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#6 Nations

# 6-nations - Thursday 21 March, 2019

Vunipola: Mental weakness not an issue for England
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# 6 Nations

Vunipola: Mental weakness not an issue for England

Mar 21st 2019, 5:30 PM 3,201 Views 1 Comment

Eddie Jones says psychology has been an issue for England since the last World Cup, but Billy Vunipola sees it differently.

Tom Farrell senses noticeable improvement after Ireland camp
# Better Again
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# Better Again

Tom Farrell senses noticeable improvement after Ireland camp

Mar 21st 2019, 6:55 AM 11,961 Views 18 Comments

The Connacht centre remains uncapped, but already feels his reaction time and decision-making improved in Carton House.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 19 March, 2019

Six Nations wash-out shows human side of Schmidt
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# 6 Nations

Six Nations wash-out shows human side of Schmidt

Mar 19th 2019, 9:35 PM 38,851 Views 85 Comments

The outgoing head coach won’t tear up his gameplan and start anew, so Ireland will have to fight their way out of this corner.

# 6-nations - Sunday 17 March, 2019

AWJ +14: It's The42's Six Nations Team of the Championship
# Our Picks
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# Our Picks

AWJ +14: It's The42's Six Nations Team of the Championship

Mar 17th 2019, 12:28 PM 34,968 Views 48 Comments

Here’s who stood out for us since the start of February.

# 6-nations - Saturday 16 March, 2019

'A mistake leaving the roof open,' says Gatland as he celebrates Grand Slam
# Open And Shut Case
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# Open And Shut Case

'A mistake leaving the roof open,' says Gatland as he celebrates Grand Slam

Mar 16th 2019, 5:28 PM 12,562 Views 10 Comments

The winning coach also joked that his side were not looking tired, despite Eddie Jones’ assertions.

Penaud punishes Italy as France survive late onslaught
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# 6 Nations

Penaud punishes Italy as France survive late onslaught

Mar 16th 2019, 2:41 PM 6,963 Views 9 Comments

The wing scored, assisted and denied tries in a tight contest in Rome.

As it happened: Wales v Ireland, Six Nations
# Liveblog
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# Liveblog

As it happened: Wales v Ireland, Six Nations

Mar 16th 2019, 1:47 PM 77,557 Views 183 Comments

We went minute-by-minute as Ireland went to rain on a Welsh Grand Slam parade.

# 6-nations - Thursday 14 March, 2019

Henderson set for 'few weeks' sidelined as Schmidt signals intent in Cardiff
# Grand Finale
From The42
# Grand Finale

Henderson set for 'few weeks' sidelined as Schmidt signals intent in Cardiff

Mar 14th 2019, 5:49 PM 6,654 Views 2 Comments

The Kiwi hopes the fine margins and crucial decision go his team’s way in his last Six nations match.

Roof debate rages as Wales request closure, while Schmidt prefers match in open air
# Open And Shut Case
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# Open And Shut Case

Roof debate rages as Wales request closure, while Schmidt prefers match in open air

Mar 14th 2019, 5:00 PM 44,169 Views 33 Comments

Warren Gatland wants to close the Principality roof because he says they have “a responsibility to the game as a spectacle.”

Beirne and O'Brien in harness as Ireland bid to halt Welsh title bid
# Slambusters
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# Slambusters

Beirne and O'Brien in harness as Ireland bid to halt Welsh title bid

Mar 14th 2019, 2:21 PM 27,237 Views 60 Comments

Joe Schmidt has also recalled Andrew Porter, Kieran Marmion and Quinn Roux to his squad for his final Six Nations match.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 12 March, 2019

Hard work and patience the name of the game for Munster's Ryan
# Back In The Mix
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# Back In The Mix

Hard work and patience the name of the game for Munster's Ryan

Mar 12th 2019, 8:45 PM 9,253 Views 17 Comments

The tighthead has forced his way into Joe Schmidt’s plans after sitting out the first two rounds of Six Nation action.

O'Brien and Beirne training hard to give Schmidt headaches for Cardiff
# Options
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# Options

O'Brien and Beirne training hard to give Schmidt headaches for Cardiff

Mar 12th 2019, 2:31 PM 9,459 Views 8 Comments

The pair missed out on selection last week but are pushing to be involved against Wales.

Van der Flier sidelined but Kearney and Carbery 'ready to rock and roll'
# Injury Update
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# Injury Update

Van der Flier sidelined but Kearney and Carbery 'ready to rock and roll'

Mar 12th 2019, 1:03 PM 10,610 Views 76 Comments

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.

# 6-nations - Monday 11 March, 2019

Scotland lose their first-choice back three for trip to Twickenham
# Injury Blow
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# Injury Blow

Scotland lose their first-choice back three for trip to Twickenham

Mar 11th 2019, 3:04 PM 5,845 Views 5 Comments

Tommy Seymour, Blair Kinghorn and Stuart Hogg have all been ruled out of Saturday’s Six Nations clash.

Back in business: It's The42's Six Nations Team of the Week
# First XV
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# First XV

Back in business: It's The42's Six Nations Team of the Week

Mar 11th 2019, 12:19 PM 10,821 Views 12 Comments

Here’s who shone brightest on the penultimate weekend of the Six Nations.

# 6-nations - Sunday 10 March, 2019

Rory Best: 'It’s exactly how you would plan your last home game here'
# Skipper
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# Skipper

Rory Best: 'It’s exactly how you would plan your last home game here'

Mar 10th 2019, 8:32 PM 6,435 Views 24 Comments

The captain was thrilled with how Ireland ‘attacked’ the contest.

'It's taken a while, but there was a bit of our rhythm back' -- Schmidt
# Cohesive
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# Cohesive

'It's taken a while, but there was a bit of our rhythm back' -- Schmidt

Mar 10th 2019, 6:37 PM 9,237 Views 13 Comments

The head coach was thrilled to see his side dominate the first half against France on their way to a bonus point win.

As it happened: Ireland v France, Six Nations
# Liveblog
From The42
# Liveblog

As it happened: Ireland v France, Six Nations

Mar 10th 2019, 1:59 PM 63,954 Views 54 Comments

We went minute-by-minute as Ireland attempted to retain their interest in the Championship going into the final week.

# 6-nations - Saturday 9 March, 2019

Fortune on Wales' side as Gatland's men march on towards 'dream'
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# 6 Nations

Fortune on Wales' side as Gatland's men march on towards 'dream'

Mar 9th 2019, 6:08 PM 9,309 Views 13 Comments

Next Saturday in Cardiff should be tasty.

Gatland's Wales dig deep at Murrayfield to set up Grand Slam bid against Ireland
# Four From Four
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# Four From Four

Gatland's Wales dig deep at Murrayfield to set up Grand Slam bid against Ireland

Mar 9th 2019, 4:14 PM 10,126 Views 32 Comments

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.

'My wife was due three weeks later. I had to be able to drive her to hospital and hold my child'
# The Next Chapter
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# The Next Chapter

'My wife was due three weeks later. I had to be able to drive her to hospital and hold my child'

Mar 9th 2019, 7:15 AM 54,856 Views 13 Comments

Three months into retirement, Chris Henry sits down with The42 to reflect on his career with Ulster and Ireland.

# 6-nations - Friday 8 March, 2019

Fit-again Ringrose relishing midfield match-up with 'freakish' Fickou
# 13
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# 13

Fit-again Ringrose relishing midfield match-up with 'freakish' Fickou

Mar 8th 2019, 7:34 PM 7,354 Views 11 Comments

The Leinster centre is back in the Ireland team after injuring his hamstring against England.

'It will be hard to say goodbye': Schmidt's final Six Nations game in Dublin
# Home
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# Home

'It will be hard to say goodbye': Schmidt's final Six Nations game in Dublin

Mar 8th 2019, 4:32 PM 7,548 Views 9 Comments

The Ireland head coach is ready for his last competitive game in charge at the Aviva Stadium.

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

Beirne given weekend off after reporting 'soreness' in training

Mar 8th 2019, 3:15 PM 13,977 Views 61 Comments

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

# 6-nations - Thursday 7 March, 2019

'We're not going into our shell or worrying, I think a lot of people outside are'
# Stick To The Process
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# Stick To The Process

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

Mar 7th 2019, 9:00 AM 4,920 Views 1 Comment

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

# 6-nations - Wednesday 6 March, 2019

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

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

Mar 6th 2019, 5:28 PM 10,647 Views 22 Comments

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

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

Carbery to miss France showdown as Leavy and Henshaw remain sidelined

Mar 6th 2019, 2:24 PM 8,948 Views 13 Comments

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

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

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

Mar 6th 2019, 10:33 AM 27,878 Views 41 Comments

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

# 6-nations - Tuesday 5 March, 2019

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

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

Mar 5th 2019, 7:10 AM 4,067 Views 0 Comments

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

Captain Hawkshaw a doubt for Ireland U20s with Cork crunch match looming
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# 6 Nations

Captain Hawkshaw a doubt for Ireland U20s with Cork crunch match looming

Mar 5th 2019, 6:45 AM 6,410 Views 2 Comments

The captain picked up a ‘knock’ in training yesterday and could lead Noel McNamara to run Sean French from the start.

# 6-nations - Monday 4 March, 2019

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

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

Mar 4th 2019, 9:18 AM 10,770 Views 30 Comments

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.

# 6-nations - Saturday 2 March, 2019

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

Schmidt working to get Ireland comfortable amid distractions

Mar 2nd 2019, 7:20 AM 7,410 Views 6 Comments

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

# 6-nations - Friday 1 March, 2019

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

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

Mar 1st 2019, 8:00 PM 5,735 Views 6 Comments

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

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

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

Mar 1st 2019, 5:27 PM 25,620 Views 40 Comments

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

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

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

Mar 1st 2019, 2:01 PM 15,356 Views 30 Comments

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

# 6-nations - Thursday 28 February, 2019

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

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

Feb 28th 2019, 5:54 PM 11,003 Views 1 Comment

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

# 6-nations - Tuesday 26 February, 2019

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

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

Feb 26th 2019, 7:59 PM 10,078 Views 45 Comments

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

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

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

Feb 26th 2019, 4:21 PM 9,233 Views 6 Comments

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

# 6-nations - Monday 25 February, 2019

French flair or big air: Choose your favourite try of the Six Nations weekend
# Six Of The Best
From The42
# Six Of The Best

French flair or big air: Choose your favourite try of the Six Nations weekend

Feb 25th 2019, 12:19 PM 5,601 Views 7 Comments

We couldn’t make room for any of Ireland’s four scores in Rome.

It's AWJ's world, we just live in it: The42's Six Nations Team of the Week
# First XV
From The42
# First XV

It's AWJ's world, we just live in it: The42's Six Nations Team of the Week

Feb 25th 2019, 11:19 AM 11,947 Views 32 Comments

The second row was an irresistible force in leading Wales to a seismic win over England.