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Two new players in Ireland 6 Nations Squad

January 17th, 2007

Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan has selected two new player in the 2007 Ireland 6 Nations Squad. They are Munster centre Barry Murphy and Leinster back Robert Kearney.

Ireland play their first Six Nations game in Wales on February 4. Read the rest of this entry »


Four newcomers in France’s Six Nations Squad

January 5th, 2007

France rugby coach Bernard Laporte has selected four newcomers in his 40-man squad for next month’s Six Nations tournament.
Centre Romain Cabannes, hooker Benoit August, prop Laurent Emmanuelli and fullback Anthony Floch were the uncapped players named.

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Six Nations Fixtures 2007

September 13th, 2006

The 2007 Six Nations schedule has been released. Italy start off the 2007 season by hosting defending champions France at Stadio Flaminio.

Irish stadium Croke Park will host Ireland’s games with France (February 11) and England (February 24), while Lansdowne Road is being renovated.
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2006 Six Nations Schedule

March 24th, 2005

Just as the 2005 Six Nations tournament comes to end, the schedule for next years competition is released. Defending champs, Wales, will start their defence by taking on England at Twickenham.

Ireland, Wales and France have the benefit of three home games, while the others will only have two home games.
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6 Nations round-up

March 22nd, 2005

The 6 Nations is over for another year, with Wales the deserved winners.

Due to their win over Ireland, Wales jump to 5th spot in the latest IRB World Rankings.

Reuters name their Team of the Six Nations, not surprisingly France and Wales dominate the team.

In a BBC online poll Wales flanker Martyn Williams is named Six Nations Player of the Championship. Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll finished second in the poll, with another Welshman, wing Shane Williams, in third place.

Scotland coach Matt Williams looks like he will be losing his job. While Italy coach John Kirwan is also under pressure to go, but wants to stay until the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Looking forward to the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand, the 6 Nations results will have effected selection possibilities for coach Sir Clive Woodward. Most significantly how will the poor performance of England and the win by Wales effect the make-up of the team. Although he still seems to be hopeful that Jonny Wilkinson will tour.


Wales grab Grand Slam

March 20th, 2005

Wales defeated Ireland 32-20 to grab the Grand Slam at Cardiff on Saturday.

This Grand Slam (defeating all 6 Nations opponents) is the first by Wales since 1978.

Wales led going into half time 16-6 through a try from Gethin Jenkins and Gavin Henson kicking a drop goal and a long-range penalty.

A second half try to Kevin Morgan try put Wales 29-6 up. Ireland staged a comeback with tries from Marcus Horan and Geordan Murphy.

Wales were able to hold on, thanks to the boot of fly-half Stephen Jones who added 16 points, to come away with with the historic victory.

Wales - Tries: Gethin Jenkins, Kevin Morgan; Conversions: Stephen Jones (2); Penalties: Gavin Henson, Stephen Jones (4); Drop Goal: Henson

Ireland - Tries: Marcus Horan, Geordan Murphy; Conversions: David Humphreys (2); Penalties: Ronan O’Gara (2)


Wales keep same team for Ireland game

March 17th, 2005

There will be no changes to the Wales team to play Ireland at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The naming of the team was delayed because injuries to Rhys Williams, Mefin Davies and Hal Luscombe. All three players recovered and are fit to play.

If Wales win the game it will be their first grand slam since 1978, first Triple Crown since 1988 and first European title in 11 years.

If Ireland win by more than 13 points they take the Six Nations championship on points differential.

Wales - Kevin Morgan, Rhys Williams, Tom Shanklin, Gavin Henson, Shane Williams, Stephen Jones, Dwayne Peel, Michael Owen (captain), Martyn Williams, Ryan Jones, Robert Sidoli, Brent Cockbain, Adam Jones, Mefin Davies, Gethin Jenkins.

Replacements: Robin McBryde, John Yapp, Jonathan Thomas, Robin Sowden-Taylor, Gareth Cooper/Michael Phillips, Ceri Sweeney, Hal Luscombe.


England name team to play Scotland

March 15th, 2005

England have named their team to play Scotland in a Six Nations match at Twickenham on Saturday. The Calcutta Cup will also be up for grabs in this match.

The England team is unchanged from last week. This is the first time this season that England has kept the same team.

England - Iain Balshaw, Mark Cueto, Jamie Noon, Olly Barkley, Josh Lewsey, Charlie Hodgson, Harry Ellis, Martin Corry (captain), Lewis Moody, Joe Worsley, Ben Kay, Danny Grewcock, Matt Stevens, Steve Thompson, Graham Rowntree

Replacements: Andy Titterrell, Duncan Bell, Steve Borthwick, Andy Hazell, Matt Dawson, Andy Goode, Ollie Smith


France name unchanged team to play Italy

March 15th, 2005

France has named an unchanged starting side to play Italy in their last round 6 nations match.

Although French centre, Benoit Baby, could miss out if he is found guilty of violent conduct at a disciplinary committee hearing on Wednesday.

France - Julien Laharrague, Cedric Heymans, Yannick Jauzion, Benoit Baby, Christophe Dominici, Yann Delaigue, Dimitri Yachvili, Julien Bonnaire, Yannick Nyanga, Serge Betsen, Jerome Thion, Fabien Pelous (captain), Nicolas Mas, Sebastien Bruno, Sylvain Marconnet.

Replacements: William Servat, Pieter de Villiers, Pascal Pape, Gregory Lamboley, Pierre Mignoni, Frederic Michalak, David Marty.


Benoit Baby cited for headbutting O’Driscoll

March 15th, 2005

France centre Benoit Baby has been cited for violent conduct during the 26-19 victory over Ireland in Dublin at the weekend.

Baby head butted Irish captain Brian O’Driscoll early in the second half of Saturday’s game. At the time he was given a warning by referee Tony Spreadbury and Ireland were awarded a penalty.

The 21 year old Baby will appear before the Six Nations disciplinary commission. If he is found guilty of the charge of violent conduct he faces a ban of between six weeks and a year.