Bittersweet draw for Irish
05 March 2012 09:09
PARIS - Jamie Heaslip admitted Ireland were left with the bitter taste of defeat despite drawing yesterday's RBS 6 Nations clash with France 17-17.
The Irish squandered a 17-6 interval lead, inspired by two tries from winger Tommy Bowe, as Les Bleus struck back in the second half with a try...
Best calls on Irish resolve
01 March 2012 09:20
DUBLIN - Ulster hooker Rory Best believes Ireland must impose their will on France if they are to have any chance of recording a rare successful visit to Paris.
Only victory in Sunday's rescheduled RBS 6 Nations clash at the Stade de France will be sufficient to keep Irish title hopes...
Foden keeps belief in England
23 February 2012 08:43
LONDON - Ben Foden believes England can beat Wales at Twickenham in Saturday's "crunch" showdown and go on to defend their RBS 6 Nations title.
England opened their campaign with away wins against Scotland and Italy but a victory over Wales would send a message about what Stuart Lancaster's...
Tuilagi back in training
21 February 2012 09:05
LONDON - Manu Tuilagi will return to full training with England today hoping that he can persuade Stuart Lancaster that he is the answer to unlocking a fierce Welsh back line that will provide the interim head coach with literally the biggest test of his reign so far.
Lancaster has so far...
Strettle glad to be back
10 February 2012 09:49
ROME - England wing David Strettle embodies the inspirational truth behind the quote from legendary American football coach Vince Lombardi: "It's not whether you get knocked down but whether you get up".
Strettle was floored when Martin Johnson left him out of England's 2011 World Cup squad...
Botha warns England
09 February 2012 09:35
LONDON - Saracens lock Mouritz Botha has warned his England team-mates not to take Italy lightly as they bid to build on their opening RBS 6 Nations win over Scotland.
England secured a 13-6 win at Murrayfield but Botha knows that will count for little if they slip up in the Stadio...
Scotland’s Parks steps down
08 February 2012 08:48
EDINBURGH - Scotland fly-half Dan Parks has retired from international rugby with immediate effect, the Scottish Rugby Union have announced.
The 33-year-old made his 67th Test appearance in last Saturday's opening RBS 6 Nations loss to England and was culpable for the decisive try as Charlie...
Palmer wary of Parisse
07 February 2012 09:06
LONDON - England second row Tom Palmer insists leading Italy brings out the best in Stade Francais team-mate Sergio Parisse.
England travel to Rome on Saturday for the second round of an RBS 6 Nations campaign that opened with a 13-6 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.
Wins for England, France and Wales
06 February 2012 09:25
EDINBURGH - England began the defence of their Six Nations title by beating Scotland 13-6 for a first win at Murrayfield in four attempts on Saturday to begin Stuart Lancaster's "new era" on a high.
England, with three uncapped starters and another four making their debuts from the bench,...
All eyes on Ireland
01 February 2012 09:46
DUBLIN - All eyes will be on Brian O'Driscoll's replacement at outside centre when Ireland name their team for the RBS 6 Nations clash with Wales on Wednesday.
O'Driscoll has been ruled out of the entire championship after undergoing shoulder surgery, leaving a void in the position he has...
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