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Sunday 28 May 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# 6Nations

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# piling up
Sean O’Brien ruled out for remainder of 6 Nations, Sexton ‘rolls ankle’ in training
Joe Schmidt also says that lock Mike McCarthy is unlikely to play again this season having seen a specialist after his concussion.
# Vital Statistics
England coach Jones preparing for 'Aussie Rules battle' with Ireland
The Australian claims Ireland kick 60% of their ball, but the actual stats say otherwise.
# barnstorming
Surprisingly enough, Wayne Barnes' favourite Six Nations moment is the exact same as yours
Assuming you’re an Irish rugby fan who likes your Grand Finales on the dramatic side.
# Slipping Away
'It's great on paper': Delicate balance for provinces welcoming Irish players back
‘You want them to come in with gusto and excitement, but sometimes it’s just not the case.’
# Style Points
Pick your favourite try scored so far in this year's Six Nations
Six games down, nine to go.
# Top XV
France v Ireland coughed up just one player for our Six Nations Team of the Week
The sooner that game drips from the memory banks the better.
# finishing strong
More warning shots from Scotland, but North and Roberts tip the balance for Wales
Wales and Scotland shared five tries in an entertaining encounter under the roof in Cardiff.
# that's entertainment
Wales and Scotland made up for all that unpleasantness in Paris with two lovely first-half tries
Gareth Davies came up with a terrific finish, but should have been called back.
# out of 10
How we rated Ireland in that bruising battle against France
This one was painful on so many levels.
# Battlefield
Black and Bleu! The first half in Paris was an absolute war
Referee Jaco Peyper is making no friends in Ireland this afternoon.
# up against it
Payback on Irish minds as they seek to break France hoodoo
Fly-half Caughey putting Olympic dreams on hold with a Six Nations crown to defend.
# back to basics
More Warrenball! Gatland wants Wales to be more direct after 'expansive' approach fell short
Batten down those hatches, Scotland.
# daunting
No time to lick their wounds as U20s prepare for bruising France encounter
Forwards coach calls for major improvement tonight after opening defeat to Wales.
# so fresh and so clean
95 minutes of training time in 'unsettling and frustrating' week for Schmidt
Late selection calls and a focus on recovery have made it a difficult week for the reigning champs.
# jack be nimble
'It's down to who's willing to work harder': McGrath scrummaging with a plan
The Leinster loosehead will pack down against the heaviest man to appear at last year’s World Cup. You think he’s fazed?
# playmaker
No Bastareaud coming down the tracks, but Sexton fit and ready for France and Danty
‘I probably felt the way front-rowers feel every day, but as a soft out-half I just didn’t hide it as well.’
# Opinion
Tight turnaround for Sexton and more talking points from Schmidt's side to face France
The out-half has struggled with a shoulder injury this week, but has been declared good to go.
# Patched Up
Sean O'Brien and the Kearneys start for Ireland, as Zebo misses out on France trip
Fergus McFadden is on Ireland’s bench as Joe Schmidt makes three changes for the trip to Paris.
# black and bleu
Ireland ready to spring towards Paris after bruising 'neutral' start
The ‘building blocks’ are in place and Ireland will reach for the gears this weekend.
# nest step
'Young Munster U8s are looking for someone': Ryan backs 'great communicator' POC to become coach
Donnacha Ryan was in a better position than anyone to see every aspect brought to the able by Paul O’Connell.
# healing power
Wales delay naming team as Biggar makes remarkable recovery
The fly-half suffered a high ankle sprain on Sunday but could still face Scotland this weekend.
# walking wounded
Sexton, Trimble and Zebo sit out training while McFadden joins Ireland squad as cover
The trio are expected to train fully on Thursday, but Keith Earls remains a major doubt for Saturday’s trip to Paris.
# Number 1
Jones: Billy Vunipola can be the best number 8 in the world
A key player in last week’s Six Nations win over Scotland, Billy Vunipola has impressed Eddie Jones.
# propped up
Having Mike Ross back in training is good news for everybody (unless you're the lad who has to carry him)
There was nothing light about the entertainment at Leinster’s training ground today.
# Onwards
'When you come off the pitch a bit battered and bruised, that’s always a good thing' -- Best
‘When you come off the pitch in the front five and you’re a bit battered and bruised that’s always a good thing.’
# First XV
CJ Stander and the rest of The42's Six Nations Team of the Week
There was the tightest of tight calls at number eight, while we found room for five Irishmen after the draw against Wales.
# time to draw breath
'We can build on that and get better': Positives in Irish game keeps Murray confident
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
Jamie Roberts said his side were ‘kicking themselves’ after failing to close the game at 13 – 16.
# out of 10
Here's how we rated Ireland after an intense draw at home to Wales
Ireland will head back to Carton House disappointed at having to share the spoils.
# honours even
13-point lead not enough for Ireland as Wales scrap back to force a draw
It’s the first time in Championship history that the sides have shared the spoils.
# late withdrawal
Williams in at fullback for Wales as Anscombe is ruled out
Warren Gatland has had to shuffle his starting XV ahead of today’s match in Dublin.
# History in the making
133 years of the 4, 5 and 6 Nations Championship: Can Ireland complete its first 3-in-a-row?
Most back-to-back champs have not fared well when they try for a third straight Championship.
# It's quizziness time
QUIZ: How well do you know Ireland's Six Nations opponents Wales?
Will you win the Grand Slam or pick up the wooden spoon?
# Captain's run
Best driving Ireland squad to enjoy the build-up, and get out of rucks clean
Entering the third of four internationals refereed by Jerome Garces, the new Ireland captain has a clear message at the breakdown.
# Wales watching
'There is a familiarity between Ireland and Wales and familiarity breeds contempt' - Ryan Jones
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.
# reigning men
Ireland in a bullish 'mind-space' with new leaders pushed forward
“Wracked with doubt? Not really, no.”
# Crystal Ball
Our writers give their predictions for the Six Nations
What way do you see the tournament unfolding?
# spotter's guide
13 things you won't be able to sidestep this Six Nations weekend
Pipin’ ain’t easy.
# Friday
We’ll Leave It There So: Shooting at boxing weigh-in, Ireland team named and today's sport
There was also big news for Sonia O’Sullivan and reports that Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge may quit the club.
# Know Your Enemy
Have we got a kicker? Can we defend? The Italian perspective on the Six Nations
Italian rugby blogger Dario Mazzocchi serves up the penultimate part of our Six Nations preview series.