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Saturday 10 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

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# 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.
# 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.”
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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
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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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?
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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…
# 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
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.
# 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.