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#6Nations

# 6nations - Friday 5 February, 2016

'Lying on the turf in the Millennium Stadium, I didn't think this was possible'
# Carpe Diem
From The42
# Carpe Diem

'Lying on the turf in the Millennium Stadium, I didn't think this was possible'

Feb 5th 2016, 6:24 PM 10,386 Views 9 Comments

Tommy O’Donnell is ready to seize an opportunity he thought was beyond him.

Ireland hope to welcome O'Brien and Kearney back to full training next week
# Hamstrung
From The42
# Hamstrung

Ireland hope to welcome O'Brien and Kearney back to full training next week

Feb 5th 2016, 4:32 PM 5,247 Views 18 Comments

Rob Kearney is expected to join the squad on Tuesday, “at the latest Thursday”.

'You're never going to get all the decisions right': Schmidt trusting tested combinations
# Tight Calls
From The42
# Tight Calls

'You're never going to get all the decisions right': Schmidt trusting tested combinations

Feb 5th 2016, 4:02 PM 7,255 Views 34 Comments

The head coach explained some of his key selection calls for Sunday’s crunch clash against Wales.

Cavalier or conservative? The talking points from Joe Schmidt's first Ireland XV of 2016
# Opinion
From The42
# Opinion

Cavalier or conservative? The talking points from Joe Schmidt's first Ireland XV of 2016

Feb 5th 2016, 2:00 PM 15,646 Views 57 Comments

There are some exciting and surprising calls in Schmidt’s first XV of 2016.

CJ Stander earns Ireland debut, Zebo starts at fullback against Wales
# Team-sheets
From The42
# Team-sheets

CJ Stander earns Ireland debut, Zebo starts at fullback against Wales

Feb 5th 2016, 1:45 PM 41,735 Views 151 Comments

The South African-born back row is the only uncapped player in Ireland’s 23 to take on Wales.

POLL: What is your favourite Six Nations anthem?
# Battle Cry
From The42
# Battle Cry

POLL: What is your favourite Six Nations anthem?

Feb 5th 2016, 7:15 AM 10,686 Views 51 Comments

We want to know what your favourite pre-match tune is.

'Ugly, inferior and unfair,' they call it down south - but that's why we love the Six Nations
# Column
From The42
# Column

'Ugly, inferior and unfair,' they call it down south - but that's why we love the Six Nations

Feb 5th 2016, 6:30 AM 7,281 Views 23 Comments

TV3′s Tommy Martin can’t wait to get reacquainted with the northern hemisphere’s premier rugby tournament.

# 6nations - Thursday 4 February, 2016

We’ll Leave It There So: Paddy Jackson left out of Ireland squad, rankings boost and today's sport
# Thursday
From The42
# Thursday

We’ll Leave It There So: Paddy Jackson left out of Ireland squad, rankings boost and today's sport

Feb 4th 2016, 8:19 PM 19,448 Views 2 Comments

There was also plenty of Fitzgibbon Cup action and a number of line-ups were confirmed for the opening weekend of Six Nations matches.

They couldn't... could they?! The Scottish perspective on the Six Nations
# Behind Enemy Lines
From The42
# Behind Enemy Lines

They couldn't... could they?! The Scottish perspective on the Six Nations

Feb 4th 2016, 7:30 PM 8,764 Views 4 Comments

Scottish rugby blogger Rory Baldwin gives us the lowdown on our Celtic cousins ahead of the Six Nations kick-off.

Getting 'strangled' in Dublin two years ago still preying on Gatland's mind
# Choke Hold
From The42
# Choke Hold

Getting 'strangled' in Dublin two years ago still preying on Gatland's mind

Feb 4th 2016, 4:07 PM 6,948 Views 1 Comment

Wales boss is expecting another physical game in Dublin on Sunday.

Vakatawa and Danty among four debutants in exciting France XV for Italy
# Les Bleus
From The42
# Les Bleus

Vakatawa and Danty among four debutants in exciting France XV for Italy

Feb 4th 2016, 10:44 AM 7,056 Views 5 Comments

Guy Novès hands out four debuts for France’s Six Nations opener.

# 6nations - Wednesday 3 February, 2016

New coach, new faces ... same old story? The French perspective on the Six Nations
# Les Bleus
From The42
# Les Bleus

New coach, new faces ... same old story? The French perspective on the Six Nations

Feb 3rd 2016, 7:30 PM 5,851 Views 1 Comment

French rugby blogger Jérémy Sarda continues our look behind enemy lines ahead of the Six Nations kick-off.

England's secret Six Nations weapon? BEER!
# Genius
From The42
# Genius

England's secret Six Nations weapon? BEER!

Feb 3rd 2016, 6:22 PM 8,479 Views 6 Comments

Eddie Jones deemed Danny Care a safe enough pair of hands to hand over a kitty courtesy of the RFU.

Experience in the front row, first taste for the rest of Ireland under 20s
# Wolfpuppies
From The42
# Wolfpuppies

Experience in the front row, first taste for the rest of Ireland under 20s

Feb 3rd 2016, 4:37 PM 6,473 Views 8 Comments

Ireland’s fourth previously-capped player Jacob Stockdale has been retained by Ulster for Pro12 duty.

Gatland targets Irish uncertainty with bold selection calls
# Opinion
From The42
# Opinion

Gatland targets Irish uncertainty with bold selection calls

Feb 3rd 2016, 2:32 PM 9,424 Views 18 Comments

Joe Schmidt has big selection calls of his own before the sides meet this weekend.

Ireland's five best starts of the Six Nations era
# Off To A Flyer
From The42
# Off To A Flyer

Ireland's five best starts of the Six Nations era

Feb 3rd 2016, 7:15 AM 12,175 Views 8 Comments

With away fixtures to England and France in even years, it’s no surprise that odd editions dominate this list.

Luke Fitzgerald staying positive despite another injury setback
# Upbeat
From The42
# Upbeat

Luke Fitzgerald staying positive despite another injury setback

Feb 3rd 2016, 12:15 AM 4,570 Views 3 Comments

The Leinster back is targeting a return to his province in time for the business-end of the PRO12.

# 6nations - Tuesday 2 February, 2016

Eddie's gameplan and Dylan's discipline - The English perspective on the Six Nations
# Swing Low ...
From The42
# Swing Low ...

Eddie's gameplan and Dylan's discipline - The English perspective on the Six Nations

Feb 2nd 2016, 7:30 PM 5,934 Views 2 Comments

English rugby blogger Calum Spiers takes us behind enemy lines ahead of the Six Nations kick-off.

Paulie's not around to 'stare and intimidate', but otherwise a familiar feeling in Ireland camp
# Champion Spirit
From The42
# Champion Spirit

Paulie's not around to 'stare and intimidate', but otherwise a familiar feeling in Ireland camp

Feb 2nd 2016, 5:11 PM 5,893 Views 1 Comment

Sean O’Brien will be one of the core squad members aiming to make up for the absence of one of Ireland’s best ever players.

Sean O'Brien: CJ Stander settling in as a fresh, strong voice in Ireland camp
# Heavy Hitters
From The42
# Heavy Hitters

Sean O'Brien: CJ Stander settling in as a fresh, strong voice in Ireland camp

Feb 2nd 2016, 2:42 PM 8,611 Views 36 Comments

O’Brien and Stander are cut from the same cloth, but the Tullow Tank has no desire to run at the South African.

Luke Fitzgerald has been ruled out of the Six Nations with a knee injury
# Cruel Hand Luke
From The42
# Cruel Hand Luke

Luke Fitzgerald has been ruled out of the Six Nations with a knee injury

Feb 2nd 2016, 1:29 PM 18,623 Views 79 Comments

Cruel setback as Fitzgerald suffers medial ligament injury.

Fancy a flutter? Here are six of our best bets for the Six Nations
# Flutter
From The42
# Flutter

Fancy a flutter? Here are six of our best bets for the Six Nations

Feb 2nd 2016, 10:30 AM 12,221 Views 21 Comments

Everything you need to cash in (please gamble responsibly) on the Six Nations.

20:20 hindsight: Jones, Healy, Earls, Cave and the extra special crop who took a Grand Slam in '07
# Good Vintage
From The42
# Good Vintage

20:20 hindsight: Jones, Healy, Earls, Cave and the extra special crop who took a Grand Slam in '07

Feb 2nd 2016, 6:53 AM 17,278 Views 13 Comments

The U20 Six Nations didn’t know what hit it when the class of ’07 came along.

# 6nations - Monday 1 February, 2016

Simon Zebo has signed a new contract to keep him at Munster until 2018
# Zebo No Go
From The42
# Zebo No Go

Simon Zebo has signed a new contract to keep him at Munster until 2018

Feb 1st 2016, 2:40 PM 10,149 Views 43 Comments

The brilliant back had been linked with a move to join Conrad Smith and James Coughlan in France.

Six Nations champs Ireland fourth in first-ever women's World Rugby rankings
# Top 10
From The42
# Top 10

Six Nations champs Ireland fourth in first-ever women's World Rugby rankings

Feb 1st 2016, 12:34 PM 5,348 Views 0 Comments

World Rugby say the rankings will encourage more matches to be played.

POLL: How will Ireland do in the 2016 Six Nations?
# Crystal Ball
From The42
# Crystal Ball

POLL: How will Ireland do in the 2016 Six Nations?

Feb 1st 2016, 7:30 AM 15,407 Views 50 Comments

Winners, wooden spoon or somewhere in between?

'If you don't get a good start you're behind the 8 ball': Schmidt dealing with familiar pressure
# 6Nations
From The42
# 6Nations

'If you don't get a good start you're behind the 8 ball': Schmidt dealing with familiar pressure

Feb 1st 2016, 6:30 AM 5,559 Views 3 Comments

The Kiwi is chasing a third straight Championship with Ireland.

Five tech innovations we'd like to see in the Six Nations
# For The Fans
From The42
# For The Fans

Five tech innovations we'd like to see in the Six Nations

Feb 1st 2016, 5:55 AM 10,300 Views 10 Comments

It’s time Dylan Hartley got his own channel.

# 6nations - Sunday 31 January, 2016

6 women who will be key to a successful Irish title defence
# 6Nations
From The42
# 6Nations

6 women who will be key to a successful Irish title defence

Jan 31st 2016, 9:00 PM 21,759 Views 12 Comments

Ireland’s captain and world player of the year nominee are among the most important components of the squad in this campaign.

'You'd swear the World Cup was two years ago': McGrath too busy to dwell on a season of disappointments
# Big Jack
From The42
# Big Jack

'You'd swear the World Cup was two years ago': McGrath too busy to dwell on a season of disappointments

Jan 31st 2016, 3:38 PM 8,387 Views 32 Comments

So far anyway.

# 6nations - Friday 29 January, 2016

Props, prohibiting substances and even a proposal at Ireland's open training session
# In Pictures
From The42
# In Pictures

Props, prohibiting substances and even a proposal at Ireland's open training session

Jan 29th 2016, 3:14 PM 11,338 Views 12 Comments

Here’s how Ireland are looking a week out from the Six Nations.

# 6nations - Thursday 28 January, 2016

New faces in Ireland Women's squad as 7s stars miss start of Six Nations defence
# Champions
From The42
# Champions

New faces in Ireland Women's squad as 7s stars miss start of Six Nations defence

Jan 28th 2016, 5:42 PM 16,083 Views 4 Comments

Head coach Tom Tierney has included seven uncapped players as Ireland women spread resources across two forms of the game.

England v Arnie: Jones shows no remorse for painting over motivational Schwarzenegger quote
# Hasta La Vista
From The42
# Hasta La Vista

England v Arnie: Jones shows no remorse for painting over motivational Schwarzenegger quote

Jan 28th 2016, 2:06 PM 11,216 Views 7 Comments

Eddie Jones apparently hasn’t got time for action heroes, last or not.

# 6nations - Wednesday 27 January, 2016

'You don't have to re-invent things because you're captain' - Best
# Best Man
From The42
# Best Man

'You don't have to re-invent things because you're captain' - Best

Jan 27th 2016, 7:00 PM 4,520 Views 2 Comments

Ulster hooker knows he has big boots to fill leading the defending champions into the Six Nations.

Schmidt's welcome to 'tough' Lions job, says Gatland with an eye on 2017 schedule
# 6Nations
From The42
# 6Nations

Schmidt's welcome to 'tough' Lions job, says Gatland with an eye on 2017 schedule

Jan 27th 2016, 4:09 PM 8,263 Views 9 Comments

‘I’m not thinking about the Lions,’” says Warren Gatland after reeling off a chunk of the tour itinerary.

Schmidt rules himself out of Lions coaching role
# Lions Bar
From The42
# Lions Bar

Schmidt rules himself out of Lions coaching role

Jan 27th 2016, 1:39 PM 10,179 Views 24 Comments

The Kiwi says his contract with the IRFU wouldn’t allow him to lead the tour to his homeland next year.

'Dwell on the past, you're going to be stuck there': O'Donnell at peace with World Cup woe
# Notorious Tod
From The42
# Notorious Tod

'Dwell on the past, you're going to be stuck there': O'Donnell at peace with World Cup woe

Jan 27th 2016, 6:30 AM 4,961 Views 4 Comments

The flanker’s healthy mind has helped his body to follow suit after a horrible dislocated hip injury in August.

# 6nations - Tuesday 26 January, 2016

Could Ashton be back for the Six Nations? Sarries to appeal his 'eye gouge' ban
# Appeal
From The42
# Appeal

Could Ashton be back for the Six Nations? Sarries to appeal his 'eye gouge' ban

Jan 26th 2016, 12:29 PM 4,585 Views 12 Comments

Ashton banned for 10 weeks following incident with Ulster’s Luke Marshall.

'He wouldn't have taken his decision lightly': Bowe wishes Earls all the best after Saracens link
# Flight Of The Earls
From The42
# Flight Of The Earls

'He wouldn't have taken his decision lightly': Bowe wishes Earls all the best after Saracens link

Jan 26th 2016, 10:14 AM 17,258 Views 71 Comments

The Ulster wing hopes Earls can still be his team-mate with Ireland even if he moves to the Premiership.

Jones backs 'unburdened' Robshaw to shine at blindside
# 6 Nations
From The42
# 6 Nations

Jones backs 'unburdened' Robshaw to shine at blindside

Jan 26th 2016, 9:22 AM 5,433 Views 4 Comments

“The next part of his career is going to be the best part of his career.”