New Zealand coach Graham Henrywas expected to watch Saturday's European Cup semi-final between Toulouseand Biarritz with special interest on Saturday with the prospect offinding another All Black. Tonga-born flanker Finau Maka grew up in New Zealand and playedfor the Hurricanes, Blues and Highlanders before being lured to France forwhom he will become eligible in September after three years of residence. Tonga have already asked Maka to report for Test matches in Junebut he is still weighing up his options.
"I'm really enjoying it in Toulouse and it would be great toplay for France, as tremendous as pulling on an All Black jersey," saidthe 26-year-old. France coach Bernard Laporte will be at Bordeaux on Saturday andis keen to rebuild his side for the 2007 Rugby World Cup France is staging. Maka's elder brother Isitolo, who also plays for Toulouse, wonfour caps in the New Zealand back row in 1998 when the All Blacks were looking fora successor to Zinzan Brooke before Jerry Collins solved the problem No8 position.
Looking forward to locking horns with France, Conor Murray said: "I know with the type of players and type of game Guy Noves likes to play, they can throw up anything. We've got to be ready for any style of game, an offloading game, a free-flowing game."
Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby chats about sharing the defence coaching duties, Sean O'Brien (tight hamstring) sitting out Wednesday's training session and also talks about the strength of the Welsh back row.
Andrew Trimble talks about coming back from injury to make Ireland's RBS 6 Nations squad and dealing with the excitement and nervousness ahead of a big game like Sunday's Championship opener against Wales.
We hear from returning front rowers Adam McBurney and Conan O'Donnell, captain James Ryan and fellow newcomer Paul Kiernan as the Ireland Under-20s look forward to opening the U-20 RBS 6 Nations on Friday night against Wales at their new home of Donnybrook.
Ireland prop Tadhg Furlong spoke about the excitement of facing his first RBS 6 Nations campaign, the challenge of scrummaging against Wales and his earliest memories of the Championship - which include apple pie!
We caught up with Ireland Women's captain Niamh Briggs at the RBS 6 Nations media launch in London. 'Briggsy' is looking forward to the Championship and welcoming some new faces into the Ireland squad.
Joe Schmidt has named five uncapped players in the Ireland squad - Ultan Dillane, CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier, Stuart McCloskey and Finlay Bealham. We spoke to them on their first day in Ireland camp.