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 Ireland’s James Ryan  and France’s Thibaud Flament contest a lineout during the Six Nations clash at Stade de France in  Paris. Paul O’Connell will study the rights and wrongs of France’s lineout pressure. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

The Day is Done, Henry Longfellow’s poem, speaks of people folding their tents and silently stealing away. Well, at 22-7 the day in Paris did indeed (...)

 Mack Hansen chases the ball down before going on to score Ireland’s  first try against France at the Stade De France. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

France 30 Ireland 24 The bottom line is that Ireland lost after earning themselves the chance of a famous win. The 2022 Guinness Six Nations now look(...)

Plenty will be learned about this Ireland side during Saturday’s Paris test. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

France v Ireland, Stade de France, Saturday February 12th (kick-off 5.45pm local time/4.45pm lrish; live on Virgin Media and ITV 1) Most of all, his (...)

Johnny Sexton: “It’s what’s great about the Six Nations, isn’t it? It’s great. The hype, the interest, the pressure that you put on yourselves to try achieve for your country, it’s what we’ll miss when we finish I think.” Photograph: Aam Davy/PA

As Johnny Sexton approaches his 12th Six Nations you might imagine that he has learned to cope with the accompanying pressures and nerves. With age an(...)

Referee Angus Gardner red cards Australia’s Lukhan Salakaia-Loto for a high tackle against Argentina in Sydney. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

I have to start where I finished off last week – dangerous play. The weekend saw examples of players hitting into opponents’ heads and necks with shou(...)

Pablo Matera with his Argentina team mates, celebrating their victory against New Zealand. Photograph: Getty Image

In devising a game plan to defeat the might of New Zealand, Argentina coach, Mario Ledesma, accepted that the Kiwis had more skill and pace than his P(...)

Tempers flare between Ireland and Wales players during the Autumn Nations Cup clash at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Alun Wyn Jones had demanded a Welsh win and his team were fully “up” for their visit to Dublin on Friday evening. The passionate singing of Land of (...)

New Zealand’s Caleb Clarke impressed against Australia at Eden Park. Photograph: Michael Bradley/Getty/AFP

New Zealand 27 Australia 7 Winger Caleb Clarke produced a stunning performance of power running in his first Test start to provide some much needed a(...)

Japan celebrate their win over Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Relive Irish misery and Japanese joy in reverse. Last year provided a fascinating study in how everything can go wrong when a sports team is unequippe(...)

Ireland celebrate winning the Grand Slam following their Six Nations Championship final victory over England at Twickenham on March 17th, 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

From the outset of his “Slam diary”, Schmidt confirms that the Grand Slam was indeed their goal. However, the build-up to Ireland’s opening game of th(...)

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