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# france-rugby - Sunday 23 March, 2014

Flavin: Irish players will be fighting each other to get on the plane to Argentina

The former Connacht and Ireland Wolfhounds hooker believes Joe Schmidt will tour with a strong squad this summer.

# france-rugby - Saturday 22 March, 2014

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.

# france-rugby - Friday 21 March, 2014

Teenager reunites Jordi Murphy with his lost Six Nations medal

The Leinster and Ireland flanker gave young Stephen Murphy his hoodie but forgot to remove its precious, medal-shaped cargo.

# france-rugby - Wednesday 19 March, 2014

Check out what BOD got from the French as a send-off after last Saturday

‘Serious touch from the Frenchies’, tweeted O’Driscoll.

All about Joe Schmidt’s ‘Killer drill’ and the tactics that delivered a Six Nations

Trevor Hogan, speaking on Off The Ball last night, gave an insight into a training ground technique that directly led to two Irish tries.

Opinion: Ireland’s unsung heroes hit right note to deliver Six Nations title

The Whiff of Cordite gang pay tribute to the squad players that saw Ireland over the line in Paris.

# france-rugby - 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.

Hilarious video of Irish rugby fans going buck wild after Jonny Sexton try

The lads were so ecstatic, they even lapsed into passionate slow-mo.

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.

# france-rugby - Monday 17 March, 2014

All Blacks pay tribute to ‘Irish rugby legend’ Brian O’Driscoll

New Zealand out-half Dan Carter also had kind words for the outside centre.

# france-rugby - Sunday 16 March, 2014

Ireland’s Six Nations champions return home to a heroes’ welcome

Joe Schmidt’s side fly back into Dublin after their Six Nations triumph.

# france-rugby - Saturday 15 March, 2014

Joe Schmidt: ‘Fairytale continued right until the end for magic man O’Driscoll’

The New Zealander already has one eye on the future after claiming silverware in his first season at the international helm.

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Twitter reacts to Ireland’s dramatic Six Nations defeat of France

The Irish users on the site were united in joy after Joe Schmidt’s men won the Six Nations Championship.

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.


As it happened: France v Ireland, Six Nations Championship decider

We went minute-by-minute as Ireland went in search of silverware in 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.

BOD and D’Arce: The changing faces of Ireland’s greatest ever centre partnership

Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy will line out for the final time together at Stade de France.

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.

Winning a World Cup with BOD in 1998 and watching him soar ever since

Former Connacht and Ireland Wolfhounds hooker Adrian Flavin recounts his early encounters with Brian O’Driscoll.

Barack Obama salutes BOD at annual White House Shamrock ceremony

The US President will have his eyes peeled on the Six Nations decider in Paris, we’re sure.

# france-rugby - Friday 14 March, 2014

Evocative artwork and raising a toast in Peru – two stunning BOD tributes

The outpouring of love for Ireland’s outgoing rugby hero has been impressive in its creativity.

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.

Tánaiste presents Brian O’Driscoll with framed picture of French heroics

On the eve of the Irish rugby star’s final Test match, he took time out to re-live his 2000 hat-trick in Paris.

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.

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Paul O’Connell, Sean O’Brien and other rugby stars say #thankyoubrian

Adidas rolled out the big guns for this tribute to Brian O’Driscoll.

# france-rugby - 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.

Analysis: Shutting down Picamoles will go a long way to securing Ireland win

We look at the obvious strengths of Les Bleus’ back row powerhouse and some defensive options Ireland may take.

The best pictures from Ireland’s final training run on home soil

Joe Schmidt was able to run two Irish XVs against each other as he perfects a game-plan to take France down.

Saint-Andre says he will be France ‘scapegoat’ if Ireland win in Paris

“We’re still dreaming about winning, about scoring 15 tries and that everyone’s in a dream,” says the France boss.

# france-rugby - Wednesday 12 March, 2014

Simon Hick column: This Ireland side can prove they’re no one-hit wonders

This group of players can set the record straight this weekend, writes Simon Hick.

French players eager to deliver against Ireland, says Medard

Joe Schmidt’s side are the best team in the tournament, according to the Les Bleus back .

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.

# france-rugby - 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.

‘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.

In pics: D’Arcy’s beard trains with Irish squad in glorious Maynooth sunshine

Brian O’Driscoll enjoyed his third last Irish training run while Rhys Ruddock posed for a snap with Coach Joe.

Healy and O’Mahony set for Parisian showdown after coming through training

The Leinster prop and Munster flanker have successfully shaken off injury niggles.

James Hart: ‘I can’t see how Ireland are going to lose to France this weekend’

The Irish born Grenoble scrum-half said farewell to one sporting legend and met another.

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