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Niall Ronan Exclusive: CJ Stander Is “More Dynamic, Younger, And Abrasive Than Heaslip At This Stage Of His Career”

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 1, BT Murrayfield, Scotland 4/2/2017 Scotland vs Ireland Ireland's CJ Stander with Alex Dunbar of Scotland Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

After picking over the bones of Ireland’s defeat 27-22 at the hands of Scotland last weekend, attention now turns to Saturday’s encounter with Italy. Although Ireland are expected to win in Rome, following their reversal in Murrayfield Joe Schmidt’s side will need to secure a four-try bonus point if they want to challenge for the Championship title at the end …

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Gavin Hastings Chooses His Lions XV Following First Round Of Six Nations – Should England Worry?

Scottish rugby great and former British and Irish Lions captain Gavin Hastings has cast his eye over the home countries following round one of the Six Nations and has selected his Lions XV following the weekend performances. With England and France contesting a bruising and close battle at Twickenham, Wales finally getting out of the blocks and hammering Italy in …

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Paul O’Connell And Ronan O’Gara Give A Scathing Assessment Of Ireland’s Loss To Scotland

Ireland’s Six Nations defeat to Scotland in Murrayfield was difficult to watch at times for Irish fans, not because of the brilliance of the home side, but rather due to the persistent simple errors that punctuated a deflating day in Edinburgh. Poor lineouts, slack defending and repeated knock-ons allowed a confident and eager Scotland to bully Ireland around the park …

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Exclusive: George Hook Accuses The IRFU Of Having “No Interest In Player Welfare”

Ireland’s 2016 Six Nations campaign was one that became embroiled in controversy after Johnny Sexton suffered a number of head injuries. Although the Irish medical team cleared the fly-half to start each game, prior to the tournament George Hook argued that Sexton should consider retiring in order to avoid a serious brain injury. Hook’s suggestion brought a response from Sexton, which ultimately led …

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Predicting Who Could Feature In The Six Nations Team Of The Championship

during the RBS Six Nations international rugby match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

This season’s Six Nations Championship promises to be one of the most exciting in recent years. Although England come into the tournament as favourites, a number of injuries have made them vulnerable, particularly in the back row where Eddie Jones will be without Billy Vunipola and Chris Robshaw. Following on from their performances in the autumn against New Zealand and …

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Johnny Sexton Has Only An ‘Outside Chance’ Of Making Italy Clash, Concedes Joe Schmidt

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 2, Stade de France, Paris, France 13/2/2016 France vs Ireland Ireland's Jonathan Sexton dejected after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt named a strong and familiar 23-man squad for the Six Nations curtain raiser against Scotland on Saturday. Having already been confirmed earlier this week, the most notable absence from the side is Leinster out-half Jonathan Sexton. Still suffering the lingering effects from a bruised calf muscle sustain a fortnight ago in the Champions Cup against …

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Scotland’s Vern Cotter Reveals Talented Squad Looking To Stun Ireland In Six Nations Opener

Vern Cotter has named his squad for the massive Six Nations curtain-raiser on Saturday, when Scotland take on Ireland at Murrayfield.  Under Cotter, Scotland have become a genuine force within rugby once again, playing an attacking and expansive game that, when firing on all cylinders, is right up there with the best in the sport. As the Kiwi plans his final …

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The Under Appreciated Six Nations XV

Wales v Italy - RBS Six Nations

Like all sports, rugby has its heroes, players who supporters and commentators place on pedestals for various reasons. Sometimes our justification for doing so may be correct, on other occasions we are guilty of over-hyping players only to be let down. However, under this layer of superstars, perceived or otherwise, are any number of players who go about their business quietly …

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Alan Quinlan Picks His Irish Back Row To Face Scotland


Ireland travel to Murrayfield next week to take on Vern Cotter’s Scotland side in the opening round of the 2017 Six Nations. From the final whistle in the side’s 27-24 victory over Australia back in November, speculation over who Joe Schmidt might call upon has been incessant. Today, former Munster and Ireland back row forward Alan Quinlan has made some …

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