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Today’s News

From The42 'He's the one who drives what we do': Murray praises Sexton influence as half-backs steer Ireland past France Half Measures

'He's the one who drives what we do': Murray praises Sexton influence as half-backs steer Ireland past France

The duo delivered 16 of Ireland’s 19 points in the win over France.

Yesterday’s News

From The42 'We haven't played a game of rugby yet. We might go out and train after this' -- Eddie Jones has jokes LMFAO

'We haven't played a game of rugby yet. We might go out and train after this' -- Eddie Jones has jokes

From Trevor Chappell to giving his money back to the RFU, Eddie Jones was very, very keen to make light of Italy’s performance in Twickenham.

From The42 'I'm the referee, not your coach': Italy's ruck tactic had England perplexed and behind at half-time Bella Italia

'I'm the referee, not your coach': Italy's ruck tactic had England perplexed and behind at half-time

England’s on-field decision-makers were left utterly baffled.

From The42 Payne returns as Olding and Stockdale provide badly needed spark for Ulster away to Zebre Fun In The Sun

Payne returns as Olding and Stockdale provide badly needed spark for Ulster away to Zebre

The northern province never looked in danger of losing in Italy, but were unable to burn off the league’s bottom side.

From The42 Championship chase is on as 'semi-final' in Cardiff awaits Ireland Step By Step

Championship chase is on as 'semi-final' in Cardiff awaits Ireland

Devin Toner called the win over France a quarter-final. So the tasks only get tougher from here on in.

Saturday 25 February, 2017

From The42 'We had to work for everything': Ringrose delighted to come away with French win Hard Yards

'We had to work for everything': Ringrose delighted to come away with French win

The young centre played a vital role for Ireland on a tough night at the Aviva.

Thursday 23 February, 2017

From The42 'I'll always come away having learned something new' - Ringrose Education Centre

'I'll always come away having learned something new' - Ringrose

The centre will win just his sixth cap this Saturday, but is lapping up every lesson.

From The42 Jackson took benching 'with a smile' as Schmidt slips Sexton back in Debate

Jackson took benching 'with a smile' as Schmidt slips Sexton back in

Joe Schmidt expects to need both of his out-halves against France.

From The42 Sexton starts as Ireland aim to keep Six Nations chase alive against France Bringing Sexty Back

Sexton starts as Ireland aim to keep Six Nations chase alive against France

The out-half is one of three changes as captain Rory Best also returns after illness.

From The42 French 'lesson' has Furlong well warned for Test ahead No Scrum No Win

French 'lesson' has Furlong well warned for Test ahead

A lot has changed for the Wexford man since his 17 minutes in Paris last year.

Wednesday 22 February, 2017

From The42 Marmion willing to work and wait to match 'best in the world' Murray 999

Marmion willing to work and wait to match 'best in the world' Murray

The Connacht star is firmly in the role of impact player for Ireland.

Jackson 'learning', but Sexton remains the perfect 10 for Schmidt and Ireland

The Ulster playmaker still has work to do to match up with the intangibles offered by Sexton, says Richie Murphy

Tuesday 21 February, 2017

From The42 New Jersey date with US set for Ireland's summer schedule Where Eagles Dare

New Jersey date with US set for Ireland's summer schedule

Ireland will clock up the air miles this summer as they travel to face the USA before a two Test tour of Japan.

From The42 Heaslip not afraid to think big - World Cup big - when setting late career goals Ambitious Minds

Heaslip not afraid to think big - World Cup big - when setting late career goals

Heaslip wasn’t confident of even playing in Japan after the painful quarter-final exit to Argentina, but a lot has passed under the bridge since.

Monday 20 February, 2017

From The42 Saili cited for alleged dangerous tackle in Munster's win over Ospreys Beck And Ball

Saili cited for alleged dangerous tackle in Munster's win over Ospreys

The All Black will face a disciplinary committee on Wednesday.

From The42 Kiwi Keane gives Connacht welcome continuity Opinion

Kiwi Keane gives Connacht welcome continuity

The 63-year-old will be familiar with the Westerners’ philosophy when he arrived to fill Pat Lam’s sizable shoes.

From The42 Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton to take full part in Ireland training tomorrow Only A Day Away

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton to take full part in Ireland training tomorrow

Rob Kearney is scheduled to take part in contact training today and is also expected to train fully tomorrow.

Saturday 11 February, 2017

From The42 Eddie Jones demands that England 'take Italy to the cleaners' Trash Talk This post contains videos

Eddie Jones demands that England 'take Italy to the cleaners'

None of that auld: ‘they’re getting better all the time’ craic for Eddie.

From The42 England overcome intense Welsh resistance to maintain winning streak Sweet 16

England overcome intense Welsh resistance to maintain winning streak

Wales put Eddie Jones’ men under intense pressure for long portions in Cardiff.

From The42 Schmidt praises debutant Scannell after Ireland build big win from solid start Nkotb

Schmidt praises debutant Scannell after Ireland build big win from solid start

The Munster man got a late call to face Italy as Rory Best was unable to play.

From The42 As it happened: Italy v Ireland, Six Nations Liveblog

As it happened: Italy v Ireland, Six Nations

We went minute-by-minute as Ireland ran in nine tries against Italy in Rome.

From The42 Niall Scannell to start for Ireland in Italy as captain Best misses out LATE CHANGE

Niall Scannell to start for Ireland in Italy as captain Best misses out

Jamie Heaslip will lead Ireland out at Stadio Olimpico as Joe Schmidt’s side look to bounce back from opening day defeat.

From The42 10 years on from 'manic aggression': Behind the dressing room door on rugby's Croke Park debut Caught On Camera

10 years on from 'manic aggression': Behind the dressing room door on rugby's Croke Park debut

‘Everybody feels they were there,’ but O’Connell’s famous speech would only emerge much later.

Friday 10 February, 2017

From The42 Goujon dips in as France and Scotland make blindside changes On Your 6

Goujon dips in as France and Scotland make blindside changes

Stuart Hogg will win his 50th cap at Stade de France.

Thursday 9 February, 2017

Park it! 'We made mistakes on the pitch, nothing to do with the bus'

Even best laid plans can unravel, so Ireland must show an ability to adapt and improvise.

From The42 Munster schools 1/4 final to be replayed after 'unprecedented injury circumstances' Safety First

Munster schools 1/4 final to be replayed after 'unprecedented injury circumstances'

St Munchin’s had declined to play the remainder of their Junior Cup meeting with PBC after three players were withdrawn due to injury.

From The42 'People might laugh, but in a few years we'll be a very good team' -- Conor O'Shea Blue Sky Thinking

'People might laugh, but in a few years we'll be a very good team' -- Conor O'Shea

Italy’s head coach says his side have ‘a mountain to climb’ against his home nation this weekend.

From The42 'Angry' Irish players eager to make amends, says Murray Roman Rumble

'Angry' Irish players eager to make amends, says Murray

Defeat in Scotland has cast a shadow on Schmidt’s squad this week, but they’re determined to issue an emphatic response.

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From The42 Bench power and more talking points from Ireland's XV to face Italy 6 Nations

Bench power and more talking points from Ireland's XV to face Italy

Ireland are set up to finish strong in Rome.

From The42 Schmidt lays down 'challenge' to Ireland players to ensure strong start Out Of The Blocks

Schmidt lays down 'challenge' to Ireland players to ensure strong start

The Kiwi is backing Donnacha Ryan’s line-out nous to shore up the set-piece.

From The42 'Rugby isn't healthy for the mind, it's up and down': Comeback confidence fuelling Ireland for Rome rumble 6 Nations

'Rugby isn't healthy for the mind, it's up and down': Comeback confidence fuelling Ireland for Rome rumble

Keith Earls will travel to Italy intent on righting some wrongs from the opening weekend.

Wednesday 8 February, 2017

From The42 'Ruthlessness' the focus for Ireland defence coach Farrell, not stats Numbers Game

'Ruthlessness' the focus for Ireland defence coach Farrell, not stats

The numbers of tries conceded are piling up for Andy Farrell, but he’s looking beyond the numbers.

Wait and weight concerns over for John Ryan as he thrives in Ireland camp

The Munster prop had to contend with a sharp drop in weight, but has found the formula to regain a balanced diet and normality.

Tuesday 7 February, 2017

From The42 Munster and Top 14-linked Ben Smith commits to Highlanders 2020 Vision

Munster and Top 14-linked Ben Smith commits to Highlanders

The 30-year-old All Black will stay with his native region beyond the next World Cup.

From The42 Half-time defensive fix gives Ireland confidence they can bounce back 6 Nations

Half-time defensive fix gives Ireland confidence they can bounce back

Andy Farrell’s defensive review looms for the squad today after a nightmare first half.

Monday 6 February, 2017

From The42 Parisse ready to shrug off neck concern ahead of Ireland clash Talisman

Parisse ready to shrug off neck concern ahead of Ireland clash

The focal point of Italy’s game will be in place this weekend.

Saturday 4 February, 2017

From The42 Te'o time! Ben's first England try enough to steal a nervy win over France Up And Running This post contains videos

Te'o time! Ben's first England try enough to steal a nervy win over France

Holders made to sweat as France push them all the way at Twickenham.

From The42 As it happened: Scotland v Ireland, Six Nations Liveblog

As it happened: Scotland v Ireland, Six Nations

Bonus points are in play and the Six Nations is ready for the starter’s gun, so we’re going minute-by-minute from Murrayfield.

From The42 CJ Stander's ex-roomie Strauss plotting 'strategy' to counter Murray Familiar Foes

CJ Stander's ex-roomie Strauss plotting 'strategy' to counter Murray

Familiarity has fuelled the fire with our celtic brethren after Munster’s feisty meetings with Glasgow.

Friday 3 February, 2017

From The42 Holders Belvo drawn to meet St Michael's and all of your Leinster Senior Cup quarter-final details Quarter Finals

Holders Belvo drawn to meet St Michael's and all of your Leinster Senior Cup quarter-final details

St Michael’s were the Junior Cup runners-up last year and will hope for a different outcome than the last time the sides met in the Senior Cup.

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