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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# 6 Nations

All time
# red roses
England and France overpower opposition on Six Nations opening day
Jess Breach scored the pick England’s eight tries against Scotland,while Caroline Boujard ran in a hat-trick for France against Wales.
# madness to method
Sexton's sanity proven as Ireland trounce England
‘I don’t think you guys listened to us,’ said Jonathan Sexton after Ireland delivered the best performance of the Andy Farrell era.
# 6 Nations
Scotland rack up record score in rout of Italy
Gregor Townsend’s side ran in eight tries against the Azzurri.
# hard and fair
'That would be unjust to the jersey': No need for red redemption from O'Mahony
The Munster back row is set to return after serving his suspension for a red card against Wales.
# back five
O'Connell marvels at modern locks Baird and Beirne
‘The place for a workhorse second row that hits rucks all day, I don’t know how long more there is in the game for him.’
# up for grabs
Lions at the back of Sexton's mind as he gears up for Scotland
‘We want to get as many Irish people on that trip as possible.’
# 6 Nations
Ireland's line-out 'in a good place now' led by Ryan and O'Connell
The young pack leader was sorely missed in defeats to Wales and France, but is keen to put O’Connell’s ‘intricacies’ to work against Scotland.
# JGP
'People probably don’t appreciate what he offers, but I think that’s changing'
Stuart Lancaster is thrilled to see Jamison Gibson-Park rise to the big stage.
# 6 Nations
'We have to be hard to beat, we can’t give things away and give teams a leg up'
Paul O’Connell admits it has been a challenge to hold back some detail from Ireland players.
# worth the wait
'I don't want to sit back and be happy with being third choice': Casey ready for more Test rugby
The 21-year-old scrum-half was made to wait over 140 minutes as a replacement before winning his first cap.
# up and under
Murray not willing to throw box-kick away just yet
The scrum-half took on the skill just twice last weekend, but isn’t willing to sound its death knell.
# 15 on 15
'Get the ball in his hands and make people tackle him': Payne excited by Stockdale threat
The Ulster defence coach has watched the 24-year-old evolve his understanding of a new position over the past year.
# Blindside
Caelan Doris relishing another big occasion to underline his pedigree
The 22-year-old Leinster back row feels he saves his best performances for the biggest games.
# 6 Nations
Dane immersed in rugby and ready for another tough Test run
The Ireland scrum-half hit the ground running despite an eight-month gap between competitive fixtures.
# test mode
Sexton settled into Ireland rhythm and ready to duel France
The skipper feels improvements in training as he looks forward to a return to Paris.
# closed skills
Heffernan mining confidence from the work he puts in after long wait for second cap
The Connacht hooker is grateful to Andy Friend and Jimmy Duffy for guiding him back to peak form.
# perspiration and inspiration
'An incredibly enjoyable environment': POM relishing competition, skills work in Ireland camp
The blindside typified an apparent renewed focus on skills during the win over Italy.
# Ouch
Ireland rule out Ringrose for November, Cooney and Earls back in frame
Jamison Gibson-Park’s international debut was tempered with a tight hamstring.
# 6 Nations
'It's going to be fun': Conway revelling in the competition under Farrell
Training and form carry a great deal more weight under Andy Farrell, the Munster wing says.
# U20 RUGBY
A visit to Willie Mullins' yard among lessons lapped up by Noel McNamara
The U20 head coach picked up a personal gong this week, but is quick to deflect praise towards a team who could have easily been celebrating under different circumstances this weekend.
# 6 Nations
Farrell wary of over-loading Test schedule around November
There are many unknowable variables as Covid-19 spreads, but Farrell hopes that player welfare concerns are maintained and Ireland avoid playing five Tests in five weeks.
# on ice
U20 title charge left in limbo as Ireland await call on France fixture
Noel McNamara’s men have every right to expect their match to be called off, but can’t afford to stop preparing to face France.
# 6 Nations
Farrell says Ireland players were deflated to hear of France postponement
The squad trained in Abbottstown today believing they are well in the hunt for the Championship.
# 6 Nations
'Ireland need to qualify for a World Cup and I wanted to be a better player'
Clare woman Edel McMahon is feeling the benefits of moving away to play with Wasps.
# Crime and Punishment
Letter of rugby laws would see Marler hit with a minimum 12-week ban
Alun Wyn Jones bemoaned the lack of action on the incident from officials.
# over the top
Tuilagi red card mars England's Triple Crown-sealing win over Wales
Eddie Jones’ side were dominant and 33-16 up before the explosive centre smashed into George North.
LIVE
England v Wales, Six Nations
Ireland’s game is off, but the Six Nations rumbled on and we went minute-by-minute.
Mar 7th 2020, 6:48 PM FULL-TIME: England 33 Wales 30
Mar 7th 2020, 6:37 PM RED CARD: Manu Tuilagi
Mar 7th 2020, 5:54 PM TRY!  England 20 Wales 14 (Tipuric ’41)
# Game on
Wilson and Watson for England XV as Wales bring back Liam Williams
The pair have missed out on international duty since featuring the World Cup final.
# Covid-19
Six Nations to postpone Italy-England match in Rome
There was an option to play the fixture behind closed doors, but organisers have moved to postpone it until later in the year.
# all in the head
'The ability to think earns you time': Cullen backs Sexton, comparing him with Brady and Federer
The Leinster head coach sees no reason to lose faith in Ireland’s 34-year-old out-half.
# latest blow
Prolific Welsh wing Adams ruled out for three months after suffering ankle injury against France
The 24-year-old may return for the latter stages of the Cardiff Blues’ Guinness Pro14 campaign, per the WRU.
# off the pace
Farrell laments lack of first-half grit as Ireland are left 'feeling sorry for ourselves'
The head coach’s first defeat was a painful one.
# london mauling
'We have to take a long, hard look at ourselves'
Robbie Henshaw found it hard to spin positives out of Ireland’s loss in London.
# Shut out
Peat and Naoupu injured as Ireland Women held to nil by five-try England
Adam Griggs’ side were outclassed and suffered their first defeat of the year.
LIVE
England v Ireland, Six Nations
We went minute-by-minute as Andy Farrell’s resurgent Ireland faced the World Cup finalists.
Feb 23rd 2020, 4:52 PM FULL-TIME: England 24 Ireland 12
Feb 23rd 2020, 4:28 PM TRY! England 22 Ireland 5 (Cowan-Dickie ’62)
Feb 23rd 2020, 4:13 PM TRY! England 17 Ireland 5 (Henshaw ‘ 50)
# Triple Threat
Sexton backs Ireland's brains and brawn as he sets sight on Triple Crown
Physicality has been a keyword for Ireland this week, but the skipper cautions that it means more than strength.
# young fresh and new
Another title within reach for McNamara's magnificent U20s
Triple Crown last night, Ireland U20s can add the Championship and Grand Slam if they sustain their winning run.
# 6 Nations
'I feel there is more in me': Herring eager to step up after solid starts
The hard-working hooker has waited patiently for his chance for a run as starter and is keen on growing into the role.
# 6 Nations
Exhilarating Ireland U20s tear into England for bonus point win
Noel McNamara’s were in sublime form as they scored six tries in Northampton.
# friday night rugby
Ulster flyer McIlroy soaking lessons, not tackles as U20s face up to England
The winger says his brush with senior rugby was a ‘surprise’,but it didn’t appear to take him aback.