Paul O’Connell named Six Nations Player of the Tournament

Paul O’Connell named Six Nations Player of the Tournament

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell has been named Player of the Tournament for this year’s RBS Six Nations.

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We are not happy, says England rugby chief

We are not happy, says England rugby chief

A fourth successive RBS 6 Nations runners-up spot for England is unacceptable, Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie said today.

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Henshaw hails ‘ultimate leader’ O’Connell after Six Nations win

Henshaw hails ‘ultimate leader’ O’Connell after Six Nations win

“He’s an unbelievable player and to be doing what he’s doing at the back end of his career is unreal. I think he’s an inspirational guy. He led and everyone else followed.”

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VIDEO: Fan’s hilarious reaction sums up all our feelings at the end of England v France

VIDEO: Fan’s hilarious reaction sums up all our feelings at the end of England v France

“What the f*** are you doing France? France! Kick it out!”

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'Homophobic tweet' aimed at referee Nigel Owens

'Homophobic tweet' aimed at referee Nigel Owens

Police have launched an investigation into alleged homophobic remarks on Twitter which were directed towards Welsh referee Nigel Owens, they said.

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Six Nations champions come home

Six Nations champions come home

The Irish men's rugby team have arrived in Dublin airport to a roaring reception.

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Ireland's women take Six Nations title

Ireland's women take Six Nations title

The Ireland Women were in inspirational form against Scotland today, relentlessly piling on the points to secure a record 73-3 win and complete a famous Men's and Women's RBS 6 Nations double for Irish rugby.

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O'Connell: In Schmidt we trust

O'Connell: In Schmidt we trust

Paul O’Connell insists Ireland’s back-to-back RBS 6 Nations titles rest entirely on never once questioning taskmaster boss Joe Schmidt’s intense methods.

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VIDEO: Relive Jamie Heaslip’s epic title-saving tackle

VIDEO: Relive Jamie Heaslip’s epic title-saving tackle

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip may be waking up with a sore head this morning, but his clear-headed, try-saving tackle helped seal Ireland’s nerve jangling Six Nations win yesterday.

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O'Brien: Wales defeat was a lesson

O'Brien: Wales defeat was a lesson

Sean O’Brien believes blowing a Grand Slam in Wales “might not have been the worst thing in the world” as Ireland eye the World Cup after retaining their RBS 6 Nations title.

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Six Nations champions due home today

Six Nations champions due home today

The victorious Six Nations Irish rugby squad will arrive at Dublin Airport this afternoon.

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LISTEN: Paulie has hilarious dig at Henshaw

LISTEN: Paulie has hilarious dig at Henshaw

Paul O'Connell: "It was like Robbie Henshaw's 21st birthday."

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Ireland 'blessed' to have Schmidt, says Murray

Ireland 'blessed' to have Schmidt, says Murray

Conor Murray says Ireland are "blessed" to have a coach like Joe Schmidt.

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WATCH: See Ireland fans take over Murrayfield as Ireland retain Six Nations

WATCH: See Ireland fans take over Murrayfield as Ireland retain Six Nations

Has your heart rate returned to normal yet? See what it was like for the Irish fans in Murrayfield.

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How Ireland retained their title in a staggering Six Nations finale

How Ireland retained their title in a staggering Six Nations finale

Today's staggered finale of the RBS 6 Nations began with four teams - England, Wales, Ireland and France - in contention for the title.

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O'Connell: I'm very proud of this squad

O'Connell: I'm very proud of this squad

Captain Paul O'Connell hailed Ireland's historymakers after Joe Schmidt's side secured back-to-back RBS 6 Nations titles for the first time since 1949.

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England put 55 past France, but Ireland win back-to-back titles

England put 55 past France, but Ireland win back-to-back titles

England put an immense 55 points France at Twickenham, but it was still not enough to deny Ireland a second Six Nations title in a row.

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O’Brien: Ireland never doubted the win; 'we were ready to rock’

O’Brien: Ireland never doubted the win; 'we were ready to rock’

Sean O’Brien, man of the match in Ireland’s epic win at Murrayfield today, said Ireland never doubted they could put up a big score in the game.

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O'Connell: Experience was key to success

O'Connell: Experience was key to success

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell admitted his side’s European experience put them in pole position to win the RBS 6 Nations title after they thrashed Scotland 40-10 at Murrayfield.

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Ireland set immense task for England with 30 point win in Murrayfield

Ireland set immense task for England with 30 point win in Murrayfield

Ireland threw down the gauntlet to England on the final day of the RBS 6 Nations by routing Scotland at Murrayfield and setting their title rivals a tough target in their tournament closing game down at Twickenham.

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WATCH: Tom McGurk takes a bow in his final RTÉ promo

WATCH: Tom McGurk takes a bow in his final RTÉ promo

Tom McGurk, star of many a rugby promo, steps down from RTÉ’s coverage tonight - and left us with one final montage.

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O'Connell has faith in game plan

O'Connell has faith in game plan

Paul O’Connell has pledged Ireland will “keep the faith” with boss Joe Schmidt’s game plan despite scoring just four tries in the RBS 6 Nations.

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Kiss: Both Scotland and Ireland under pressure going into final match

Kiss: Both Scotland and Ireland under pressure going into final match

“We’ve been here enough times to know they they are tight affairs, especially over here.”

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O’Connell: We can’t be distracted by points difference against ‘dangerous’ Scotland

O’Connell: We can’t be distracted by points difference against ‘dangerous’ Scotland

"It’s a dangerous place to go to start thinking about anything but winning the game.”

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Fly-half Lopez out for France

Fly-half Lopez out for France

France’s preparations for their RBS Six Nations showdown with England on Saturday have been disrupted by confusion over the fitness of fly-half Camille Lopez.

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Ireland’s women name unchanged team for final Six Nations match

Ireland’s women name unchanged team for final Six Nations match

The Ireland Women's team to face Scotland in the final game of the RBS 6 Nations has been named and is unchanged from the team that played Wales last week.

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Schmidt will watch Wales closely

Schmidt will watch Wales closely

Joe Schmidt has admitted Ireland could go for broke against Scotland if Wales thrash Italy in Rome on Saturday.

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Zebo out due to 'wear and tear': Schmidt

Zebo out due to 'wear and tear': Schmidt

"Wear and tear" and a desire to freshen up a side playing its fifth Test game in six weeks has prompted Joe Schmidt's decision to draft Luke Fitzgerald and Cian Healy into the Ireland side to face Scotland on Saturday afternoon.

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Schmidt playing down Cotter link

Schmidt playing down Cotter link

Ireland boss Joe Schmidt believes his first Test clash with friend, mentor and former colleague Vern Cotter will not “colour” Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations finale in Scotland.

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Fitzgerald: I had hoped to start before now

Fitzgerald: I had hoped to start before now

“Obviously there’s an awful lot of quality opposition competing for those back slots, but I felt I was pushing really hard."

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Fitzgerald and Healy to start against Scotland

Fitzgerald and Healy to start against Scotland

Luke Fitzgerald and Cian Healy both come into the starting XV for Ireland’s final RBS Six Nations game against Scotland on Saturday.

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Two changes for Scotland side to face Ireland

Two changes for Scotland side to face Ireland

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has made two changes to his side ahead of Saturday’s final RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland at BT Murrayfield.

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WATCH: This YouTuber really wasn't happy with the ref after Ireland v Wales

WATCH: This YouTuber really wasn't happy with the ref after Ireland v Wales

Irish rugby fans are bitterly disappointed after seeing our Grand Slam dreams ripped up by defeat to the Welsh last Saturday, but this YouTuber is taking the defeat too much to heart.

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Welsh front page attacks Irish rugby commentators

Welsh front page attacks Irish rugby commentators

Welsh newspaper The Western Mail had a very cutting message for Neil Francis and Keith Wood today.

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France make class count in second half against Italy

France make class count in second half against Italy

Italy 0 France 29
France recovered from back-to-back RBS 6 Nations defeats to condemn sorry Italy to a 29-0 defeat in Rome today.

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O’Connell: Indiscipline and ‘ref interpretation’ cost Ireland the match

O’Connell: Indiscipline and ‘ref interpretation’ cost Ireland the match

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell was pleased with the way Ireland fought back after a nightmare start today against Wales, but said the early penalties cost them the game.

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England heap pressure on Ireland with home Six Nations win

England heap pressure on Ireland with home Six Nations win

England 25 Scotland 13
England set up a climatic final day to the 2015 RBS 6 Nations but only after toiling to a 25-13 victory over Scotland in another afternoon that signposts disappointment at the looming World Cup.

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WATCH: Highlights of today’s match between Wales and Ireland

WATCH: Highlights of today’s match between Wales and Ireland

The dream of a Grand Slam is over for Ireland, Wales claimed victory in a thrilling encounter in the Millennium Stadium this afternoon.

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WATCH: RTÉ’s superb tribute to centurion Paul O’Connell

WATCH: RTÉ’s superb tribute to centurion Paul O’Connell

RTE’s brilliant video reminds us why Paul O’Connell is an Irish legend.

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Paul O'Connell: Schmidt and Gatland 'ahead of their time'

Paul O'Connell: Schmidt and Gatland 'ahead of their time'

Ireland have been lifting leaves out of "incredible coach" Warren Gatland's playbook for more than a decade, according to captain Paul O'Connell.

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Rhys Webb: Wales have no margin for error against Ireland

Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb accepts there can be "no margin for error" when they attempt to divert Ireland's RBS 6 Nations title march off course today.

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LISTEN: Taoiseach's cringey inspirational message to Ireland rugby team

Who needs the roar of the crowd when you have Enda Kenny to inspire you to victory?

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Paul O’Connell’s journey to 100 caps

Paul O’Connell’s journey to 100 caps

Congratulations Paulie on an amazing career.

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McGrath: Days of old-school props walking from scrum to scrum are gone

McGrath: Days of old-school props walking from scrum to scrum are gone

“If you get something wrong you nearly feel bad because he works so hard himself.”

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WATCH: Mayo schoolkids belt out Ireland’s Call as gaeilge

WATCH: Mayo schoolkids belt out Ireland’s Call as gaeilge

The third and fourth class pupils of Scoil Phadráig in Westport came up with a novel way of combining support for the Ireland rugby team and Seachtain na Gaeilge - by learning to sing Ireland’s Call in Irish.

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Madigan: Sexton is the ‘in-form fly-half in the world’

Madigan: Sexton is the ‘in-form fly-half in the world’

Ian Madigan has refused to mimic Johnny Sexton even though he admitted his Ireland rival is the “in-form fly-half in the world”.

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Heaslip : ‘I heard Joe in my head screaming at me to get up’

Heaslip : ‘I heard Joe in my head screaming at me to get up’

“I didn’t know if it was a knee or a shoulder or whatever. I tried to get on with it but it stiffened up and I had to come off.”

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Heaslip returns in only change for Wales match

Heaslip returns in only change for Wales match

Jamie Heaslip starts at number eight in the only change Joe Schmidt has made to his starting XV for Saturday’s crucial RBS Six nations game against Wales in Cardiff.

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Cronin: Paul O'Connell is getting even better

Cronin: Paul O'Connell is getting even better

Evergreen Paul O’Connell can still scale new heights ahead of notching his 100th Ireland cap in Saturday’s pivotal RBS 6 Nations showdown in Wales, according to Sean Cronin.

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Sexton fit for Wales showdown

Sexton fit for Wales showdown

Johnny Sexton has been passed fit for Ireland’s pivotal RBS 6 Nations clash against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

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Paulie on his 100th cap: Games ‘mean more now’

Paulie on his 100th cap: Games ‘mean more now’

“When you are coming towards the end you appreciate that there won’t be many more of them. You want them all to be good days."

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Sexton must prove fitness for Cardiff clash

Sexton must prove fitness for Cardiff clash

"He will have modified training during the early part of the week with an expectation that he will train fully towards the end of the week."

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Wayne Barnes in charge for Wales v Ireland

Wayne Barnes in charge for Wales v Ireland

English referee Wayne Barnes has been appointed to take charge of the key RBS 6 Nations clash between Wales and Ireland in Cardiff on March 14.

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Pape 10-week ban for kneeing Heaslip upheld

Pape 10-week ban for kneeing Heaslip upheld

Pascal Pape’s RBS 6 Nations career has ended in acrimony after the France lock lost his appeal against a 10-week ban for kneeing Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip in the back.

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Schmidt: Aviva crowd played a ‘massive’ role against England

Schmidt: Aviva crowd played a ‘massive’ role against England

“In that last 10 or 15 minutes we had some very, very tired players and sometimes you need something to just prop you up a bit and keep you going.”

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Jordi Murphy: England ‘biggest test of my career so far’

Jordi Murphy: England ‘biggest test of my career so far’

"I’m just looking at the collective and the contribution that I made to the collective effort."

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Cian Healy's brilliant note to himself after Sunday's clash of heads

Cian Healy's brilliant note to himself after Sunday's clash of heads

"Lesson: Don't tackle the opposition with your face."

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Wales captain Warburton expected to be fit for Ireland showdown

Wales captain Warburton expected to be fit for Ireland showdown

Wales captain Sam Warburton is expected to be fit for the vital RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland on March 14.

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