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#Six Nations

From The42 McNamara hails inner calm and outward character of champion U20s with focus trained on Grand Slam More To Come

McNamara hails inner calm and outward character of champion U20s with focus trained on Grand Slam

‘There are very few people in the history of Irish rugby who have managed to win a Grand Slam.’

From The42 Ireland look to defence for next building block against France Women's Rugby

Ireland look to defence for next building block against France

The attack functioned for Adam Grigg’s side in the loss to Italy, but against the formidable French Ireland will have to pick their battles.

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 'Chancy decision' to drop Laidlaw shows Scotland boss Townsend is still learning Matt Williams

'Chancy decision' to drop Laidlaw shows Scotland boss Townsend is still learning

Axing captain for Wales clash ‘sends ructions through the camp’, according to Matt Williams.

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.

From The42 Beirne given weekend off after reporting 'soreness' in training Comeback Trail

Beirne given weekend off after reporting 'soreness' in training

The Munster second row has made a strong injury comeback but has been given more time by Joe Schmidt.

From The42 Furlong: 'Most defences are looking for two-man hits and it's very, very hard' Details

Furlong: 'Most defences are looking for two-man hits and it's very, very hard'

Tadhg Furlong takes prides in his ball-carrying and lineout involvements for Ireland.

From The42 'There is something we're missing because he's too good a player' The42 Rugby Weekly

'There is something we're missing because he's too good a player'

Sean Cronin’s omission was one of the main talking points up for his discussion on this week’s The42 Rugby Weekly.

From The42 Ringrose set for return as Schmidt recalls big guns for France Changes

Ringrose set for return as Schmidt recalls big guns for France

Sean O’Brien is set to miss out, while captain Rory Best makes his return in the front row.

From The42 Russell returns and Laidlaw left out as Scots bid to scupper Welsh Grand Slam Perfect 10

Russell returns and Laidlaw left out as Scots bid to scupper Welsh Grand Slam

Racing 92 out-half Finn Russell is back after missing the defeat to France with a head injury.

From The42 Open thread: Who should Schmidt pick in the Ireland team for France? Pick Your Team

Open thread: Who should Schmidt pick in the Ireland team for France?

We want to hear who you would select for Sunday’s Six Nations clash in Dublin.

From The42 Eddie Jones makes five changes as England aim to bounce back Italian Job

Eddie Jones makes five changes as England aim to bounce back

They’ll aim to rebound from their defeat to Wales when Italy visit Twickenham on Saturday.

'We're not going into our shell or worrying, I think a lot of people outside are'

Keith Earls says Ireland will ‘be back to themselves soon enough’ as Joe Schmidt’s side bid to finish the Six Nations strongly.

From The42 Hunters? Hunted? Schmidt's Ireland not interested in Hansen's perception Mind Games

Hunters? Hunted? Schmidt's Ireland not interested in Hansen's perception

Joe Schmidt and his coaches have had some ‘very tough’ selection meetings ahead of the France game.

From The42 'I like those collisions... Sometimes you go, ‘that’s a good f***ing hit, man’' Contact

'I like those collisions... Sometimes you go, ‘that’s a good f***ing hit, man’'

Getting run over by his dad’s truck at the age of six prepared CJ Stander for a love of contact.

From The42 Ireland insist Cronin's omission down to 'building squad depth' Cut

Ireland insist Cronin's omission down to 'building squad depth'

Forwards coach Simon Easterby insisted it was not a harsh call to leave the Leinster hooker out of this week’s squad.

From The42 Ireland U20s captain Hawkshaw misses out as Grand Slam bid continues in Cork Young Guns

Ireland U20s captain Hawkshaw misses out as Grand Slam bid continues in Cork

The injured centre has been replaced in the team by Sean French for Friday night’s game against France.

From The42 Carbery to miss France showdown as Leavy and Henshaw remain sidelined Injury Update

Carbery to miss France showdown as Leavy and Henshaw remain sidelined

The Munster out-half has made good progress in his comeback, but Sunday will come too soon for a return.

From The42 Byrne and Marmion back in Schmidt's Ireland squad for France Back In The Mix

Byrne and Marmion back in Schmidt's Ireland squad for France

Sean Cronin is not included in the 37-man panel, while Robbie Henshaw and Dan Leavy remain unavailable through injury.

From The42 'Elite athletes are no different to any other punter in the world' Confidence

'Elite athletes are no different to any other punter in the world'

Ireland fullback Rob Kearney feels one set-piece attack can result in Joe Schmidt’s side regaining their confidence.

From The42 France will 'sniff blood' as they aim to pressure Ireland's 'weaknesses' Les Bleus

France will 'sniff blood' as they aim to pressure Ireland's 'weaknesses'

The Toulouse trio of Antoine Dupoint, Romain Ntamack and Thomas Ramos will be central for the French.

From The42 Sean Cronin set to miss out on Ireland squad for final Six Nations games Omission

Sean Cronin set to miss out on Ireland squad for final Six Nations games

Ulster’s Rob Herring is set to come into Joe Schmidt’s extended training squad.

From The42 'That’s Johnny, we’re a bit used to it. That’s his way of communicating it' Frustration

'That’s Johnny, we’re a bit used to it. That’s his way of communicating it'

Ireland’s out-half has faced some criticism for his show of annoyance against Italy.

From The42 Henshaw and Leavy set to miss Ireland's clash with France Injury Update

Henshaw and Leavy set to miss Ireland's clash with France

The Leinster centre hasn’t played since the England game due to a dead leg.

From The42 France unveil team to face Ireland in next Sunday's Six Nations clash Starting XV

France unveil team to face Ireland in next Sunday's Six Nations clash

Coach Jacques Brunel has kept faith with the side that defeated Scotland.

From The42 Ireland Women suffer double injury blow as they bid to bounce back after Italy defeat Back To Front

Ireland Women suffer double injury blow as they bid to bounce back after Italy defeat

Centre Michelle Claffey required surgery on the ankle injury picked up in Italy, while Leah Lyons will be sidelined with a shoulder issue.

From The42 Marmion ready to run with Ireland after stint on the sidelines Recharged

Marmion ready to run with Ireland after stint on the sidelines

The Connacht scrum-half required surgery on his ankle after helping Ireland beat the All Blacks in November.

From The42 A peek outside the bubble has James Ryan refreshed and ready to get Ireland firing Hit-out

A peek outside the bubble has James Ryan refreshed and ready to get Ireland firing

A few beers and a boistorous crop of U20s has the young lock in positive mood as the Six Nations finish line comes into view.

From The42 Schmidt working to get Ireland comfortable amid distractions Open And Shut Case

Schmidt working to get Ireland comfortable amid distractions

The head coach also hit back at a comparison made between this Championship and the 2007 World Cup.

From The42 Henderson back fit and firing after 'mighty frustrating' double injury lay-off Locked In

Henderson back fit and firing after 'mighty frustrating' double injury lay-off

The Ulster second row is ready to return to Ireland’s engine room against France on Sunday week.

From The42 Schmidt's Ireland feel the benefit of high-intensity U20s hit-out Open Session

Schmidt's Ireland feel the benefit of high-intensity U20s hit-out

21 senior players involved as Ireland’s three-day Belfast camp ends with open session.

From The42 Sexton on track to face France, Schmidt 'hopeful' of Carbery's availability Injury Update

Sexton on track to face France, Schmidt 'hopeful' of Carbery's availability

The pair trained separately during this morning’s open session in Belfast.

From The42 Borthwick plays down training-ground clashes as routine 'pushing and shoving' Heated

Borthwick plays down training-ground clashes as routine 'pushing and shoving'

England and Georgia players reportedly clashed after a scrum session yesterday.

From The42 Analysis: How has Conor Murray been playing in the Six Nations? Nine

Analysis: How has Conor Murray been playing in the Six Nations?

The 29-year-old is not quite at his best but the concern around him has been exaggerated.

From The42 Sexton rejects notion Schmidt's impending departure a distraction for Ireland No Excuses

Sexton rejects notion Schmidt's impending departure a distraction for Ireland

The Ireland out-half says it is frustrating when ‘you’re doing everything right but things just aren’t clicking’.

From The42 Wales will have to push on towards Grand Slam without injured lock Hill Lock Out

Wales will have to push on towards Grand Slam without injured lock Hill

The Dragons second row appeared to suffer the knock while scoring the game’s defining try.

From The42 Second, second bottom - whatever: Six Nations form no indicator through Ireland's World Cup history Ceiling

Second, second bottom - whatever: Six Nations form no indicator through Ireland's World Cup history

Form in the spring tournament hasn’t been able to push Ireland beyond the eight yet.

From The42 Beirne puts hand up as Ireland look to reinforcements for France clash Boosts

Beirne puts hand up as Ireland look to reinforcements for France clash

James Ryan, Cian Healy and captain Rory Best will all be back in the mix.

From The42 'The players were a bit broken by the fallout from the England game' Confidence

'The players were a bit broken by the fallout from the England game'

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt says he’s worried, just like he was last year.

From The42 Sunday night prep yielding the right return for Munster's Kilcoyne Killer

Sunday night prep yielding the right return for Munster's Kilcoyne

The loosehead made his first Six Nations start against Italy yesterday after pushing ahead of Jack McGrath in the pecking order.