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Dublin: 8 °C Thursday 24 April, 2014

6 Nations

# 6-nations - Saturday 22 March, 2014

This is the Ireland squad we would pick if the World Cup was starting next week

We are 18 months away from the showpiece tournament and nailing our flag to the mast way too soon.

Ireland’s incredible journey from Roman ruins to Six Nations champions

Joe Schmidt took over a side that had fallen to their lowest world ranking spot and turned them into Europe-beaters.

# 6-nations - Friday 21 March, 2014

Mike Brown edges out Brian O’Driscoll for 6 Nations best player award

The Harlequins fullback was simply unstoppable for the duration of the tournament.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 18 March, 2014

‘Christ, here we go again’: Rob Kearney on the nervous TMO wait in Paris

The Irish fullback was convinced Damien Chouly’s late score would be allowed.

Joe Schmidt: ‘It would be great to have Jonny Sexton back in the country’

The Ireland coach feels an imminent return for the out-half is unlikely, however.

Connacht Academy manager backs Henshaw and Marmion for international stardom

Nigel Carolan believes the young backs have all the necessary tools to shine for Ireland, sooner rather than later.

# 6-nations - Monday 17 March, 2014

O’Driscoll makes Player of Six Nations shortlist but no room for O’Mahony

Voting is now open for the player of the tournament accolade.

# 6-nations - Sunday 16 March, 2014’s Six Nations awards extravaganza

Put down that ice-pack and get your tux on for our big end-of-Championship awards bash.

Take the cup home: Six Nations Champions Ireland will arrive in Dublin this afternoon

They’ll have a little extra luggage than they left with.

In Pics: Selfies and celebrations as Ireland take Six Nations title

Here’s where we all wish we were tonight.

# 6-nations - Saturday 15 March, 2014

Paul O’Connell eyes room for improvement even at finest hour

The captain doesn’t sound like a man ready to stop at two championship medals.

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A truly fitting finale as Brian O’Driscoll finishes as a champion

The great centre vowed to give Ireland one more year and he has delivered.

Ireland clinch Six Nations championship after clinging on in Paris

Joe Schmidt’s men are top dogs after a stirring performance at Stade de France.


The Sexton and Trimble tries that have given Ireland hope in France

The out-half put Joe Schmidt’s men on the board before the Ulster winger ghosted over by the posts.

GIF: Dirty Hogg sent off for late shoulder on Dan Biggar

Scotland are headed for a trouncing in Cardiff.

Where are they now? The last Irish team to beat France in Paris

Keith Wood captained Ireland to a memorable win at Stade de France.

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# 6-nations - Friday 14 March, 2014

Courageous Ireland U20s fall short as France clinch Grand Slam

Mike Ruddock’s charges were hoping to end their campaign on a high ahead of this summer’s Junior World Championships.

Defiant display, but defeat for Ireland Women as France hold on to secure Grand Slam

Gillian Bourke scored the first two tries France have conceded in this year’s Championship, but Ireland came up just short.

Adrian Flavin: ‘Relax Ireland, BOD and the boys have got this’

The former Connacht and Ireland Wolfhounds hooker is confident of Joe Schmidt’s Plan A, B and C.

Gaël Fickou ‘proud’ to line-up against Brian O’Driscoll in his final game

The Toulouse teen will be partnered by Mathieu Bastareaud at Stade de France tomorrow.

‘Ireland don’t need mad aggressive heads to beat France,’ says cool, calm Cian Healy

The prop embodies Ireland’s sense of easy confidence before a traditionally nervy Test.

Fervent kick chase key to shutting down French counter attack — O’Connell

The captain and his coach are intent on limiting ammunition to Les Bleus’ back three.

# 6-nations - Thursday 13 March, 2014

Shane Byrne: ‘Teed up for France to have a cracker but Ireland for the win’

‘Any other sane coach would have Morgan Parra back in’ says the former Leinster and Ireland hooker on Philippe Saint-Andre’s team selection.

Seven reasons Ireland should be seriously pumped up to beat France

Let’s win this one for Paul McShane!

O’Connell trusting processes and passion to deliver elusive 6 Nations prize

The Ireland captain has never won in Paris. He’s hoping ending that run will result in a medal this weekend.

Schmidt demanding Ireland grasp opportunity in biggest game of his career

Playing France with the Championship on the line was a dream scenario in January, now the Kiwi wants to make winning silverware a reality.

O’Mahony returns to Ireland line-up as Madigan handed place on the bench

This is the Ireland team to take on France in Saturday’s Six Nations decider.

# 6-nations - Wednesday 12 March, 2014

Les Inséparables: Here’s a quick catch-up on Ireland’s recent meetings with France

It’s surely about time we won this fixture again.

Greatest hits: Brian O’Driscoll’s finest international tries away from home

Ireland’s record try-scorer has one last chance to add to his list in Paris on Saturday.

Will Ireland win the Six Nations Championship? Our writers talk it out

Logic seems to suggest that Ireland can’t lose, history begs to differ.

Fergus McFadden: Six Nations trophy would be the best win of my career

The versatile back feels Ireland must focus on their set-piece strengths while shutting down France’s go-forward ball.

‘He’s a massive guy that’s a bit of an athlete’ – Bastareaud ready to rumble in Paris

The Toulon centre has just two tries in 22 Tests yet remains pivotal in the French attack.

# 6-nations - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

Les Kiss: ‘There is a perception that France are dishevelled and in chaos’

Ireland’s assistant coach has dismissed the notion that Ireland will be able to easily box in France’s main attacking threats.

Demons: Five French failures that can be exorcised with a win in Paris

They say you never know which France will turn up. Well, whoever shows up to play Ireland in Paris they’re usually good enough to win.

‘Out goes the sledgehammer, in comes the vice’ – Ross ready to put squeeze on France

The tight-head prop recalled a European Cup at Stade de France that featured can-can girls and a jousting tournament.

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