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#Six Nations 2012

# six-nations-2012 - Tuesday 6 March, 2012

From The42 This is what your face looks like after you almost beat France in Paris… Shiner

This is what your face looks like after you almost beat France in Paris…

Mike Ross shows off some of the battle scars he left the Stade de France with on Sunday evening.

From The42 Kearney demands greater 'killer instinct' In Cold Blood

Kearney demands greater 'killer instinct'

The in-form fullback says Ireland were just ‘one or two percent’ from victory in Paris.

From The42 Evans named on Scotland bench following assault accquital Focused

Evans named on Scotland bench following assault accquital

Max Evans promised to be “very focused” on his rugby after an Edinburgh jury found him not guilty of assault.

From The42 Lewis Moody forced to retire with shoulder injury Moody Blues

Lewis Moody forced to retire with shoulder injury

The 33-year-old stepped down from Test rugby last October after captaining England at the World Cup in New Zealand.

From The42 Wales skipper Warburton out of Italy clash Six Nations

Wales skipper Warburton out of Italy clash

Grand Slam chasing Welsh will be without their captain as prop Gethkin Jenkins takes the armband.

From The42 Opinion: O'Connell absence will prove more disruptive than O'Driscoll's The Big O

Opinion: O'Connell absence will prove more disruptive than O'Driscoll's

Three acronyms have been very important to Ireland down the years, BOD, ROG and POC. Who will lead us now?

# six-nations-2012 - Monday 5 March, 2012

From The42 Watch: Luke Fitzgerald admits 'there is scope' for leaving Leinster Hard Bargain This post contains videos

Watch: Luke Fitzgerald admits 'there is scope' for leaving Leinster

The Leinster back is not taking an active role in negotiating his new IRFU contract, but he is not afraid to move abroad if the necessity should arise.

From The42 Bad blow: O'Connell and Murray ruled out for rest of Six Nations Six Nations 2012

Bad blow: O'Connell and Murray ruled out for rest of Six Nations

The pair now face a race against time if they are to be ready for Munster’s Heineken Cup quarter-final next month.

From The42 Paris proves Ireland are better when we're bitter... Six Nations 2012

Paris proves Ireland are better when we're bitter...

…And five other things we learned from the draw in Paris.

From The42 Opinion: A job half done in Paris Six Nations 2012

Opinion: A job half done in Paris

Ireland’s blitz defence very nearly delivered a famous win in Paris, but when the chips were down it was the attack which stuttered.

From The42 Saint-Andre solemn after Irish stalemate Tied

Saint-Andre solemn after Irish stalemate

‘Trust me, in the changing rooms, there was a feeling of failure in the air. It didn’t feel like a draw.’

# six-nations-2012 - Sunday 4 March, 2012

From The42 'Nobody likes a draw' - Tommy Bowe deflated despite two-try performance T-Bowe

'Nobody likes a draw' - Tommy Bowe deflated despite two-try performance

Bowe scored two tries that put the visitors within touching distance of a first win in Paris since 2000.

From The42 Match report: France battle back to draw with Irish in Paris Six Nations

Match report: France battle back to draw with Irish in Paris

The rescheduled clash, postponed from three weeks ago due to a frozen pitch, was well worth the wait.

From The42 Reaction: Kidney draws no comfort Missed Opportunity

Reaction: Kidney draws no comfort

The Irish coach admitted he was disappointed with a draw in Paris and is already looking ahead to Scotland’s visit to the Aviva.

From The42 'We left it behind us' - O'Connell frustrated by missed opportunity Forget Paris

'We left it behind us' - O'Connell frustrated by missed opportunity

“We’re playing some good rugby at times and we’re good enough to win these games so it’s very frustrating that we didn’t close it out.”

From The42 Six Nations: How Ireland rated Marks Out Of 10

Six Nations: How Ireland rated

It was a close run thing and a massive collective effort. Here is our judgement on the 22 individual performances.

From The42 Open thread: how will Ireland do against France this afternoon? Six Nations

Open thread: how will Ireland do against France this afternoon?

If they are to make it two wins from three, Ireland will have to earn their first win at the Stade de France since 2000.

# six-nations-2012 - Friday 2 March, 2012

From The42 Eddie's chariot: O'Sullivan shortlisted for England job - report Headhunted

Eddie's chariot: O'Sullivan shortlisted for England job - report

John Kirwan has been told he’s not experienced enough to be England head coach. Two candidates are and one of them is our very own Eddie O’Sullivan.

From The42 O'Driscoll Snr: Brian could return for Munster clash Daddy Cool

O'Driscoll Snr: Brian could return for Munster clash

Dr. Frank O’Driscoll thinks his son will be back in action in ‘three to four weeks’, in time for Leinster’s Heineken Cup defence and maybe even a trip to Thomond Park.

# six-nations-2012 - Thursday 1 March, 2012

From The42 Blow for Les Bleus as Maxime Medard facing lengthy injury lay-off Six Nations

Blow for Les Bleus as Maxime Medard facing lengthy injury lay-off

The full-back has revealed that he faces up to nine months out of action with a serious knee ligament injury.

From The42 Cold case: Ireland beat France in first rugby game on ice What If This post contains videos

Cold case: Ireland beat France in first rugby game on ice

Will Greenwood was on the whistle as skaters from both countries faced off.

From The42 Groundhog day: do Ireland need a 7 to win in Paris? Six Nations

Groundhog day: do Ireland need a 7 to win in Paris?

Is Peter O’Mahony the the key to an Irish win in Paris this weekend?

# six-nations-2012 - Wednesday 29 February, 2012

From The42 O'Connell: 'Deadly' France will only need a half-chance to punish us Le Rematch

O'Connell: 'Deadly' France will only need a half-chance to punish us

Ireland are in a better place now than they were three weeks ago, captain Paul O’Connell says, but that doesn’t mean that Sunday will be any easier.

From The42 As you were: Ireland unchanged for Paris return Starting XV

As you were: Ireland unchanged for Paris return

Declan Kidney has stressed that an unchanged team does not mean that no thought went into the selection process.

From The42 Saint-Andre makes two changes for Ireland clash In The Blue Corner

Saint-Andre makes two changes for Ireland clash

The France coach has made one enforced and one tactical change as he urges his side to take Ireland “by the throat.”

From The42 'We're in a much better place' - Rob Kearney ready for French test Do Over

'We're in a much better place' - Rob Kearney ready for French test

Full back says the win over Italy has made for a much more confident side than the one that was to tackle France before the game was postponed.

From The42 Opinion: Paris beckons, but so does a problem at half back Plus ça Change

Opinion: Paris beckons, but so does a problem at half back

Pride in the jersey is all well and good, but players should be reminded that it is not theirs to keep, it is only on loan.

# six-nations-2012 - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

From The42 Injury update: Quartet expected to retain starting place Six Nations 2012

Injury update: Quartet expected to retain starting place

Rob Kearney, Gordon D’Arcy, Cian Healy and Sean O’Brien are all expected to recover from the injuries sustained against Italy.

From The42 Rank 'em: Ireland unchanged as Wales move up to fifth in the world Proper Order?

Rank 'em: Ireland unchanged as Wales move up to fifth in the world

Declan Kidney’s Ireland remain eighth in the latest revision of the IRB World Rankings.

# six-nations-2012 - Monday 27 February, 2012

From The42 Poitrenaud in, Medard out of Ireland clash Boly From Les Bleus

Poitrenaud in, Medard out of Ireland clash

We’ve been here before as we count down to another Paris trip this weekend.

From The42 Six Nations: Team of the week Starting XV This post contains images

Six Nations: Team of the week

Only a few can rise to be named the best of the best in The Score’s team of the week.

# six-nations-2012 - Saturday 25 February, 2012

From The42 Opinion: Plenty still to ponder before Paris Six Nations

Opinion: Plenty still to ponder before Paris

Conor Murray could be one man punished after Ireland ran up an impressive scoreline against Italy

From The42 Reaction: O'Connell satisfied as focus turns to France Job Done

Reaction: O'Connell satisfied as focus turns to France

“We kept coming and coming and eventually broke them, which was satisfying.” said the Irish skipper.

From The42 Six Nations: How Ireland rated Out Of 10

Six Nations: How Ireland rated

Our man in the stand runs the rule over the victorious Irish players.

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

As it happened: Ireland v Italy, Six Nations

We sat high in the west stand and went minute-by-minute for Ireland’s Six Nations season re-start against Italy. Read it and weep.

From The42 Open thread: how do you think Ireland will do today? Six Nations 2012

Open thread: how do you think Ireland will do today?

The Italians are in town and looking for their first win of the tournament. How do you reckon it will go?

# six-nations-2012 - Friday 24 February, 2012

From The42 Keyboard warriors: Rugby bloggers from Ireland and Italy file in for a Gchat debate Friendly Discussion This post contains videos

Keyboard warriors: Rugby bloggers from Ireland and Italy file in for a Gchat debate

We called in the on-line experts to give us their thoughts ahead of tomorrow’s big game.

# six-nations-2012 - Thursday 23 February, 2012

From The42 Six Nations: Tuilagi back to make a splash for England Unbeaten

Six Nations: Tuilagi back to make a splash for England

The Leicester centre is one of four changes as England gear up to face tournament-favourites, Wales, at Twickenham.

# six-nations-2012 - Wednesday 22 February, 2012

From The42 Ireland need to get angry against Italians Go Time

Ireland need to get angry against Italians

Declan Kidney’s side need to play at a much higher tempo against the Italians and with a greater intensity this weekend, writes Tom Fox.

From The42 Italy make four changes for trip to Dublin Team-Sheet

Italy make four changes for trip to Dublin

Azzurri coach Jacques Brunel has named his side for Saturday’s Six Nations test against Ireland.