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Full-time: Scotland 15-9 England
Full-time: Ireland 12-16 Wales


By Pranav Soneji

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1720: Thank you to everyone who emailed and texted in (yes, including that bloke who used a rather unsavoury word to describe my writing style, I forget these things very easily). Tune in again tomorrow when Nabil Hassan will be your host to talk you through France v Italy at the Stade de France.

1718: OK, so it wasn't the free-flowing rugby we romantics want to see, but when the heavens open in Edinburgh, the rains tend to favour ugly, grinding rugby. But what we did get was yet another twist in this ever-turning Six Nations. Who knows what will happen when Italy travel to Paris to face France on Sunday?

1717:"Don't dare take any thing away from Scotland's win. We made England look dull."
Ian, Wiltshire on TEXT 81111

1716: "What a day! Wales win the triple crown AND England lose. I'm off to buy a lottery ticket."
for-evra-and-evra-amen on 606

1715: "That win wasn't for the critics - that was for all the support we have received over the past few weeks."
Scotland coach Frank Hadden on BBC One

1713: "Brilliant. Thanks you, Scotland."
AllyintheUS on 606

1712:"Uh oh, that wasn't meant to happen?!
My very proud Scottish mate Phil in Glasgow

1708: "It was a typical Scottish performance, all guts and determination."
Scotland captain and man-of-the-match Mike Blair on BBC One


80 minutes: The clock turns red but England still have the ball - albeit deep in their own half. The Scots are flinging themselves wherever the ball is going and the final whistle blows as Tom Croft is bundled into touch. So there it is - England lose their second successive match in the Scottish capital. I'm going to stick my head out here and say that was quite possibly one of the worst games of international rugby I have ever seen. But all credit to Scotland.

78 minutes: This really is not pretty - Scotland forwards submerge on the ball after the line-out and the Murrayfield roar is reaching deafening levels. Brian Moore announces Mike Blair as the man-of-the-match.

77 minutes: Scotland earn a penalty when Matt Stevens refuses to release the ball in a ruck. The offence takes place on the halfway line and Dan Parks boots the ball to England's 22, hoping to eat up more valuable seconds on the clock.

76 minutes: The excellent Mike Blair comes off to a massive round of applause from the Murrayfield faithful, with Gloucester's Rory Lawson playing the last four minutes.

"I was wondering if the commentary team at half-time had noticed there was another side other than England playing, That's right, Scotland - the ones who are winning.
Graeme, Cumbria on TEXT 81111

73 minutes: Superb crunching tackle from Jason White on Paul Sackey, forcing the winger back a good four yards and earning Scotland possession to boot. More changes for England as Like Narraway comes on for open-side flanker Michael Lipman.

71 minutes: George Chuter engineers a rolling maul from an England line-out, but the ball is so slow that the backs have no hopes of punching holes in the Scotland defence. Big call from Ashton with Jonny Wilkinson coming off for Charlie Hodgson playing at 10, while captain Phil Vickery is replaced by Matt Stevens.

"I'm starting to remember my Scottish heritage."
Charlie on TEXT 81111

66 minutes: Brian Ashton makes the changes with Lee Mears and Toby Flood going off and George Chuter and Mathew Tait coming on at hooker and inside centre respectively. Big-hitting Scotland flanker Jason White is also on for the last 15 minutes.

"Strokosch is immense. What a player and hard man - reminds me of the lunacy of Finlay Calder."
AllyintheUS on 606

63 minutes: Excellent robust scrummages from Scotland, but then Ewan Murray is pinged for collapsing the scrum and Jonny Wilkinson clears into Scotland's half. Prop Alasdair Dickinson replaces Allan Jacobsen, who looks absolutely broken.

60 minutes: Brian Moore points out on the BBC commentary that England have not managed more than three phases of possession as Steve Borthwick makes a forward pass, handing Scotland the feed at the scrum. Have I mentioned the aesthetic beauty of this game is absolutely zilch? Thought so.

59 minutes: Referee Kaplan penalises Scotland for a player on the wrong side of a ruck and Jonny Wilkinson boots right up to Scotland's 22.

"I'm sick of this England, wake me up when the nightmare is over. The forwards don't want to pass to the backs, the backs don't want to run. A total and complete load of rubbish, 15 more or less disinterested players in white shirts. Is this Ashton's lack of a plan or his inability to motivate players? Either way I've had enough."
vinotackler on 606

54 minutes: A heavy hit from Michael Lipman on Graeme Morrison sees the Scotland centre bundled to touch - the visitors are slowly wresting the initiative after their shocking start.

"Isn't it sad that in this day and age of running rugby that the old world champs still only win by drop goals and penalties, Jonny would never come close to any record if England could play rugby like the other top teams!
Kiwi Marc on TEXT 81111

51 minutes: PEN Scotland 15-9 England
A shocking Dan Parks kick sees Scotland penalised for not releasing in the tackle. Up steps Jonny Wilkinson for another three points. Frank Hadden will be livid - England have just nicked six very easily avoidable points.

49 minutes: PEN Scotland 15-6 England
Jonny Wilkinson reduces the deficit to nine points with another sweetly struck penalty.

46 minutes: PEN Scotland 15-3 England
Hugo Southwell is absolutely clattered running into Jamie Noon chasing his chip kick, but Scotland are awarded a penalty when England are pinged for not releasing. It's a big old distance to the sticks, so Chris Paterson hands the duties over to Dan Parks, who duly thumps the three points. England are showing signs of falling apart.

45 minutes: The usually unflappable Jonny Wilkinson has just had an absolute nightmare few minutes with the boot and ball in hand. Could this be another second-half of utter madness from the World Cup finalists?

"The Scottish crowd are massively up for this and I sense they reckon it's their day at Murrayfield. They rose as one to applaud their side off the pitch at half-time. But you suspect there's more to it than just gaining a first win in the championship. It's the fact that the win could come against England that seems to be fuelling the collective spirit."
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts at Murrayfield

"C'mon the Scotland!! Put those arrogant guffies in their place. Looks like they aren't as used to the rain as us up here."
in_the_name_of_the_wee_man on 606

41 minutes: PEN Scotland 12-3 England
England make the worst possible start when they concede a penalty straight in front of the sticks. Up steps Chris Paterson for the simplest three points of his career and "Chelsea Dagger" by Scottish band The Fratellis rings out across Murrayfield - the faithful in blue are loving it.

1621: The teams are back out again and Dan Parks gets the game under way.

1620: "Did someone nearly puke up on BBC One when they were showing replays of Lamont's head injury?"
unitedandproud on 606

1613: "Will someone tell England and Brian Ashton that kicking the ball away all the time is a hopeless strategy."
Anonymous on TEXT 81111


40 minutes: PEN Scotland 9-3 England
Simon Shaw is pinged for not rolling away after a tackle and Scotland have the opportunity to extend their lead on the cusp of half-time. Chris Paterson has made such an ugly mis-hit of his kick, but the direction is just about there and Scotland go into the break with a six-point lead.

Paterson is absolutely delighted as he runs off the pitch with a grin as large as Shane Geraghty's quiff on the sidelines.

38 minutes: Lesley Vainikolo makes the mark from Mike Blair's kick and starts an England attack, which flows to right winger Paul Sackey, who charges to the halfway line before he is brought down. However, Scottish indiscretions at the breakdown give Jonny Wilkinson another chance to level the scores, but the number 10 just undercooks his left-foot strike from 40 metres out.

36 minutes: A game of kicking tennis goes Scotland's way when Richard Wigglesworth mishandles a Hugo Southwell up-and-under, but England turn over possession and Jonny Wilkinson batters a kick safely to touch.

33 minutes: Scotland concede a free-kick at the scrum and England charge into their half, but marauding prop Andrew Sheridan, who isn't having the best game in the world, knocks on after a good, healthy hit from Nathan Hines. This really isn't pretty to watch.

30 minutes: PEN Scotland 6-3 England
Scotland edge back in front when Andrew Sheridan is penalised for taking out Mike Blair in an offside position. Up steps Chris Paterson for another three points.

28 minutes: Absolutely brilliant from Wilkinson, who, at 28, has the chance to take his career points total into unchartered territory.

25 minutes: PEN Scotland 3-3 England
Scotland coach Frank Hadden is forced into another change with Ross Ford limping off the pitch, with Fergus Thomson coming on as replacement hooker. And to make matters worse, Scotland concede a penalty from a scrum for binding issues. Up steps Jonny Wilkinson and bang! There it is - Jonny Wilkinson becomes rugby union's all-time leading points scorer with 1093 points, surpassing Neil Jenkins's benchmark.

24 minutes: Word from Jill Douglas on the touchline is that Rory Lamont is OK, which is a huge relief. It really was a horrible - but entirely accidental - knee to the head.

23 minutes: England are pounding the Scotland line, but the home side are valiantly holding out. However Scotland bundle Richard Wigglesworth into touch to dent their scoring prospects.

21 minutes: The clock has been stopped while Rory Lamont, who is wearing an oxygen mask, is taken off the pitch. A massive round of applause accompanies his withdrawal. Dan Parks replaces him on the pitch, moving to fly-half with Chris Paterson switching to the wing. Jonny Wilkinson kicks the resulting penalty to touch.

19 minutes: A brilliant clearance kick from inside his own 22 sees Iain Balshaw accidentally knees Rory Lamont in the head as he slides across the wet turf chasing his own kick. Lamont is out cold, but play continues as Tom Croft makes a charge for the line and referee Kaplan blows up for an England penalty as a runner is taken out without the ball.

But more important is the medical attention for Lamont. At least four medical staff are attending to him, he really does not look in a good way. Let's hope his injury is not too serious.

17 minutes: Toby Flood spoils Scotland ball with a cheeky hand as Mike Blair looks to find his runners from a ruck. Big Lesley makes another handling error, overrunning a pop pass from Flood on the left flank. Expect a proper scrap with lots of "stick it up your jumper" rugby.

15 minutes: Simon Shaw cannot hold onto a floated Lee Mears line-out throw and concedes a scrum on Scotland's 22. The ball finds its way to the enormous Lesley Vainikolo, but the winger knocks forward as he is brought down by three defenders.

14 minutes: Tom Croft takes another wonky line-out ignored by Jonathan Kaplan. However Scotland are penalised when Nikki Walker is pinged for not releasing on the floor and Jonny Wilkinson boots to the Scotland 22m to give England their first decent attacking platform.

11 minutes: Scotland full-back Hugo Southwell connects beautifully with a clearance kick and takes the game right into England territory, but the men in white clear the danger from the resulting line-out. The Murrayfield pitch is turning into a mudbath - and we're only 11 minutes into the game.

"Why couldn't we (ENGLAND) have got Gatland and Edwards?"

8 minutes: PEN Scotland 3-0 England
England are penalised for not entering a scrum through the gate and Chris Paterson kicks over the first points of the afternoon. That's his 27th successive penalty kick in a row. Unbelievable. The Gloucester man has not missed an international kick at the posts since August 2007.

"There's definitely something in this tribal underdog thing the Scots do so well. That was a hair-raising rendition of 'Flower of Scotland', with a lone drum providing the beat and the crowd singing the words. Magic."
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts at Murrayfield

5 minutes: It's punt tennis as the ball is pumped back and forth before Hugo Southwell slices his kick and England play through the forwards on the halfway line. It's slow ball, but Jonny Wilkinson launches a high kick, which is safely taken by Chris Paterson and eventually the ball goes out of touch for a Scotland throw.

3 minutes: This game is not going to be easy on the eye - the ball is as slippery as a gathering of wet eels. England hooker Lee Mears gets away with a wonky throw.

1 minute: Scotland land an early scrum and Mike Blair makes a cheeky break and finds Chris Paterson, who thumps a massive up-and-under for Iain Balshaw, who safely snaffles inside his 22m. That will give him a massive confidence boost.

1520: It truly is grim in the Scottish capital, play is held up as two fighter jets fly past at Millennium Falcon speed over the stadium. Referee Jonathan Kaplan, from South Africa, gets play under way.

1519: The teams, just in case you've forgotten:
Scotland: Southwell; R Lamont, Webster, Morrison, Walker; Paterson, M Blair, (capt): Jacobsen, Ford, Murray, Hines, MacLeod, Strokosch, Taylor, Hogg.
Replacements: Thomson, Dickinson, Smith, White, Brown, Lawson, Parks.

England: Balshaw; Sackey, Noon, Flood, Vainikolo; Wilkinson, Wigglesworth; Easter, Lipman, Croft; Borthwick, Shaw; Vickery (capt), Mears, Sheridan.
Replacements: Chuter, Stevens, Kay, Narraway, Hodgson, Tait, Hodgson.

1518: The rain is belting down at Murrayfield, which given previous encounters between the two sides, is definitely in Scotland's favour.

1514: "We've had shaggy-haired men with big beards playing drums and pipes in a Braveheart style, the Scotland team doing synchronised press-ups in the Murrayfield sun, the Proclaimers belting out their old standards on the PA and now a proper marching band, with smarter kilts.

"There's a tangible buzz that the ancient enemy are in town. It can only be the Calcutta Cup.

"My vantage point for what the locals seem to think is going to be a famous rout is standing-room only at the back of the TV gantry, surrounded by lots of earphoned men with wires coming out of their heads.

I've already been told off for leaning on what turns out to be the refs' mike cable. If I'm not careful I could accidentally switch off the floodlights just by scratching my nose. Still, beat Shepherd's Bush. Mind you, what doesn't?"
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts at Murrayfield

1512: "Well, what a game, now, maybe, the rugby world will appreciate a team that is playing rugby as it should be played, and maybe the home nation teams should take a moment to rather than make excuses for their own undoings, appreciate a truly progressive, attractive and tough Welsh team."
turbotimgreen on 606

"That's probably the hardest game so far - the last five minutes was the longest five minutes of my life."
Wales try scorer and man-of-the-match Shane Williams


80 mins: Mike Phillips boots the ball into touch but there's a pregnant pause as referee Wayne Barnes checks to see whether time has elapsed past 80 minutes. With confirmation, the Englishman blows up and Wales go bananas. Who would have had Wales down for the Triple Crown after the World Cup?

79 mins: Ireland are 90 seconds away from losing the Triple Crown.

78 mins: Wales are eating into the clock by playing the ball through the forwards on the halfway line, hoping to induce Ireland into a penalty for indiscipline.

76 mins: A smart Irish backs move is halted as Luke Fitzgerald clatters into Tony Buckley. And to make matters worse, they lose possession for accidental offside, giving Wales the feed at the scrum.

74 mins: PEN Ireland 12-16 Wales
It really isn't pretty at Croke Park, but it's utterly compelling. Martyn Williams is back on and Ireland are trying to boss proceedings through the forwards. But Bernard Jackman has a moment of utter madness when he needlessly flies into the back of Ryan Jones, who had his hands in the air to indicate he is not involved in the ruck.

Jones looks shaken - he's wincing in pain - Jackman is a big old unit. More importantly, it gives James Hook the opportunity to give Wales a four-point lead and the ball sails straight through the posts.

"With two sin-binnings already you have to wonder if the Welsh deserve to win this. One is forgivable. Two looks like lemmings trying to be kamikazis."
Cricketing_stargazer on 606

71 mins: Tom Shanklin makes a burst into Ireland's 22, but a knock-on from Mike Phillips gives Ireland the feed at the scrum, much to the home side's relief.

69 mins: Ireland are down to 14 men because captain Brian O'Driscoll is receiving attention in the middle of the pitch. Rob Kearney makes a great break from a Wales chip, but the Ireland captain is looking in a bad way. He is carried off by two backroom staff and is replaced by Luke Fitzgerald. Hooker Bernard Jackman replaces Rory Best, while Tony Buckley - the man with the size 17 boots - comes on for prop John Hayes.

66 mins: PEN Ireland 12-13 Wales
Wales' front row are pinged for standing up too early, giving Ronan O'Gara the opportunity to slot another three points to close the gap to one point. It's hardly one for the purists, but it's a match soaked in intensity and intrigue.

63 mins: James Hook comes on for Stephen Jones, who is caught offside and concedes a penalty with his last act in the game. Ireland opt for the scrum against a seven-man pack rather than the three points, so confidence is returning.

61 mins: SIN-BIN Martyn Williams PEN Ireland 9-13 Wales
Jamie Heaslip cuts through Wales' defensive line, but cannot find a support runner because Martyn Williams deliberately trips Eoin Reddan. Referee Barnes brandishes the yellow card and points Williams to the sin-bin. Ronan O'Gara adds the penalty to bring Ireland within four points of Wales.

58 mins: Ireland are given a reprieve when Wayne Barnes spots a Welsh front-row offence by Gethin Jenkins, giving O'Gara the chance to clear his beleaguered lines. The Croke Park massive are not exactly boisterous right now.

56 mins: Mike Phillips's 10-minute sin-bin spell has revitalised his legs as he cuts through Ireland's faltering defence with a darting run from a ruck. Wales play quick ball, but winger Mark Jones is stopped in his tracks just metres short of the tryline.

53 mins: Wales are totally bossing this game, Ireland are struggling to cope with the onslaught.

51 mins: TRY Ireland 6-13 Wales
Rob Kearney is mugged by the ever-industrious Martyn Williams, handing Wales possession once more outside of Ireland's 22. Stephen Jones spreads the ball to Shane Williams, who bounces off Andrew Trimble's tackle and marches into the corner for the first try of the afternoon. A thoroughly deserved score. And Stephen Jones adds a brilliant conversion from the touchline. It's Williams's first ever try against Ireland, not a bad time to score it and he becomes Wales' joint highest try scorer alongside Gareth Thomas with 40.

49 mins: Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips is back on, no doubt feeling a little guilty after his 10 minutes of reflection in the sin-bin.

48 mins: Rob Kearney injects pace into Ireland's backline, taking play up to the halfway line. The Irish forwards do their piece, but Gavin Henson hits Denis Leamy with a cracking tackle, turns the ball over before booting a massive 70m kick to put Wales deep into Ireland's 22. Brilliant all-round play from the Ospreys centre.

45 mins: PEN Ireland 6-6 Wales
Ireland are penalised for not coming through the 'gate' in the ruck - Marcus Horan is the guilty party. Wales captain Ryan Jones receives medical attention, but Stephen Jones has the simplest of kicks and levels the scores.

43 mins: They may be a man down, but Wales have started the second half like they ended the first. Ireland manage to snaffle possession deep in their 22, but Rob Kearney's kick is sliced and Wales have the throw just a few metres out.

"Does Mike Phillips know that this is Rugby, and NOT Ultimate Fighting? Just checking."
aaaghaaaghaaagh on 606

41 mins: Stephen Jones gets the second half under way and Ronan O'Gara clears play to the halfway line.

1418: "The talk at half-time is all about Mike Phillips's moment of madness. Wales should be level-pegging at 6-6, instead they are behind and a man down. The Welsh boys are still optimistic, still dreaming of the Grand Slam but there is trepidation in their singing voices."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce at Croke Park

1415: "Miracles, or at least meteorological manifestations thereof, do happen. The sun's shining once again on Edinburgh. I only know this because of the howls of exclamation that went up in the pub.

"When the beaming Dougie Vipond hove into view to host the television coverage of today's rugby on the screens around the bar, the assembled throng chorused, 'blimey, is that Murrayfield?'."
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts in Edinburgh

HALF-TIME: Ireland 6-3 Wales

38 mins: SIN-BIN Mike Phillips
Wales are dominating - and Warren Gatland's side are awarded a penalty for an offence at the breakdown right in front of the sticks. However replays suggest Ireland are unlucky as it looked like Marcus Horan has stolen the ball legitimately.

But the decision is reversed because Phillips deliberately knees Horan in the back trying to wrest the ball from the Irish prop. And out comes the yellow card for Phillips, who is sent to cool his boots for 10 minutes. Wales squander three points, not clever thinking from the scrum-half.

"Poor game so far - the wife has just put me down a big Ulster fry-up and a cup of tea."
ulstermax on 606

34 mins: Wales are flinging the ball wide in search of that elusive try - they are trying to get as much width as possible. But a knock-on from Martyn Williams ends yet another promising spell for Wales.

32 mins: A nice miss-pass sees Tom Shanklin feed Lee Byrne, but the full-back is bundled into touch by a watchful Rob Kearney inside Ireland's 22.

31 mins: Lee Byrne drives into Ireland's 22 and Wales piece together their best move of the match, but Shane Williams spills the ball inside the 22 and Ireland clear to the halfway line.

29 mins: The game is halted after a collision between Shane Horgan and Rob Kearney, but both men are OK and are back on their feet in no time. However, Ireland concede a penalty when Eoin Reddan is adjudged to be offside at the scrum, but Stephen Jones's kicking is as choppy as the fickle wind and he misses once again, this time from 30 metres out.

"Kick, kick, kick. If this was England playing like this they would be's dire!
Celtgeld on 606

26 mins: PEN Ireland 6-3 Wales
Wales manage to get themselves a penalty when Jamie Heaslip is penalised in the line-out and Stephen Jones makes amends for his earlier miss to give his side their first points of the game.

22 mins: Fantastic dummy from Shane Horgan, who marches through the Wales defence but is stopped just short of the line by a wonderful last-ditch tackle on the tryline from scrum-half Mike Phillips. Referee Barnes goes to the television match official to check whether the ball has been grounded, which it hasn't. And Ireland are handed the feed at the scrum when the TMO says Horgan knocked the ball on as he tried to ground the ball.

21 mins: Brilliant kick from O'Gara, which hits the touch flag on the 22 on its way out of play. Referee Barnes first checks whether the ball hit the line before the flag - which it did. If the ball had not touched the line it would have been deemed dead.

19 mins: Stephen Jones isn't having the best game so far - the Scarlets man feeds a forward pass to Jonathan Thomas right in front of Wayne Barnes.

18 mins: PEN Ireland 6-0 Wales
Nice take from Donncha O'Callaghan, setting up an Ireland rolling maul, which advances a good 10 metres. And the hard work of the foreword pays dividends as Jonathan Thomas is pinged for not rolling away from the tackle just outside the 22m. Wayne Barnes has a few choice words with captain Ryan Jones about Thomas's indiscretion. O'Gara slots over the three points.

16 mins: Mark Jones takes a fine catch from O'Gara's crossfield kick for Tommy Bowe, claiming the mark and clearing the danger. By the way, Stephen Jones' missed penalty was Wales' first of the championship.

15 mins: It's hardly sweeping stuff but the wind is clearly having an effect on both teams' tactics. However, O'Gara gets Ireland to within five metres of their tryline with a well-placed kick.

13 mins: "Stay on six red!" shouts referee Barnes as Eoin Reddan chips ahead into Wales' 22. However Stephen Jones connects well with a clearance kick and takes play into Ireland's half.

10 mins: Ireland prop John Hayes is penalised for not properly binding on to opposite number Adam Jones, giving Stephen Jones the perfect opportunity to kick Wales level. However, the fly-half hasn't taken the wind into account and misses what looks a very easy kick.

"I am sure all my fellow All Blacks fans have a multitude of emotions seeing Wayne Barnes refereeing the Ireland v Wales game. I won't go into detail about my feelings as my post might get removed!!"
Ingathewinga on 606

8 mins: Mark Jones puts Ireland back in their own 22m for the first time with a useful chip and chase, but full-back Rob Kearney mops up in defence, but O'Gara's clearance is sliced and Wales have a useful line-out just outside Ireland's 22.

6 mins: Ireland continue their positive start with scrum-half Eoin Reddan taking a quick tap penalty to take play up to Wales' 22.

"Doesn't Gavin Henson look like he's wearing make up?"
Londonsuperbees on 606

4 mins: PEN Ireland 3-0 Wales
Ireland go through a few useful phases of play on Wales' 22m line - and they earn themselves a penalty right in front of the sticks for a Welsh hand on the floor in the ruck. Up steps Ronan O'Gara for three points.

1 minute: Ronan O'Gara gets the show on the road and Ireland win themselves a very early penalty for an offence at the breakdown on the far rightside of the 40m line. However, O'Gara opts for touch with a strong wind swirling rather than kick for three points.

"I'm in work in Newport, so can't be at the pub! Streaming the game off the BBC site though - hope I don't get caught!"
Jay on TEXT 81111

1321: There's some nice brassband action going on with "Ireland's Call". A massive cheer goes up with the final note and it's time for action.

1317: Anthem time - "Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" belts out across Croke Park, Adam Jones has grown himself a beard and has tied his long, curly locks into...dreadlocks. I kid thee not. He looks like he's just stepped off the plane from six months of dossing in Koh PhaNgan.

1313: A little reminder of the teams:
Ireland: R Kearney (Leinster); S Horgan (Leinster), B O'Driscoll (Leinster, capt), A Trimble (Ulster), T Bowe (Ulster); R O'Gara (Munster), E Reddan (Wasps); M Horan (Munster), R Best (Ulster), J Hayes (Munster), D O'Callaghan (Munster), P O'Connell (Munster), D Leamy (Munster), D Wallace (Munster), J Heaslip (Leinster).
Replacements: B Jackman (Leinster), T Buckley (Munster), M O'Driscoll (Munster), S Easterby (Scarlets), P Stringer (Munster), P Wallace (Ulster), L Fitzgerald (Leinster).

Wales: L Byrne (Ospreys); M Jones (Scarlets), T Shanklin (Blues), G Henson (Ospreys), S Williams (Ospreys); S Jones (Scarlets), M Phillips (Ospreys); G Jenkins (Blues), M Rees (Scarlets), A Jones (Ospreys), I Gough (Ospreys), AW Jones (Ospreys), J Thomas (Ospreys), M Williams (Blues), R Jones (Ospreys, capt).
Replacements: G Williams (Blues), D Jones (Ospreys), I Evans (Ospreys), G Delve (Gloucester), D Peel (Scarlets), J Hook (Ospreys), S Parker (Ospreys).

1311: The Welsh boys - each to a man - have wandered out onto Croke Park with their spiffy jackets on. Apparently it's not that cold in Dublin, so the BBC team are speculating whether this is a pre-planned move or whether someone has turned off the central heating in their changing room.

1310: "My dad (a Welshman) is sitting with his mate (an Irishman) in a pub in Oxford. Slightly ironic? I'm stuck at work and not best pleased!"
Cat on TEXT 81111

1308: "The morning rain has cleared away and the blustery wind has dropped while the Croke Park turf looks perfect. There's no excuses for the players out there today."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce in Dublin

1306: "Murrayfield has been experiencing a mini-monsoon over the past few hours. The ground staff have been working overtime to get the pitch prepared for the game."
BBC Sport's John Inverdale in Scotland

1303: "Welsh rugby has always had a sense of poetry to it so I fancy them to beat Ireland today."
worststripineurope on 606

Meanwhile, on the same thread:
"How about taking your job, sure there are many of us who could post far more entertaining content than this load of bland drivel."
edwardo63 on 606

I'm slightly hurt by that Edwardo, I thought it was inane drivel, bland has just pushed me over the edge...

1258: "I think everyone's gone."
Diogenese on 606

I think you may have a point there Diogenese, anyone else out there who's not at Croke Park or Murrayfield?

1254: "The cafe where I am currently wringing out my laptop purports to be JK Rowling's early hangout and the birthplace of Harry Potter, though I expect they all claim that these days. But I am beginning to feel a tingle of magic and I can sense a classic Murrayfield blockbuster unfolding this afternoon.

"I just hope, from an entirely impartial point of view you understand, that my England player ratings, with 10s across the board, can become an instant bestseller."
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts in Edinburgh

1248: "I've lost count."
Eddie O'Sullivan on the number of times he has been asked about Warren Gatland on BBC One.

1245: It's madness in the world of sport today - and we're going flat-out to keep you updated in the world of football, athletics and cricket. The charming Caroline Cheese is weaving her majestic prose during the afternoon's serving of Premier League and FA Cup action:

1241: Ireland have been forced into using Rob Kearney as a temporary full-back, although the Leinster man does have experience in the 15 shirt, so expect a few garryowens from Stephen Jones in the opening exchanges.

1238: How about this from Warren Gatland in the build-up to this afternoon's match?
"What I didn't have there (in Ireland) and what I do have here (in Wales) is that undeniable loyalty that you might expect from people in your coaching set-up," said Gatland. Wonder who he is referring to?

1235: "The wind, even halfway up Arthurs' Seat this morning, can only be described as honking. The rain, briefly held back by a magnificent rainbow stretching from Holyroodhouse Palace to halfway up the Royal Mile, is trying to recreate the Firth of Forth in the city centre."
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts in Edinburgh

Meanwhile, across the pond...

"The atmosphere is building delightfully at Croke Park - a man dressed as a giant daffodil is bartering tickets from another man dressed as Scooby Doo, while four men in dragons outfits attempt to get friendly with three women painted entirely green."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce in Dublin

1228: Late change for Wales - hooker Huw Bennett is suffering with flu and has been replaced by Matthew Rees, with Gareth Williams taking his place in the replacements' bench.

1223: You lucky people - we've sent Tom Fordyce on the road trip from heaven/hell (delete as you see fit) to Dublin with Tom, Teeth, Maddog and Charlie Bevan, four big, burly Welshman ready to hurl out verses of 'Bread from Heaven' at alarming decibels at Croke Park. Have a read of Tommy's journey so far:

Meanwhile, we've got Rob Hodgetts in Edinburgh and by the sounds of Hodgo's missives, it's about as bleak as a Siberian winter at Murrayfield, not too dissimilar to the Calcutta Cup conditions of 2000, remember that game?

Both will be filing in as the afternoon rolls on - but don't let us rant on all day though - get yourselves involved via the beautiful (and sometimes strange) world of 606, or if you're out and about with a expensive and shiny piece of kit in your pocket, text 81111 with the word RUGBY before your beautiful prose.

1220: Hello all you oval ball lovers, so how was last weekend's Six Nations cold turkey? About as fun as rolling out of a fashionable London hotspot in the wee hours of Thursday morning, only to find out you've been grounded for not clearing your night out with teacher.

Ciprianigate (not that catchy, to be fair to me) has split the office asunder - one half says Brian Ashton is a disgrace for dropping the 20-year-old, while the other says the England coach should have given him the added bonus of a clip round the ear for his flagrant flouting of England's protocol.

I haven't seen the office this split since someone suggested That Mitchell and Webb Look is funnier than Peep Show.

Six Nations photos
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Scotland 15-9 England
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Ireland 12-16 Wales
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