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Conor Murray: ‘Winning the European Cup with Munster means the world to me’ | Donald McRae

Ireland and Lions scrum-half faces Saracens on Saturday and, with the World Cup looming, is ready for a ‘career-defining’ six months‘I’m in the real world now,” Conor Murray says with amusement soon after he opens the front door to his house in Castlet…

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Leicester good enough to escape relegation battle, says Mike Ford

• Former England defence coach hired as consultant• Leicester five points off bottom after dismal seasonLeicester’s new consultant, Mike Ford, believes the team have the talent and desire to escape the relegation scrap. The former England and Ireland d…

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The Breakdown | Wales won Six Nations by sticking to speed limit while others lost control

The grand slam was based on meticulous preparation, precision and containing risk, qualities Ireland and England could not matchWales’ grand slam was planned in military detail. If, statistically, it looked a minimalist triumph, based on defence rather…

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Ireland ’employed British military intelligence officer’ after Rugby World Cup leaks

New book claims union feared bugs had been planted at HQIRFU said in response that the claims were ‘fictionalised’Ireland’s rugby authorities were so worried about media leaks after a disastrous World Cup campaign that they employed a former British mi…

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Wales’s rising sons set the northern hemisphere benchmark for Japan | Robert Kitson

England may have lost the plot at Twickenham but grand slam winners could write another happy endingHow quickly modern rugby’s wheel of fortune spins. A few weeks ago Ireland were an irresistible force, enjoying such critical acclaim that back-to-back …

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No doubting that Warren Gatland’s Wales deserve their grand slam | Robert KItson

High-class defence and rare stamina make Wales second in the world and leave their Six Nations rivals struggling in their wakeThere is no such thing as an accidental grand slam. Winning five games on the trot in testing conditions against reliably moti…

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I will miss Six Nations but now it is all about Japan, says Warren Gatland

• Wales coach turns attention to World Cup after grand slam• ‘I am incredibly proud of players for what they have achieved’Warren Gatland will this week turn his attention to the World Cup after celebrating the grand slam and Wales’s fourth Six Nations…

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Alun Wyn Jones battles through pain to lead Wales to Six Nations glory | Andy Bull

The lock forward injured his left knee early on against Ireland but soldiered on, showing how formidable a captain he isAt least all that rain will wash the streets clean. By the time everyone is done in Cardiff, they will surely need it. The fans ther…

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Wales crush Ireland to win third Six Nations grand slam in 11 years

• Wales 25-7 Ireland• Parkes try and Anscombe masterclass give Wales victoryOn the eve of the day of St Patrick, a hat-trick of grand slams for Warren Gatland. Wales’s head coach marked his final campaign in the Six Nations, with the men in red at leas…

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Wales v Ireland: Six Nations final round – live!

Wales bidding to seal Six Nations title and grand slamJoin Tom Bassam for Italy v France – live!And you can email Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 2.22pm GMT Quite the game in Rome, where Italy are six points behind and doing everything but score what coul…

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Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt both in search of Six Nations happy ending | Paul Rees

The Wales coach will be wary of a ruthless Ireland side and the tactical nous of his fellow New ZealanderWarren Gatland once reflected on Wales’s capacity to sabotage the future by focusing on the past. “They prefer to regurgitate the Chateaubriand of …

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Twickenham ready for Saturday storms but all looks set fair for Wales | Robert Kitson

England should lift the Calcutta Cup but the real glittering prize can be Warren Gatland’s yet againRarely has the country been in greater need of a glorious Six Nations finale as a distraction from real life. Even Theresa May might benefit from puttin…

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Wales will find another gear against Ireland to seal Six Nations grand slam | Jamie Roberts

All of our coaching staff were involved in the 2012 grand slam and they will have the players believing their hard work will deliver what they deserve on SaturdayWales will need to save their best for last against an Ireland team who have yet to hit to…

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Wales’ Gareth Anscombe defiant as Johnny Sexton talks up Ireland hopes

• ‘We feel we can take on anyone in world,’ says Wales No 10• Sexton: ‘We’ve stopped winning runs before’Wales may be armed with a record 13-match winning run when they face Ireland at the Principality Stadium on Saturday but Gareth Anscombe believes t…

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Johnny Sexton back to his best as Ireland steamroller France into submission

• Ireland 26-14 France• Irish fly-half scores try and kicks six pointsIreland rediscovered their 2018 mojo to thump France 26-14 and sustain their slender Guinness Six Nations title hopes. Related: Ireland 26-14 France: Six Nations – as it happened Co…

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Ireland v France: Six Nations – live!

All the action from the 3pm kick-off in DublinHenderson wants Ireland to make a point against FranceFeel free to email Niall or to tweet @niallmcveigh 2.16pm GMT Team news update: A late injury blow for Ireland, with full-back Rob Kearney ruled out wit…

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Iain Henderson wants Ireland to make a point against France

Second-row is aware that after their loss to England the long gap until another home game provides added incentiveSeven changes for Ireland for Sunday afternoon’s match at the Aviva Stadium, and none for France from their win a fortnight ago against th…

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Ireland ring changes in bid to recapture their champion formula

• Joe Schmidt replaces six forwards in team to face France• 2018 champions have lost to England and toiled in RomeFive weeks into the Six Nations it seems Ireland are still looking for whatever it was they lost in that opening round defeat to England. …

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France will look to exploit Ireland weaknesses in Six Nations, says Brunel

• Coach names unchanged 23 for Sunday’s clash in Dublin• Squad ‘knows what to expect’ after watching IrelandJacques Brunel believes France can exploit “weaknesses” in Ireland’s game in Sunday’s Six Nations clash in Dublin.The France coach has named an …

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Six Nations verdict: Gatland’s Wales really have forgotten how to lose | Ugo Monye

England should finish strongly but Ireland and their rusty half-backs look as if they peaked last yearAs Warren Gatland says, they have forgotten how to lose and it is amazing the way they are able to ramp up their performance levels when they need to….