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 Andy Farrell believes the side deserves more credit for the manner in which they bounced back in Murrayfield.

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Genge trains with England as injury fears ease

The Leicester prop seems to have recovered from an ankle injury.

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Sexton 'will be ready to go' for Italy after recovering from head injury

Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell has revealed that Jonathan Sexton will be fit to face Italy in eight days' time.

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From Carton House to Christchurch, England are on everyone’s radar

The three-legged return flight to Christchurch this week left plenty of headspace to tease out England and their 2019 possibilities.

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Andy Farrell feels Ireland will continue to have a bright future when he takes charge

Andy Farrell is fully prepared for the life-changing demands of being Ireland head coach when he takes over from Joe Schmidt after this year's World Cup in Japan.

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Blow for Wales as Leigh Halfpenny is overlooked by Scarlets

The 30-year-old has not played since November.

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Team news: Kieran Marmion back from injury as Irish internationals return to provinces

Ultan Dillane, Caolin Blade, Jack Carty and Tom Farrell will line-out for Connacht after their Ireland call-ups.

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Tom Curry draws Terry Butcher comparisons after head wound makes his mum cry

Curry has played a key role in England’s two Six Nations wins.

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Ellis Genge withdrawn from England training with ankle injury

The prop is in contention to deputise for Mako Vunipola.

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Neil Jenkins acknowledges England’s quality

This season’s two remaining unbeaten teams face Cardiff showdown on Saturday week.

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Wales assistant Howley hails loyalty of head coach Gatland

Howley hopes he and Gatland can bow out on a high after the Six Nations and World Cup are over.

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Scotland’s Huw Jones to miss remainder of the Six Nations

The centre sustained a knee injury against Ireland.

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Wales’ Scott Williams expected to miss rest of Six Nations with back injury

Warren Gatland’s squad are currently second in the table.

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Dave Kearney hopes worst days a distant memory

It’s over two years since Dave Kearney won the last of his 17 Ireland caps but the Leinster winger hasn’t given up hope of featuring in this year’s Six Nations, or the World Cup, now that he has put a lengthy injury nightmare behind him.

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Taulupe Faletau ruled out of Six Nations with broken arm

Leigh Halfpenny, however, poised to return after being sidelined for three months recovering from concussion.

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England's Mako Vunipola to miss remainder of Six Nations

England prop Mako Vunipola has been ruled out of the remainder of the Guinness Six Nations by an ankle injury.

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Lancaster certain Kidney will manage O’Brien wisely at London Irish

Stuart Lancaster believes Declan Kidney and London Irish will manage their investment wisely by taking into account Sean O’Brien’s injury profile and the attritional nature of life in the Gallagher Premiership when the flanker joins the club next season.

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Ireland will benefit from England defeat in the long run, reckons Lancaster

The dust has settled on the opening two rounds of this year’s Six Nations but it still isn’t clear as to where Ireland stand.

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Munster boss van Graan impressed by Joey Carbery’s ‘mental steel’

Munster coach Johann van Graan departed Murrayfield on Saturday a happy man.

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Ryan Wilson’s Six Nations campaign ended by injury

The Glasgow captain went off injured halfway through Scotland’s 22-13 defeat by Ireland on Saturday.

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Finn Russell says Joey Carbery will learn fast

Finn Russell had read Joey Carbery’s intention as clearly as if it were laid bare on the giant screen above them at Murrayfield. The Scotland fly-half took full advantage of the situation to intercept the replacement’s pass and make the break, offloading from the deck after Keith Earl’s last-ditch tackle to hand Sam Johnson his 28th-minute try, a score that cut the visitors’ lead to two points.

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Empty seats the price of ever-escalating ticket costs

Every Six Nations weekend generates a blizzard of statistics, come hail or shine, writes Peter Jackson.

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Tadhg Beirne expected to return for Italy clash

Ireland boss Joe Schmidt is hopeful Tadhg Beirne could return to fitness in time to face Italy in Rome when the defending champions resume their Guinness Six Nations campaign in 13 days.

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Substance trumps style as Ireland dig deep

It is not often you can regard a championship Test match as a dress rehearsal. After all, this is the big one, the Guinness Six Nations, rugby’s greatest championship say the marketing men, who for once, may just be right, and certainly the oldest and revered.

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Ireland shaken and stirred but still standing

Quite what impact Saturday’s Murrayfield result has on the next time Ireland meet Scotland in September’s key opening World Cup pool game in Yokohama remains to be seen but, right now, Joe Schmidt has more immediate problems to address, writes Donal Lenihan.

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Eddie Jones ready to ‘see how big the gap is’ against Wales

Six Nations title could hinge on the outcome.

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Things are in our own hands – Wales boss Gatland

The in-form Welsh will relish Six Nations showdown against fierce rivals England in Cardiff.

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5 things we learned from the Six Nations weekend

England, Ireland and Wales enjoyed victories across the second round of fixtures.

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Jonny May hat-trick helps England to resounding victory over France

The Leicester wing has scored 12 tries in as many Tests.

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Josh Navidi calls on Wales to maintain momentum ahead of England clash

Wales will tackle England later this month on the back of an 11-Test unbeaten run.

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Finn Russell insists Scotland will come out fighting against France

The Scots have yet to win in Paris in the Six Nations era.

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Chris Farrell hails Joey Carbery’s resilience in Ireland’s win over Scotland

Carbery bounced back from throwing a wild intercept pass that Finn Russell picked off.

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Rory Best: Ireland took big step forward with win over Scotland

The Ireland captain was relieved in victory, but still demanding improvements.

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Rory Best: Ireland's win over Scotland a 'very important' victory

Ireland captain Rory Best hailed “a very important” victory over Scotland on Saturday as the 2018 Grand Slam winners got their Guinness Six Nations title defence back on track with a 22-13 win at Murrayfield.

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Six Nations: Joe Schmidt plays down Sexton head injury as Ireland win against Scots

Joe Schmidt hopes Johnny Sexton will shake off a head injury in time for Ireland's Guinness Six Nations trip to Italy.

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Here's the player ratings for Ireland's win over Scotland

Here's how both teams rated as Ireland defeated Scotland 22-13.

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Ireland overcome early Sexton injury to defeat Scotland

Ireland bounced back from their painful home defeat to England as they got their Guinness Six Nations title defence back on track with a much-needed victory at Murrayfield.

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Darren Cave calls for second referendum in event of no-deal Brexit

The Ireland rugby international from Co Down also criticised the state of Northern Ireland’s politics in The Sports Chronicle interview.

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5 talking points as England prepare to tackle France

Eddie Jones’ men will be looking to make it two wins from two in this year’s championship.

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Atonement time, but Ireland wary of Scottish tricks

The winds of Storm Erik tore through Edinburgh last night as the perfect prelude to an afternoon at Murrayfield today that Ireland supporters are hoping will bring a whirlwind of a different kind.

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Rory Best backs Quinn Roux to grasp golden opportunity

Rory Best has backed Quinn Roux to step up and grab his chance in Ireland’s second row as injured lineout leader Devin Toner was ruled out for two months following ankle surgery.

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Backs to the wall time for Ireland

Cian Healy has been in must-win territory before but knows feeling hurt by last week’s defeat alone cannot get Ireland’s Guinness Six Nations campaign back on track.

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So, do Scotland have a chance?

It didn’t take Gregor Townsend long after last Saturday’s win over Italy to set the tone for today’s game. About half an hour, in fact, before Scotland’s head coach declared his team would need “one of our best-ever performances” to beat Ireland. And that they would have to improve probably every aspect of their game to do so.

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Scrum must force Scotland into making difficult decisions

Our rugby analyst Donal Lenihan focuses on the three key challenges Ireland must master today in Edinburgh

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Devin Toner out for two months

Ireland’s Guinness Six Nations title defence suffered another setback today when second row and lineout leader Devin Toner was ruled out for two months following ankle surgery.

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Laidlaw backs Scotland to cope with weather conditions against Ireland

The weather could be the deciding factor as Ireland head to Edinburgh.

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Tight turnarounds and a hill in Kilkee

Whatever was the trigger for that England performance in Dublin six days ago, it was hardly a game of darts, much as Henry Slade might have indicated. But it probably helped.

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5 talking points ahead of the second weekend of Six Nations action

More thrilling encounters are promised as the competition reaches its second week.

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Chris Ashton returns for England as Mathieu Bastareaud comes in for France

Chris Ashton has been recalled to the England team to play France at Twickenham on Sunday.

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The losing feeling doesn’t get any easier for Schmidt

Joe Schmidt admitted he had spent the week reflecting on Ireland’s poor performance against England, but has selected the right side to get the Guinness Six Nations defending champions back on track in Scotland tomorrow.

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Conan puts his hand up for ‘massive opportunity’

Jack Conan has been here before, handed an opportunity to make his mark in the white heat of a Test match and has not always made the most of it.

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Buoyant U20s won't take Scots for granted

In spite of the enormity of their opening round victory over England, defence coach Kieran Campbell has insisted the Ireland U20s are keeping their feet firmly on the ground.

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Search continues for French rugby’s joie de vivre

What a difference 40 minutes makes — especially for the France Six Nations’ squad.

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‘Class is permanent’ — Schmidt backs half-back axis

Joe Schmidt is backing Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton to shake off the rust and to be the ‘competitive animals’ Ireland need to face down Scotland at Murrayfield tomorrow.

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Chris Farrell to win fourth cap for Ireland as dead leg rules Henshaw out for Scots clash

Chris Farrell will win his fourth Ireland cap against Scotland this Saturday, after Robbie Henshaw became the latest star hit by injury.

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Warren Gatland has an eye on the World Cup as he makes 10 changes to Wales team

Head coach has made a number of changes for Six Nations clash against Italy.

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