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#Six Nations 2012

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

From The42 The Morning Score: Wednesday Early Doors

The Morning Score: Wednesday

Here’s your daily round-up of the morning’s news. You aren’t giving up sport for Lent, are you?

From The42 We're ready to put our bodies on the line, insists O'Connell Italian Job

We're ready to put our bodies on the line, insists O'Connell

Ireland’s Six Nations skipper is expecting the toughest physical challenge of the tournament against the Italian this weekend.

# six-nations-2012 - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

From The42 Same faces but a whole new ball game, warns Kidney Six Nations 2012

Same faces but a whole new ball game, warns Kidney

“We’re just going full throttle for this one,” Ireland’s coach Declan Kidney says ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations game against Italy.

From The42 Steady as she goes: Kidney names unchanged side to face Italy Six Nations 2012

Steady as she goes: Kidney names unchanged side to face Italy

The Ireland XV which never had a chance to perform in the Stade de France will face Italy this Saturday.

From The42 It's back: but will Kidney make any tweaks at all? Six Nations

It's back: but will Kidney make any tweaks at all?

If ROG is going to start any game in this tournament, it will be this one.

# six-nations-2012 - Monday 20 February, 2012

From The42 Mythbusters: do Ireland need a 'real 7' and bigger centres? Six Nations

Mythbusters: do Ireland need a 'real 7' and bigger centres?

“These myths are reactionary, after recent Irish defeats – both to Wales, as it happens,” Whiff of Cordite writes.

# six-nations-2012 - Thursday 16 February, 2012

From The42 'We’ve got a job to do' - Kidney pushing troops beyond Paris Cliches Aside

'We’ve got a job to do' - Kidney pushing troops beyond Paris

Ireland’s coach is disappointed for short-changed supporters who wanted to see Ireland play in Paris but now insists the team is focused solely on Italy.

# six-nations-2012 - Wednesday 15 February, 2012

From The42 Forget Paris: Here's how you can get a refund on that Stade de France ticket Cash Money

Forget Paris: Here's how you can get a refund on that Stade de France ticket

“While the timelines are not ideal for supporters, we have pushed hard to get this undertaking from the French.”

From The42 Rumbling on: IRFU not happy with timing of Paris return Discommoded

Rumbling on: IRFU not happy with timing of Paris return

The union is ‘disappointed’ that Irish considerations were not heeded in the reorganisation.

From The42 Cian Healy: time to get over French farce Thawing Out This post contains videos

Cian Healy: time to get over French farce

After a few days of uncertainty in the Irish camp, the Leinster man says it’s time to get back to business.

# six-nations-2012 - Tuesday 14 February, 2012

From The42 It's official: Ireland to face France in Paris on 4 March Do Over

It's official: Ireland to face France in Paris on 4 March

Tournament officials met this afternoon to decide on details for the fixture and resisted French calls to push it out until September.

From The42 French federation backs calls to play Ireland next season - reports Le Farce

French federation backs calls to play Ireland next season - reports

FFR president Pierre Camou concedes that their request to have Saturday’s abandoned Six Nations match deferred is unlikely to be granted.

# six-nations-2012 - Monday 13 February, 2012

From The42 Healy: Four weeks in a row 'no problem' for Ireland Pent Up

Healy: Four weeks in a row 'no problem' for Ireland

After a frustratingly uneventful night in Paris, the Irish loose-head is confident that the squad are in ideal condition to tackle test rugby for four consecutive weeks.

From The42 France v Ireland won’t be played this weekend, organisers confirm Six Nations 2012

France v Ireland won’t be played this weekend, organisers confirm

Six Nations organisers have not reached a decision on when France v Ireland will be played, with further meetings scheduled for tomorrow.

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

Six Nations: Team of the week

We’ve controversially omitted all of the Irish and French players, despite Paul O’Connell braving the cold in his smalls.

# six-nations-2012 - Sunday 12 February, 2012

From The42 Updated: New France-Ireland date expected Monday, IRB back Pearson On Ice

Updated: New France-Ireland date expected Monday, IRB back Pearson

The Six Nations committee will decide tomorrow on when to rearrange last night’s delayed Six Nations clash. Plus: Why the Stade de France doesn’t have undersoil heating…

# six-nations-2012 - Saturday 11 February, 2012

From The42 Frozen pitch forces France v Ireland to be postponed Six Nations 2012

Frozen pitch forces France v Ireland to be postponed

We attempted to liveblog this evening’s Six Nations match in Paris, but we didn’t get very far. Here’s the evening’s news.

From The42 Open thread: how do you think Ireland will do in Paris tonight? Early Thoughts

Open thread: how do you think Ireland will do in Paris tonight?

It’s a big night for the Irish rugby team – and for coach Declan Kidney. Join our open thread for a bit of pre-match chatter on tonight’s Six Nations game.

From The42 Memory lane: five classic clashes with the French Nostalgia This post contains videos

Memory lane: five classic clashes with the French

We’ve had our ups and downs with les Bleus over the years. More downs if truth be told, but it’s always compulsive viewing.

# six-nations-2012 - Friday 10 February, 2012

From The42 Worry: Sexton strain provokes Wallace call-up Six Nations 2012

Worry: Sexton strain provokes Wallace call-up

The Ulster centre was gearing up to start for his province until Jonathan Sexton complained of ‘stiffness’ in his thigh.

From The42 Here's what the French media are saying ahead of Saturday's game Breaking Views

Here's what the French media are saying ahead of Saturday's game

The country’s journalists assess the Ireland team, or ‘the little green men’ as they are referred to in certain papers.

From The42 Rugby bosses back Barnes on Ferris penalty Six Nations 2012

Rugby bosses back Barnes on Ferris penalty

The IRB and Six Nations say that they support Wayne Barnes’ decision to award Wales a last-minute penalty on Sunday.

From The42 Six Nations: three key battles in Paris Menage A Trois

Six Nations: three key battles in Paris

Here are three little skirmishes (amongst many others) that Ireland must win to keep any hopes of silverware alive.

From The42 'It brings out the best in you' - Jamie Heaslip looking forward to Paris trip Six Nations

'It brings out the best in you' - Jamie Heaslip looking forward to Paris trip

Ireland lost their opening Six Nations Championship game against Wales in Dublin last Sunday afternoon and face a daunting task to get their challenge back on track.

# six-nations-2012 - Thursday 9 February, 2012

From The42 Same again: Just not good enough Reaction

Same again: Just not good enough

Kidney’s unchanged line up shows no competition for places and no ambition. It could be a long night in the Stade de France.

From The42 ‘Smart’ Ireland can right Welsh wrongs on Saturday, says Kidney Six Nations 2012

‘Smart’ Ireland can right Welsh wrongs on Saturday, says Kidney

Declan Kidney is confident that work on Ireland’s kicking game and in defence will pay dividends against a powerful French side in Paris this weekend.

From The42 Earls returns for Ireland's trip to Paris Six Nations 2012

Earls returns for Ireland's trip to Paris

Keith Earls will start alongside Gordon D’Arcy in midfield when Ireland take on France in the Stade de France this Saturday.

From The42 Bad back: Yachvili ruled out of Saturday's match Sick Note

Bad back: Yachvili ruled out of Saturday's match

Morgan Parra comes into the French side at scrum-half in place of the injured Dimitri Yachvili.

From The42 Back to the start as Kidney prepares to name team for France Team Talk

Back to the start as Kidney prepares to name team for France

Keith Earls looks set to be the only change when Declan Kidney names his team for Saturday’s trip to the Stade de France later this afternoon.

From The42 Opinion: Ireland must broaden horizons to pass French test Six Nations

Opinion: Ireland must broaden horizons to pass French test

It’s time to change it up if Ireland are to get their Six Nations campaign back on track in Paris.

# six-nations-2012 - Wednesday 8 February, 2012

From The42 Frosty welcome: Clerc warns that Stade de France pitch could be unplayable Ice To See You
From The42 'Happy man': Ferris cleared by Six Nations disciplinary committee Save Ferris This post contains videos

'Happy man': Ferris cleared by Six Nations disciplinary committee

“Thank goodness that is all over,” Stephen Ferris tweets after he is cleared of citing charge.

From The42 Back to the drawing board: Ireland squad train ahead of Paris trip Six Nations This post contains images

Back to the drawing board: Ireland squad train ahead of Paris trip

Declan Kidney’s men look to get their Six Nations campaign back on track with against Les Blues on Saturday night at the Stade de France.

From The42 Game over: Bradley Davies banned for the rest of the Six Nations Banned

Game over: Bradley Davies banned for the rest of the Six Nations

The Welsh lock has been hit with a seven-week ban for his “tip tackle” on Ireland’s Donnacha Ryan.

# six-nations-2012 - Tuesday 7 February, 2012

From The42 France make four changes for Ireland's visit Team News

France make four changes for Ireland's visit

Philippe Saint-Andre has looked to freshen things up in the pack after naming his starting XV for Saturday’s game.

From The42 Six Nations: Sergeant Deccie's Lonely Hearts Committee Blogosphere

Six Nations: Sergeant Deccie's Lonely Hearts Committee

Friend of The Score, Whiff of Cordite, snaps on the latex gloves for the autopsy on Ireland’s defeat to Wales.

From The42 Wales lock Bradley Davies has been cited.... but so has Stephen Ferris Six Nations This post contains videos

Wales lock Bradley Davies has been cited.... but so has Stephen Ferris

Ferris was adjudged to have infringed in the final minute resulting in visiting full-back Leigh Halfpenny kicking the late, winning penalty.

# six-nations-2012 - Monday 6 February, 2012

From The42 Opinion: Kidney must dig deep to turn this around All Change?

Opinion: Kidney must dig deep to turn this around

Declan Kidney may be a conservative coach, but he has had some success before. He needs to look within himself to rediscover the courage of his convictions.

From The42 Saint-André sticks with winning squad for Ireland’s visit Six Nations 2012

Saint-André sticks with winning squad for Ireland’s visit

Meanwhile, Ireland have dropped to eighth in the IRB world rankings following yesterday’s defeat against Wales.

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

Six Nations: Team of the week

George North made it onto this team as easily as he burst holes in Ireland’s defence, click through for pictures of the other lucky lads.