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Ireland need Welsh favours if Six Nations defence is to stay on track | Paul Rees

Joe Schmidt admitted his side hope England stumble in Cardiff but says Ireland raised the temperature against ScotlandIreland now know they need to lean on others if they are to defend their Six Nations title. They finish their campaign in Cardiff and …

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Greig Laidlaw lambasts referee Romain Poite after Stuart Hogg is injured

• ‘We don’t seem to see eye to eye with Romain’• Full-back is a doubt for Scotland’s trip to ParisGreig Laidlaw will not be happy if Romain Poite takes charge of the World Cup match against Ireland in Yokohama in September after the Scotland captain sa…

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Ireland outmuscle Scotland to storm to precious away victory

• Scotland 13-22 Ireland• Johnny Sexton injured in physical battleAway victories in the Six Nations are supposed to be rare but this was the third in four matches this season as Ireland recovered from their opening-night setback against England to grin…

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Scotland v Ireland: Six Nations 2019 – live!

Six Nations latest from the 2.15pm GMT kick-off at MurrayfieldIreland given wake-up call by England defeatAnd you can email Niall or tweet with your thoughts 2.14pm GMT The anthems ring out – ‘Ireland’s Call’ followed by ‘Flower of Scotland’. A stirrin…

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Ireland hold most of the cards but Scotland aim to raise a storm | Stuart Bathgate

Weather may play a role at Murrayfield, where swirling winds are expected to make conditions challengingOne defeat is damaging enough. Two in the space of eight days would surely end Ireland’s hopes of retaining the Six Nations, and perhaps also of reg…

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Rob Kearney back as Ireland ring changes for Six Nations trip to Scotland

• Robbie Henshaw out injured and Chris Farrell picked at centre• Scotland drop hat-trick hero Blair Kinghorn for Sean MaitlandRob Kearney will return at full-back for Ireland’s Six Nations trip to Scotland, with Chris Farrell parachuted into the centre…

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‘There is a touch of panic’: Ireland given wake-up call by England defeat | Barry Glendenning

Bruising defeat in their Six Nations opener has jolted the champions’ self-confidence but the Irish public are mostly resisting a clamour for wholesale changeWhile they may have lost by only 12 points against England, the scoreline did scant justice to…

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The Breakdown | Bold England are contenders for World Cup but don’t write off Ireland

Eddie Jones’s positive selection and tactics in Dublin showed his side have hunger and desire, while Joe Schmidt’s team have overcome adversity beforeEddie Jones has been around long enough to appreciate that destiny lies at the end of a road blighted …

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Wales flanker Thomas Young to make Six Nations debut against Italy

• Young steps up after adapting to intense Wales training• Garry Ringrose and Devin Toner out for IrelandThomas Young is in line to make his Six Nations debut for Wales against Italy in Rome on Saturday after impressing in training in Nice.The 26-year-…

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England need to be physical and adaptable to realise a winning formula | Nick Evans

Adopting a strategy of squeeze and strangle, Eddie Jones’ team gave Ireland little room to handle the constant pressureThere was so much to like about England’s performance in Dublin but of the things that impressed me most, the way they handled the br…

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How beers, soap and a stepladder laid way for Eddie Jones’ Ireland triumph | Gerard Meagher

Team night out and an array of leftfield training drills provided perfect preparation for England’s best display of coach’s tenureAfter a performance such as England’s in Dublin on Saturday there is always the temptation to look back on it in the conte…

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Eddie Jones’s emphasis on attack puts down England marker for World Cup | Robert Kitson

England showed new intent and confidence to throttle Ireland, who may need to look at rejuvenating their squadIt is a long time since a Six Nations game changed rugby’s landscape so significantly. For England’s players, in particular, this was a result…

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England sweat on the fitness of Maro Itoje following knee injury

• Lock limped out of England’s 32-20 victory against Ireland• Concerns he could be out for the rest of the Six NationsEngland are sweating on the fitness of Maro Itoje amid concerns he could be ruled out for the rest of the Six Nations tournament, whil…

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Six Nations: talking points from opening round of fixtures

John Mitchell key for England; Wales’ Dan Biggar offers alternative denied to France; Scotland’s chance to show ambition; England women face formidable French packIreland have won every match in the final round of the Six Nations under Joe Schmidt, but…

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Eddie Jones gets a glimpse of England’s nasty side in Dublin victory | Andy Bull

A visiting side full of burly, bruising bullies showed they have the game to beat the best with their win in IrelandSo this is England. Three years in, this felt like the first good look at the side Eddie Jones has been dreaming about, the one he had a…

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Ireland’s Johnny Sexton fails to lift wilting shamrock against England | Robert Kitson

No 10 frequently an Irish saviour but influence goes missing as green machine is rolled over by men in whiteNo grand slam this time, just the eerie thud of lofty Irish reputations crashing back down to earth. One bad result does not suddenly make Irela…

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‘We are nowhere near our best’: Eddie Jones says England can get better

• England coach says win over Ireland is just the start• ‘We will be better in the next game – we are still growing’Eddie Jones says England’s stunning bonus-point victory in Dublin is merely a start in a year that culminates with the World Cup in Japa…

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Ireland 20-32 England: Six Nations player ratings from Dublin

Mako Vunipola was England’s man of the match as he played a pivotal role in their remarkable 32-20 win away to Ireland15. ROBBIE HENSHAW 5/10 A first appearance at fullback for six years and it may be just as long until his next. England continued to a…

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Henry Slade scored twice as England stun Ireland in Six Nations

• Ireland 20-32 England• England score four tries to claim bonus-point win in DublinIreland’s six-year ground record in the Six Nations was seized by a ruthless England side that was as clear in its thinking as it was muddled a year ago. They not only …

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Ireland v England: Six Nations 2019 – live!

Minute-by-minute updates on the action in DublinIreland need to produce best ever to beat England, claims BestAny thoughts? You can email Niall | tweet @niallmcveigh 4.13pm GMT Scotland have opened with a win, and it was a very impressive one with an h…