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Dublin: 8 °C Monday 8 February, 2016

Today’s News

From The42 Dragons fullback cited for ‘dangerous charge’ on Stuart Olding Headshot

Dragons fullback cited for ‘dangerous charge’ on Stuart Olding

An extremely sore one for the brilliant Ulster back.

From The42 ‘When you come off the pitch a bit battered and bruised, that’s always a good thing’ — Best Onwards

‘When you come off the pitch a bit battered and bruised, that’s always a good thing’ — Best

‘When you come off the pitch in the front five and you’re a bit battered and bruised that’s always a good thing.’

From The42 CJ Stander and the rest of The42′s Six Nations Team of the Week First XV

CJ Stander and the rest of The42′s Six Nations Team of the Week

There was the tightest of tight calls at number eight, while we found room for five Irishmen after the draw against Wales.

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Yesterday’s News

From The42 ‘We can build on that and get better’: Positives in Irish game keeps Murray confident Time To Draw Breath

‘We can build on that and get better’: Positives in Irish game keeps Murray confident

A point dropped, but Ireland have won back-to-back titles with a defeat under their belts.

From The42 ‘We had the game won’: Wales leave Dublin frustrated with point dropped KICKING THEMSELVES

‘We had the game won’: Wales leave Dublin frustrated with point dropped

Jamie Roberts said his side were ‘kicking themselves’ after failing to close the game at 13 – 16.

From The42 13-point lead not enough for Ireland as Wales scrap back to force a draw Honours Even

13-point lead not enough for Ireland as Wales scrap back to force a draw

It’s the first time in Championship history that the sides have shared the spoils.

133 years of the 4, 5 and 6 Nations Championship: Can Ireland complete its first 3-in-a-row?

Most back-to-back champs have not fared well when they try for a third straight Championship.

Saturday 6 February, 2016

From The42 ‘Probably not unusual for Wales’ – Ireland set scrum record straight Mind Games

‘Probably not unusual for Wales’ – Ireland set scrum record straight

Greg Feek is unsure how legal Welsh loosehead Rob Evans is at scrum time.

From The42 Best driving Ireland squad to enjoy the build-up, and get out of rucks clean Captain's Run

Best driving Ireland squad to enjoy the build-up, and get out of rucks clean

Entering the third of four internationals refereed by Jerome Garces, the new Ireland captain has a clear message at the breakdown.

From The42 A definitive ranking of the 11 best Super Bowl ads ever made Too Commerical This post contains videos

A definitive ranking of the 11 best Super Bowl ads ever made

Frogs selling beer, cats selling IT solutions and old ladies complaining about beef shortages. All human life is captured at half-time of the NFL’s showpiece game.

From The42 Ireland in a bullish ‘mind-space’ with new leaders pushed forward Reigning Men

Ireland in a bullish ‘mind-space’ with new leaders pushed forward

“Wracked with doubt? Not really, no.”

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From The42 13 things you won’t be able to sidestep this Six Nations weekend Spotter's Guide

Friday 5 February, 2016

From The42 ‘Lying on the turf in the Millennium Stadium, I didn’t think this was possible’ Carpe Diem

‘Lying on the turf in the Millennium Stadium, I didn’t think this was possible’

Tommy O’Donnell is ready to seize an opportunity he thought was beyond him.

From The42 Ireland hope to welcome O’Brien and Kearney back to full training next week Hamstrung

Ireland hope to welcome O’Brien and Kearney back to full training next week

Rob Kearney is expected to join the squad on Tuesday, “at the latest Thursday”.

From The42 ‘You’re never going to get all the decisions right’: Schmidt trusting tested combinations Tight Calls

‘You’re never going to get all the decisions right’: Schmidt trusting tested combinations

The head coach explained some of his key selection calls for Sunday’s crunch clash against Wales.

From The42 Cavalier or conservative? The talking points from Joe Schmidt’s first Ireland XV of 2016 Opinion

Cavalier or conservative? The talking points from Joe Schmidt’s first Ireland XV of 2016

There are some exciting and surprising calls in Schmidt’s first XV of 2016.

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From The42 CJ Stander earns Ireland debut, Zebo starts at fullback against Wales Team-sheets

CJ Stander earns Ireland debut, Zebo starts at fullback against Wales

The South African-born back row is the only uncapped player in Ireland’s 23 to take on Wales.

Wednesday 3 February, 2016

From The42 We’ll Leave It There So: Irish football loses Mark Farren Wednesday

We’ll Leave It There So: Irish football loses Mark Farren

The 33-year-old Derry City legend died after a battle with cancer.

From The42 England’s secret Six Nations weapon? BEER! Genius

England’s secret Six Nations weapon? BEER!

Eddie Jones deemed Danny Care a safe enough pair of hands to hand over a kitty courtesy of the RFU.

From The42 Experience in the front row, first taste for the rest of Ireland under 20s Wolfpuppies

Experience in the front row, first taste for the rest of Ireland under 20s

Ireland’s fourth previously-capped player Jacob Stockdale has been retained by Ulster for Pro12 duty.

From The42 Gatland targets Irish uncertainty with bold selection calls Opinion

Gatland targets Irish uncertainty with bold selection calls

Joe Schmidt has big selection calls of his own before the sides meet this weekend.

Tuesday 2 February, 2016

From The42 Paulie’s not around to ‘stare and intimidate’, but otherwise a familiar feeling in Ireland camp Champion Spirit

Paulie’s not around to ‘stare and intimidate’, but otherwise a familiar feeling in Ireland camp

Sean O’Brien will be one of the core squad members aiming to make up for the absence of one of Ireland’s best ever players.

From The42 Sean O’Brien: CJ Stander settling in as a fresh, strong voice in Ireland camp Heavy Hitters

Sean O’Brien: CJ Stander settling in as a fresh, strong voice in Ireland camp

O’Brien and Stander are cut from the same cloth, but the Tullow Tank has no desire to run at the South African.

From The42 Luke Fitzgerald has been ruled out of the Six Nations with a knee injury Cruel Hand Luke

Luke Fitzgerald has been ruled out of the Six Nations with a knee injury

Cruel setback as Fitzgerald suffers medial ligament injury.

From The42 IRFU signed up to goggles trial Rugby For All

IRFU signed up to goggles trial

Former Leinster out-half Ian McKinley had petitioned for Ireland’s inclusion in the trial after coming out of retirement thanks to the eyewear.

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From The42 20:20 hindsight: Jones, Healy, Earls, Cave and the extra special crop who took a Grand Slam in ’07 Good Vintage

20:20 hindsight: Jones, Healy, Earls, Cave and the extra special crop who took a Grand Slam in ’07

The U20 Six Nations didn’t know what hit it when the class of ’07 came along.

Monday 1 February, 2016

From The42 Simon Zebo has signed a new contract to keep him at Munster until 2018 Zebo No Go

Simon Zebo has signed a new contract to keep him at Munster until 2018

The brilliant back had been linked with a move to join Conrad Smith and James Coughlan in France.

From The42 Six Nations champs Ireland fourth in first-ever women’s World Rugby rankings Top 10

Six Nations champs Ireland fourth in first-ever women’s World Rugby rankings

World Rugby say the rankings will encourage more matches to be played.

From The42 ‘Friendly’ Argentina derby turns into brutal no-holds-barred brawl War This post contains videos

‘Friendly’ Argentina derby turns into brutal no-holds-barred brawl

Nobody does schemozzles like Argentina do schemozzles.

From The42 Connacht maul to the top, Olding marks his comeback and all the Pro12 highlights you may have missed Try Time

Connacht maul to the top, Olding marks his comeback and all the Pro12 highlights you may have missed

Not to mention Big Rodney’s try and a thriller between Ospreys and Glasgow.

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From The42 ‘You have to mind the player from himself, but he was responsive’: Mayo boss Rochford on Keegan concussion Head Games

‘You have to mind the player from himself, but he was responsive’: Mayo boss Rochford on Keegan concussion

Mayo say there was no immediate apparent problem with their star back.

From The42 ‘If you don’t get a good start you’re behind the 8 ball’: Schmidt dealing with familiar pressure 6Nations

‘If you don’t get a good start you’re behind the 8 ball’: Schmidt dealing with familiar pressure

The Kiwi is chasing a third straight Championship with Ireland.

From The42 Camogie, Croker and even some cispheil! The best pictures from a wild weekend of GAA In Pics This post contains images

Camogie, Croker and even some cispheil! The best pictures from a wild weekend of GAA

Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly from the last few days of GAA.

Sunday 31 January, 2016

From The42 Dunne’s California dreams dashed by nightmare start Blown Away

Dunne’s California dreams dashed by nightmare start

When it’s too tough for most, however, it’s just right for Shane Lowry.

From The42 6 women who will be key to a successful Irish title defence 6Nations

6 women who will be key to a successful Irish title defence

Ireland’s captain and world player of the year nominee are among the most important components of the squad in this campaign.

From The42 Cork’s Team Montenotte take third straight national title with commanding victory over Killester Ballin'

Cork’s Team Montenotte take third straight national title with commanding victory over Killester

The victory makes Glanmire the nation’s most successful women’s basketball club.

From The42 Mayo medics accept Lee Keegan ‘should have been withdrawn’ after heavy clash Concussion

Mayo medics accept Lee Keegan ‘should have been withdrawn’ after heavy clash

The Mayo man’s big hit on Eoin Cadogan left both men unable to play on, but Keegan did.

From The42 ‘You’d swear the World Cup was two years ago’: McGrath too busy to dwell on a season of disappointments Big Jack

‘From playing with Johnny Sexton to guys who stumbled on the sport in the park’

Dubliner Rob Gannon is using his experience with St Mary’s to help his adopted club and country grow their rugby scene.

Friday 29 January, 2016

From The42 Here’s the Ireland Women’s 7s squad heading to Sydney and São Paulo Circumnavigating

Here’s the Ireland Women’s 7s squad heading to Sydney and São Paulo

Sure isn’t it well for them.

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