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 ...

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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 ...

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Wycherley: There was no intent to take out Sexton

A single tackle in a rugby match has rarely generated such debate and controversy as the one the virtually unknown Fineen Wycherley rocked World Player of the Year ...

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Cheetahs' player banned for 'clearing the contents of his nose onto the face of a Connacht player'

"The player's actions have no place in the game. It is contrary to the spirit of sport."

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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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Three Ulster prospects commit future to the province

Loosehead Eric O'Sullivan, versatile back Michael Lowry and 20-year old centre James Hume have all signed their first senior contracts at Kingspan Stadium.

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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 ...

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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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New Zealand duo among five Munster players to extend contracts

New Zealand half-backs Tyler Bleyendaal and Alby Mathewson are among five players to sign contract extensions at Munster.

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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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Sean O’Brien: ‘The more games I play, the better I get’

Sean O’Brien has endured a litany of injuries that would make a grown man cry but the Ireland flanker prefers to laugh off the run of bad luck that has crippled ...

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Trailblazer Darren Sweetnam thrilled to see others follow his footsteps

Talented young rugby players from West Cork are a plentiful commodity these days with the Wycherley brothers and the Coombes’ cousins among those making a ...

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Ben Youngs believes Jonny May is the ‘deadliest’ winger in world rugby

May has scored 12 tries in his last 12 Tests.

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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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Tommy Seymour believes Scotland can cope without attacking flair of Finn Russell

The fly-half has been ruled out by a head injury.

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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 ...

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Ringrose out but Henderson and Beirne back in Ireland squad to face Italy

Chris Farrell has also been passed fit.

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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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Robbie Henshaw signs contract extension with IRFU until 2022

Irish Rugby confirmed the news this morning that will see the Athlone native continue to play his rugby at Leinster.

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Duncan Casey: How much do we really love and appreciate our Irish culture?

Like many Pacific Islanders in his native Auckland, Edgar’s parents moved there in search of a better life for themselves and their families. This is the case ...

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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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Van Graan philosophical about Ireland’s call

Ireland’s call is likely to gain preference over Munster’s needs when it comes to choosing respective XVs for next weekends’s games against Italy ...

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Gosper: Game has never been safer

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper claimed his sport has “never been safer than it is now” as he looked ahead to a groundbreaking World Cup in ...

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Cronin more than a ‘super-sub’, says Fogarty

Seán Cronin must have thought it was easy.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Sean Fitzpatrick feels Ireland and England are genuine World Cup threat to All Blacks

The former All Blacks star feels the biggest threat will come from the Northern Hemisphere sides.

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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 ...

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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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Dan Carter returns to Racing 92 as a 'medical joker'

The former All Black out-half is joining Simon Zebo and Donnacha Ryan at the Parisian club mid-season as a 'medical joker'.

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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 ...

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Leinster flirt with danger in Zebre crossing

When Ross Byrne dummied and raced under the posts in the 22nd minute, he and Leinster must have thought their job was done in Italy.

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Connacht overcome errors to stay on track

Coach Andy Friend was delighted to see Connacht claim victory over the Cheetahs, leaving destiny in their own hands as they chase a PRO14 play-off spot.

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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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Saracens battle past Leicester to return to Premiership summit

The hosts jumped above Exeter who were beaten on Friday.

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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 ...

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