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Sunday 4 June 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Six Nations

Last year
# codes
'There's great clarity... As a player, you’ll do what’s best for the programmes'
Ireland international Eve Higgins is a star for both the 7s and 15s squads.
# against the idea
Munster's De Allende not in favour of Springboks joining the Six Nations
The 30-year-old is hopeful the province can end their trophy drought before he departs in the summer.
# Les Bleus
McWilliams' Ireland won't dwell on Wales defeat as focus switches to France's 'power and pace'
‘We’re going to be better and hopefully we can keep improving,’ the head coach said.
Strong second half powers France to bonus-point win over Italy
The result leaves France second in the table behind England.
# 6n
Disappointment for Ireland as McWilliams era opens with defeat to Wales at RDS
A dominant second-half showing from the visitors saw them win 27-19 in front of a record crowd.
# pride of offaly
'She's a fantastic person who encapsulates everything Ireland will stand for'
Nichola Fryday has enjoyed an impressive rise from Tullamore RFC to become the new Ireland captain.
# warning
England coach Eddie Jones 'not bullet-proof'
His position was again called into question after a defeat by Grand Slam champions France
# Impact
Ireland head coach McWilliams backs Parsons to 'do some damage' from the bench
The 20-year-old superstar is held in reserve for Saturday’s Six Nations opener against Wales.
# protocols
Head injury controversies sparks players' union to demand 'openness and transparency'
International Rugby Players CEO Omar Hassanein stressed the need for the “the right public message” over the issue.
# hogg
'I think he’s going to find it very hard to hold on to the captaincy'
Former Scotland out-half Craig Chalmers believes Stuart Hogg has captained his country for the last time.
# new chapter
'You want to make it entertaining. You want people to enjoy the spectacle'
Ireland Women finally get their new chapter underway this Saturday against Wales.
Alun Wyn Jones expects Wayne Pivac’s next Wales squad to be World Cup focused
Defeat to Italy has brought Wales’ World Cup selection plans into focus.
# Progress
'I never thought I'd be in a position to say I've won a Triple Crown'
Ireland lock Tadhg Beirne reflects on an encouraging Six Nations campaign.
# Happy Days
No doubting Ireland's positive trajectory as Farrell lauds their mental strength
The most exciting thing for Farrell and co. is that there is plenty of scope for improvement.
# backing
RFU ‘fully supports’ Eddie Jones despite England’s underwhelming Six Nations
England lost three games as they finished third.
# Tour On
Ireland look to 'perfect opportunity' of New Zealand tour after sealing Triple Crown
Johnny Sexton believes Ireland have great potential with the 2023 World Cup in view.
# Trés Bien
Ireland have to settle for second as France claim glorious Grand Slam
France have won their first title since 2010 after beating England in Paris.
# out of 10
How did you rate Ireland in their win over Scotland?
Andy Farrell’s side recorded a bonus-point win against a stubborn Scottish side in Dublin.
# Support
'For the first time, we’re cheering on England tonight' - Johnny Sexton
Ireland notched a bonus-point win to secure the Triple Crown in Dublin.
# Silverware
Ireland claim Triple Crown by beating Scots as all eyes now turn towards Paris
Andy Farrell’s men must rely on England doing them a favour if they are to win the Six Nations title.
# bolt from the blue
Italy upset Wales with sensational finish to end Six Nations losing streak
Full-back Ange Capuozzo inspired the Azzurri to a famous victory in Cardiff.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you watch Ireland's Six Nations game today?
Ireland is in with a chance of winning the Triple Crown.
# Super Mac
'I just thought I’m going to give it everything I've got, and play my style of footie'
Mack Hansen was worried about how he would adapt to international rugby, but the winger ‘has loved every second’ of his time in Ireland camp.
# Super Saturday
Scottish disciplinary breach adds to sense Ireland should claim Triple Crown
Andy Farrell’s men will also be hoping for a favour from England in Paris.
# Ballplayers
'There's a bit of competition' - Lowry's rise drives Keenan to next level
Ireland assistant coach Mike Catt is pleased with their attacking development.
# Progress
Farrell hopes the best is yet to come as Ireland close in on Triple Crown
Ireland are looking to win their first silverware under Andy Farrell when they host Scotland on Saturday.
# connacht connection
Bundee Aki on how 'fast learner' Mack Hansen has made his mark in Ireland camp
The Connacht wing is back in the Ireland team for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Scotland.
# clarification
'The ref said a few decisions went against us when they shouldn’t have'
Ireland were heavily penalised last weekend against England.
# lock
Ireland boss Farrell impressed by 'outstanding' 20-year-old Joe McCarthy
The Leinster academy second row left a positive impression in Ireland camp.
# surprise selection
'Finn will support Blair' - Scotland boss Townsend makes big call for Ireland game
Blair Kinghorn starts at 10 against Ireland, with Finn Russell dropping to the bench.
# Team news
Conan and Hansen start for Ireland in Super Saturday showdown with Scots
Iain Henderson comes into the Ireland second row in place of James Ryan.
# Le Crunch
Galthie says France have learned from defeats before Six Nations decider
Galthie believes his team was ready for the pressure under the Stade de France floodlights.
# playmaker
Kinghorn starts at 10 for Scots as Russell drops to bench for Ireland clash
The 25-year-old Edinburgh man makes just his second Test start at out-half.
# Grand Chelem
Penaud returns as France name side for Grand Slam shot against England
Romain Taofifénua is also back from Covid-19 for the clash at Stade de France.
# Silverware
'It was incredible. When you're that age, you're just bewildered by the whole thing'
Josh van der Flier watched from the stands the last time Ireland won a trophy on home soil.
# Crime and Punishment
England's Ewels slapped with three-week ban following red-card tackle on James Ryan
The Ireland lock was withdrawn after the incident in Ireland’s win over England.
# rugby weekly extra
'O'Gara held onto my hand and said, 'Look me in the eye and show some respect''
Will Genia was a guest on today’s episode of Rugby Weekly Extra for members of The42.
# Keeping The Faith
'I don’t think there’s any part of Faz that will be like – ‘Don’t throw those passes’'
Iain Henderson explains how Ireland have attempted to address their high handling error count against England last weekend.
# party poopers
Scotland bid to deliver potential in final Six Nations match against Ireland – Matt Fagerson
Ireland are looking to pip France to the title when they host Scotland on Saturday.
# Underdogs
'They’ve no championship to play for, but that’s when they can be at their most dangerous'
Johnny Sexton says memories of 2010 will warn Ireland against complacency as they prepare to face Scotland this weekend.