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Weekly Preview: Six Nations Preview 2011 - Weekend Three

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-02-25

There's no doubt that the game of the weekend is England v France at Twickenham!

The only two unbeaten teams go head to head in what's being widely seen as the championship decider, even with two more rounds to go after this. The French haven't been great so far and were lucky to get out of Dublin with a win after conceding three tries for the second game running. England's sweet chariot is in full swing though after their rampant destruction of a pathetically poor Italy team. With the smell of success in their nostrils, old character traits are returning swiftly too with the arrogant try celebrations of Chris Ashton summing up the national mood. The feeling in their media is beat France and the Grand Slam is theirs!! Never mind that they still have to come to Dublin and beat an Ireland team that they've only beaten once since 2003.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Treviso

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-02-24

Leinster take on Treviso this Friday hoping to bounce back from a defeat away to Cardiff last weekend. That defeat ended their winning streak and coupled with the Ospreys's win away to Treviso meant they dropped from second to fourth in the table. Leinster still have four home games in their remaining seven fixtures plus winnable away trips to Aironi and the Dragons. Winning all these games should be enough to get them the crucial top two spot, however their failure to even get a losing bonus point last week has removed any wiggle room.
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Match Report: Cardiff Blues vs Leinster Rugby

by Patrick Fennelly, 2011-02-23

There is certainly an argument against playing Magners League fixtures at this time of year. Especially for the bigger teams like Leinster, who can suffer greatly in the Spring, as the coaches look to diminished squads, and untested combinations for form. This was exactly the problem coach Joe Schmidt was faced with on Saturday as his seriously depleted squad travelled to Cardiff for a tough game against the Blues.
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Match Preview: Cardiff Blues vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-02-18

After getting back into action last week with a scrappy win against Aironi, Leinster travel to face Cardiff in what could be a crucial match for their prospects of finishing in the top two. Leinster's win over Aironi, coupled with the Scarlets defeat away to Connacht, meant that they are now in second place in the table. At the moment Cardiff are in third place, two points behind Leinster, but crucially they also have a game in hand. If they can beat Leinster on Saturday then they'd fancy themselves to stay in that position, especially as they're out of Europe and can concentrate on the league.
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A bird's eye view from the terrace: The Other Six Nations

by Yvonne Kelly, 2012-08-30

There are two competitions running parallel to the men's senior six nations which we all follow so passionately - the womens' and the under 20s. Both sides got off to great starts in Italy last week with similar scorelines. The under 20s winning 9-28 last Sunday and the women beating their Italian counterparts 5-26 on Friday. This week the young guns would take on France in Dubarry park while the women were in action after a short 5 day turnaround in Ashbourne.
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