Onwards and upwards as Joe Schmidt seeks continuity

If ever there was an opportunity for Ireland to rediscover the form that led them to such glories in 2018 it is tomorrow’s visit to Stadio Olimpico.

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Rome challenge offers perfect platform for an Irish reboot

Three areas Ireland will target for improvement

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Joe Schmidt expects Sean Cronin to grasp chance in Rory Best’s absence

The Leinster hooker will fill in against Italy on Sunday.

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England accuse Warren Gatland of “trying to stir the pot” over Kyle Sinckler

England attack coach Scott Wisemantel believes Wales would be making a mistake by targetting Sinckler.

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Laidlaw backs Horne to produce the goods for Scotland

Horne replaces Finn Russell at stand-off for the Guinness Six Nations clash in France.

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Alun Wyn Jones believes Wales have more to give against England

The Cardiff clash will go a long way towards deciding the destination of this season’s Six Nations title.

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Schmidt: Sexton was starting in Rome regardless of Carbery fitness

Joe Schmidt has revealed that Jonathan Sexton would have started Sunday's Six Nations game against Italy in Rome even if Joey Carbery hadn't been ruled out with a hamstring injury suffered in training this week.

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Ireland team to face Italy sees four changes

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has made four changes to his team to face Italy on Sunday.

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Here's what Simon Zebo thinks Joe Schmidt should do for Sunday's Italy clash

“Ireland won’t have any problem with a lack of motivation this weekend."

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Here's the only way you can watch Ireland's U20s play in Italy tonight

The Ireland U20’s team face their Italian counterparts in a crucial Six Nations encounter in Italy tonight.

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Sean Cronin tipped to start against Italy

Sean Cronin is tipped to make his first ever Six Nations start this weekend.

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John Cooney’s rise down to power of positive thinking

Along John Cooney’s rugby road less travelled there have been plenty of opportunities to unleash the power of positive thinking.

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Ireland must beware of ‘quality’ Azzurri scrum

Despite being odds-on favourites to extend their winning start to the Six Nations, Ireland U20s scrum coach Ambrose Conboy believes the biggest physical test of the tournament awaits them in Rieti this evening [kick-off 6pm, Irish time].

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The day Bologna was a graveyard for Irish rugby

Very few landscapes offer as much scope for bending the truth as the American Wild West but the old Five Nations may give it a run for its money and among the myths routinely offered up as unvarnished truth is the one about how the Parc des Princes was a sort of overpopulated ‘Boot Hill’ for so many Irish players’ careers down the years.

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Wales boss Gatland questions England’s travel plans

England will travel by road from Surrey to Cardiff on Friday afternoon.

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Expectation is all on Wales, says Jones ahead of Gatland’s farewell party

Eddie Jones is trying to play mind games with England’s opponents.

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Anscombe to start at fly-half for Wales against England

Wales show just two changes from the side that beat France in Paris earlier this month.

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Ireland went back to basics to recapture edge – Conan

Joe Schmidt’s side are aiming to reap the benefits of some fine-tuning in Rome.

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Scotland boss Townsend thinks opportunity knocks against France

Four players have been ruled out through injury.

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Jack Nowell restored to England team to face Wales

Jack Nowell has been restored to the right wing for England's Guinness Six Nations title clash with Wales in place of the injured Chris Ashton.

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Sexton set to get nod in Schmidt’s balancing act

Equilibrium: A state of balance due to the equal action of opposing forces.

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Citizen Roux just happy to be of service

Quinn Roux stands 6’ 6” and tips the scales at close to 20 stone, and yet this is a guy who has something of a knack for hiding in plain sight.

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Women’s Six Nations: Griggs keeps faith with winning side

Ireland Women’s head coach Adam Griggs has kept changes at a minimum for their Six Nations Championship showdown with Italy at Viale Piacenza in Parma on Saturday (kick-off 6.45pm, Irish time).

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U20 Six Nations: The devil is in the detail, stresses Wren

After missing out on last week’s open training session at the Aviva Stadium, Ireland U20 winger Jonathan Wren is back in harness for tomorrow night’s Six Nations showdown against Italy (kick-off 6pm, Irish time).

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England have Joe Cokanasiga decision to make ahead of Wales showdown

Cokanasiga is competing with Ben Te’o for a place on the bench.

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Johnny Sexton to continue with confrontational playing style

The Ireland fly-half suffered a head injury early on in the win over Scotland.

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Conor Murray needs help in regaining best form

Conor Murray's form has not been at its usual elevated levels since his return from injury late last year but Ireland assistant coach Richie Murphy believes his teammates need to do more to help the scrum-half return to his best.

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One change to Ireland Women's team for Italy encounter

Adam Griggs has made one change to the Ireland team ahead of their Women's Six Nations match away to Italy.

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Two changes to unbeaten Irish U20 side for Six Nations trip to Italy

Billy Scannell, the younger brother of internationals Niall and Rory, will be looking to make his first U20 cap on Friday.

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'Nothing short of histrionics and absolutely laughable': Conor O'Shea says Ireland overreacted to England defeat

Conor O'Shea feels there has been a massive overreaction to Ireland's Six Nations defeat to England.

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McBryde points to Gravell play as inspiration for Six Nations victory

Wales face England in a crunch clash at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.

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Iain Henderson free to play against Italy following disciplinary hearing

Ireland has received a boost ahead of their clash with Italy after Iain Henderso was deemed free to play following a disciplinary hearing.

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Itoje to miss England’s Six Nations clash with Wales

The lock had been reported to be ready to return this weekend but forwards coach Steve Borthwick has ruled that out.

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Wales hope Halfpenny and Biggar will be fit to face England

Scarlets full-back Halfpenny has not played since November 10.

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Sean O'Brien not giving up on Ireland after London switch

Sean O'Brien has shed tears over his decision to quit Leinster for London Irish later this year but the veteran flanker is adamant that the move will not bring down the curtain on his international career.

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Sergio Parisse ruled out of Italy's Six Nations clash with Ireland

The number 8 suffered a head injury playing for his club Stade Francais and his loss will come as a huge blow to Italy boss Conor O'Shea.

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Russell ruled out for Scotland as France make four changes for Paris clash

Finn Russell has been ruled out of Scotland's Guinness Six Nations clash with France, who have dropped Morgan Parra and Camille Lopez.

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Bryan Habana: ‘Ireland are possibly the one team that have got New Zealand’s number’

The time has come for Ireland rugby to believe the hype and go to Japan this year confident they can and will win the World Cup.

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Women’s Six Nations: Peat fit for Ireland’s trip to Parma, says Carter

Ireland women’s assistant coach Jeff Carter has confirmed loosehead prop Lindsay Peat will be available for their latest Six Nations assignment against Italy on Saturday.

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U20 Six Nations: Casey and Baird return for McNamara’s U20s

The competition for places within the Ireland U20s set-up is set to intensify with the return of Craig Casey and Ryan Baird for Friday night’s Six Nations encounter with Italy in Rieti (kick off 6pm, Irish time).

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England defence coach Mitchell: Rivalry intense when house sharing with Gatland

Mitchell will be looking to deny his long-standing friend in Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations title clash at the Principality Stadium.

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Watch Ian Keatley score a try two minutes into his London Irish debut

Keatley's London Irish debut got off to a dream start before being forced off the field through injury.

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Dan Biggar boost for Wales ahead of England showdown

The fly-half went off during Northampton’s Gallagher Premiership victory over Sale.

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Scotland hopeful to have Finn Russell against France

Russell suffered a head injury playing for Racing 92 at the weekend.

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England hope Ashton will be available for their last two Six Nations matches

Ashton suffered the injury in training during the squad’s three-day camp in London.

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Munster's Beirne and Farrell in contention for Italy

Tadhg Beirne and Chris Farrell, a couple of key Munster team members whose season has been badly disrupted by injury, have been recalled to the Irish camp at Carton House by coach Joe Schmidt and so are now in contention for selection for Sunday’s game against Italy in Rome.

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Rhys Ruddock to miss Ireland's visit to Italy

Rhys Ruddock looks set to miss Ireland's Six Nations match against Italy in Rome on Sunday.

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Rob Kearney faces big decision over future

Rob Kearney hopes to have his contract situation sorted in the next month or so and the veteran full-back admits he has a big decision to make as he contemplates the closing chapters of a glittering career.

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Chris Ashton ruled out of England’s crunch Six Nations clash with Wales

Jack Nowell could take Ashton’s place for the Principality Stadium showdown.

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Fear of regret fired Andy Farrell to Ireland hotseat

Andy Farrell admitted he would have had ‘regrets’ had he not accepted the opportunity to be Ireland’s next head coach.

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Andy Farrell insists Ireland are 'in a good place'

Ireland’s defeat of Scotland didn’t convince everyone that the toxins from the defeat to England in Dublin had been fully flushed from the system, but Andy Farrell believes the side deserves more credit for the manner in which they bounced back in Murrayfield.

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Genge trains with England as injury fears ease

The Leicester prop seems to have recovered from an ankle injury.

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Sexton 'will be ready to go' for Italy after recovering from head injury

Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell has revealed that Jonathan Sexton will be fit to face Italy in eight days' time.

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From Carton House to Christchurch, England are on everyone’s radar

The three-legged return flight to Christchurch this week left plenty of headspace to tease out England and their 2019 possibilities.

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Andy Farrell feels Ireland will continue to have a bright future when he takes charge

Andy Farrell is fully prepared for the life-changing demands of being Ireland head coach when he takes over from Joe Schmidt after this year's World Cup in Japan.

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Blow for Wales as Leigh Halfpenny is overlooked by Scarlets

The 30-year-old has not played since November.

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Team news: Kieran Marmion back from injury as Irish internationals return to provinces

Ultan Dillane, Caolin Blade, Jack Carty and Tom Farrell will line-out for Connacht after their Ireland call-ups.

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