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Connacht’s   Caolin Blade: set to play at  scrumhalf against Benetton. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht v Benetton The Sportsground, 7.35pm - Live TG4, eir sport This rescheduled fixture might not quicken the pulse but it matters to Connacht(...)

Ireland’s Hugo Keenan in action against Italy in their Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ironically, pitchside at the Aviva for ITV, I cannot see the game properly. I watch, for the most part, on a monitor. Andrew Conway, on the right wing(...)

Jacob Stockdale offers a left-footed option for Ireland in the Six Nations match against Italy at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Six Nations: Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 3.30 – Live on Virgin Media One and ITV The Aviva echo chamber has become one of the new abnor(...)

Mike Catt has spoken about Ireland’s four uncapped players named in the team to face Italy. Photograph: Inpho

The sense of anticipation after an eight-month interlude since Ireland last played has been heightened by the presence of four uncapped players in the(...)

 Alessandro Zanni returns to the Italy side for Saturday’s game against Scotland in Rome after pulling out of the side to face France after picking up an injury in the warm-up. Photograph:  Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Lock Alessandro Zanni will return to the Italy side for Saturday’s Six Nations match against Scotland at the Stadio Olimpico in the only change from t(...)

Montpellier’s Arthur Vincent will start for France in their Six Nations meeting with Italy. Photo: Pascal Guyot/AFP via Getty Images

Six Nations: France v Italy Kick-off: 3pm, Sunday. Venue: Stade de France. On TV: Live on Virgin Media One and ITV. France coach Fabien Galthie has (...)

France’s Grégory Alldritt against England in Paris.  He is not the most powerful eight in the world, but he regularly finds a weak shoulder or gaps to make additional yards.   Photograph:   EPA/Yoan Valat

At the 2020 Guinness Six Nations launch, Fabien Galthié spoke of the French team’s desire to reconnect with the French public through shared emotions (...)

 Josh Adams of Wales celebrates with Dan Biggar after scoring his team’s second try against Italy. Photograph: Getty Images

Wales 42 Italy 0 Wales made a strong start to their defence of the Six Nations title by beating Italy 42-0 at the Principality Stadium on Saturday af(...)

Temporary Italy boss Franco Smith with new captain Luca Bigi. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Overview Saturday February 28th, 2015. Barack Obama was still in the White House, nobody knew what Brexit was and Ireland were still adjusting to lif(...)

The men’s and women’s captains at the launch of the Guinness Six Nations Championship in London on Wednesday. From left:   Siwan Lillicrap (Wales),  Giada Franco (Italy),  Luca Bigi (Italy),  Stuart Hogg (Scotland),  Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales),  Sarah Hunter (England),  Charles Ollivon (France),  Owen Farrell (England),  Gaëlle Hermet (France), Ciara Griffin (Ireland) and  Rachel Malcolm (Scotland).  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

With four new coaches, predicting the winner of this Six Nations is a tricky business. We have very little information on what game plan the new coach(...)

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