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A summer Six Nations: How it would work — and excite fans

Cardiff in August was a sight to behold. Walking along St Mary’s Street en route to the Millennium Stadium the city was soaked in sunshine and it prompted the blue-sky thinker within to wonder about the concept of a summer Six Nations.

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The Big Interview: Shane Jennings hits hard — on and off the field

He brought a hard edge home to Leinster from Welford Road, an attitude that said ‘to hell with entitlement, you earn everything you get’. It served him and the province well, but Shane Jennings believes Irish rugby needs another shake up now. “I don’t think what we’ve done in the past will get us over the line,” he reckons.

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Win breakdown battle, Joe Schmidt urges CJ Stander

Joe Schmidt has thrown down the gauntlet to Ireland debutant CJ Stander to prove he belongs in Test rugby by surviving a white-hot breakdown battle with Wales’s experienced, all-British & Irish Lions back-row tomorrow.

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'Old banger' Mike McCarthy ready to prang Wales

He was a couple of months shy of a 34th birthday, some way off pulling up trees and then omitted from Joe Schmidt’s squad for the World Cup, but Mike McCarthy never thought his Ireland career had ended after just the 17 caps.

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Niamh Briggs wants special show on new stage

Much is expected of the Irish women today as they take to the fast-paced 4G surface at Donnybrook for the first time in the Six Nations, but captain Niamh Briggs as warned her players that they must make the Dublin venue a fortress.

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Ross Ford says Scotland must relish England challenge

Ross Ford has told his Scotland team-mates they should not fear another Calcutta Cup defeat to England – but instead relish the chance to rewrite the history books in Murrayfield today.

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Joe Schmidt: We must keep our discipline

Joe Schmidt branded Wales’s scrummaging against Ireland last season as exasperating, but said it was up to Ireland to keep their penalty count in single digits when the countries clash in tomorrow’s Six Nations opener at Aviva Stadium (3pm).

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Paddy Jackson’s boot puts Ulster on top

Ulster 17 Dragons 15: A Paddy Jackson penalty two minutes from the end of the game catapulted Ulster to the top of the Guinness PRO12.

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Ireland U20s foiled in frenetic battle

Ireland 24 Wales 35: A disappointing opening to the U20s Six Nations campaign for Ireland but for those home supporters present, there was the considerable consolation of watching a cracking contest, sprinkled with a magnificent seven tries and some exhilarating rugby.

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Guy Noves can’t wait to see Virimi Vakatawa in action

France launch the Guy Noves coaching era today – but Les Bleus’ star attraction could be Test newcomer Virimi Vakatawa.

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Sexing up the Six Nations

As the head coaches of the main Six Nations contenders addressed how they were going to bridge the gulf that exists between northern and southern hemisphere rugby it seemed they were speaking with one voice.

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How Ireland and Wales compare

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Saracens players help to tackle head injuries

Saracens’ players are taking part in a research project that could have a bruising impact on rugby and other sports with high levels of physical contact.

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Tom Tierney building for the future

A new home, the RBS 6 Nations title to defend and changing priorities make for a challenging year for Niamh Briggs and her Ireland women’s team but head coach Tom Tierney is relishing the opportunity to strike the right balance.

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Six Nations: Can Ireland block out the talk and walk the walk?

Life inside the bubble. There’s a lot to be said for it when you’re a national team coach, writes Simon Lewis

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Five players to watch during the 2016 Six Nations

Peter Jackson on the best of the new generation, each on the verge of breaking into the international arena

 

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Flamin’ Aussie mongrel Eddie Jones to put thorn in England’s rose

Eddie Jones is fond of the word ‘mongrel’. He also likes ‘bastard’, ‘tough’, and ‘edge’.

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Six Nations: Guy Noves brings spring clean to Les Bleus

When France’s new coach sets forward his plans for the national team, he does not speak of ambitions. Guy Noves has been around long enough to know he has a duty to the cause of picking up the pieces of his national team.

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Presentation set up derby date with old rivals CBC

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Duncan Casey seals new deal at Munster

Hooker Duncan Casey has become the latest homegrown player to commit to Munster, signing a two-year contract as the province captured teenage centre Sam Arnold from Ulster for next season and saw former lock Ian Nagle rejoin the professional ranks with London Irish.

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Toner: Ireland will find leaders to step up in lineout

So much has been written about the loss of Paul O’Connell to the Ireland cause in terms of the former captain’s leadership, that it is easy to forget there will also be a direct impact on the Irish lineout.

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Scots’ black, white, and Jonny Grays

Scotland are heading into the Six Nations Championship with the same optimism that usually strikes Caledonia in January but there are reasons to believe this bout will last longer than most examples of the past decade.

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Slam hopes but Warburton haunted by last Dublin trip

Sam Warburton aims to “burst Ireland’s balloon” on Sunday. The Wales captain knows their opening game of the Six Nations could prove the acid test for hopes of claiming a peculiar hat-trick.

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Victory over Ireland would be sweeter than most for Warren Gatland

The IRFU axeing of Warren Gatland as head coach may have been the making of the Kiwi. It ensured he would never lack for any gravel in his gut, says Peter Jackson. Victory in Dublin is sweeter than most for the Wales supremo.

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Jonathan Davies could be 'dwarfed' by McCloskey and Henshaw

Wales’ Jonathan Davies will be “the midget of the midfield” if Ireland pair Stuart McCloskey and Robbie Henshaw are named at centre for Sunday’s Six Nations opener, according to Conor O’Shea.

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Sevens star Vakatawa set for France debut

France’s Sevens sensation Virimi Vakatawa will make his Test debut in tomorrow’s Six Nations opener against Italy in Paris.

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u20 Six Nations: Nigel Carolan doctrine all about putting trust in players

January 2015. Nigel Carolan is sitting in the Bective Rangers clubhouse at Donnybrook Stadium explaining his coaching philosophy before the upcoming Six Nations campaign that will be his first in charge and it is a recipe few supporters would refuse.

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