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Manager Martin O’Neill said performance on  par with that against Italy at Euro 2016 needed if Ireland  are to beat  Wales. Photograph:   Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Wire

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill suggested yesterday that it might take a performance on a par with the one against Italy at Euro 2016 if th(...)

Last throw of the dice: Joe Schmidt believes Ireland have a “fantastic chance” of getting something out of the championship. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Not even a title shoot-out, never mind a Grand Slam shoot-out. Instead, Ireland will have to regroup and host England in the 2017 Six Nations finale n(...)

France’s Gaël Fickou breaks the tackle of Ireland’s Garry Ringrose  at the Aviva Stadium. A missed tackle in midfield usually costs seven points at this level. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

When an outside centre faces a player such as Ben Te’o or injured Manu Tuilagi there is a strong chance that for every ten tackles posed he’ll make 9.(...)

Alun Wyn Jones during Wales’s loss to Scotland at Murrayfield. It was  the first time since 2010 that Wales  suffered successive defeats in the Six Nations.  Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Robin McBryde has issued a clear message to Wales’s British and Irish Lions hopefuls – on the day Lions head coach Warren Gatland paid them a flying v(...)

Wales’ George North is the only change to the team to face Scotland. Photograph: Getty Images

Returning winger George North is the only change to the Wales starting line-up as they seek to get back to winning ways in the Six Nations against Sc(...)

Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards: “We practise turning the ball over every day in training, and Scotland do the same.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Scotland’s gruelling encounter against France in Paris in the last round of the Six Nations saw two of their players ruled out of the rest of the cham(...)

George North attends the Wales captain’s run  at the Principality Stadium on Friday before retiring early. Photograph: Getty.

SIX NATIONS Wales v England Principality Stadium, Saturday, 4.50pm, live on RTÉ 2 and BBC 1 George North remains a doubt for Wales for the Six Nati(...)

England head coach Eddie Jones and Dylan Hartley during Tursday’s press conference. Photograph: Reuters

Eddie Jones has landed the first psychological blow before England face Wales on Saturday by insisting the Millennium Stadium roof stays open, basing (...)

Italy captain Sergio Parisse and head coach Conor O’Shea: “Improving the depth of our squad is a goal.” Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalag/EPA

Italy v Wales, Stadio Olimpico, Sunday, 3pm (2pm Irish time) Conor O’Shea readily accepts that Italy’s last two Six Nations experiences against Wal(...)

Sam Warburton starts in the Welsh backrow for Six Nations opener. Photograph: Getty Images

Former Wales captain Sam Warburton will start at blindside flanker in Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Italy. Justin Tipuric retains the number sev(...)

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