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Opinion: The Six Nations Is An Unfair Competition

The Six Nations is an unfair tournament. Ireland have won this competition in-spite of this, having to defeat France, who were considered contenders, when England (also contenders) had to play an already vanquished Italy last year. Playing the team at the bottom of the table on the last day of the Six Nations has an advantage, even away from home. This is why …

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The Pre-Six Nations Best XV

Europe’s international rugby sides didn’t quite deliver in 2015, with some dismal performances in the World Cup exemplifying this. But, with new talent coming through the ranks and the mix of new and old managerial teams, Europe has a bright future. So, without further adieu, here is our pre-Six Nations best XV, with Italy being the only country not represented. The front row …

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Six Players Who Could Light Up The Six Nations

The Six Nations is almost upon us, and we’re getting very excited. There are countless subplots before this year’s tournament even begins. England and France had disastrous World Cups, and enter 2016 under new management. However, can they return to the top of European rugby’s table? Meanwhile Ireland are hot in pursuit of a third consecutive championship, but humbling defeat …

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Refereeing Inconsistency Adds to Irish Frustrations

While there can be no denying that Wales deserved their win at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, Wayne Barnes will not be on the Christmas card lists of many Irish fans. Barnes was not responsible for crucial lost lineouts, the lack of a plan b, the failure to identify space, the unforced errors or the uncharacteristically poor performances of some …

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Ireland vs Wales: Three Key Clashes

With Ireland just two points ahead of Wales at the summit of the RBS Six Nations table, resident rugby writer Ozer McMahon previews three key clashes ahead of the game at the Millennium Stadium this weekend.  “Bish, bash, bosh.” TV chef Jamie Oliver may have made this phrase popular on his cooking shows, but anyone tuning into the penultimate round …

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Joe Schmidt’s Masterplan Keeps Ireland On Course

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Joe Schmidt’s Ireland kept their Grand Slam aspirations very much alive following a pulsating 19-9 victory at the Aviva Stadium yesterday afternoon. Robbie Henshaw’s first test try gave Ireland enough momentum to make it past a stubborn England side, and in pole position to defend their Six Nations crown. Billed as Ireland’s toughest challenge of the championship, England came to Dublin …

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The Best Of The Rest: European Rugby’s Outsiders

Is there scope for Six Nations expansion to allow other European nations field teams in European rugby’s top competition? Stephen O’Connor discusses.  Rugby union has proved to be one of the world’s most conservative sports, ever since the day William Webb Ellis picked up a football and decided to run with it under his arm. In Ireland, we have proof that …

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Ireland vs France: Irish Bench Is The Key To Victory

With Ireland taking on France this evening at the Aviva Stadium in a crucial Six Nations clash, Patrick Ward discusses how Ireland’s bench could be key today.  So here it is. The first time since possibly 2009 that Ireland have their best squad fully-fit for a game and the excitement is intense. This writer says squad, because Cian Healy would …

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It’s Ireland’s Game to Lose Against France

In what is one of the most pivotal games of the RBS 6 Nations year in year out, France come to Dublin off the back of a disappointing performance against Scotland, while Ireland will hope to improve their game after a lacklustre display against Italy. Ireland-France has been a controversial affair in recent years. A draw in 2012, a draw …

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Ireland vs France: Three Key Clashes

As Ireland prepare to take on France at the Aviva Stadium on Valentines day, Ozer McMahon picks out three key clashes ahead of Joe Schmidt’s sides second Six Nations game.   Before you can run, you have to start walking. And nobody can accuse Ireland of hitting the ground running against Italy last weekend. Yet, they emerged with a healthy margin of …

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