Six nations

  • Quinn Roux has been called into Ireland's Six Nations squad.

    The Connacht lock takes the place of Tadhg Beirne who has been ruled out of the games against England and Scotland.

    Beirne injured his knee during a man of the match performance in Munster's crucial Champions Cup victory over Exeter at Thomond Park on Saturday.

    Andrew Conway picked up a knock during the same match, but should be fit to train next week.

    Leinster wing Adam Byrne  akes Conway's place in this week's training camp in Portugal.

    Rob Kearney and Jack McGrath are staying with the Eastern Province, to get game time in Friday's Pro 14 match against Scarlets.

  • The IRFU stands to lose up to 20-million euro if this season's Six Nations is not completed and the autumn internationals cancelled.

    CEO Philip Browne has been giving an update on the association's standing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    He says even if autumn games are behind closed doors, they'll lose between 10 and 15 million.

    A cancelled 2021 Six Nations could cost the IRFU 30-million euro.

    However, there is light at the end of the tunnel with an inter-pro series pencilled in behind closed doors at the Aviva on August 22nd and 23rd.

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    Joe Schmidt has named a 38-man squad for the first two rounds of the Six Nations.

    Among them are three uncapped players - all from Connacht.

    Centre Tom Farrell, out-half Jack Carty and scrum-half Caolin Blade all get the nod.

    Carty's inclusion comes at the expense of Ross Byrne.

    There's no Dan Leavy, but Schmidt says the Leinster flanker will likely return when fully fit.

    Connacht's Bundee Aki, Robbie Henshaw and Ultan Dillane are all named in Joe Schmidt's Six Nations squad.

    The squad will embark on a warm weather training camp in Portugal next week ahead of their opening match against England at the Aviva Stadium on 2nd February.