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#6 Nations

# 6-nations - Monday 25 February, 2019

From The42 Beirne hoping Schmidt gets to watch back his man-of-the-match display against Ospreys Locked And Loaded

Beirne hoping Schmidt gets to watch back his man-of-the-match display against Ospreys

‘I even forgot my scrum cap,’ said Beirne after arriving late to help Munster win in Wales.

# 6-nations - Sunday 24 February, 2019

From The42 'It certainly isn't from a lack of trying': O'Mahony hoping Ireland unlock form for French Test Not Far Off

'It certainly isn't from a lack of trying': O'Mahony hoping Ireland unlock form for French Test

‘I’m not going to sit here and say we’re delighted with the performance.’

From The42 Shades of 2007 World Cup, says Shane Horgan as Ireland continue to struggle Demons

Shades of 2007 World Cup, says Shane Horgan as Ireland continue to struggle

‘Everything seemed to be fine, then a couple of things went wrong and we just couldn’t right it again.’

From The42 'We didn't get too many launching points': Schmidt laments set-piece and errors in Rome Platform

'We didn't get too many launching points': Schmidt laments set-piece and errors in Rome

‘We’re normally nailed on at the set-piece,’ said Schmidt.

From The42 How did you rate Ireland in their stodgy win over Italy? Slog

How did you rate Ireland in their stodgy win over Italy?

Tries from Quinn Roux, Jacob Stockdale, Keith Earls and Conor Murray delivered a bonus point win that feels hard to celebrate.

From The42 'If your chance comes, it comes. If it doesn't, you keep working' Powerhouse

'If your chance comes, it comes. If it doesn't, you keep working'

Ultan Dillane is delighted to have worked his way through intense competition to get a first Six Nations start.

# 6-nations - Saturday 23 February, 2019

From The42 Cronin ready to carry Ireland forward as England's stumble reignites title hope 6 Nations

Cronin ready to carry Ireland forward as England's stumble reignites title hope

The hooker was already primed to grab an opportunity before Wales stopped England’s march to the Grand Slam.

From The42 Gatland hails 'special' Wales players after downing England History Makers

Gatland hails 'special' Wales players after downing England

Wales made history with a record 12th successive win in Test matches to keep their Grand Slam bid on course.

From The42 Wales derail England's Grand Slam attempt and take over as Six Nations leaders Slam Dunk

Wales derail England's Grand Slam attempt and take over as Six Nations leaders

Warren Gatland’s side bullied their way through 34 phases to force Cory Hill’s match-turning try.

From The42 France show glimpses of their free-flowing best, but have to work for late bonus point 6 Nations This post contains videos

France show glimpses of their free-flowing best, but have to work for late bonus point

Gregory Aldritt forced his way over for two late tries as France secured a bonus point victory over Scotland after 88 long minutes.

# 6-nations - Friday 22 February, 2019

From The42 Schmidt hopes to see Cronin grab opportunity after show of 'faith' Nugget

Schmidt hopes to see Cronin grab opportunity after show of 'faith'

The explosive Leinster hooker will make just a 10th start for Ireland, his first in the Six Nations.

From The42 Carty's big chance, pack tweaks and more talking points in Ireland's team to face Italy Reaction

Carty's big chance, pack tweaks and more talking points in Ireland's team to face Italy

Joe Schmidt has pushed for continuity in attack with the selection of Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton.

From The42 Cooney proud of overcoming struggles and potholes to make international mark Mindset

Cooney proud of overcoming struggles and potholes to make international mark

The scrum-half had a nightmare journey to meet with Ulster before his switch from Connacht.

# 6-nations - Wednesday 20 February, 2019

Constant presence Aki happy to be on the right side of Chris Farrell fear factor

‘When you have a guy like him running down your channel, you’d be a bit scared. I know I would be.’

From The42 Team-mates can ease pressure on Murray while he rediscovers best form - Murphy 6 Nations

Team-mates can ease pressure on Murray while he rediscovers best form - Murphy

The skills coach also feels Johnny Sexton will continue to play his game, despite the inherent injury threat it brings.

# 6-nations - Friday 15 February, 2019

From The42 Sexton 'ready to go' for Ireland, with Henshaw expected back in training next week 6 Nations

Sexton 'ready to go' for Ireland, with Henshaw expected back in training next week

Tadhg Beirne is ‘progressing well’ on his return from injury, according to future head coach Andy Farrell.

# 6-nations - Wednesday 13 February, 2019

From The42 Marmion set for Connacht return ahead of Ireland's trip to Italy 6 Nations

Marmion set for Connacht return ahead of Ireland's trip to Italy

Marmion has shaken off the ankle injury which has hampered him through the early portion of the season.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 12 February, 2019

From The42 Leigh Halfpenny set for return after three months sidelined with concussion 6 Nations

Leigh Halfpenny set for return after three months sidelined with concussion

The Wales fullback came through symptom-free after contact training with Scarlets last week.

# 6-nations - Monday 11 February, 2019

From The42 Penaud's pearl or an Irish effort? Pick your favourite try of the Six Nations weekend 6 Of The Best This post contains a poll

Penaud's pearl or an Irish effort? Pick your favourite try of the Six Nations weekend

We only found room for one of Jonny May’s scores.

From The42 That's a bit more like it:  Here's The42's Six Nations Team of the Week First XV

That's a bit more like it: Here's The42's Six Nations Team of the Week

Who shone brightest for you in week two?

# 6-nations - Saturday 9 February, 2019

From The42 'You're representing a lot of people when you play for Ireland and defeat hurts' Church

'You're representing a lot of people when you play for Ireland and defeat hurts'

After a difficult week, Cian Healy is hungry to get Ireland back on track at Murrayfield.

# 6-nations - Friday 8 February, 2019

Two years on, Edinburgh bus debacle still a sore spot for Schmidt

‘It’s an incredibly simple route from The Balmoral to Murrayfield. How the policemen got lost will forever be a bit of a mystery for us.’

# 6-nations - Thursday 7 February, 2019

From The42 Intercept specialist Stockdale wary of Russell traps Poacher This post contains videos

Intercept specialist Stockdale wary of Russell traps

‘If he sees you going for it, he’ll let you think you’re going to have it, and then he’ll put the ball past you.’

From The42 Injuries bring World Cup to mind as Schmidt seeks flexibility Opportunity Knocks

Injuries bring World Cup to mind as Schmidt seeks flexibility

The Ireland head coach was enthusiastic about the prospect of entering a crucial game without his first choice lock and centres

# 6-nations - Wednesday 6 February, 2019

From The42 Try-scorer Foley the sole change for Ireland U20 after England win Next Gen

Try-scorer Foley the sole change for Ireland U20 after England win

Noel McNamara’s men go to Scotland on Friday looking to back up their brilliant opening night performance.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 5 February, 2019

From The42 'Incredibly hungry' Kilcoyne intent on creating good memories in Murrayfield On The Hunt

'Incredibly hungry' Kilcoyne intent on creating good memories in Murrayfield

The Munster man has had to wait and work before his latest taste of Six Nations rugby.

From The42 'If you don't get it right, we'll get nailed': Accuracy order of the day as Ireland pick themselves up Back On The Horse

'If you don't get it right, we'll get nailed': Accuracy order of the day as Ireland pick themselves up

Defeat to England has Ireland maintaining a tight focus against a team who will be a World Cup rival come September.

From The42 Toner and Ringrose ruled out of Ireland's clash with Scotland 6 Nations

Toner and Ringrose ruled out of Ireland's clash with Scotland

Scrum coach Greg Feek hopes to have Keith Earls fit for Murrayfield.

# 6-nations - Monday 4 February, 2019

From The42 Chin up, it's The42's Six Nations Team of the Week Chariots Of Fire This post contains videos

Chin up, it's The42's Six Nations Team of the Week

How many Irish players would you have picked for the best XV of round one?

From The42 Slade or something from Stade de France? Pick your favourite try from Six Nations opening weekend Six Of The Best This post contains a poll

# 6-nations - Sunday 3 February, 2019

From The42 Another false start a cause for concern with World Cup on the horizon Caught Cold

Another false start a cause for concern with World Cup on the horizon

Joe Schmidt admits it is a frustration to see his side stutter first game out again.

# 6-nations - Saturday 2 February, 2019

From The42 'We're nowhere near our best': Jones holds fire after England dominate in Dublin More To Come

'We're nowhere near our best': Jones holds fire after England dominate in Dublin

The England head coach says his side haven’t started working on their attacking game, so improvements are bound to come as the tournament wears on.

From The42 How did you rate Ireland in their humbling home loss to England? Out Of 10

How did you rate Ireland in their humbling home loss to England?

Joe Schmidt’s side were under pressure from first minute to last as England grabbed a bonus point win.

From The42 Schmidt laments a lack of 'simmering physical intensity' in four-try loss to England Flex

Schmidt laments a lack of 'simmering physical intensity' in four-try loss to England

‘I don’t think I’ve seen a game where our opponents got so many physical, dominant tackles.’

From The42 Kinghorn claims hat-trick in classy Scotland bonus point win over Italy Flying Scotsmen This post contains videos

Kinghorn claims hat-trick in classy Scotland bonus point win over Italy

Only a late trio of Italy tries took any gloss off a fine Scottish performance.

From The42 U20 boss McNamara unfazed and unsurprised by superb win over England Expectation

U20 boss McNamara unfazed and unsurprised by superb win over England

The head coach paid credit to his side’s mental toughness as they twice faced 11-point deficits in the first half.

# 6-nations - Friday 1 February, 2019

From The42 Ireland U20 show attacking intent to grab brilliant bonus point win over England Shoot-out

Ireland U20 show attacking intent to grab brilliant bonus point win over England

Noel McNamara’s men had to battle back from 11 down twice before grabbing a superb win.

From The42 'We’re keen on playing with pace and moving England around as much as we possibly can' U20 RUGBY

'We’re keen on playing with pace and moving England around as much as we possibly can'

Cork plays host to Ireland’s next generation against the might of England tonight.

# 6-nations - Thursday 31 January, 2019

From The42 'We hate losing': O'Mahony silently simmering ahead of England clash Fear Factor

'We hate losing': O'Mahony silently simmering ahead of England clash

The blindside cut an intense figure as he put the final touches on preparation for the opener.

From The42 Schmidt: 'I don't think it's going to be boring, it's going to be incredibly exhilarating' War Of Words

Schmidt: 'I don't think it's going to be boring, it's going to be incredibly exhilarating'

Ireland’s head coach stressed the importance of respecting an opponent’s ability.