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#Six Nations

# six-nations - Thursday 25 February, 2021

Baird and Casey in line for debuts off bench as Ireland make seven changes
# CONFIRMED
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# CONFIRMED

Baird and Casey in line for debuts off bench as Ireland make seven changes

Feb 25th 2021, 11:16 AM 34,289 Views 72 Comments

Tadhg Furlong will make his first Test start in a year against Italy on Saturday.

France suspend training after another positive Covid-19 test
# Another Case
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# Another Case

France suspend training after another positive Covid-19 test

Feb 25th 2021, 9:18 AM 6,135 Views 8 Comments

The France squad have been placed in isolation, with the Six Nations meeting with Scotland set for Sunday.

# six-nations - Wednesday 24 February, 2021

England rugby team respond to Ian Botham's 'unhappy' comments
# Unhappy
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# Unhappy

England rugby team respond to Ian Botham's 'unhappy' comments

Feb 24th 2021, 11:20 PM 10,806 Views 4 Comments

The cricket legend has said he will be backing Wales when the two countries meet.

Henderson: O'Connell 're-coaching the small things that everyone, in inverted commas, 'already knows''
# Detail
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# Detail

Henderson: O'Connell 're-coaching the small things that everyone, in inverted commas, 'already knows''

Feb 24th 2021, 6:43 PM 9,214 Views 2 Comments

The Ulster captain saluted the coaches behind Ireland’s improved set piece, which has been a rare bright spark in a poor Six Nations to date.

Name this Ireland rugby legend and win a Six Nations matchday hamper
# William Hill
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# William Hill

Name this Ireland rugby legend and win a Six Nations matchday hamper

Feb 24th 2021, 5:27 PM 9,458 Views 15 Comments

We’re giving away a number of great prizes throughout the tournament thanks to William Hill.

France v Scotland Six Nations match to be played as scheduled this weekend
# Green Light
From The42
# Green Light

France v Scotland Six Nations match to be played as scheduled this weekend

Updated Feb 24th 2021, 1:22 PM 4,745 Views 2 Comments

Tournament organisers ‘continue to monitor the situation very closely’ ahead of Sunday’s game.

# six-nations - Tuesday 23 February, 2021

'I'll always remember it': Fans tell their stories of the Six Nations spirit at Ireland v Italy From The42

'I'll always remember it': Fans tell their stories of the Six Nations spirit at Ireland v Italy

Feb 23rd 2021, 5:07 PM 2,100 Views 0 Comments

Matches against the Azzurri are the focus in this week’s instalment of our ‘Hear The Roar’ series with William Hill.

Ireland players pragmatic as they chase the space in attack
# Picture Perfect
From The42
# Picture Perfect

Ireland players pragmatic as they chase the space in attack

Feb 23rd 2021, 4:55 PM 6,510 Views 18 Comments

‘The hard part in international rugby is creating the chances and we’ve done that.’

Sexton hints that 2023 World Cup may be beyond him
# Kicking On
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# Kicking On

Sexton hints that 2023 World Cup may be beyond him

Feb 23rd 2021, 3:21 PM 28,555 Views 59 Comments

‘I’m just going to focus on this campaign and, if I’m around next year, just focus on that and try and make the most of whatever is left.’

France report no new Covid-19 cases as Scotland game awaits the green light
# Latest
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# Latest

France report no new Covid-19 cases as Scotland game awaits the green light

Feb 23rd 2021, 10:39 AM 2,468 Views 1 Comment

French captain Charles Ollivon was among five players ruled out after testing positive yesterday.

# six-nations - Monday 22 February, 2021

Scotland fear more than 10 players could be unavailable if France game is rescheduled
# Decision Wednesday
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# Decision Wednesday

Scotland fear more than 10 players could be unavailable if France game is rescheduled

Updated Feb 22nd 2021, 9:40 PM 36,499 Views 25 Comments

France have registered 14 Covid cases since their victory in Dublin eight days ago, meaning Sunday’s fixture is now in danger.

Ireland attack coach Catt believes 'the way we're going is the right way'
# Decisions
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# Decisions

Ireland attack coach Catt believes 'the way we're going is the right way'

Feb 22nd 2021, 8:00 PM 17,743 Views 37 Comments

The Irish attacking effort against France two weekends ago was underwhelming.

Farrell's Ireland still Covid-free as France wonder if their outbreak started in Dublin
# Healthy
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# Healthy

Farrell's Ireland still Covid-free as France wonder if their outbreak started in Dublin

Feb 22nd 2021, 3:08 PM 28,499 Views 24 Comments

Les Bleus’ Six Nations hopes have been hit hard with key players now ruled out of the Scotland game.

France captain Ollivon among five new Covid-19 cases
# Six Nations
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# Six Nations

France captain Ollivon among five new Covid-19 cases

Feb 22nd 2021, 10:35 AM 7,471 Views 12 Comments

It brings the total number of positive tests recorded in the French camp to 14.

# six-nations - Sunday 21 February, 2021

France star Dupont ruled out of Scotland clash following Covid positive From The42

France star Dupont ruled out of Scotland clash following Covid positive

Feb 21st 2021, 1:48 PM 4,285 Views 2 Comments

Nine Covid cases in French camp with Julien Marchand and Arthur Vincent the latest to test positive.

# six-nations - Friday 19 February, 2021

Scrum-half Dupont the latest member of French camp to test positive for Covid-19
# Update
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# Update

Scrum-half Dupont the latest member of French camp to test positive for Covid-19

Feb 19th 2021, 5:34 PM 6,795 Views 7 Comments

The news comes after head coach Fabien Galthie and scrum coach William Servat also returned positive tests this week.

'These are guys we've all earmarked but we've got to make sure they're ready'
# Young Guns
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# Young Guns

'These are guys we've all earmarked but we've got to make sure they're ready'

Feb 19th 2021, 7:45 AM 15,122 Views 73 Comments

Ireland boss Andy Farrell said he can’t rush promising young players into Test rugby.

Farrell needs Ireland's attack to get firing for 'dangerous' Italy trip
# Concerns
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# Concerns

Farrell needs Ireland's attack to get firing for 'dangerous' Italy trip

Feb 19th 2021, 6:15 AM 3,538 Views 11 Comments

After a blunt performance against France, the Mike Catt-coached Ireland attack needs to improve.

# six-nations - Wednesday 17 February, 2021

Ireland have two superb tightheads. Should Porter switch back to loosehead?
# Front Row Union
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# Front Row Union

Ireland have two superb tightheads. Should Porter switch back to loosehead?

Feb 17th 2021, 7:40 PM 14,745 Views 26 Comments

The Wexford man has made two encouraging sub appearances but Porter has been in excellent form.

Scrum coach Servat tests positive as France confirm third Covid-19 case
# Les Bleus
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# Les Bleus

Scrum coach Servat tests positive as France confirm third Covid-19 case

Feb 17th 2021, 10:09 AM 5,144 Views 3 Comments

However, all the French players have tested negative for the second time this week.

# six-nations - Tuesday 16 February, 2021

Zander Fagerson banned for rest of Six Nations after red card against Wales
# Repercussions
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# Repercussions

Zander Fagerson banned for rest of Six Nations after red card against Wales

Feb 16th 2021, 10:44 PM 12,640 Views 23 Comments

His suspension is a week longer than Peter O’Mahony’s, in spite of the fact he committed a similar offence.

England suffering from drop in aggression due to absence of crowds – Eddie Jones
# Sweet Chariot On Blocks
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# Sweet Chariot On Blocks

England suffering from drop in aggression due to absence of crowds – Eddie Jones

Feb 16th 2021, 10:21 PM 4,070 Views 5 Comments

Jones has promised England will improve again for their round-three appointment with Wales.

With pressure on, Farrell seems unlikely to go for great experimentation in Italy
# Selection
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# Selection

With pressure on, Farrell seems unlikely to go for great experimentation in Italy

Feb 16th 2021, 7:30 PM 8,664 Views 33 Comments

Ireland must now fight to turn their Six Nations campaign around after two defeats.

France head coach Fabien Galthié tests positive for Covid-19
# Six Nations
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# Six Nations

France head coach Fabien Galthié tests positive for Covid-19

Updated Feb 16th 2021, 5:15 PM 26,324 Views 7 Comments

It’s the second confirmed case in the French set-up following Sunday’s Six Nations game in Dublin.

'Ireland need to de-structure the game a little bit, play at a huge tempo'
# Future View
From The42
# Future View

'Ireland need to de-structure the game a little bit, play at a huge tempo'

Feb 16th 2021, 3:46 PM 10,021 Views 11 Comments

This week’s edition of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra involved plenty of discussion of Ireland’s attack.

Ireland name 24-man squad for training camp as Farrell releases 12 players
# Back On The Horse
From The42
# Back On The Horse

Ireland name 24-man squad for training camp as Farrell releases 12 players

Feb 16th 2021, 10:49 AM 21,063 Views 41 Comments

The likes of Bundee Aki will get game time this weekend in the Guinness Pro14.

Sexton and Murray set to be back from injury for Ireland's clash with Italy
# Influential
From The42
# Influential

Sexton and Murray set to be back from injury for Ireland's clash with Italy

Updated Feb 16th 2021, 8:00 AM 19,973 Views 70 Comments

Head coach Andy Farrell stressed the need for Ireland to make sure of a win in Rome.

# six-nations - Monday 15 February, 2021

Analysis: Ireland's attack needs to make clear progress under Mike Catt
# Clarity
From The42
# Clarity

Analysis: Ireland's attack needs to make clear progress under Mike Catt

Feb 15th 2021, 7:00 PM 15,735 Views 23 Comments

The Irish attacking effort was underwhelming against France in yesterday’s Six Nations defeat.

No Ulster return for Jacob Stockdale as Italy clash looms for Ireland
# Stock Take
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# Stock Take

No Ulster return for Jacob Stockdale as Italy clash looms for Ireland

Feb 15th 2021, 2:15 PM 9,479 Views 12 Comments

Andy Farrell recently expressed hope that Stockdale would be available for the trip to Rome.

Ireland used to win these tight games - they've gone backwards since 2018
# Nearly Men
From The42
# Nearly Men

Ireland used to win these tight games - they've gone backwards since 2018

Feb 15th 2021, 6:45 AM 29,303 Views 72 Comments

Joe Schmidt’s methods worked – Ireland need to re-introduce them.

Hugo Keenan: 'It was our accuracy that let us down'
# Near Miss
From The42
# Near Miss

Hugo Keenan: 'It was our accuracy that let us down'

Feb 15th 2021, 1:00 AM 8,211 Views 27 Comments

Ireland full back picked some positives from his side’s 15-13 defeat to France.

# six-nations - Sunday 14 February, 2021

Hamish Watson says Zander Fagerson did not deserve ‘rubbish’ call
# Red Mist
From The42
# Red Mist

Hamish Watson says Zander Fagerson did not deserve ‘rubbish’ call

Feb 14th 2021, 10:43 PM 9,927 Views 12 Comments

The prop was dismissed in the defeat to Wales.

Player ratings: how did you rate Ireland in their defeat to France
# Out Of 10
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# Out Of 10

Player ratings: how did you rate Ireland in their defeat to France

Updated Feb 14th 2021, 9:42 PM 73,340 Views 90 Comments

Andy Farrell’s side narrowly lost at the Aviva Stadium.

Farrell has 'mixed emotions' as Ireland's attack fails to fire against France
# Back Foot
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# Back Foot

Farrell has 'mixed emotions' as Ireland's attack fails to fire against France

Feb 14th 2021, 9:02 PM 7,482 Views 26 Comments

The head coach rued his team’s failure to score when France were down to 14 players.

Farrell's Ireland come up short as France hold on for Six Nations win in Dublin
# Les Bleus
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# Les Bleus

Farrell's Ireland come up short as France hold on for Six Nations win in Dublin

Feb 14th 2021, 4:56 PM 43,103 Views 208 Comments

The home side battled hard in the closing minutes but have now lost two from two in this championship.

Ireland will get a taste of life without Sexton and Murray as in-form France visit
# Big Ask
From The42
# Big Ask

Ireland will get a taste of life without Sexton and Murray as in-form France visit

Feb 14th 2021, 7:00 AM 23,341 Views 33 Comments

Andy Farrell’s side will need a superb performance to keep their Six Nations hopes alive.

# six-nations - Saturday 13 February, 2021

England head coach Eddie Jones concerned by Jack Willis’ knee injury
# Jack Willis
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# Jack Willis

England head coach Eddie Jones concerned by Jack Willis’ knee injury

Feb 13th 2021, 9:07 PM 7,603 Views 6 Comments

The Wasps back row was driven from the field on a medical cart.

Fabien Galthie says in-form France still have ‘significant room for improvement’
# On The Up
From The42
# On The Up

Fabien Galthie says in-form France still have ‘significant room for improvement’

Feb 13th 2021, 8:19 PM 3,320 Views 2 Comments

Les Bleus will take to the field against Ireland in Dublin as tournament favourites.

Rees-Zammit the hero as Wales edge past Scotland in thriller
# King Louis
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# King Louis

Rees-Zammit the hero as Wales edge past Scotland in thriller

Updated Feb 13th 2021, 6:56 PM 31,147 Views 61 Comments

Two tries from Welsh wing Louis Rees-Zammit prove crucial as 14-man Scotland pay the price for their indiscipline.

Henderson 'privileged' to be captain as Ireland look to put the boot in France
# Succession
From The42
# Succession

Henderson 'privileged' to be captain as Ireland look to put the boot in France

Feb 13th 2021, 4:27 PM 4,055 Views 3 Comments

Skills coach Richie Murphy noted the importance of ‘making sure to play in the opposition half as much as possible’ against Les Bleus.