Fine margins should swing in Ireland’s favour today

Fine margins, this fixture has been determined by them time and time again over the past decade and everything points to a similar scenario when Ireland and Wales lock horns once more in Dublin this afternoon.

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Jacob Stockdale: An old head on young shoulders

Even watching from the family sofa, Jacob Stockdale could see that Six Nations rugby was at a different level to anything else in the game.

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Katie Fitzhenry: We’re starting to gel at the right time

Wexford native Katie Fitzhenry is hoping that Ireland can build on victory over Italy when they welcome Wales to Donnybrook Stadium tomorrow afternoon (3pm).

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Serge Betsen: Defeat to Munster was one of the great frustrations of my career

Serge Betsen enjoyed many momentous days playing for France: Six Nations Grand Slams, Top 14 titles, World Cup semi-finals. But something still rankles: The 2006 Heineken Cup final defeat to Munster, and that try by Peter Stringer.

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Best eases fears over Sexton back scare

Rory Best is confident Ireland’s rookies can benefit from the experience packed around them when Wales visit the Aviva Stadium today and has eased fears that another youngster will not be thrown in at the deep end after a Johnny Sexton injury scare.

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Joe Schmidt questions why Warren Gatland opinion given such ‘credence’

Joe Schmidt has come out swinging against critics of Ireland’s attack gameplan by rounding on Wales rival Warren Gatland’s jibes of more than two years ago.

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When cool Dan Leavy had the fright of his life

Joe Schmidt spoke yesterday about how some of his players might have been spooked during Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina in 2015, but Dan Leavy doesn’t fit the bill as the type to take fright on the field.

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PaperTalk Extra: Why is the Wales threat underrated and is Mourinho the new Wenger?

Mikie Sheehan and Peter McNamara join Stephen Barry for a packed show previewing a bumper sporting weekend.

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Donncha O’Callaghan: ‘The Wales lads are brilliant craic but for 80 minutes you despise them’

Munster legend Donncha O’Callaghan has issued a warning to Ireland about the potential ‘banana skin’ that awaits them at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

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Tom O’Toole’s long road (and air miles) to Ireland honours

The prospect of an Irish U20s jersey must have seemed a distant dream to a 16-year-old Tom O’Toole, as he looked out the window of Campbell College, in Belfast, on his first night at the school, and thought about the family he had left 10,000 miles behind, in Australia.

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Simon Zebo eyes perfect Leeside farewell against Glasgow Warriors

Simon Zebo has warned that Munster must lay down a marker from the outset and make home advantage pay against Glasgow Warriors at Musgrave Park this evening (7pm kick-off).

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Shaun Edwards primed for Wales head coach challenge

Shaun Edwards says he would listen to a head coach’s offer “in rugby league or rugby union” if one came his way.

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Garry Ringrose set for Leinster return

It has been a hard road for Southern Kings, the whipping boys of the Guinness PRO14, and things are unlikely to get easier for the South Africans at the RDS tonight.

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