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# philppe-saint-andre - Wednesday 7 March, 2012

Rory Best to captain Ireland against Scotland on Saturday

Ulster man to lead out Ireland to face Andy Robinson’s side at Lansdowne Rd this weekend.

# philppe-saint-andre - Tuesday 6 March, 2012

This is what your face looks like after you almost beat France in Paris…

Mike Ross shows off some of the battle scars he left the Stade de France with on Sunday evening.

# philppe-saint-andre - Monday 5 March, 2012

Opinion: A job half done in Paris

Ireland’s blitz defence very nearly delivered a famous win in Paris, but when the chips were down it was the attack which stuttered.

Saint-Andre solemn after Irish stalemate

‘Trust me, in the changing rooms, there was a feeling of failure in the air. It didn’t feel like a draw.’

# philppe-saint-andre - Sunday 4 March, 2012

‘Nobody likes a draw’ – Tommy Bowe deflated despite two-try performance

Bowe scored two tries that put the visitors within touching distance of a first win in Paris since 2000.

Match report: France battle back to draw with Irish in Paris

The rescheduled clash, postponed from three weeks ago due to a frozen pitch, was well worth the wait.

Reaction: Kidney draws no comfort

The Irish coach admitted he was disappointed with a draw in Paris and is already looking ahead to Scotland’s visit to the Aviva.

‘We left it behind us’ – O’Connell frustrated by missed opportunity

“We’re playing some good rugby at times and we’re good enough to win these games so it’s very frustrating that we didn’t close it out.”

Six Nations: How Ireland rated

It was a close run thing and a massive collective effort. Here is our judgement on the 22 individual performances.

Open thread: how will Ireland do against France this afternoon?

If they are to make it two wins from three, Ireland will have to earn their first win at the Stade de France since 2000.

# philppe-saint-andre - Friday 2 March, 2012

O’Driscoll Snr: Brian could return for Munster clash

Dr. Frank O’Driscoll thinks his son will be back in action in ‘three to four weeks’, in time for Leinster’s Heineken Cup defence and maybe even a trip to Thomond Park.

# philppe-saint-andre - Thursday 1 March, 2012

Blow for Les Bleus as Maxime Medard facing lengthy injury lay-off

The full-back has revealed that he faces up to nine months out of action with a serious knee ligament injury.

# philppe-saint-andre - Wednesday 29 February, 2012

As you were: Ireland unchanged for Paris return

Declan Kidney has stressed that an unchanged team does not mean that no thought went into the selection process.

Saint-Andre makes two changes for Ireland clash

The France coach has made one enforced and one tactical change as he urges his side to take Ireland “by the throat.”

Opinion: Paris beckons, but so does a problem at half back

Pride in the jersey is all well and good, but players should be reminded that it is not theirs to keep, it is only on loan.

# philppe-saint-andre - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

Injury update: Quartet expected to retain starting place

Rob Kearney, Gordon D’Arcy, Cian Healy and Sean O’Brien are all expected to recover from the injuries sustained against Italy.

# philppe-saint-andre - Wednesday 15 February, 2012

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.

# philppe-saint-andre - Saturday 11 February, 2012

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.

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.

# philppe-saint-andre - Friday 10 February, 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.

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.

‘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.

# philppe-saint-andre - Thursday 9 February, 2012

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.