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Robshaw developing tunnel vision

Of all the pieces of advice Chris Robshaw has received as England captain, one from Conor O’Shea will have stuck with him.

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Ireland have stronger starting team than England, says Wood

Keith Wood believes Ireland are a better team than England, but fears that edge may not be apparent as soon as this Sunday.

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Much-travelled Guinazu feels right at home with Munster

Munster’s Argentinian hooker Eusebio Guinazu has done a share of travelling between clubs, from his home place of Mendoza through to French outfits Toulon, Agen, Toulouse and Biarritz, on to South Africa and the Stormers and latterly to Bath in the English Premiership.

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Ireland ready for the next level, says Dardis

One imagines Nigel Carolan and the rest of his U20s management team have spent many an hour poring over footage of England’s opening Six Nations loss to Wales in Colwyn Bay this last two weeks.

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Egan relishing chance to tackle England challenge

Most opposing players harbour painful memories of games against England’s Women, but few match those of Ailis Egan.

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McGagh tries pave way for Blackrock

Blackrock College 21 Gonzaga College 12

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Leinster reshuffle again for Ospreys clash

For the second game in succession, Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has opted to make seven changes to his starting line-up.

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Clonmel and Bandon set for intriguing cup battle

With all the focus being on the Aviva with a potential Grand Slam decider on Sunday, it will be a relatively quiet weekend on the Junior rugby front.

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Humphreys to reach Ulster landmark

Ian Humphreys finally makes his 100th Ulster appearance tonight (7.35pm) when the Scarlets visit a sold-out Kingspan Stadium.

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PBC seal victory with second-half blitz

Munster Schools: PBC Cork 25 Glenstal Abbey 3

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England driven by last year’s heartbreak

Chris Robshaw has told his England side it is time they won some silverware and says the memory of watching Ireland lift the Six Nations trophy a year ago will spur his side on in Dublin.

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Horne gets nod for Scotland’s clash with Italy at Murrayfield

Glasgow’s Peter Horne has been given the nod to replace suspended stand-off Finn Russell for Scotland’s RBS 6 Nations clash with Italy tomorrow.

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Wales put faith in Ospreys’ Baldwin

Wales hooker Scott Baldwin will make his first RBS 6 Nations start tomorrow after edging out "top player" Richard Hibbard for the number two shirt against France.

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Ireland has perfect timing for RWC 2023

Ireland’s hopes of securing hosting rights for the 2023 Rugby World Cup were given a boost yesterday when the chief executive of World Rugby (formerly the IRB) indicated that the tournament is likely to end up in, or near, Dublin’s time zone.

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Farrell rules out repeat of Croker hammering

Andy Farrell remembers Croke Park all too well, writes Julian Bennetts.

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Meet Irish rugby’s first superstar

When he died on a WW1 battlefield Basil Maclear was an Irish rugby star and acknowledged by many of the early game’s greats

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Fancied Presentation Brothers won’t be taking Glenstal challenge lightly

Presentation Brothers College Cork may be favourites to advance from today’s Seat Munster Schools Junior Cup quarter final clash with Glenstal Abbey, but they are not taking anything for granted.

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Best happy with concussion procedures

There is a phenomenon in the media when it comes to war reporting. The initial days are guaranteed to capture everyone’s attention. Then, slowly but surely, the fatigue sets in.

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Clancy’s late try gets Castletroy over the line

Munster Schools Junior Cup: Castletroy 26 St Munchins 21

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Phillips lights up Crescent with class tries

Munster Junior Cup: Crescent Comprehensive 22 Rockwell College 5

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Easterby urges Ireland to make chances count in ‘arm wrestle’

Ireland may have got over the line to beat France last time out but forwards coach Simon Easterby believes they will have to make every opportunity count on Sunday against England if they are to continue their RBS 6 Nations campaign unbeaten.

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Garbally all but book final spot after big win over Col Iognáid

Connacht Schools: Garbally College Ballinasloe 45 Coláiste Iognáid 0

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Hartley ready to enforce discipline on the English side

‘Experience of playing away in a cauldron like the Aviva is going to be big for us’

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Roscrea’s firepower key to overcoming Bray’s challenge

Leinster Schools: Cistercian College Roscrea 24 Presentation College Bray 16

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Bastareaud on the bench as Saint-Andre rings the changes

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has relegated powerful centre Mathieu Bastareaud to the bench for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations clash against Wales in Paris.

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Reddan wary of focused England

Eoin Reddan has spent enough time playing with and against English players to recognise a sea change in their attitudes on and off the field.

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Tyrrell lone Irish change as Mclean back to lead England

The last time England’s women paid a visit to Ashbourne they did it without a host of players diverted for duties with the national Sevens side.

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Carolan in a happy place and ready for huge England battle

No defeats. No injuries. No changes. Ireland U20s coach Nigel Carolan finds himself in quite the enviable position.

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O’Mahony up for tough Glasgow test

In-form winger Ronan O’Mahony is looking forward to contributing to a team performance good enough to secure the win against Glasgow.

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ROG-Ruby Breakfast: the questions you want asked

The questions have been flooding in ahead of Friday’s Irish Examiner Breakfast. Here are 10 of the best for each of our guests. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Stuart Lancaster and Joe Schmidt: The iron hands in the velvet gloves

Stuart Lancaster has done a remarkable job reviving English fortunes but can he outfox wily Joe Schmidt? 

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Peter O'Mahony

Peter O’Mahony: So hard to break teams down

If ever there was a week to symbolise exactly how far Ireland’s national team has come, this is it. 

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Bastareaud benched for clash with Wales

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has relegated powerful centre Mathieu Bastareaud to the bench for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations clash against Wales in Paris.

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Graham Rowntree

Graham Rowntree: The win on the opening weekend in Cardiff is good for belief.

England will use ‘template’ of Wales game to curb Aviva fervour.

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Warren Gatland unsure of his future with Wales

Warren Gatland has plunged his long-term future as Wales head coach into doubt after admitting Roger Lewis’s departure as Welsh Rugby Union chief later this year "probably does" have a bearing on his own long-term future.

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George Kruis: Cheered on O'Connell in South Africa.

George Kruis a huge fan of Paul O’Connell

A lot of players claim to be fans of Paul O’Connell. But his opponent on Sunday, England lock George Kruis, really means it. 

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