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#6Nations

# 6nations - Friday 19 February, 2016

Sean O’Brien ruled out for remainder of 6 Nations, Sexton ‘rolls ankle’ in training
# Piling Up
From The42
# Piling Up

Sean O’Brien ruled out for remainder of 6 Nations, Sexton ‘rolls ankle’ in training

Feb 19th 2016, 1:06 PM 26,717 Views 66 Comments

Joe Schmidt also says that lock Mike McCarthy is unlikely to play again this season having seen a specialist after his concussion.

# 6nations - Thursday 18 February, 2016

England coach Jones preparing for 'Aussie Rules battle' with Ireland
# Vital Statistics
From The42
# Vital Statistics

England coach Jones preparing for 'Aussie Rules battle' with Ireland

Feb 18th 2016, 10:11 AM 9,794 Views 12 Comments

The Australian claims Ireland kick 60% of their ball, but the actual stats say otherwise.

# 6nations - Tuesday 16 February, 2016

Surprisingly enough, Wayne Barnes' favourite Six Nations moment is the exact same as yours
# Barnstorming
From The42
# Barnstorming

Surprisingly enough, Wayne Barnes' favourite Six Nations moment is the exact same as yours

Feb 16th 2016, 10:43 AM 13,666 Views 8 Comments

Assuming you’re an Irish rugby fan who likes your Grand Finales on the dramatic side.

'It's great on paper': Delicate balance for provinces welcoming Irish players back
# Slipping Away
From The42
# Slipping Away

'It's great on paper': Delicate balance for provinces welcoming Irish players back

Feb 16th 2016, 6:30 AM 7,694 Views 23 Comments

‘You want them to come in with gusto and excitement, but sometimes it’s just not the case.’

# 6nations - Monday 15 February, 2016

Pick your favourite try scored so far in this year's Six Nations
# Style Points
From The42
# Style Points

Pick your favourite try scored so far in this year's Six Nations

Feb 15th 2016, 2:13 PM 4,387 Views 6 Comments

Six games down, nine to go.

France v Ireland coughed up just one player for our Six Nations Team of the Week
# Top XV
From The42
# Top XV

France v Ireland coughed up just one player for our Six Nations Team of the Week

Feb 15th 2016, 9:36 AM 9,607 Views 11 Comments

The sooner that game drips from the memory banks the better.

# 6nations - Saturday 13 February, 2016

More warning shots from Scotland, but North and Roberts tip the balance for Wales
# Finishing Strong
From The42
# Finishing Strong

More warning shots from Scotland, but North and Roberts tip the balance for Wales

Feb 13th 2016, 6:53 PM 7,224 Views 5 Comments

Wales and Scotland shared five tries in an entertaining encounter under the roof in Cardiff.

Wales and Scotland made up for all that unpleasantness in Paris with two lovely first-half tries
# That's Entertainment
From The42
# That's Entertainment

Wales and Scotland made up for all that unpleasantness in Paris with two lovely first-half tries

Feb 13th 2016, 5:55 PM 6,159 Views 5 Comments

Gareth Davies came up with a terrific finish, but should have been called back.

How we rated Ireland in that bruising battle against France
# Out Of 10
From The42
# Out Of 10

How we rated Ireland in that bruising battle against France

Feb 13th 2016, 4:51 PM 19,199 Views 80 Comments

This one was painful on so many levels.

Black and Bleu! The first half in Paris was an absolute war
# Battlefield
From The42
# Battlefield

Black and Bleu! The first half in Paris was an absolute war

Feb 13th 2016, 3:47 PM 6,281 Views 24 Comments

Referee Jaco Peyper is making no friends in Ireland this afternoon.

Payback on Irish minds as they seek to break France hoodoo
# Up Against It
From The42
# Up Against It

Payback on Irish minds as they seek to break France hoodoo

Feb 13th 2016, 9:00 AM 2,552 Views 3 Comments

Fly-half Caughey putting Olympic dreams on hold with a Six Nations crown to defend.

# 6nations - Friday 12 February, 2016

More Warrenball! Gatland wants Wales to be more direct after 'expansive' approach fell short
# Back To Basics
From The42
# Back To Basics

More Warrenball! Gatland wants Wales to be more direct after 'expansive' approach fell short

Feb 12th 2016, 5:02 PM 4,570 Views 4 Comments

Batten down those hatches, Scotland.

No time to lick their wounds as U20s prepare for bruising France encounter
# Daunting
From The42
# Daunting

No time to lick their wounds as U20s prepare for bruising France encounter

Feb 12th 2016, 3:55 PM 5,460 Views 7 Comments

Forwards coach calls for major improvement tonight after opening defeat to Wales.

# 6nations - Thursday 11 February, 2016

95 minutes of training time in 'unsettling and frustrating' week for Schmidt
# So Fresh And So Clean
From The42
# So Fresh And So Clean

95 minutes of training time in 'unsettling and frustrating' week for Schmidt

Feb 11th 2016, 6:58 PM 10,155 Views 18 Comments

Late selection calls and a focus on recovery have made it a difficult week for the reigning champs.

'It's down to who's willing to work harder': McGrath scrummaging with a plan
# Jack Be Nimble
From The42
# Jack Be Nimble

'It's down to who's willing to work harder': McGrath scrummaging with a plan

Feb 11th 2016, 6:42 PM 4,916 Views 8 Comments

The Leinster loosehead will pack down against the heaviest man to appear at last year’s World Cup. You think he’s fazed?

No Bastareaud coming down the tracks, but Sexton fit and ready for France and Danty
# Playmaker
From The42
# Playmaker

No Bastareaud coming down the tracks, but Sexton fit and ready for France and Danty

Feb 11th 2016, 2:38 PM 6,627 Views 1 Comment

‘I probably felt the way front-rowers feel every day, but as a soft out-half I just didn’t hide it as well.’

Tight turnaround for Sexton and more talking points from Schmidt's side to face France
# Opinion
From The42
# Opinion

Tight turnaround for Sexton and more talking points from Schmidt's side to face France

Feb 11th 2016, 1:39 PM 8,524 Views 25 Comments

The out-half has struggled with a shoulder injury this week, but has been declared good to go.

Sean O'Brien and the Kearneys start for Ireland, as Zebo misses out on France trip
# Patched Up
From The42
# Patched Up

Sean O'Brien and the Kearneys start for Ireland, as Zebo misses out on France trip

Feb 11th 2016, 12:55 PM 38,728 Views 122 Comments

Fergus McFadden is on Ireland’s bench as Joe Schmidt makes three changes for the trip to Paris.

# 6nations - Tuesday 9 February, 2016

Ireland ready to spring towards Paris after bruising 'neutral' start
# Black And Bleu
From The42
# Black And Bleu

Ireland ready to spring towards Paris after bruising 'neutral' start

Feb 9th 2016, 7:04 PM 5,496 Views 0 Comments

The ‘building blocks’ are in place and Ireland will reach for the gears this weekend.

'Young Munster U8s are looking for someone': Ryan backs 'great communicator' POC to become coach
# Nest Step
From The42
# Nest Step

'Young Munster U8s are looking for someone': Ryan backs 'great communicator' POC to become coach

Feb 9th 2016, 5:09 PM 8,410 Views 0 Comments

Donnacha Ryan was in a better position than anyone to see every aspect brought to the able by Paul O’Connell.

Wales delay naming team as Biggar makes remarkable recovery
# Healing Power
From The42
# Healing Power

Wales delay naming team as Biggar makes remarkable recovery

Feb 9th 2016, 5:05 PM 6,540 Views 3 Comments

The fly-half suffered a high ankle sprain on Sunday but could still face Scotland this weekend.

Sexton, Trimble and Zebo sit out training while McFadden joins Ireland squad as cover
# Walking Wounded
From The42
# Walking Wounded

Sexton, Trimble and Zebo sit out training while McFadden joins Ireland squad as cover

Feb 9th 2016, 3:33 PM 8,811 Views 54 Comments

The trio are expected to train fully on Thursday, but Keith Earls remains a major doubt for Saturday’s trip to Paris.

Jones: Billy Vunipola can be the best number 8 in the world
# Number 1
From The42
# Number 1

Jones: Billy Vunipola can be the best number 8 in the world

Feb 9th 2016, 8:39 AM 4,038 Views 12 Comments

A key player in last week’s Six Nations win over Scotland, Billy Vunipola has impressed Eddie Jones.

# 6nations - Monday 8 February, 2016

Having Mike Ross back in training is good news for everybody (unless you're the lad who has to carry him)
# Propped Up
From The42
# Propped Up

Having Mike Ross back in training is good news for everybody (unless you're the lad who has to carry him)

Feb 8th 2016, 5:23 PM 10,929 Views 7 Comments

There was nothing light about the entertainment at Leinster’s training ground today.

'When you come off the pitch a bit battered and bruised, that’s always a good thing' -- Best
# Onwards
From The42
# Onwards

'When you come off the pitch a bit battered and bruised, that’s always a good thing' -- Best

Feb 8th 2016, 12:13 PM 6,276 Views 7 Comments

‘When you come off the pitch in the front five and you’re a bit battered and bruised that’s always a good thing.’

CJ Stander and the rest of The42's Six Nations Team of the Week
# First XV
From The42
# First XV

CJ Stander and the rest of The42's Six Nations Team of the Week

Feb 8th 2016, 12:00 PM 24,556 Views 44 Comments

There was the tightest of tight calls at number eight, while we found room for five Irishmen after the draw against Wales.

# 6nations - Sunday 7 February, 2016

'We can build on that and get better': Positives in Irish game keeps Murray confident
# Time To Draw Breath
From The42
# Time To Draw Breath

'We can build on that and get better': Positives in Irish game keeps Murray confident

Feb 7th 2016, 8:30 PM 9,182 Views 16 Comments

A point dropped, but Ireland have won back-to-back titles with a defeat under their belts.

'We had the game won': Wales leave Dublin frustrated with point dropped
# KICKING THEMSELVES
From The42
# KICKING THEMSELVES

'We had the game won': Wales leave Dublin frustrated with point dropped

Feb 7th 2016, 7:49 PM 10,113 Views 21 Comments

Jamie Roberts said his side were ‘kicking themselves’ after failing to close the game at 13 – 16.

Here's how we rated Ireland after an intense draw at home to Wales
# Out Of 10
From The42
# Out Of 10

Here's how we rated Ireland after an intense draw at home to Wales

Feb 7th 2016, 5:23 PM 23,950 Views 134 Comments

Ireland will head back to Carton House disappointed at having to share the spoils.

13-point lead not enough for Ireland as Wales scrap back to force a draw
# Honours Even
From The42
# Honours Even

13-point lead not enough for Ireland as Wales scrap back to force a draw

Feb 7th 2016, 5:06 PM 21,537 Views 102 Comments

It’s the first time in Championship history that the sides have shared the spoils.

Williams in at fullback for Wales as Anscombe is ruled out
# Late Withdrawal
From The42
# Late Withdrawal

Williams in at fullback for Wales as Anscombe is ruled out

Feb 7th 2016, 1:50 PM 8,251 Views 16 Comments

Warren Gatland has had to shuffle his starting XV ahead of today’s match in Dublin.

133 years of the 4, 5 and 6 Nations Championship: Can Ireland complete its first 3-in-a-row?
# History In The Making
From The42
# History In The Making

133 years of the 4, 5 and 6 Nations Championship: Can Ireland complete its first 3-in-a-row?

Feb 7th 2016, 6:20 AM 6,017 Views 6 Comments

Most back-to-back champs have not fared well when they try for a third straight Championship.

# 6nations - Saturday 6 February, 2016

QUIZ: How well do you know Ireland's Six Nations opponents Wales?
# It's Quizziness Time
From The42
# It's Quizziness Time

QUIZ: How well do you know Ireland's Six Nations opponents Wales?

Feb 6th 2016, 9:30 PM 35,469 Views 28 Comments

Will you win the Grand Slam or pick up the wooden spoon?

Best driving Ireland squad to enjoy the build-up, and get out of rucks clean
# Captain's Run
From The42
# Captain's Run

Best driving Ireland squad to enjoy the build-up, and get out of rucks clean

Feb 6th 2016, 2:31 PM 4,705 Views 12 Comments

Entering the third of four internationals refereed by Jerome Garces, the new Ireland captain has a clear message at the breakdown.

'There is a familiarity between Ireland and Wales and familiarity breeds contempt' - Ryan Jones
# Wales Watching
From The42
# Wales Watching

'There is a familiarity between Ireland and Wales and familiarity breeds contempt' - Ryan Jones

Feb 6th 2016, 7:30 AM 6,172 Views 5 Comments

The former Wales captain opens up to The42 on deep-seated rivalries, his love of the Six Nations and how much he misses the game.

Ireland in a bullish 'mind-space' with new leaders pushed forward
# Reigning Men
From The42
# Reigning Men

Ireland in a bullish 'mind-space' with new leaders pushed forward

Feb 6th 2016, 7:10 AM 4,824 Views 1 Comment

“Wracked with doubt? Not really, no.”

Our writers give their predictions for the Six Nations
# Crystal Ball
From The42
# Crystal Ball

Our writers give their predictions for the Six Nations

Feb 6th 2016, 6:30 AM 9,018 Views 11 Comments

What way do you see the tournament unfolding?

13 things you won't be able to sidestep this Six Nations weekend
# Spotter's Guide
From The42
# Spotter's Guide

13 things you won't be able to sidestep this Six Nations weekend

Feb 6th 2016, 2:42 AM 4,455 Views 2 Comments

Pipin’ ain’t easy.

# 6nations - Friday 5 February, 2016

We’ll Leave It There So: Shooting at boxing weigh-in, Ireland team named and today's sport
# Friday
From The42
# Friday

We’ll Leave It There So: Shooting at boxing weigh-in, Ireland team named and today's sport

Feb 5th 2016, 8:03 PM 12,017 Views 2 Comments

There was also big news for Sonia O’Sullivan and reports that Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge may quit the club.

Have we got a kicker? Can we defend? The Italian perspective on the Six Nations
# Know Your Enemy
From The42
# Know Your Enemy

Have we got a kicker? Can we defend? The Italian perspective on the Six Nations

Feb 5th 2016, 7:30 PM 4,028 Views 3 Comments

Italian rugby blogger Dario Mazzocchi serves up the penultimate part of our Six Nations preview series.