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Six Nations: Ireland coach Joe Schmidt 'delighted' to have Richardt Strauss available after rapid recovery from heart surgery

Schmidt coached Strauss at Leinster and believes that his return is a bonus for Ireland ahead of the Six Nations campaign

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Dylan Hartley is maturing into the England side

Six Nations: In our opinion – six pundits, one from each country, tell us who they think will win

They have all played in this annual showpiece in the past, but is it head or heart for these commentators?

England are perming three from eight for their wings and full-back. Chris Ashton favours the right wing
Ian Madigan scored nine points, including a try, to give Ireland Wolfhounds a 14-8 victory over England Saxons

England Saxons 8 Ireland Wolfhounds 14: Burns nightmare adds to day of woe for Saxons

Madigan and his Leinster half-back partner Isaac Boss scored a try apiece to give Ireland second XV victory

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Parts of East Anglia could be abandoned to the sea forever after recent floods

Repairing or improving flood defences is so expensive that areas of countryside which are still under water could be deserted, says Environment Agency

Warren Gatland has admitted that his decision to drop Brian O'Driscoll from the third British and Irish Lions Test will give Ireland v Wales an 'extra twist'

Six Nations 2014: Brian O'Driscoll Lions snub will give Wales' trip to Ireland an 'extra twist', admits Warren Gatland

Gatland chose to drop O'Driscoll for the decisive third British and Irish Lions Test which caused uproar in the Emerald isle

Jonathan Sexton will be the only Irish Six Nations squad member in action this weekend

Six Nations 2014: Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt hoping Jonathan Sexton comes through Racing Metro game unscathed

Sexton will be the only member of Ireland's squad in action this weekend while Schmidt also confirms Keith Earls is a serious doubt for the championship

Brian O’Driscoll is expected to be unflustered by the attention centred on his last Six Nations

Six Nations 2014: Brian O'Driscoll's final bow won't sway focus, claims Joe Schmidt

Brian O'Driscoll was the beating emotional heart of the Lions party in Wallaby country last summer and when the great Ireland centre was dropped for the final Test, thousands upon thousands of rugby followers went into sporting seizure. Many did not forgive Warren Gatland, the coach who made the bravest of brave calls, even when the tourists won in Sydney and completed a first series triumph in 16 years.

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The ECB could be given greater control by the ICC

ECB could be given an enhanced role in major decision-making when the ICC discuss new proposals

ECB could become one of three central figures alongside Cricket Australia and Cricket for India

Six Nations 2014: Kelly Brown's future as Scotland captain put under threat

The Six Nations mind games have started - with the Scotland coach, Scott Johnson, never slow to play the psychology card, singling out his own captain, the Saracens flanker Kelly Brown, for special attention.

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Autism scandal brewing in Ireland after it emerges that children as young as eight are being locked in padded rooms

Autistic children as young as eight are being locked in “withdrawal rooms” in schools in Ireland for hours, according to a report.

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