Jonny Sexton fends off a challenge against England. The Irishman is vulnerable when forced to tackle

Jamie Roberts: Testing the defence of Sexton and his Irish mates can pay dividends for Wales

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Wales vs Ireland: Familiar foes ready for full-blooded battle that will shape Six Nations

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France coach Philippe Saint Andre

Six Nations preview: Italy v France

A look ahead to Sunday's Six Nations clash between Wales and Ireland

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Six Nations preview: Wales v Ireland

A look ahead to Saturday's Six Nations clash between Wales and Ireland

Jonathan Joseph has impressed for England

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A look ahead to Six Nations clash between England and Scotland

Joe Schmidt's narrowly focused approach has given his Ireland side an ambitious look

Brian Smith column: Sexton can keep Ireland in the driving seat while Lancaster looks for forwards momentum

Former England attack coach looks at this weekend's Six Nations action

Alex Dunbar ruptured knee ligaments in training yesterday

Six Nations 2015: Scotland's Alex Dunbar out of England clash and in danger of missing World Cup after damaging knee in training

Influential centre suffers serious horror injury, but England's George Ford still wary of Calcutta Cup opponents

Stuart Lancaster wants consistency from his team – without that few players’ places are guaranteed

Lewis Moody's Six Nations column: Dublin was a reality check - England need a rapid response

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Jamie Heaslip is a ‘stubborn git’ by his own admission and will be back in the Irish pack

Six Nations 2015: Jamie Heaslip back for Ireland after rapid recovery from fractured vertebrae

The Irish No 8, who described himself as 'a stubborn git', missed only one game

The Wales centre Jamie Roberts

Wales vs Ireland: Jamie Roberts warns Wales about return of 'angry man' Jonathan Sexton

Six Nations tie takes place on Saturday at 2.30pm

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England vs Scotland: Stuart Lancaster has to keep lid on squad fired up to face Scotland

Six Nations contest takes place on Saturday at 7pm

Courtney Lawes

England vs Scotland: Courtney Lawes set to fire up pack after Six Nations drubbing against Ireland

Calcutta Cup takes place at Twickenham on Saturday

Warren Gatland, the Wales coach, unveiled his side 48 hours earlier than anticipated (Getty)

Wales vs Ireland Six Nations: Warren Gatland targets win over Irish 'brothers'

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Exeter’s exciting Henry Slade has been called up by England

Six Nations 2015: England bring in Henry Slade after Brad Barritt ruled out by injury

Stuart Lancaster is not about to throw the 21-year-old Slade straight into his starting line-up

Ben Youngs

Ben Youngs on England vs Scotland: Victory matters more than a big score in Six Nations

The Calcutta Cup takes place at Twickenham this weekend

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