Monday, March 22, 2010
To many, the Irish skipper has done it all after leading his country to that long-awaited Grand Slam last year, going on to win the top club honour in the game with Leinster's Heineken Cup triumph. But still the 31-year-old's hunger to achieve more seems undiminished.
print South Africa-born flanker CJ Stander will make his Test debut in Sunday’s RBS 6 Nations opener against Wales, with Sean O’Brien and Rob Kearney taking Ireland’s injury toll to nine frontline stars. Munster back-rower Stander will start at blindside at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, the 23-year-old having completed his Ireland qualification on residency grounds. Leinster [...]
print James Haskell has sought to dampen expectations amid the launch of Eddie Jones’ England reign at Murrayfield on Saturday. The Red Rose begin the process of rebuilding after last autumn’s disappointing Rugby World Cup group exit when they face Scotland in an RBS 6 Nations opener fraught with danger. Jones has had only two [...]
5:26 PM GMT print Ireland host Wales on Sunday in their opening fixture of this year’s RBS 6 Nations, and both sides have revealed how they’re calling on past experiences as motivation. Wales captain Sam Warburton, who is among just five survivors in the starting line-up from a 26-3 Aviva Stadium defeat two years ago, [...]
print France will launch the Guy Noves coaching era on Saturday — but Les Bleus’ star attraction could be Test match newcomer Virimi Vakatawa. The Fiji-born sevens specialist is among four new caps selected by Noves for France’s RBS 6 Nations opener against Italy in Paris. Centre Jonathan Danty, scrum-half Sebastien Bezy and lock Paul [...]