"We're very excited as a team about it, we're high on confidence."
"I think it's kind of an organic thing, if it happens, it happens."
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has disagreed with the notion that his side is playing one-dimensional rugby in this Six Nations campaign, which continues on Sunday when England provide the opposition at the Aviva Stadium.
“For f***s sake, who else have we got to meet? Are you going to bring your mother and father down next?"
Six Nations fever is set to grip nation once again at the weekend as Ireland welcome England to the Aviva Stadium in what could be a Championship deciding clash.
Alex Goode will spearhead England’s counter-attack threat and ease the loss of Mike Brown for the pivotal RBS 6 Nations showdown with Ireland, according to Simon Zebo.
England full-back Mike Brown has been ruled out of Sunday’s RBS 6 Nations match against Ireland after suffering a setback in his recovery from concussion, the Rugby Football Union has announced.
Go on, admit it, you’ve said a few of these yourself.
France forward Pascal Pape has been suspended for 10 weeks and will miss the rest of the RBS Six Nations after he kneed Jamie Heaslip in the back during last Saturday’s game against Ireland.
Paschal Pape has apologised to Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip for kneeing him in the back during last weekend’s RBS Six Nations game in the Aviva Stadium.
Mike Brown is still suffering concussion symptoms and faces a race against time to prove his fitness for the pivotal RBS 6 Nations clash between Ireland and England in Dublin.
Jamie Heaslip is unlikely to feature again in Ireland’s quest to retain the RBS 6 Nations title after being ruled out of action for the next month.
After Round 2 of the Six Nations it looks increasingly likely that the Championship will all come to down to Ireland V England on March 1st.
Perfect kicking made for a clear winner for us.
Ireland’s Championship and Grand Slam ambitions remain alive, but only just after Joe Schmidt’s side clung on to claim victory against France in their Six Nations meeting at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening.
England 47 Italy 17
England launched World Cup year at Twickenham by sweeping Italy aside 47-17 to generate further momentum in their quest for a first RBS 6 Nations title under Stuart Lancaster.
The IRFU have taken the unusual step of issuing a statement to correct what they have described as "disappointing and inaccurate commentary" on the return from injury of out-half Jonathan Sexton.
Seriously lads, face the camera and say cheese, how hard can it be?
“There’s always a fear factor with France.”
Ireland full back Rob Kearney has said Ireland will not try to copy the French style of flair rugby when they take on Les Bleus in the Aviva on Saturday.
Vincent Debaty has won a seat on France’s bench to face Ireland purely because Philippe Saint-Andre expects the prop to extend his dominance over rival Marty Moore.
Ireland women head coach Tom Tiernan has made one change to Ireland’s starting XV for Friday’s RBS Six Nations match against France in Ashbourne.
Marty Moore is hoping to become a more regular part of Joe Schmidt’s plans for the Irish squad.
France have named their starting XV for the Six Nations match against Ireland on Saturday evening.
"He took a full part in training and did contact work today and is raring to go for the weekend.”
Munster and Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray knows Ireland will need a massive step-up in performance as they prepare to take on France in the Six Nations this week.
Sean O’Brien is on track to feature for Ireland against France in the second round of the Six Nations after it was revealed this afternoon that he suffered no more than a minor hamstring strain in Rome on Saturday.
The dust has settled around the first set of games in the 6 Nations and we know a lot more now than we did last week.
Taulupe Faletau insists there is “still a chance” that Wales can be crowned RBS 6 Nations champions this season.
Ireland full-back Rob Kearney admitted his side’s 26-3 win over Italy was a “slog” – but said that was exactly how they expected the match to be.
Ireland laboured for an hour before two tries in three minutes launched their RBS 6 Nations title defence with a 26-3 victory that was more sluggish than routine in Italy.
“While others speak heroes act, While others rest heroes roll up their sleeves and get stuck in.”
“At this level you have to make sure you are accurate. Unfortunately, we weren’t."
England captain Chris Robshaw responded to Welsh mind games in the tunnel moments before Friday’s night’s 21-16 RBS 6 Nations victory in Cardiff by ordering his team-mates to stand their ground.
Ireland start the defence of their RBS 6 Nations crown by facing Italy in Rome tomorrow.
Rob Kearney’s tweet today reminded us why we love Paul O’Connell so much - no fancy-pants designer bag for the big Limerick man, no sirree.
Sergio Parisse has admitted Ireland caught Italy on the hop by handing Ian Keatley his RBS 6 Nations debut this weekend.
Johnny Sexton has been passed fit to return for Ireland’s second RBS 6 Nations match against France in Dublin on Saturday week.
With Jonny Sexton forced to miss at least the first game of the Six Nations completing a 12 week concussion protocol, the competition has become a key opportunity for his understudies to make their cases for inclusion in the squad for this autumn’s World Cup.
Ian Keatley’s RBS 6 Nations debut at 27 has not come too late for the Munster fly-half to carve a lasting Test career, insists Joe Schmidt.
“If someone gets a little bit of limelight then we know someone else did a dirty job to make sure he did."
“We certainly didn’t necessarily see Sean (O’Brien) starting this week but we felt he did well in the Wolfhounds game.“
Veteran centre Gordon D’Arcy was a surprise omission from the Ireland squad to face Italy this weekend in the opening match of the Six Nations.
Joe Schmidt has named his starting 15 and, as anticipated, Ian Keatley starts in the number ten shirt alongside Munster team-mate Conor Murray at scrum-half.