Conor O'Shea: Joe Marler 'not in any way, shape or form racist'

Conor O'Shea: Joe Marler "not in any way, shape or form racist"

The RTÉ TV pundit, who is Marler's coach at Harlequins, is supporting the under-fire forward.

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World Rugby step-in to investigate Joe Marler verbal abuse

World Rugby step-in to investigate Joe Marler verbal abuse

Marler had escaped punishment from the Six Nations for calling a Wales prop "gypsy boy".

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CJ Stander: Ireland 'written off and categorised as underdogs' for tour of South Africa

CJ Stander: Ireland 'written off and categorised as underdogs' for tour of South Africa

Ireland's South Africa-born forward revealed the Springboks have supposedly "written off" Joe Schmidt's side following the failed defence of their RBS 6 Nations title.

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Tommy O'Donnell: Rory is the best man for Irish captaincy

Tommy O'Donnell: Rory is the best man for Irish captaincy

Ulster hooker Best assumed the captaincy for the RBS 6 Nations after Paul O'Connell's retirement, guiding injury-hit Ireland to a respectable third-placed finish.

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Ireland Women finish Six Nations strongly with victory against Scots in Donnybrook

Ireland Women finish Six Nations strongly with victory against Scots in Donnybrook

The Ireland Women produced their most complete performance of the Six Nations to run out 45-12 winners over Scotland at sunny Donnybrook.

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CJ Stander defends Johnny Sexton over 'milking it' claims

CJ Stander defends Johnny Sexton over 'milking it' claims

CJ Stander has launched an impassioned defence of "tough guy" Johnny Sexton, insisting Ireland's premier playmaker would never play-act.

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Rory Best urges Joe Schmidt to lead Ireland through to 2019 World Cup

Rory Best urges Joe Schmidt to lead Ireland through to 2019 World Cup

Ulster hooker Best hailed Schmidt as "one of the best coaches I've worked with" as he called on the former Leinster boss to remain with Ireland beyond next summer.

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Joe Schmidt to decide on long-term future after Ireland's trip to South Africa

Joe Schmidt to decide on long-term future after Ireland's trip to South Africa

Head coach Schmidt's current Ireland contract runs until summer 2017, when the former Leinster boss' services will be in high demand.

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Tommy O'Donnell replaces van der Flier for clash with Scotland

Tommy O'Donnell replaces van der Flier for clash with Scotland

Tommy O'Donnell comes in at openside flanker in place of Josh van der Flier in the only change in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland team for the Six Nations clash with Scotland.

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Marler clear to play after avoiding bans for verbal abuse and striking incidents

Marler clear to play after avoiding bans for verbal abuse and striking incidents

"Having taken all the facts into account no further disciplinary action will be taken."

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Joe Marler escapes striking sanction, but awaits fate on Samson Lee incident

Joe Marler escapes striking sanction, but awaits fate on Samson Lee incident

England prop Joe Marler currently remains available for Saturday's Grand Slam match against France in Paris after escaping sanction for striking Wales' Rob Evans.

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Warren Gatland apologises for referring to 'gypsy boy' slur as 'banter'

Warren Gatland apologises for referring to 'gypsy boy' slur as 'banter'

Asked for his views on the Marler-Lee episode, Wales head coach Gatland said: "Look, we have no issue. It was just a bit of banter, as far as I am concerned. And that's the way that Samson said it.”

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Conor O'Shea urges Ireland to ignore world ranking and focus on Scotland

Conor O'Shea urges Ireland to ignore world ranking and focus on Scotland

Ireland must ignore any threat of slipping into a World Cup 2019 pool of death ahead of Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Scotland, according to Conor O'Shea.

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Ireland skipper Rory Best must prove fitness for Scotland clash

Ireland skipper Rory Best must prove fitness for Scotland clash

Ireland's most-capped hooker sat out Tuesday's training with a tight calf in what assistant coach Richie Murphy deemed a precautionary move.

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Mike Brown: Online abuse after Conor Murray incident inspired strong performance

Mike Brown: Online abuse after Conor Murray incident inspired strong performance

Mike Brown has revealed that the abuse he received from Welsh Twitter trolls in the build-up to Saturday's 25-21 victory inspired his best performance of theSix Nations.

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Andrew Conway called up as Rob Kearney ruled out of Scotland clash

Andrew Conway called up as Rob Kearney ruled out of Scotland clash

Kearney missed Saturday's 58-15 win over Italy with hamstring trouble, and after further assessment on Monday Ireland have been forced to admit defeat in the British and Irish Lion's fitness bid.

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England prop Joe Marler cited for striking Wales front row Rob Evans

England prop Joe Marler cited for striking Wales front row Rob Evans

The Rugby Football Union released a statement on Sunday afternoon revealing that Marler apologised to Lee at half-time.

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Joe Marler sorry for ‘gypsy boy’ comment caught on TV

Joe Marler sorry for ‘gypsy boy’ comment caught on TV

England have revealed that Joe Marler has apologised to Samson Lee for verbally abusing him.

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Tomas Francis cited for alleged gouging incident

Tomas Francis cited for alleged gouging incident

TV footage showed the Exeter forward appearing to make contact with the eye area of Dan Cole.

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Scotland’s victory ensures 6 Nations triumph for England

Scotland’s victory ensures 6 Nations triumph for England

Scotland ended a decade of failure against France and handed the RBS 6 Nations title to England.

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England nearly lose at the end as Wales score two tries in two minutes for tense finish

England nearly lose at the end as Wales score two tries in two minutes for tense finish

England edged to the brink of a first RBS 6 Nations title for five years with a 25-21 victory over Wales but were forced to survive a late fightback that evoked memories of the final-quarter collapse against their old rival at last autumn's World Cup.

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Joe Schmidt: I know that people question decisions I might make

Joe Schmidt: I know that people question decisions I might make

Joe Schmidt admitted Ireland's nine-try thumping of Italy "released the pressure valve" amid a testing RBS 6 Nations campaign.

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Jamie Roberts confident Wales can handle England and Twickenham

Jamie Roberts confident Wales can handle England and Twickenham

Jamie Roberts has backed experience as an essential element of Wales' bid to repeat their World Cup heroics and floor fellow RBS 6 Nations heavyweights England on Saturday.

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Cian Healy ruled out of Italy clash

Cian Healy ruled out of Italy clash

Healy had been expected to feature from the bench against the Italians in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

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Rugby fans not impressed with Joe Schmidt’s team selection for Italy game

Rugby fans not impressed with Joe Schmidt’s team selection for Italy game

The initial, and most eye-catching decision was to omit centre Stuart McCloskey from the matchday squad.

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Jared Payne returns to centre; no place for Stuart McCloskey in matchday squad

Jared Payne returns to centre; no place for Stuart McCloskey in matchday squad

Joe Schmidt announced his squad for the game this afternoon and has named Payne to start at 13 alongside Robbie Henshaw.

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Cian Healy not fazed by Ireland's winless start to Six Nations rugby

Cian Healy not fazed by Ireland's winless start to Six Nations rugby

Frustrated Healy admitted Ireland have been hit hard by two defeats and a draw in their failed bid for a third successive Six Nations title.

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Manu Tuilagi to make England return against Wales

Manu Tuilagi to make England return against Wales

Manu Tuilagi has been included in England's matchday squad for their RBS 6 Nations title showdown with Wales.

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Jared Payne's return gives Joe Schmidt a selection headache

Jared Payne's return gives Joe Schmidt a selection headache

"We'll see what happens, obviously Jared gives us another option in the midfield and he's a quality player."

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Munster's Jack O'Donoghue called up to Ireland Six Nations squad

Munster's Jack O'Donoghue called up to Ireland Six Nations squad

Munster's Jack O'Donoghue has been added to the forwards panel and is one of two uncapped players in the squad

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Warren Gatland would still be a popular Irish head coach, according to survey

Warren Gatland would still be a popular Irish head coach, according to survey

Even Eddie Jones and Mike Brown appear to have been forgiven by Irish fans.

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Four days after starting it, Eddie Jones has ended his media ban

Four days after starting it, Eddie Jones has ended his media ban

During a feisty exchange with Irish journalists, Jones defended his claim that the parents of Irish fly-half Sexton "would be worried" about his whiplash injury.

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England's Mike Brown escapes citing for this Conor Murray incident

England's Mike Brown escapes citing for this Conor Murray incident

England full-back Mike Brown has escaped a citing for the incident that left Conor Murray requiring stitches to a wound in his head in Saturday's 21-10 RBS 6 Nations victory over Ireland.

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Busy Irish debut boy Dillane could feature in Murrayfield on Friday

Busy Irish debut boy Dillane could feature in Murrayfield on Friday

Dillane, who has only made eleven starts for Connacht since his debut 15 months ago, made an impressive bow to his international career in Twickenham on Saturday evening.

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Watch: Joe Schmidt to Irish fans: 'Don't lose faith'

Watch: Joe Schmidt to Irish fans: 'Don't lose faith'

Schmidt also hinted he feels that England full-back Mike Brown could face a citing for kicking Conor Murray in the face when trying to boot the ball clear from a ruck.

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Watch Rob Kearney: 'You can’t always be riding the crest of a wave'

Watch Rob Kearney: 'You can’t always be riding the crest of a wave'

Rob Kearney said that Ireland were hugely disappointed after this evening’s 21-10 defeat to England in Twickenham, but felt that ‘maybe the gap wasn’t as big as the scoreboard suggested’.

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LISTEN: 'I don't regret anything' Eddie Jones has a bad-tempered clash with Irish media

LISTEN: 'I don't regret anything' Eddie Jones has a bad-tempered clash with Irish media

England head coach Eddie Jones is to implement a self-imposed media blackout in response to the outcry over his comments that he was concerned for the welfare of Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton.

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Ireland Women fall to England at Twickenham

Ireland Women fall to England at Twickenham

The Ireland Women suffered their second successive Women's RBS 6 Nations defeat as they lost 13-9 to England at Twickenham tonight.

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England v Ireland: Where the game was won and lost

England v Ireland: Where the game was won and lost

Simon Lewis analyses the key moments at Twickenham as Ireland failed to register a first win of this Six Nations tournament.

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Ireland's Six Nations defence in tatters as England keep Grand Slam hopes alive

Ireland's Six Nations defence in tatters as England keep Grand Slam hopes alive

England set up a potential RBS 6 Nations championship decider against Wales by powering past Ireland 21-10 at Twickenham.

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Scotland look solid in victory against Italy in Rome

Scotland look solid in victory against Italy in Rome

Scotland claimed their first RBS 6 Nations win in two years as they beat Italy 36-20 in Rome.

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Live: Ireland's men and women take on England in the Six Nations Championship

Live: Ireland's men and women take on England in the Six Nations Championship

Follow the action and reaction from Ireland's clash with England in the men's and women's Six Nations Championship.

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Wales set up possible title showdown by beating France

Wales set up possible title showdown by beating France

Wales moved top of the 6 Nations after recording a fifth successive victory over France.

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In pictures: Ireland’s U20s celebrate incredible comeback victory against England

In pictures: Ireland’s U20s celebrate incredible comeback victory against England

A superb second-half comeback by the Ireland U20s saw them secure a precious away victory.

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Joe Schmidt refuses to be drawn on England boss Jones' remarks about Sexton

Joe Schmidt refuses to be drawn on England boss Jones' remarks about Sexton

"If we are distracted by that then it is something we are wasting energy and time on."

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Joe Schmidt gives young guns their chance against England

Joe Schmidt gives young guns their chance against England

Joe Schmidt has named his starting side for this weekend’s match against England and the big news is that both Josh van der Flier and Stuart McCloskey start.

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Maro Itoje handed first England start against Ireland

Maro Itoje handed first England start against Ireland

"Joe Launchbury is unlucky to miss out through injury. Maro Itoje is selected as a result and we're pleased for him," head coach Eddie Jones said.

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Saracens lock Maro Itoje set to start against Ireland

Saracens lock Maro Itoje set to start against Ireland

Saracens lock Maro Itoje could make his first England start after Joe Launchbury was ruled out of Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Ireland with a hamstring problem.

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Maro Itoje set to make first England start against Ireland

Maro Itoje set to make first England start against Ireland

The Saracens lock looks set to make his first England start after Joe Launchbury was ruled out.

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Simon Easterby has high hopes for 'animal' Ultan Dillane

Simon Easterby has high hopes for 'animal' Ultan Dillane

The 22-year-old lock is poised for his Ireland debut in Saturday's Twickenham showdown, with Mike McCarthy sidelined through concussion.

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CJ Stander warns England will be desperate for Twickenham victory

CJ Stander warns England will be desperate for Twickenham victory

“You know what they are going to bring to the match, but I think that gives them another 10% drive to play the game.”

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Simon Easterby tells Ireland to ignore England coach Eddie Jones' jibes

Simon Easterby tells Ireland to ignore England coach Eddie Jones' jibes

"Someone like Eddie is going to throw things out there, throw some comments out there, and that's great," said Easterby.

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Ireland keeping options open as they weigh up Payne fitness

Ireland keeping options open as they weigh up Payne fitness

The uncapped Stuart McCloskey has his considerable number of backers given the Ulsterman’s impressive form at centre this season

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Warren Gatland urges Wales to take 'another step up' against France

Warren Gatland urges Wales to take 'another step up' against France

Wales have not lost to France since suffering an agonising 2011 World Cup semi-final defeat in Auckland, reeling off four successive Six Nations wins.

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Eddie Jones to allow England to harness the 'hatred' ahead of Ireland clash

Eddie Jones to allow England to harness the 'hatred' ahead of Ireland clash

"Because of the history that is involved with the social and historical context, there is that long-seated rivalry and hatred of England. You can feel it."

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Ireland wait over Jared Payne fitness

Ireland wait over Jared Payne fitness

Team manager Mick Kearney admitted Ireland are adopting a "wait and see" attitude to Ulster centre Payne's hamstring injury.

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Conor Murray confident ahead of England game

Conor Murray confident ahead of England game

"Our game is in a good place. We’re not that far off at all."

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Healy and Ross back in squad for Twickenham encounter

Healy and Ross back in squad for Twickenham encounter

Ireland face England at Twickenham on Saturday, looking to get their campaign back on track after an opening weekend draw with Wales followed by defeat to France.

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France discover player is ineligible hours after Six Nations call-up

France discover player is ineligible hours after Six Nations call-up

French rugby thought the Samoan-born player was eligible as a result of playing in the country since 2011, first with Toulon and currently with Castres.

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Alan Quinlan asks pointed question after Kearney injury confirmed

Alan Quinlan asks pointed question after Kearney injury confirmed

Dave Kearney came off in the first half with a shoulder injury, as a result of a recklessly high tackle by French captain Guilhem Guirado.

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