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# Six Nations 2012

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# Early Doors
The Morning Score: Wednesday
Here’s your daily round-up of the morning’s news. You aren’t giving up sport for Lent, are you?
# Italian Job
We're ready to put our bodies on the line, insists O'Connell
Ireland’s Six Nations skipper is expecting the toughest physical challenge of the tournament against the Italian this weekend.
# Six Nations 2012
Same faces but a whole new ball game, warns Kidney
“We’re just going full throttle for this one,” Ireland’s coach Declan Kidney says ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations game against Italy.
# Six Nations 2012
Steady as she goes: Kidney names unchanged side to face Italy
The Ireland XV which never had a chance to perform in the Stade de France will face Italy this Saturday.
# Six Nations
It's back: but will Kidney make any tweaks at all?
If ROG is going to start any game in this tournament, it will be this one.
# Six Nations
Mythbusters: do Ireland need a 'real 7' and bigger centres?
“These myths are reactionary, after recent Irish defeats – both to Wales, as it happens,” Whiff of Cordite writes.
# cliches aside
'We’ve got a job to do' - Kidney pushing troops beyond Paris
Ireland’s coach is disappointed for short-changed supporters who wanted to see Ireland play in Paris but now insists the team is focused solely on Italy.
# Cash Money
Forget Paris: Here's how you can get a refund on that Stade de France ticket
“While the timelines are not ideal for supporters, we have pushed hard to get this undertaking from the French.”
# discommoded
Rumbling on: IRFU not happy with timing of Paris return
The union is ‘disappointed’ that Irish considerations were not heeded in the reorganisation.
# thawing out
Cian Healy: time to get over French farce
After a few days of uncertainty in the Irish camp, the Leinster man says it’s time to get back to business.
# do over
It's official: Ireland to face France in Paris on 4 March
Tournament officials met this afternoon to decide on details for the fixture and resisted French calls to push it out until September.
# Le Farce
French federation backs calls to play Ireland next season - reports
FFR president Pierre Camou concedes that their request to have Saturday’s abandoned Six Nations match deferred is unlikely to be granted.
# pent up
Healy: Four weeks in a row 'no problem' for Ireland
After a frustratingly uneventful night in Paris, the Irish loose-head is confident that the squad are in ideal condition to tackle test rugby for four consecutive weeks.
# Six Nations 2012
France v Ireland won’t be played this weekend, organisers confirm
Six Nations organisers have not reached a decision on when France v Ireland will be played, with further meetings scheduled for tomorrow.
# First XV
Six Nations: Team of the week
We’ve controversially omitted all of the Irish and French players, despite Paul O’Connell braving the cold in his smalls.
# on ice
Updated: New France-Ireland date expected Monday, IRB back Pearson
The Six Nations committee will decide tomorrow on when to rearrange last night’s delayed Six Nations clash. Plus: Why the Stade de France doesn’t have undersoil heating…
Frozen pitch forces France v Ireland to be postponed
We attempted to liveblog this evening’s Six Nations match in Paris, but we didn’t get very far. Here’s the evening’s news.
# Early Thoughts
Open thread: how do you think Ireland will do in Paris tonight?
It’s a big night for the Irish rugby team – and for coach Declan Kidney. Join our open thread for a bit of pre-match chatter on tonight’s Six Nations game.
# Nostalgia
Memory lane: five classic clashes with the French
We’ve had our ups and downs with les Bleus over the years. More downs if truth be told, but it’s always compulsive viewing.
# Six Nations 2012
Worry: Sexton strain provokes Wallace call-up
The Ulster centre was gearing up to start for his province until Jonathan Sexton complained of ‘stiffness’ in his thigh.
# Breaking views
Here's what the French media are saying ahead of Saturday's game
The country’s journalists assess the Ireland team, or ‘the little green men’ as they are referred to in certain papers.
# Six Nations 2012
Rugby bosses back Barnes on Ferris penalty
The IRB and Six Nations say that they support Wayne Barnes’ decision to award Wales a last-minute penalty on Sunday.
# menage a trois
Six Nations: three key battles in Paris
Here are three little skirmishes (amongst many others) that Ireland must win to keep any hopes of silverware alive.
# Six Nations
'It brings out the best in you' - Jamie Heaslip looking forward to Paris trip
Ireland lost their opening Six Nations Championship game against Wales in Dublin last Sunday afternoon and face a daunting task to get their challenge back on track.
# Reaction
Same again: Just not good enough
Kidney’s unchanged line up shows no competition for places and no ambition. It could be a long night in the Stade de France.
# Six Nations 2012
‘Smart’ Ireland can right Welsh wrongs on Saturday, says Kidney
Declan Kidney is confident that work on Ireland’s kicking game and in defence will pay dividends against a powerful French side in Paris this weekend.
# Six Nations 2012
Earls returns for Ireland's trip to Paris
Keith Earls will start alongside Gordon D’Arcy in midfield when Ireland take on France in the Stade de France this Saturday.
# Sick note
Bad back: Yachvili ruled out of Saturday's match
Morgan Parra comes into the French side at scrum-half in place of the injured Dimitri Yachvili.
# Team Talk
Back to the start as Kidney prepares to name team for France
Keith Earls looks set to be the only change when Declan Kidney names his team for Saturday’s trip to the Stade de France later this afternoon.
# Six Nations
Opinion: Ireland must broaden horizons to pass French test
It’s time to change it up if Ireland are to get their Six Nations campaign back on track in Paris.
# Ice to see you
Frosty welcome: Clerc warns that Stade de France pitch could be unplayable
Scared, Vincent?
# Save Ferris
'Happy man': Ferris cleared by Six Nations disciplinary committee
“Thank goodness that is all over,” Stephen Ferris tweets after he is cleared of citing charge.
# Six Nations
Back to the drawing board: Ireland squad train ahead of Paris trip
Declan Kidney’s men look to get their Six Nations campaign back on track with against Les Blues on Saturday night at the Stade de France.
# Banned
Game over: Bradley Davies banned for the rest of the Six Nations
The Welsh lock has been hit with a seven-week ban for his “tip tackle” on Ireland’s Donnacha Ryan.
# Team news
France make four changes for Ireland's visit
Philippe Saint-Andre has looked to freshen things up in the pack after naming his starting XV for Saturday’s game.
# blogosphere
Six Nations: Sergeant Deccie's Lonely Hearts Committee
Friend of The Score, Whiff of Cordite, snaps on the latex gloves for the autopsy on Ireland’s defeat to Wales.
# Six Nations
Wales lock Bradley Davies has been cited.... but so has Stephen Ferris
Ferris was adjudged to have infringed in the final minute resulting in visiting full-back Leigh Halfpenny kicking the late, winning penalty.
# all change?
Opinion: Kidney must dig deep to turn this around
Declan Kidney may be a conservative coach, but he has had some success before. He needs to look within himself to rediscover the courage of his convictions.
# Six Nations 2012
Saint-André sticks with winning squad for Ireland’s visit
Meanwhile, Ireland have dropped to eighth in the IRB world rankings following yesterday’s defeat against Wales.
# First XV
Six Nations: Team of the week
George North made it onto this team as easily as he burst holes in Ireland’s defence, click through for pictures of the other lucky lads.