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Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Six Nations 2012

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# bloody nose
Open thread: What does Declan Kidney need to change for France game?
Ireland’s rugby stars are waking up this morning facing an up-hill challenge… and a trip to Paris. What should the management do to get the campaign back on track?
# Bad start
Player reaction: it came down to two mistakes, admits Paul O'Connell
“We’d put ourselves in a great position but there was a bit of work left to do and we didn’t do it.”
# Frustration
Kidney: Lessons will be learned after this
Declan Kidney cut a disappointed figure after seeing his Ireland side lose to Wales in their Six Nations opener on Sunday. George Hook, meanwhile, was scathing.
# Six Nations
The game in pictures: Ireland lose to Wales in Six Nations opener
It all started so brightly. Here’s how Ireland’s frustrating defeat to Warren Gatland’s men looked through a lens.
Ireland v Wales, Six Nations Championship
We went minute-by-minute for Ireland’s first game of the tournament against old foes Wales at Lansdowne Rd. Here’s how the drama unfolded.
# The heart says
Five reasons Ireland will win the Six Nations
Line up the fireworks, put the champagne on ice. We’re heading for a big Paddy’s day party at Twickenham.
# Six Nations 2012
Open thread: how do you expect Ireland to do against Wales today?
The time for talk from experts, pundits and players talk is almost over. What do you think will happen today in Ballsbridge?
# test rugby
Six Nations: All in the balance on opening day
Spring is in the air and anything seems possible at the beginning of a new international year.
# The head says
Five reasons Ireland won't win any Six Nations silverware
This way for a wet blanket and a cold, objective eye.
# Fanzone
Know your enemy: TheScore's Six Nations fan focus, part II
Some of Europe’s top rugby bloggers share their thoughts on their side’s chances in this year’s Six Nations – and tell us what they really think about Ireland.
# who's who
Pack of eight: All you need to know about Wales
Ah, if it isn’t our old friends the Welsh. They may have given us St Patrick, but we’re not grateful any more.
# Six Nations 2012
Six Nations preview: here’s what 5 of the experts think…
As Ireland prepare to banish their Rugby World Cup hangover, we asked pundits, former players and commentators what they expected from the championship.
# Boost
Priestland and Roberts passed fit to start for Wales
Warren Gatland, who named his team this afternoon, has received some welcome news ahead of Sunday’s showdown in Dublin.
# Fanzone
Know your enemy: TheScore's Six Nations fan focus, part I
Some of Europe’s top rugby bloggers share their thoughts on their side’s chances in this year’s Six Nations – and tell us what they really think about Ireland.
# Memories
Six Nations golden moments: Paulie’s ‘manic aggression’ speech, 2007
In BOD’s absence, Paul O’Connell will lead Ireland out against Wales on Sunday. He’s pretty good at the pre-match words of encouragement.
# friendly discussion
Keyboard warriors: Rugby bloggers from Wales and Ireland line out for a gchat debate
We called in the finest online rugby writers Ireland and Wales had to offer and boy did they give us their thoughts ahead of Sunday’s big game.
# Captain's run
'I certainly feel I'll be around for a little time yet' - could O'Driscoll line out at the next World Cup?
Absent Ireland skipper is recovering from shoulder surgery.
# who's who
Pack of eight: All you need to know about France
The Six Nations will start in less than 48 hours, it’s time we sized up the favourites.
# Memories
6 Nations golden moments: Shaggy snatches the Triple Crown in 2006
What we wouldn’t give for a repeat of this magic in Twickenham on St Patrick’s Day…
# picture it
Caption competition: what was Paulie thinking during today's press conference?
The Ireland skipper’s mind seemed to drift away…
# Opinion
Reaction: Sexton given the jersey, now he has to own it
The fly-half is the only unforced change from the defeat in Wellington, the line-up is all too predictable.
# who's who
Pack of eight: All you need to know about Italy
Today we concentrate on the ever-improving Italians, can they claim another big scalp this year?
# Six Nations 2012
Centre stage: Earls handed BOD's 13 jersey for Wales match
Keith Earls will partner Gordon D’Arcy in midfield when Ireland begin their 2012 Six Nations campaign against Wales on Sunday.
# Six Nations 2012
In pictures: this morning's Ireland squad training in Kildare
Declan Kidney put his side through their paces in Maynooth earlier. Here’s how it happened.
# Cautious
Gatland expecting Ireland to seek revenge for World Cup exit
The Wales coach has spoken of the threat posed by a team still feeling the pain of last year’s quarter-final defeat.
# Six Nations 2012
Lucky number 13: Kidney prepares to name his Ireland team
Who will get the nod to replace Brian O’Driscoll in midfield when Declan Kidney names his team to face Wales this afternoon?
# Memories
Six Nations golden moments: Italy’s six-minute blitz in Murrayfield, 2007
Today’s trip down memory lane is dedicated to’s Italian readership. Remember those six minutes in Murrayfield?
# nkotb
New kids: Five players to watch out for in the Six Nations
It’s the start of another World Cup cycle so there is plenty of new, uncapped talent about to grace international rugby.
# who's who
Pack of eight: All you need to know about Scotland
As we continue though Ireland’s Six Nations opposition in reverse order, we happen upon Scotland.
# Memories
Six Nations golden moments: Saint-André’s try v England, 1991
Another day, another brilliant rugby memory to get us in the mood for the weekend. Allons, à Paris…
# the main men
Here are the 10 players most likely to influence the 6 Nations Championship
We pick out the players that can potentially be pivotal to each of the competing countries’ success.
# who's who
Pack of eight: All you need to know about England
Each day this week will give you the low down on Ireland’s Six Nations opponents. First up, the old enemy.
# Back in action
Six Nations: Coghlan sets a minimum standard for Irish women
Ireland captain, Fiona Coghlan, is eager to get back playing International rugby, signalling that nothing less than third will do.
# Six Nations
Training Day: Wolfhounds added to Ireland's Six Nations camp
Declan Kidney has announced a 32-man squad for the second week of Ireland’s Six Nations training camp.
# Sent Packing
Armitage dropped from England squad after alleged nightclub assault
The London Irish full-back was arrested and questioned by police over the weekend, the RFU have confirmed.
# Memories
Six Nations golden moments: Wales' frantic comeback v Scotland, 2010
Five days, five brilliant Six Nations memories to enjoy. We begin in Cardiff…
# hard at it
In pictures: Ireland's Six Nations training begins in Limerick
Bryan Cullen had a role in Ireland’s tournament preparation, come and take a gander.
# got the t-shirt
No fear: little unknown territory remains for D'Arcy
We sat down with the Leinster and Ireland centre and talked about his one outstanding goal, the rugby year ahead and, yes, replacing Brian O’Driscoll.
# Six Nations 2012
Saxons finalise squad ahead of Ireland Wolfhounds visit
Five new players have been added to the England Saxons squad to face the Wolfhounds in Exeter this weekend.
# Bad Blow
Tuilagi out of Ulster clash, may miss England's Six Nations opener
The Leicester centre has been ruled out for four to six weeks with a hamstring injury.