Ireland’s Rob Kearney battles for possession with Wales’s Jonathan Davies and Jamie Roberts during the Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: Inpho

When plotting an escape route through the perilous streets of a delirious Cardiff city on Saturday evening, nobody wanted to hear about learning mo(...)

Jamie Roberts: is a different player in the Wales jersey – despite his less than spectacular sojourn wit Racing Metro. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Wales don’t scare us like France and England can. Still, we have to respect what they have achieved under Warren Gatland. Three Six Nations titles, in(...)

Blackrock form a huddle before their supporters. “It’s wrong that we build these competitions up so much that kids end up being so devastated when it doesn’t work out for them.” Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

I was at Crescent Comprehensive College in Limerick one day a couple of weeks back, bringing the Six Nations trophy around with John Hayes. What I cou(...)

Northampton captain Dylan Hartley is shown a red card by referee JP Doyle during an Aviva Premiership game against Leicester Tigers in December. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

It feels very strange to be looking forward to an England team coming to Dublin this weekend and not wanting to hate them. This is probably one of (...)

Ireland’s Jared Payne  is tackled by France’s Teddy Thomas during the Six  Nations clash at the  Aviva Stadium, Dublin.  Photo. Niall Carson/PA

All the talk since the weekend has been about player safety and the huge physicality and even brutality we saw on Saturday. It’s been about Johnny Sex(...)

France’s Uini Atonio, a native of Samoa, struggles against Scotland’s Blair Cowan and Dougie Fife during last week’s Six Nations clash at Stade de France. Photo: Charles Platiau/Reuters 3:25

If you ever wanted proof of the mess French rugby has got itself into, the fact that they are six-point underdogs against Ireland on Saturday is as go(...)

Ireland’s flanker Sean O’Brien  in action against Italy during the Six Nations clash in Rome in 2013. O’Brien may start on the bench this weekend. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/Getty

Over the coming weeks, you will hear people saying loads of times that the Six Nations is all about momentum. It has become everybody’s favourite clic(...)

Wasps’ Ashley Johnson  stands over Leinster’s Dave Kearney before being sin binned in the first minute of the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Would you be a referee? I wouldn’t. There’s too many players like me to deal with, for a start. Fellas who will try anything and everything, push thin(...)

Wasps’ Ashley Johnson  stands over Leinster’s Dave Kearney before being sin binned in the first minute of the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Would you be a referee? I wouldn’t. There’s too many players like me to deal with, for a start. Fellas who will try anything and everything, push thin(...)

Saracens’ Owen Farrell and Mako Vunipola tackle Munster’s Ian Keatley during the Champions Cup clash at Allianz Park, London. Photograph: James Crombie/Iinpho

Watching Munster on Saturday, I went from being sad to frustrated to angry. Part of everyone who has any interest in Munster knew this was coming b(...)