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Thursday 2 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# 6 Nations

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# Centre of attention
Mentor and apprentice: Ringrose relishing battle with former team-mate Te'o
The 23-year-old will be the centre of attention at Twickenham later as he hopes to help Ireland to a third ever Grand Slam success.
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# irish pride
'We're under no illusion of what it means to the country, our families and where we’re from'
Tadhg Furlong is primed and ready to go for an individual battle with two of his Lions team-mates tomorrow.
# Young Guns
'It's hugely frustrating, he's already passed the number of tries that I've scored!'
Rory Best and the senior players have an important role to play with Ireland’s young guns.
# Scummy Irish
'He's apologised and Eddie's been Eddie... there's been no change in his demeanour'
England have been more focused on fixing their breakdown problems than the high-profile build-up.
# slambusters
Premature celebrations, dormant quality and harsh lessons: Slambush roles reversed for Ireland
We spoke with two Englishmen familar with the difficulties of the final hurdle in a Grand Slam chase about what can go wrong.
# grand slam saturday
Passion and emotion key but Schmidt knows Ireland will need luck at Twickenham
The head coach is fully aware a good performance from his side will guarantee nothing on Saturday.
# locked and loaded
Schmidt hopes powerful Henderson can be one of Ireland's 'go-to guys' after recall
The Ulster second row is back in the starting XV for England at the expense of Devin Toner.
# dj jr
A face in the crowd in '09, this time James Ryan is in the thick of Grand Slam push
The Leinster lock has seemed destined for an Ireland jersey for most of the nine years since he watched an epic Grand Slam decider in Cardiff.
# six nations
World Rugby stand Van der Westhuizen down for England-Ireland clash
The South African official was due to be assistant referee at Twickenham on Saturday.
# pragmatic
3-0 would do: Schmidt ready to accept boring badge if it comes with a Slam
‘I don’t think we would be uninspired by a 3-0 victory, because we know what’s at stake.’
# Ready to go
Changing locks, Schmidt's bench power and more Ireland team talking points
Meanwhile, it’s all change for England.
# official business
Schmidt 'surprised' to see Van der Westhuizen in England camp, but stands by assistant ref's integrity
The South African will run the line at Twickenham on Saturday despite aiding England’s preparations this week.
# Team-Sheet
Henderson handed starting role as Ireland chase Grand Slam in Twickenham
Rob Kearney and Peter O’Mahony are cleared to play despite sitting out training early this week.
# Team-Sheet
Farrell takes over at 10 as Jones makes sweeping changes for Irish visit
The England coach has paired up Saracens in both the second row and at half-back
# starting XV
Ireland head coach Griggs makes three changes for England clash
Louise Galvin, Nicole Cronin and Ashleigh Baxter all come into the XV.
# Team news
Bastareaud to skipper France against Wales in Six Nations
The barnstorming Toulon centre has revelled in French colours since his recall.
# Ruck Stats
Analysis: Bundee Aki's unglamorous role for Ireland key to ruck success
The Connacht centre was busy in Ireland’s win over Scotland last weekend.
# christy
'We were trying to get him to sing 'Joxer Goes To Twickenham' but he couldn’t pull it off!'
Ireland aren’t getting distracted with a Grand Slam on the line in London this weekend.
# History Boys
'They have old heads on their shoulders': No fear of Ireland's new breed being overawed in Twickenham
Ireland’s record in London since 2010 could even make a lack of experience an advantage.
# stick and carrot
Confidence in Ireland squad kept in check by Schmidt's 'motivational fear'
Sean Cronin isn’t going to argue against the notion that Joe Schmidt is the best coach in the game right now.
# running repairs
Ankle keeps Kearney out of Ireland session, but Healy and Sexton in full training
Cian Healy and Johnny Sexton got through their respective extra work in the scrum and goal-kicking on top of the field session.
# Champions Cup
'We'll have three days of training and then Toulon': Ireland ambition puts the squeeze on provinces
The European quarter-finals will come hot on the heels of Saturday’s Six Nations finale.
# unlucky 7
'He said 'Josh you're good at this'': Sage advice keeping Van der Flier positive on road to recovery
The Leinster flanker injured his ACL on the opening day of the Six Nations and admits a wince at the brilliant performances of Dan Leavy in his absence.
# legacy
'A week you dream of': Watching on as an U20 in '09, Conor Murray is ready to fulfill Grand ambition
The scrum-half watched Rory Best and Rob Kearney from a safe distance as they won a Grand Slam nine years ago, this weekend he intends to help them do it again.
# mental resolve
Daly a doubt for England as Jones banks 'painful' lessons before facing Ireland
Dylan Hartley looks set to return as he returned to running today.
# grand designs
'We can start talking about it now': Murray and Ireland ready to raise performance for Slam bid
Ireland have always maintained they were taking this Championship ‘one game at a time.’ Now that one game carries historical implications.
# disappointing
'I don't think we turned up': One step forward, two steps back for sloppy Ireland
Adam Griggs says his side didn’t start playing until the final minutes against Scotland, by which stage it was too late to rescue the game.
# bring it on
'The opportunity that exists is really precious' - Schmidt set for Grand Slam shot
There are battered bodies in Ireland’s squad but no one will be letting up this week.
# double vision
Fierce and frenetic contest leaves Ireland U20s a sniff of Six Nations title
Watching Noel McNamara’s men hasn’t been good for the heart, but they’ve fought long and hard enough to stay in the hunt for silverware.
# six nations
England lose two forwards for Twickenham showdown with Ireland
Nathan Hughes and Courtney Lawes have been ruled out of Saturday’s round five clash.
# 6 Nations
Wales work their way into second place with laboured bonus point win over Italy
Liam Williams was hooked at half-time by Warren Gatland, who cut a frustrated figure throughout Wales’ five-try win.
# six nations
Error-strewn Ireland pay the penalty as Scotland end Triple Crown hopes
Adam Griggs’ side were unable to build on the recent wins over Italy and Wales at Donnybrook this afternoon.
# Grand Slam Ready
Ireland enjoy championship-winning moment but know biggest test yet to come
Rory Best says it would be ‘special’ for every member of the squad to win a Grand Slam in London next week.
# 7
Outstanding Leavy seizing his chance with another big shift in green
The Leinster flanker is relishing a first visit to Twickenham next weekend.
# Work to do
Townsend rues missed passes, admits Scotland are 'three or four years' behind Ireland
The Scotland head coach says his side need to make sure they’re better the next two times they face Ireland.
# grand slam is on
Sexton: 'You've got to take these opportunities with both hands when they come'
The experienced out-half recalls O’Gara, O’Connell and O’Driscoll leading Ireland for their 2009 success.
# sealed with a kiss
'I lost a lot of friends and coaches along the way so it’s good to give them something back'
CJ Stander understands the significance of winning a Grand Slam at Twickenham.
# Champions
'History doesn't protect you from the future': Ireland primed for Grand Slam tilt
Joe Schmidt says his side are hugely motivated to complete the job at Twickenham next weekend.
# Goose cooked
England's title defence falls short as Jones' men slump to defeat in Paris
England suffered a second Six Nations defeat for the first time in eight years as France outfought them on home soil.