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Wednesday 11 February, 2015

From The42 ‘Few international tightheads can play 80 minutes, they turn into passengers’ Prop Up

‘Few international tightheads can play 80 minutes, they turn into passengers’

The 23-year-old pretender to Mike Ross’ throne is growing more confident by the cap.

Tuesday 10 February, 2015

From The42 Bowe: Joe Schmidt not happy to simply wait for attack to find a rhythm Demanding

Bowe: Joe Schmidt not happy to simply wait for attack to find a rhythm

There’s much more to come from Ireland, because the coaches demand it.

From The42 Sexton ‘raring to go’ as Ireland welcome (almost) a full house to training Kicking In

Sexton ‘raring to go’ as Ireland welcome (almost) a full house to training

Only Rory Best did not play a full part in this morning’s session at Carton House.

From The42 Dr Eanna Falvey outlines each step of rugby’s pro game concussion protocol Explainer This post contains videos

Dr Eanna Falvey outlines each step of rugby’s pro game concussion protocol

Here’s how the head injury assessment and recovery stages are supposed to work in the professional game.

Monday 9 February, 2015

Ireland frustrated by errors in Italy and ready to vent when France come to town

Both teams come into next weekend’s crunch fixture on the back of similarly unsatisfactory victories.

From The42 We’ll Leave It There So: McShane and Seanie back in the picture and all today’s sport Monday

We’ll Leave It There So: McShane and Seanie back in the picture and all today’s sport

Here’s all the sports news you may have missed today.

From The42 Fitness ‘won’t be an issue’ for Sexton after three-month absence — Murray The Comeback

Fitness ‘won’t be an issue’ for Sexton after three-month absence — Murray

The Munster playmaker felt in good shape against Italy despite the restrictions to his training schedule in the past month.

From The42 O’Brien set to train tomorrow after ‘minor’ hamstring issue, Rory Best dealing with concussion Tullow Tank

O’Brien set to train tomorrow after ‘minor’ hamstring issue, Rory Best dealing with concussion

Jamie Heaslip and Cian Healy are expected to return to the setup for this weekend’s clash with France.

Sunday 8 February, 2015

From The42 Fr Romeo Sensini’s successor, the perils of one-day cricket and more of the week’s best comments Below The Belt

Saturday 7 February, 2015

From The42 15 of the best images as Ireland complete a hat-trick of Six Nations wins over Italy Rome Sweet Rome

15 of the best images as Ireland complete a hat-trick of Six Nations wins over Italy

The men, women and under 20 sides all had a hard-fought win to start their campaigns.

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

As it happened: Italy v Ireland, Six Nations Championship

We went minute-by-minute as the champions opened their title defence in Rome.

From The42 Jack McGrath will work a groove into the most important seat in Rome today Hot Seat
From The42 Teams have learned how to shut down ‘stale’ Welsh gameplan — O’Gara Gattyball

Teams have learned how to shut down ‘stale’ Welsh gameplan — O’Gara

The Racing Metro coach believes the Welsh boss ‘brainwashes’ players to think they can steamroll any side.

From The42 ‘It’s been a long road’: Keatley and Murray set to steer Ireland on first step in Championship defence Familiar Faces

‘It’s been a long road’: Keatley and Murray set to steer Ireland on first step in Championship defence

Munster’s 27-year-old out-half has had to be patient. Today, almost six years since his debut, he makes his Six Nations bow.

Friday 6 February, 2015

From The42 Jack McGrath ready to go ’cause a bit of damage’ against legendary Castro The Front Line

Jack McGrath ready to go ’cause a bit of damage’ against legendary Castro

The Azzurri want to take control of the scrum and ‘rub it in our faces,’ says McGrath.

From The42 Che Guevera and more big names than you could possibly imagine in RTÉ’s Six Nations promo Big Names Big Games This post contains videos

Che Guevera and more big names than you could possibly imagine in RTÉ’s Six Nations promo

You couldn’t turn a sweet in your mouth this clip is so packed with heroes.

From The42 You’ll fancy a trial by combat after watching this Game of Thrones Six Nations promo Dracarys This post contains videos

You’ll fancy a trial by combat after watching this Game of Thrones Six Nations promo

As long as the Lannisters lose, we’ll all be happy.

From The42 A definitive ranking of the Six Nations’ best national anthems Song Contest
From The42 In pics: Keats kicks into gear as Ireland get a feel for Stadio Olimpico Captain's Run

In pics: Keats kicks into gear as Ireland get a feel for Stadio Olimpico

Ian Keatley looks to be in decent goal-kicking form.

From The42 Connacht captain Muldoon primed for ‘season defining’ clash with Scarlets Big Block

Connacht captain Muldoon primed for ‘season defining’ clash with Scarlets

The Welsh side are hot on the tails of Connacht in sixth place, but a win could propel the Westerners closer to a playoff spot.

From The42 Wales has been pumped for English visit since Christmas — Warburton ready burst the 6 Nations open Cross The Severn

Wales has been pumped for English visit since Christmas — Warburton ready burst the 6 Nations open

The principality can lay down a big World Cup marker if they play half as well as they did on England’s last visit.

Thursday 5 February, 2015

From The42 Schmidt confident that ‘clutch’ Keatley will deliver for Ireland Pressure Player

Schmidt confident that ‘clutch’ Keatley will deliver for Ireland

The out-half has proven his ability to deliver under pressure this season.

From The42 Return of the magnificent 7 and more talking points from Schmidt’s team-sheet Reaction

Return of the magnificent 7 and more talking points from Schmidt’s team-sheet

There were some big and surprising calls in Ireland’s first XV of 2015.

From The42 Keatley and O’Brien in starting line-up as Ireland begin Six Nations defence Team-sheets

Keatley and O’Brien in starting line-up as Ireland begin Six Nations defence

However, there is no place for Jamie Heaslip in the matchday 23.

‘I nearly crashed the car’: Briggs admits shock at Ireland captaincy call but ready to take on Europe

The goal-kicking fullback modestly says she had never even considered the prospect of leading her country.

O’Mahony on the wing and other cautionary tales as Ireland head for Rome

Ireland lost on their last clash with Italy in Rome. And we all should have seen it coming.

Wednesday 4 February, 2015

From The42 Favourites tag irrelevant, but Toner confident Ireland can now pull any result out of the bag Raising Standards

Favourites tag irrelevant, but Toner confident Ireland can now pull any result out of the bag

Consistency was a pipe dream this time last year. In Rome, Ireland can show that they can carry it into a new year.

From The42 Open Thread: Pick your Ireland XV to face Italy in the Six Nations You Be Joe

Open Thread: Pick your Ireland XV to face Italy in the Six Nations

Joe Schmidt names his starting line-up tomorrow, but who should be in there?

From The42 Jake Heenan captain, Rodney Ah You to start Connacht Eagles’ clash with Ravens tomorrow Bird Bash

Jake Heenan captain, Rodney Ah You to start Connacht Eagles’ clash with Ravens tomorrow

The Kiwi openside will meet his compatriot Tim Boys on his road to recovery.

From The42 Ireland Women head to Italy with six uncapped players in matchday squad New Era

Ireland Women head to Italy with six uncapped players in matchday squad

Jenny Murphy and Jackie Shiels form a new centre partnership.

From The42 Cipriani, Easter back on England’s bench as Lancaster pairs Burrell and Joseph in the centre Comeback Kids

Cipriani, Easter back on England’s bench as Lancaster pairs Burrell and Joseph in the centre

George Ford is England’s number 10 and will be partnered by Ben Youngs.

Tuesday 3 February, 2015

From The42 American stopover ‘one of the better bets’ for 2017 Lions tour, says chief executive Rugby In The Usa
From The42 In pics: Ireland warm up for Italy after waiting out the early frost Focus

In pics: Ireland warm up for Italy after waiting out the early frost

Training had to be postponed in Maynooth this morning.

Ireland Women aiming for ‘the next level’ with big changes on and off the field

New head coach Tom Tierney wants to bring more great athletes onto Ireland’s rugby scene.

Monday 2 February, 2015

From The42 5 big questions facing Ireland before the Six Nations kick-off Tough At The Top

5 big questions facing Ireland before the Six Nations kick-off

Is it just us, or is everyone feeling the pressure?

From The42 ‘We won’t be going out with much caution, we’ll go out to win’ — Tommy Bowe Locked And Loaded

‘We won’t be going out with much caution, we’ll go out to win’ — Tommy Bowe

The Ulster winger is ready to attack a rare Six Nations campaign, but not in a new way.

From The42 ‘A small degree of doubt’ over Heaslip, but Murray ready to play in Six Nations opener Pivotal

‘A small degree of doubt’ over Heaslip, but Murray ready to play in Six Nations opener

There was also good news about Dave Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald today.

From The42 ‘People in Ireland love giving out’: O’Brien has his say on ‘unfair’ criticism of Leinster Load Of Sh**e

‘People in Ireland love giving out’: O’Brien has his say on ‘unfair’ criticism of Leinster

The flanker thinks it’s “a load of shite” that Matt O’Connor has been the target of so much flak.

Saturday 31 January, 2015

From The42 ‘If you’re willing to stay up and watch, you better be ready to train’: Jamie Heaslip is pumped for the Super Bowl Super Bowl XLIX

‘If you’re willing to stay up and watch, you better be ready to train’: Jamie Heaslip is pumped for the Super Bowl

Ireland’s vice captain is predicting a close finale to the NFL season, but only wants one winner.

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.

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