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Monday 30 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# 6Nations

All time
# heal my hurts
'I wouldn't have come back if I didn't think I could last the pace' -- Cian Healy
Naturally, ‘strength hasn’t been an issue’ for the prop during his recovery from hamstring injury.
# no pressure
'If Sexton plays well, we'll win and if Sexton plays badly, we'll lose'
Paul Wallace thinks a lot is resting on how Sexton performs against England.
# pom
Ireland's toughest task yet as O'Mahony prepares for 'adaptive' England
The Munster captain says Joe Schmidt’s side are not happy with their performances in his championship so far.
# Epic
'It was a proud day for the Irish people' - Wallace remembers when England came to Croker
The rampaging flanker played a key role in one of Ireland’s greatest victories.
# officals
TMO replaced for Ireland's clash with England after stabbing in South Africa
Deon von Blommestein has been drafted in after the attack on Shaun Veldsman.
The top man in Welsh rugby is stepping down after the World Cup
Chief executive Roger Lewis will end his time with the WRU following the global tournament.
# difference of opinion
'It just defies logic' - An ex-Ireland coach does not agree with Shaun Edwards
The Welsh defence coach thinks the choke tackle should be banned.
# AllItTakes
'Johnny the nerd' - Sexton's journey from St. Mary's to the Six Nations
A new video charts Sexton’s progress through the eyes of Ronan O’Gara, Billy Keane and others.
# reinforcements
George North returns as Wales make four changes for France meeting
Warren Gatland has left Alex Cuthbert and Jake Ball out of his match day squad.
# title showdown
Ireland v England clash could decide the Six Nations - Williams
Sunday’s clash in Dublin may well be decisive in the title race, according to former Wales international Rhys Williams.
# Setback
England look set to be without one of their most dynamic attackers when they face Ireland
Mike Brown’s concussion has yet to fully clear up and he faces a race to be fit for the Aviva clash.
# Get Well Soon
The TMO for Ireland's clash with England has been stabbed in South Africa
There may now be a change to the team of match officials after Shaun Veldsman was assaulted in Cape Town.
# Touch of Class
Jared Payne increasingly comfortable in Ireland's famous 13 shirt
The New Zealand native tells us about working with Joe Schmidt and playing alongside Robbie Henshaw.
# snapshot
Sean O'Brien on the photo of sad SOB, the biggest hit he ever took and his viral clear-out v France
The photo of a despairing Tullow Tank on the sideline didn’t tell the whole story.
# wide man
Bowe happy to chase the kicks as part of Schmidt's Ireland masterplan
The 30-year-old lost his grandmother last week and says the win over France was ‘special’.
# Game time
While some guys relax on their week off, Ireland's most important player takes on Clermont
Johnny Sexton will be fending off cleaving tackles from the likes of Fritz Lee on Saturday.
# revision
'It's like studying, something I didn't do in school' - Schmidt's homework keeps players busy
Keith Earls says the level of analysis done by the squad is intense.
'On the evidence we've seen so far you would have to back England'
Another pundit is leaning towards Stuart Lancaster’s men in the battle at the Aviva.
# Hot Topic
Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend had a great reaction to Finn Russell's controversial ban
Russell was banned for two weeks for taking out Dan Biggar in the air.
# Local Hero
Henshaw the pride of Connacht after dominant pair of Six Nations starts
The province’s head coach, Pat Lam, shared his joy at seeing the centre shine for Joe Schmidt’s Ireland.
# Joe's World
Schmidt's Ireland in a good place for short break before England build-up
Ireland trained against Connacht at an open session in the Sportsground today.
# alternate reality
A kick away from being the lost generation: Imagining a world without the '09 Grand Slam
What would Irish rugby look like had Stephen Jones’ kick landed the other side of the crossbar?
# foundations
Analysis: Ireland's defence stifles France but conceded try will rankle
We pick apart the choke tackling, kick-chasing, well-read defensive effort from Les Kiss’ men.
# Blow
Fractures to three vertebrae mean Jamie Heaslip is out of the England game
The Ireland number eight may also miss the clash with Wales later next month.
# error
Analysis: Missed try-scoring chance the biggest frustration for Schmidt's Ireland
We break down the moment when Ireland should have crossed the tryline against the French.
# Controversial
Finn Russell gets cited for taking out Dan Biggar in the air - but should he have been?
Fans have been hotly debating whether Russell should be punished even further.
# In the dock
France lock Pascal Papé cited for incident that left Jamie Heaslip injured
Wayne Barnes sin binned Papé in the 52nd minute of play in Dublin on Saturday.
# Not Convinced
'Brutal in Dublin' - Jeremy Guscott wasn't that impressed by Ireland on Saturday
Ireland had the smallest representation of all the Six Nations sides in his Team of the Week.
# Lynchpin
Murray maintains Ireland's need for improvement as build-up to England begins
The scrum-half was happy with his team’s defensive effort against France but says their exiting must be better.
# dream team
Here’s The42′s team of the week after the second round of the Six Nations
There is a healthy Irish representation after their win over France.
# tullow tank
Sean O'Brien delivers one of the best clear-outs you're likely to see this season
The 28-year-old openside provided one of the outstanding individual moments of yesterday’s game.
# fine margins
Wales edge Scotland in thrilling end-to-end encounter full of great tries
Scotland weren’t clinical enough to eke out the win.
# Penalty Count
Ireland's discipline unsatisfactory as referee Wayne Barnes comes under scrutiny
Paul O’Connell admitted to some frustration with the breakdown area.
# key men
Ireland delighted with returning 'world-class operators' Sexton, O'Brien and Healy
Joe Schmidt revealed that Healy was doing extras out on the pitch after the win over France.
# foul play
Papé faces citing as Ireland's Heaslip awaits results of scan on worrying back injury
The Ireland number eight underwent medical tests in Dublin last night after being kneed by the France lock.
# the big one
Schmidt stays grounded as potential Six Nations decider against England looms
The Ireland head coach and Paul O’Connell warned of the quality of Stuart Lancaster’s team.
# back with a bang
Birthday boy O'Brien relieved to survive late French onslaught
“You’re just getting up and trying to find a blue shirt.”
# relentless
Ireland captain O'Connell left frustrated despite rare win over France
The legendary lock felt Joe Schmidt’s side released the pressure on les Blues at crucial times.
# talisman
Schmidt: 'We knew Johnny was ok' after collision with Bastareaud
The Ireland out-half will return to Racing Métro next week to prepare for a Top 14 clash with Clermont.
# rugby friends
Sexton and Bastareaud shared a moment after the game despite Johnny almost losing his head
The Irish out-half and the French centre hugged it out after the game.