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Friday 27 January 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# 6 Nations

All time
# Tactics
Schmidt's Ireland show typically clinical edge from close-range against Scots
The close-range set-pieces were crucial for Ireland as they set up a Grand Slam shot.
# out of 10
Here's how we rated Joe Schmidt's Ireland in the four-try win over Scotland
Kearney, Ringrose and Leavy were all superb at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon.
# one more win
Ireland set up Grand Slam shot as England need BP win to keep Six Nations alive
Eddie Jones’ men must win with a bonus-point in Paris or Ireland will be Six Nations champions.
# Taking Stock
'I don't think Jacob is near his potential. What we're seeing at the moment is exciting'
21-year-old Jacob Stockdale has risen swiftly through the ranks to score eight tries in seven games for Ireland.
# Preview
Six Nations within Ireland's reach today, but 'if you allow yourself to dream it's not productive time'
All the parts are in place for Ireland to reclaim the title after two years of English dominance.
# Big Jack
Jack O'Sullivan powers Ireland U20s to bonus point win over Scotland
The powerful Munster number eight ran in two of Ireland’s four tries.
# totemic
Toner back up Schmidt's pecking order thanks to his 'particular set of skills'
The stalwart of Ireland’s second row echoed Bryan Mills as he prepares to get to grips with Scotland.
# 6 Nations
Bandon born and bred, French making quick progress after switch from back to front
The prop makes his first start of Ireland’s U20 Six Nations campaign against Scotland this evening.
# Organised Chaos
'There's a method to any madness that happens': Schmidt sizes up Scots while poking holes in perception
The Kiwi set about dismantling the relevance of ball-in-play time statistics after Warren Gatland’s assertion that Wales would have beaten Ireland if the ball were alive for longer.
# bundee boy
Aki not fazed by changing partners as he makes himself at home in Ireland's midfield
The centre will win his sixth cap on Saturday as he links up with Garry Ringrose for the first time.
# Selection Calls
No fears over Ringrose and Henderson as Ireland look for big impact off the bench
Schmidt opts for continuity in Ryan-Toner second row partnership for Scotland.
# starting XV
Ringrose's return, Toner over Henderson and more Ireland team talking points
Plus, Jordi Murphy and Jordan Larmour are reinstated to the bench.
# back in the frame
'I'll certainly record it': Schmidt will keep a close eye on returning O'Brien
The flanker captains Leinster tomorrow night and will come into Schmidt’s thinking for England.
# six nations
'I'd challenge people to do a little bit more homework': Schmidt defends Ireland's style
The head coach was speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash with Scotland.
# Shoulder to Shoulder
Henderson makes the bench as Ringrose returns to Ireland's centre for Scotland clash
Iain Henderson and Tadhg Furlong have both shaken off hamstring injuries, but only the tighthead has forced his way back into the starting line-up.
# ringer
Garry Ringrose set to return to Ireland's 13 shirt for Scotland clash
Tadhg Furlong and Iain Henderson are fully fit for Saturday’s Six Nations contest.
# Next Job
Furlong and Henderson returns boost Ireland for visit of dangerous Scots
The threat of Finn Russell, Huw Jones and Stuart Hogg will keep Ireland on their toes.
# bring it
Griggs makes two changes for Scotland as Ireland seek third straight win
Ireland women continue their Six Nations campaign at Donnybrook on Sunday.
# the brains trust
High-achieving Dunne happy to combine theoretical physics and rugby
The second row received a scholarship from Trinity College and is one of 36 students in the country to be part of the prestigious Naughton Foundation.
# 6 Nations
'D-Day' training in Carton House leaves Ireland ready to eat the elephant
The Championship and a Grand Slam are becoming increasingly real possibilities, but Joe Schmidt’s squad are maintaining a short-term focus.
# playmaker
Murray not sore about losing kicking duels with Carbery after knee injury 'fright'
The Munster scrum-half showed off his impressive goal-kicking again in the win over Wales, but he feared he had suffered serious injury minutes earlier.
# 6 Nations
Tadhg Furlong declares himself fit and well for Ireland's clash with Scotland
The tighthead missed out on the win over Wales with a hamstring complaint.
# the depth chart
'For the first time ever, Ireland has really good depth in the squad'
Paul O’Connell says there’s no need to pretend a Grand Slam isn’t on ahead of Saturday’s clash with Scotland.
# Paulie
O'Connell wary of overloading U20s with too much information in search of solutions
The Ireland assistant coach says there is so much detail in the modern game that it can often muddle a young player’s thinking.
# Centre of attention
'When Ringer was being compared to Drico, I remember saying ‘oh God, that poor young fella’'
Keith Earls knows the weight that comes with a 13 jersey for Ireland, but it has become easier to slip new talents into the outside centre channel.
# hardie buck
Scotland coach Blair says 'it would be silly' not to recall John Hardie after ban
The Edinburgh flanker was suspended for three months for alleged cocaine use.
# Moving On
'It's part of the job': Eddie Jones keen to put abuse behind him
The England coach wants the attention to turn to his side’s clash with France at the weekend.
# Mind Games
Fear not a factor for Earls as he leans on a little help from Keith Barry
The Munster flyer has enlisted the help of the mentalist to ensure his mind is functioning at optimum levels.
# Change Of Plan
Snow forces Schmidt's squad to move training to Abbotstown
Ireland’s Kildare training base remains coated in thick snow after last week’s severe weather.
# boosts
Furlong and Henderson to train fully as Daly and Herring join Ireland squad
Niall Scannell and Andrew Conway have both remained with Munster due to injury.
# six nations
Fit-again Gray returns to bolster Scotland for Aviva Stadium showdown
Gregor Townsend has added 10 new faces to his squad for Saturday.
# Mighty Quinn
Roux energised and relishing the challenge of Schmidt work-ons
The Connacht lock is working hard to stay involved in Ireland’s Six Nations setup and hopes to achieve ‘something special’ in the weeks ahead.
# joey c
Carbery knows minutes are key but puts absolute trust in Schmidt
The out-half is yet to find out if he’ll be released to play for Leinster this weekend.
# Fast track
Eddie Jones: 'It took NZ 8 years to learn to fix things on the field, we’re trying to do it in 4'
The England head coach says ‘everything is more difficult’ for England.
# Scot free
Ryan Wilson escapes 'contact with eye area' ban, available for clash with Ireland
The disciplinary committee decided that Wilson’s offence was ‘reckless, light and fleeting’.
# Case closed
No punishment for Scotland or England over Murrayfield tunnel incident
Six Nations Rugby has concluded its investigation.
# within reach
'It would be really special if we managed to get three championships in five years'
Joe Schmidt says he must find a balance between being critical of young players and building their confidence.
# defence wins championships
Schmidt: 'We can't afford to keep conceding three tries a game'
Scotland’s success in attacking Ireland out wide last year will give Joe Schmidt and Andy Farrell plenty of headaches.
# Injury Update
Murray and Sexton limited in training as Schmidt looks to next week for Furlong and Henderson
Schmidt was enthusiastic about the chances offered to Joey Carbery and Kieran Marmion in today’s session.
# Baller
'A talent hits a target, a genius hits a target nobody else can see' - Van Graan on Conor Murray
The Munster head coach was forced to wince as Conor Murray took treatment late on against Wales.