Six nations

  • Quinn Roux has been called into Ireland's Six Nations squad.

    The Connacht lock takes the place of Tadhg Beirne who has been ruled out of the games against England and Scotland.

    Beirne injured his knee during a man of the match performance in Munster's crucial Champions Cup victory over Exeter at Thomond Park on Saturday.

    Andrew Conway picked up a knock during the same match, but should be fit to train next week.

    Leinster wing Adam Byrne  akes Conway's place in this week's training camp in Portugal.

    Rob Kearney and Jack McGrath are staying with the Eastern Province, to get game time in Friday's Pro 14 match against Scarlets.

  • The Ireland rugby team has been named to face Italy in Saturday's Six Nations match in Rome.

    There are seven changes to the side that lost to France in the previous round.

    Captain Johnny Sexton returns at out half, with Will Connors named in the back row and Jordan Larmour getting the nod on the right wing.

    James Ryan returns in the second row, and there's an entirely new front row of Ronan Kelleher, who makes his first start, alongside props Dave Kilcoyne and Tadhg Furlong.

    Craig Casey and Ryan Baird are in line to make their first appearances off the bench.

    Ireland: Hugo Keenan, Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, James Lowe , Jonathan Sexton (Capt), Jamison Gibson Park; Dave Kilcoyne, Ronan Kelleher, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, James Ryan, Tadhg Beirne, Will Connors, CJ Stander 

    Replacements: Rob Herring, Cian Healy, Andrew Porter, Ryan Baird, Jack Conan, Craig Casey, Billy Burns, Keith Earls

  • The IRFU stands to lose up to 20-million euro if this season's Six Nations is not completed and the autumn internationals cancelled.

    CEO Philip Browne has been giving an update on the association's standing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    He says even if autumn games are behind closed doors, they'll lose between 10 and 15 million.

    A cancelled 2021 Six Nations could cost the IRFU 30-million euro.

    However, there is light at the end of the tunnel with an inter-pro series pencilled in behind closed doors at the Aviva on August 22nd and 23rd.

  • Andy Farrell is due to name his Ireland squad for their remaining Six Nations games today.

    Ireland play Italy at the Aviva Stadium on the 24th of this month, before a Halloween date with France in Paris.

    Mayo's Caelin Doris is expected to be named in the Ireland squad for a 3rd international cap.

    The Mayo native has also been nominated for the Young Player of the Year award in this year's Zurich Player's Player of the year awards.

  • The injured Tadhg Furlong will play no part in Ireland's Six Nations games against Italy and France later this month.

    Andy Farrell has named six uncapped players in his squad of 35.

    Mayo's Caelan Doris, who plays with Leinster, has been included alongside 6 Connacht players - Bundee Aki, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, Finlay Bealham, Dave Heffernan and Quinn Roux.

    Ireland take on Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 24th October, and will play France in Paris a week later.

     

     

  • Six Nations organisers have suspended this season's Women's competition, and the men's under-20's.

    The men's senior competition is due to proceed as planned, although the French Ministry for Sport want further guarantees over player safety.

    Ireland begin their campaign away to Wales on February 7th, with France due to visit Dublin a week later.

    Organisers hope to play the women's and under-20 editions later in the year.

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    Joe Schmidt has named a 38-man squad for the first two rounds of the Six Nations.

    Among them are three uncapped players - all from Connacht.

    Centre Tom Farrell, out-half Jack Carty and scrum-half Caolin Blade all get the nod.

    Carty's inclusion comes at the expense of Ross Byrne.

    There's no Dan Leavy, but Schmidt says the Leinster flanker will likely return when fully fit.

    Connacht's Bundee Aki, Robbie Henshaw and Ultan Dillane are all named in Joe Schmidt's Six Nations squad.

    The squad will embark on a warm weather training camp in Portugal next week ahead of their opening match against England at the Aviva Stadium on 2nd February.