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Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# 6Nations

All time
# subdued celebrations
If Ireland win the 6 Nations this Saturday, the trophy presentation will be a bit strange
The staggered kick-off times this weekend could make for some odd post-match celebrations.
# outside interests
Paulie's 'guilty pleasure' might change the way you look at Ireland's most ferocious rugby player
You will struggle to guess the exact way that the Ireland captain likes to unwind.
# Master and Apprentice
Lessons learned in Cardiff might save Ireland in the World Cup - Mike Ross
Two Kiwi head coaches go up against each other at Murrayfield this weekend.
# Ball In Hand
Analysis: Where does Ireland's attack stand under Joe Schmidt?
We’ve broken down what Ireland are attempting to do and where they can improve.
# gatty grenade
'One team has had an easy run': Gatland criticises 15 years of Six Nations fixtures
The Kiwi says he would like to face ‘lesser teams’ early in the tournament before this weekend’s meeting with Italy.
# 22 visits
Schmidt's Ireland confident white line fever will be remedied against Scotland
Assistant coach Simon Easterby says ‘we’re backing the players to make the right calls at the right time.’
# kick and chase
Analysis: Ireland get taste of own medicine in early stages against Wales
Warren Gatland’s men dominated the early aerial exchanges at the Millennium Stadium.
# dream team
Three Irish players make the cut in The42's Six Nations Team of the Week
Wales lead the way with six after they derailed Ireland’s Grand Slam bid in Cardiff.
# starting XV
Ireland players 'fearful' as Schmidt ponders changes for Scotland trip
Ireland have reported a clean bill of health following their disappointing defeat in Cardiff.
'I was close' - Ireland's Bowe agonisingly short of crucial try against Wales
The right wing was halted within a metre of the Wales line in the second half.
# Moving On
Schmidt pushes Ireland to look towards Scotland after defeat in Wales
Eoin Reddan says the Ireland head coach told his players ‘not to dwell on’ their loss.
# poc
O'Connell keen to move past Cardiff disappointment before Scotland showdown
The Ireland captain says ‘it’s up to individuals to lift themselves’ after defeat in Wales.
# Strategy
Schmidt sees no need for overhaul after Millennium Stadium defeat
The Kiwi faces a sleepless week as he reflects on the what ifs and the maybes of the Cardiff loss.
# getting better
Ireland look to build on historic England win against ruck-hungry Wales
Tania Rosser explains that the Irish camp are focused on further improvement.
# On the defence
'I’m only a simple Kiwi boy' - Gatland has last laugh against Ireland
The Wales head coach was understandably satisfied by proceedings at the Millennium Stadium yesterday.
# overlap
'We were screaming for it out wide' - Ireland rue major missed chance
Ireland spurned a major overlap wide on the right late in the Millennium Stadium.
# OFFICIAL
Ireland have 'no gripes' with Wayne Barnes after Wales defeat
Joe Schmidt said his side have to take responsibility for ‘what happens in our ruck’.
# chariot
England take top spot in Six Nations despite lacklustre display against Scotland
It could have been much worse for Ireland’s Championship hopes.
# Chin Up
O'Connell left looking towards Scotland after giving 'a leg up' to Wales
The centurion and captain bemoaned the early glut of penalties conceded as a crucial part of Ireland’s loss.
# slammed
'We've only got ourselves to blame' -- Joe Schmidt
The Kiwi lamented the loss of the aerial battle as Wales shaded all the fine margins in Cardiff.
# big issues
6 talking points after Ireland suffer defeat to Warren Gatland's Wales
The lineout failings, the Welsh defence, Wayne Barnes and an attack that couldn’t get over the line.
# out of 10
Here's how we rated Ireland in the heart-stopping defeat to Wales
Ireland trailed 12 – 0 in Cardiff and couldn’t reel Wales in during an intense contest.
# Thriller
Ireland's Grand Slam dream ended by ferocious Wales win in Cardiff
Joe Schmidt’s men were beaten in an enthralling encounter at the Millennium Stadium.
AS IT HAPPENED
Wales v Ireland, Six Nations
Could Ireland continue their bid for back-to-back titles? We had live updates of all the action at the Millennium Stadium.
# skillz
'Good touch for a big man' was made for this Cian Healy showboat
Outrageous stuff from the prop.
# Soundbite
George Hook clearly isn't a fan of Schmidt's penchant for stats judging by this analogy
For entertainment alone, we’ll miss him when he retires.
# joe show
Here's Joe Schmidt in full flight kick-chasing his way to a try in '89
The Manawatu flier left Jean-Baptiste Lafond in his dust.
# View from the City
Letter from Cardiff: A Six Nations thriller awaits for relaxed Ireland
Our man in Cardiff checks in before Joe Schmidt’s side take on the Welsh in a game that could decide the championship.
# detail attention
Schmidt's focus on 'the small jobs' to get Ireland through Cardiff test
Paul O’Connell says his side still haven’t wasted time thinking about a potential Grand Slam.
# Call it
Open Thread: How will Ireland fare in the Six Nations clash with Wales?
This is gonna be great.
# Hands
If Wales offload tomorrow like their U20s just did, the Irish Grand Slam dream is dead
The young dragons are turning on the style against the Ireland U20 team.
# Centurion
O'Connell 'honoured' to join ROG, BOD and Hayes in Ireland's 100 club
‘I’m very competitive, that would be one of my biggest strengths,’ says the Ireland captain.
# looking sharp
11 images as Ireland finalise preparations at the Captain's Run in the Millennium Stadium
One more sleep.
# slugfest
Wales not expecting 'attractive rugby' from Schmidt's Ireland in Cardiff
Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde says Ireland’s squad looks like a ‘very happy’ one.
# Number 1
Jack McGrath in the blocks for 'nine-day sprint' to wrap up the Six Nations
Three down, two to go.
# winger's prayer
From ever-present to outsider -- Dave Kearney working hard to get back in the picture with Ireland
The Leinster man admits it has been a frustrating experience watching Ireland defend the Six Nations without him.
# IMPACT SUB
Madigan: 'ROG always stepped up to the plate and he always executed too'
The Leinster out-half explains what goes into being a replacement in Joe Schmidt’s match day 23.
# New Era
19 February 2000 - The day Warren Gatland gambled on the future of Irish rugby
Mick Galwey remembers Gatland’s big decision to cap five new players against Scotland.
# the best
'I think Johnny Sexton is the in-form fly-half in the world' - Madigan
The Leinster man is playing second fiddle to Sexton at the moment with Ireland.
# Plus ça change
Clermont flier Nakaitaci handed debut as PSA wields the axe for Italy clash
The head coach has made eight changes to the side which lost at home to Wales.