Six Nations fixtures announced for 2018 and 2019
The fixtures for both the 2018 and 2019 Six Nations Championships have been announced.
The fixtures for both the 2018 and 2019 Six Nations Championships have been announced.
The Rugby Football Union are standing by their proposal to reduce the length of the Six Nations from seven to six weeks despite widespread opposition.
Ireland's Peter O'Mahony has brought himself right into Lions contention with a stunning performance after his late call-up against England, according to two-time British & Irish Lions captain Martin Johnson.
All rational evidence ahead of the chariot's arrival pointed to one logical outcome. Oh, we have little faith.
Saturday's win over England saw Ireland finish a disappointing but compelling Six Nations with a flourish and secure a second-place finish behind Eddie Jones' champions. Joe Schmidt used 33 players over the course of the tournament, here's how they rated.
England coach Eddie Jones shouldered the blame on Saturday after watching his side fall to the first defeat of his reign.
Even after ending the 2017 Six Nations on a resoundingly high note with defeat of England on Saturday night, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt admitted it would be a championship he looked back on with more than a hint of frustration.
Proud Ireland captain Rory Best revealed he felt the need to protect his team-mates during their massively physical win over England on Saturday.
Gregor Townsend is the perfect man to build on the foundations laid by out-going Scotland head coach Vern Cotter, according to Dark Blues wing Tim Visser. Kiwi Cotter bowed out after three years in charge with Saturday's 29-0 drubbing of Italy at Murrayfield.
Wales are waiting to hear if any action will be taken on two fronts after claiming there was "evidence to suggest" wing George North had been bitten during Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash against France.
Before a ball was kicked, Joe Schmidt gave himself a target of a top-two finish and their place at the head of the chasing pack looked just about right on Saturday night.
Tadhg Furlong insists he is happy to leave his British and Irish Lions chances in the lap of the selectors.
Ireland end England's 18-match unbeaten run and Grand Slam hopes with a 13-9 victory in the RBS 6 Nations at the Aviva Stadium.
It's hardly a Super Saturday but Ireland captain Rory Best has ensured the Irish faithful that his side are not lacking in motivation ahead of today's visit from England to the Aviva Stadium (5pm kick-off).
Ireland have ended England's 18-match unbeaten run and Grand Slam hopes with a 13-9 victory in the RBS 6 Nations at the Aviva Stadium.
They have been there and done it all before and Joe Schmidt would pay hard cash for their experience, but rather than contributing to the Irish effort in Kildare yesterday Paul O'Connell and Ronan O'Gara were entertaining at a fund-raiser in Dublin for the Haven charity.
If Ireland have paid much attention to the messages coming out of Pennyhill Park this week, they've been keeping it well hidden.
Defiant Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is backing his Six Nations underdogs to 'do a Barcelona' and triumph against the odds by wrecking England's Grand Slam bid and new world record for consecutive wins in tomorrow's 5.00pm Dublin showdown.
Jared Payne, Iain Henderson and Kieran Marmion have been included in Joe Schmidt’s starting XV for Saturday’s Six Nations finale against England.
Ireland continue to insist they will gain no motivation from trying to spoil England's Grand Slam party in Dublin on Saturday. Joe Schmidt's players have stuck steadfastly to the message that last week's 22-9 defeat to Wales was the result of "small margins" in the RBS 6 Nations.
With their Six Nations ambitions already having had to be revised in light of last weekend's loss to Wales, the Ireland camp closed ranks yesterday as scrum coach Greg Feek defended Joe Schmidt's selection policy.
After seeing their Six Nations hopes crumble in Cardiff, Ireland lock Iain Henderson admitted that it has been a frustrating campaign from start to finish.
Long after the dust has settled and the bright lights of the Principality Stadium have been dimmed, four hours north of Cardiff, the Ireland U20s will look to take another step towards a first Grand Slam.
Owen Farrell faces a race against time to prove his fitness as fears grow over his availability for England's Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland at Twickenham today.
When you are playing away from home and you make as many unforced errors as Ireland did last night, you are never going to win a Test.
Joe Schmidt was left ruing the fine margins after watching his side fall to a 22-9 defeat to Wales in Cardiff last night.
Distraught captain Rory Best described Ireland as "devastated" after his side's Six Nations title hopes went up in smoke in the Principality Stadium last night.
For all the talk of wilting daffodils heading into last night's Cardiff contest, Ireland instead got a roaring Welsh dragon as their Six Nations hopes were shot down in flames.
Managing the occasion this morning will be just as important as the game itself as Ireland Women look to keep alive their hopes of repeating 2013's Grand Slam success.
France coach Guy Noves has warned his players they are in no position to act high and mighty against Italy in Rome today.
For all the talk of wilting daffodils heading into the Cardiff contest, Ireland instead got a roaring Welsh dragon as their Six Nations hopes went down in flames.
Sam Warburton readily acknowledges that Wales have "points to prove" when they tackle RBS 6 Nations rivals Ireland tonight.
The home of Welsh rugby in the heart of the Welsh capital is a stadium like no other on big match day. Roof open or closed, the atmosphere in the Principality Stadium is electric.
With one somewhat unexpected loss, followed by two expected wins, tonight's clash with Wales (8.05pm kick-off) under the Principality Stadium lights will go a long way to defining how this Six Nations Championship is viewed for Joe Schmidt's men.
Tickets for next Saturday's Ireland v England Six Nations clash are being offered for sale at more than £6,000 a time.
One wonders if the Ireland U20s forward pack got together at some stage in recent weeks and figured that it was time they made their mark and had people talk about them as well as the stellar back-line outside them.
Ireland skipper Rory Best is confident his side can deal with the pressure of knowing their championship hopes hinge on the result of tonight's clash with Wales (8.05pm kick-off).
"You can't say anything to that man." Two years ago against Toulon, as Steffon Armitage seemingly pilfered almost every single loose ball that dropped to the deck, Sean O'Brien's patience snapped with the referee.
It all looks like one of those circle the wagons moments. After their second half collapse against the Scots, Wales have no shot at the title and are now staring down the barrel of three Six Nations losses on the bounce.
Wales boss Rob Howley has offered his players a chance for redemption after naming an unchanged team to face RBS Six Nations opponents Ireland tomorrow.
There's a multitude of reasons why the Principality roof must not close tomorrow evening but one overrides all considerations. Have you ever been in the same room as a heaving mass of 80,000 beery-breathed, belching, sweating and flatulating bodies?
Ireland cannot let another start pass them by in Cardiff tomorrow night, according to head coach Joe Schmidt. A sluggish opening cost them dear in Murrayfield and landed them in trouble against France, and the New Zealander fears that a failure to come out of the...
It's been quite a season for Rob Lyttle, who, after making his breakthrough with Ulster, recovered from injury to make his Ireland U20s Six Nations debut in the impressive win against France last time out.
Joe Schmidt has insisted Ireland would be playing with fire by seeking to exploit George North's criticised defence in Friday's RBS 6 Nations clash in Wales.
Scotland hooker Ross Ford is mystified by the angry English response to Italy's breakdown tactics.
Robbie Henshaw was built to destroy though many of us would prefer to see him dance.
It seems Jared Payne will need to be patient as he awaits an Ireland recall.
George North has earned the right to get away with just a warning for his performance against Scotland, says Shaun Edwards, who admitted the Wales winger "was not at his best".
Rob Howley was in charge, the Lions tour was looming and Wales came into the Six Nations on the back of a middling November.
Billy and Mako Vunipola used their faith to keep alive their hopes of helping England defend their RBS 6 Nations title.
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