O'Connell scoops Six Nations player of the tournament
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has been crowned RBS Six Nations Player of the Championship.
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has been crowned RBS Six Nations Player of the Championship.
An 85-year-old couple, after being happily married for almost 60 years, died together in a crash. They had been in good health the last 10 years, mainly due to the wife's interest in health food, colonic irrigation and proper diet.
It seems as though some Welsh fans have lost their sense of humour as well as the Six Nations title.
A year ago, Dave Kearney was celebrating with the Ireland team after winning the Six Nations title in Paris.
A Grand Slam, a Six Nations title and a World Cup semi-final sandwiched in between - there is a clear pattern forming around the Ireland women's team.
Ireland's heroic women's rugby team are still celebrating after securing back-to-back Six Nations titles yesterday.
Paul O'Connell likened Ireland's Six Nations celebrations to Robbie Henshaw's 21st birthday celebrations at the weekend - but the man himself says lifting the trophy was far better craic.
He has made grown men shed a tear with his words of wisdom before important games and now Conor Murray has revealed how Paul O'Connell transformed a "flat atmosphere" in the Ireland camp into a Six Nations winning one.
The last few, quite surreal, moments in England's victory over France on Saturday left many Irish fans cursing repeatedly at their television screens but Marian Finucane was left wondering what all the fuss was about.
Jordi Murphy gladly resumed in the rugby celebrations last night, but only after watching his beloved Barcelona defeat arch-rivals Real Madrid in El Clasico.
Out on the darkened pitch, what looked like an Irish wedding in the wee small hours was in full swing.
The trophy they were triumphantly holding aloft may only have been a replica - the real one remains in Twickenham and will not arrive until later in the week - but its sparkle was most certainly genuine.
The Girls in Green have shown the men how it's done in style, after they also won the Six Nations championship by annihilating their Scottish opponents in a thrilling finale.
So a day that erupted like flash-paper to a flame, left Ireland as champions and the supposedly stolid Six Nations throwing out shapes of glorious delinquency.
In our perennial haste to move on to the next thing, we sometimes forget that the moment is there to be enjoyed.
HE GETS almost everything else right, so why not hand it over to Joe Schmidt to describe an utterly ridiculous day of Six Nations rugby, probably the greatest day in the tournament's storied history?
The men made supporters sweat until the bitter end but there was no such drama with the women yesterday as they clinically demolished Scotland at Broadwood Stadium near Glasgow to seal a second Six Nations title in three years.
Former Grand Slam winning captain Fiona Coughlan has hailed the clinical performance of the Irish women's team as they completed a historic Six Nations double.
Ireland added a glorious chapter to its rugby history in Murrayfield yesterday and there was as much excitement among the players as there was in the stands.
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell says this year's dramatic Six Nations title was even more enjoyable than the won last year in Paris.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has admitted he was shocked when France attempted to run the ball from their own line against England with time up with the Six Nations dangling in the balance.
A poem on the occasion of what may well be the greatest day ever in Irish rugby
It was, in the words of an Irishman who considered himself English is often misquoted as saying, "a damned close-run thing."
This truly was one of the great days of Six Nations rugby. Teams forced to go for scores from the off took up the mantle and went for it giving us a day remember. If you wanted an advert for the game this was it. Seven hours of rugby just flew by.
A late bonus for the women's game came last week with the announcement by RTE that the last leg of their pursuit of a third Six Nations Championship in three seasons would be broadcast live.
On a day when Ireland started the game not just needing to win it, but to do so by 21 points just to stay alive for another few hours in the Six Nations Championship - their last three wins here were by an average of eight - they ended up making a mockery of the target.
If you have a dictionary app on your phone then you'll be familiar with the 'word of the day' that pops up first thing when you turn the yoke on. Last Sunday, as we dragged our sorry carcass to that remote, dowdy airport that serves the armpit of a town that is Cardiff,...
Paul O'Connell labelled emulating Ireland's great 1949 team by claiming back-to-back Six Nations titles as "incredible".
Vincent Debaty's ample knee goes to ground, Nigel Owens - as he always is - was central to the intoxicating madness that would follow.
The dream finale, with four teams going to the start line on the final race day, ended with Ireland having done just enough to hang on for back-to-back tournament wins in a thrilling and at times unbelievable climax.
You can only call it The Longest Day. And it ended with a game that seemed like The Never Ending Story. And by the time both came to an end Ireland had won back-to-back championships for the first time since 1949, and only the second time ever.
What an exhilarating tournament. From the opening Friday evening in Cardiff where England stunned Wales to the final Super Saturday where scripts were repeatedly ripped to shreds, the 2015 Six Nations has ensured its place in the annals of sporting history.
Victorious Six Nations winning manager Joe Schmidt has revealed that rugby will now take a back seat as he has more pressing matters to attend to.
The celebrations are sure to go long into the night on the streets of Edinburgh and Dublin tonight.
The West-end of Edinburgh reverberated to a thunderous Irish party tonight after the most dramatic final day in Six Nations history.
Joe Schmidt and Paul O'Connell hailed one of the most "bizarre" sporting days ever as Ireland wallowed in back-to-back championship for the first time since 1949.
Saturday's staggered finale of the RBS 6 Nations began with four teams - England, Wales, Ireland and France - in contention for the title. Here is how the day unfolded.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has praised his "special" group of players and staff after the Six Nations championship was claimed in the most dramatic of circumstances.
The President of Ireland, sports-mad Michael D Higgins, has led the tributes as Ireland secured back-to-back Six Nations titles following a sensational day of rugby.
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has hailed the "amazing" Six Nations victory on an incredible finale to the tournament today.
And so it is, the first back-to-back Six Nations title in 66 years for Joe Schmidt’s Ireland in a remarkable day of rugby as a 40-10 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield leaves a nation ecstatic.
Brian O'Driscoll was one of the first to congratulate the 2015 Six Nations champions.
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell says that the Welsh demolition of Italy in Rome in the day's opening game didn't alter the Irish strategy against Scotland.
There were many heroes on the Murrayfield pitch for Ireland today as Joe Schmidt's men ran in four tries to win by 30 points to put one hand on the Six nations title. Here is how the Ireland players rated.
It's easy to see why Conor Murray has become one of the best scrum-halves in the world. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail they say? It looks like Murray adopts that attitude in order to keep himself one step ahead of his rivals.
There has been some talk this week that a Six Nations title for Ireland would be somewhat dulled after letting the Grand Slam slip against Wales last weekend.
Ireland U-20s made history but in the wrong way after recoding a third successive defeat in the junior Six Nations Championship with a loss to Scotland in the final round at Netherdale last night .
Paul O'Connell has warned against underestimating winless Scotland as Ireland go in search of the title at Murrayfield this afternoon.
A new coaching ticket and 12 uncapped players certainly represented a transitional period for the Irish women's team but speak to anyone from within the closely-knit side and you quickly learn that they remain as ambitious as the group who won the Grand Slam in 2013.
Wooden spoons are much more valuable when sold in a set. The Scots might do us a good turn today by taking a pull at the reins.
We need to talk about Niamh Briggs. You need to know that being captain of the Ireland women's rugby team isn't her actual job.
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