressure.

From The42 'I could not imagine we would suffer as much' - Brunel Miserable

'I could not imagine we would suffer as much' - Brunel

France’s wildly inconsistent form continued in Dublin as they produced an abject performance against Ireland.

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 Larmour slots in seamlessly to underline his credentials at fullback Stepping Up

Larmour slots in seamlessly to underline his credentials at fullback

The 21-year-old was excellent against France after being drafted in to replace the injured Rob Kearney.

From The42 Kearney 'a good chance' for Wales but Ireland uncertain on van der Flier Injury Update

Kearney 'a good chance' for Wales but Ireland uncertain on van der Flier

Robbie Henshaw won’t be coming back into the mix as his dead leg lingers.

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 Out of 10: How did you rate Ireland in their dominant four-try win over France? Player Ratings

Out of 10: How did you rate Ireland in their dominant four-try win over France?

James Ryan, Iain Henderson, Cian Healy and Garry Ringrose were all outstanding at the Aviva Stadium.

From The42 Bonus-point win over les Bleus boosts Schmidt's Ireland before Wales trip Victoire

Bonus-point win over les Bleus boosts Schmidt's Ireland before Wales trip

The Ireland boss will be frustrated at how his side closed out the game but they dominated most of the contest.

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 Late change for Ireland as Kearney ruled out of France clash 15

Late change for Ireland as Kearney ruled out of France clash

Jordan Larmour is promoted from the bench to start at fullback.

From The42 Big performance against les Bleus can ease concerns over Schmidt's Ireland Jouez

Big performance against les Bleus can ease concerns over Schmidt's Ireland

The home side have named 13 of the starting team that beat the All Blacks back in November.

From The42 'He could have another eight years or more at the highest level, which is scary!' Rise

'He could have another eight years or more at the highest level, which is scary!'

From second-choice scrum-half to world-class 13, Garry Ringrose’s rise has been extraordinary.

From The42 'We saw how they carried on last year after they beat us' - Jones eyeing revenge against Scotland Settling Scores

'We saw how they carried on last year after they beat us' - Jones eyeing revenge against Scotland

The England head coach was reportedly abused by Scotland fans after their Six Nations clash last year.

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 'What actually changed my mindset was reading a bit of McCaw’s book' Openside

'What actually changed my mindset was reading a bit of McCaw’s book'

Josh van der Flier is looking to make good decisions on both sides of the breakdown.

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.