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#Six Nations

# six-nations - Monday 22 February, 2021

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 28,492 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 7,461 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 4,265 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 6,788 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 15,103 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
From The42
# Concerns

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

Feb 19th 2021, 6:15 AM 3,529 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
From The42
# Front Row Union

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

Feb 17th 2021, 7:40 PM 14,552 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 5,132 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
From The42
# Repercussions

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

Feb 16th 2021, 10:44 PM 12,618 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 4,068 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
From The42
# Selection

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

Feb 16th 2021, 7:30 PM 8,641 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 26,312 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 10,014 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 21,048 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 19,960 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 15,511 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
From The42
# Stock Take

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

Feb 15th 2021, 2:15 PM 9,466 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 29,297 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 8,200 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 9,922 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 73,316 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
From The42
# Back Foot

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

Feb 14th 2021, 9:02 PM 7,462 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
From The42
# Les Bleus

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

Feb 14th 2021, 4:56 PM 43,084 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 23,332 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
From The42
# Jack Willis

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

Feb 13th 2021, 9:07 PM 7,597 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 3,314 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
From The42
# King Louis

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

Updated Feb 13th 2021, 6:56 PM 31,108 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 4,051 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.

England kick-start Six Nations defence with bonus-point win against Italy
# Bouncing Back
From The42
# Bouncing Back

England kick-start Six Nations defence with bonus-point win against Italy

Feb 13th 2021, 4:19 PM 8,192 Views 22 Comments

Eddie Jones’ men had too much for an Italian side that showed promise at Twickenham.

John Cooney and Harry Byrne link up with Farrell's Ireland as injury cover
# Cover
From The42
# Cover

John Cooney and Harry Byrne link up with Farrell's Ireland as injury cover

Feb 13th 2021, 2:22 PM 17,592 Views 46 Comments

Injuries to Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton have seen the Ulster and Leinster halfbacks drafted in.

'We were like the Rolling Stones walking down the street in Cardiff!'
# The42 Reads
From The42
# The42 Reads

'We were like the Rolling Stones walking down the street in Cardiff!'

Feb 13th 2021, 8:00 AM 37,176 Views 19 Comments

Tom McGurk, Brent Pope, and George Hook are synonymous with a time when Irish rugby took a leap forward.

# six-nations - Friday 12 February, 2021

Fabien Galthié: 'Burns has many of the same qualities as Sexton' From The42

Fabien Galthié: 'Burns has many of the same qualities as Sexton'

Feb 12th 2021, 5:37 PM 5,529 Views 5 Comments

The France coach also said his team have improved in the last 12 months.

Two changes as France name team to face Ireland
# Selection
From The42
# Selection

Two changes as France name team to face Ireland

Feb 12th 2021, 11:50 AM 16,219 Views 20 Comments

Teddy Thomas drops to the bench as Matthieu Jalibert continues at fly-half.

Sexton, Murray and Ryan ruled out for Ireland as Burns gets nod at No10
# Le Crunch
From The42
# Le Crunch

Sexton, Murray and Ryan ruled out for Ireland as Burns gets nod at No10

Feb 12th 2021, 11:41 AM 59,706 Views 106 Comments

Iain Henderson will captain the side while there is also a recall for Rhys Ruddock as Andy Farrell names his team for Sunday’s Six Nations tie against France.

# six-nations - Thursday 11 February, 2021

Farrell set to hand Ruddock an Ireland recall for Six Nations clash with France
# Possible XV
From The42
# Possible XV

Farrell set to hand Ruddock an Ireland recall for Six Nations clash with France

Feb 11th 2021, 7:40 PM 36,628 Views 82 Comments

James Ryan is set to miss out, while captain Johnny Sexton could also be ruled out.

# six-nations - Wednesday 10 February, 2021

'We know we can't afford to slip up again' From The42

'We know we can't afford to slip up again'

Feb 10th 2021, 5:50 PM 6,662 Views 19 Comments

Conor Murray is relishing this week’s clash with Antoine Dupont’s France.

Sexton 'shocked and saddened' by French doctor's 'totally inappropriate' concussion comments
# Rugby
From The42
# Rugby

Sexton 'shocked and saddened' by French doctor's 'totally inappropriate' concussion comments

Updated Feb 10th 2021, 4:01 PM 59,630 Views 60 Comments

The neurologist who recommended Sexton be stood down from rugby in 2014 today said he regretted suggesting the out-half has suffered 30 concussions.

'The atmosphere at kick-off was electric': Fans share their stadium stories of Ireland v France in the Six Nations
# William Hill
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# William Hill

'The atmosphere at kick-off was electric': Fans share their stadium stories of Ireland v France in the Six Nations

Feb 10th 2021, 9:15 AM 2,244 Views 0 Comments

In the second instalment of our ‘Hear The Roar’ series with William Hill, fans recall being at memorable encounters with Les Bleus.

'I know there's a bandwagon': Eddie Jones won't drop Farrell despite Scotland disappointment
# Stand By Your Man
From The42
# Stand By Your Man

'I know there's a bandwagon': Eddie Jones won't drop Farrell despite Scotland disappointment

Feb 10th 2021, 8:10 AM 5,502 Views 1 Comment

But the England boss warned his captain he had to ‘keep performing at a high level’.

# six-nations - Tuesday 9 February, 2021

France's Marchand says 'nobody else is in Sexton's shoes' after head injury
# Protocols
From The42
# Protocols

France's Marchand says 'nobody else is in Sexton's shoes' after head injury

Feb 9th 2021, 8:45 PM 19,575 Views 12 Comments

The Ireland captain was forced off injured against Wales last weekend.