Wales coach Warren Gatland expects a physical game against Ireland on Sunday. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Never shy about declaring his hand, either four days out from the match or two days ahead of his counterpart Joe Schmidt, or declaring anything else (...)

Ireland captain Rory Best at squad training. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Seán O’Brien has emerged as a significant doubt for Ireland’s opening defence of their RBS Six Nations title against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. The(...)

Ireland and Leinster prop Cian Healy. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cian Healy is considering an offer to join Worcester Warriors, and the three-year deal being offered to the Irish loosehead, who is out of contract a(...)

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Ireland player Jamie Heaslip gets to grips with Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Super Saturday was indeed beyond superlative, but it does look a rather long time ago now. In glorious mid-March conditions the day rained points (2(...)

Seán O’Brien: ready to fill the void left by Paul O’Connell. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

New championship, new challenge, new captain and even something of a new dawn. Ireland enter unchartered territory in the Six Nations, their first wit(...)

France head coach Guy Noves: has promised to restore some of the traditional flamboyance of les Bleus. Photograph:Inpho

One of the more fascinating aspects of another Six Nations campaign is the contrast in the coaching tickets, and specifically the head coaches. Coming(...)

Not only does Simon Zebo “put bums on seats”, as Conor Murray said last week, but he sells shirts, as well as scores tries.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Fears that the departure of Ian Madigan and Marty Moore would precipitate further exits have been allayed. The flood has been stemmed to a trickle. (...)

 Tommy O’Donnell: “You have to leave the World Cup where it was. You can’t dwell on it. You have to judge the Six Nations as a barometer of where we are.” Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

There was no more distressing sight in the World Cup warm-up games than Tommy O’Donnell being treated four minutes toward the end of the first of tho(...)

Keith Earls:  made his debut for Munster nine seasons ago and has scored 36 tries for his native province in 121 games. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Although publicly Munster are putting a brave face on speculation linking Keith Earls with a prospective move to Saracens at the end of the season an(...)

Joe Schmidt: will be trying to rebuild Irish confidence when the squad assembles at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Well, that did it. As if Ireland’s worst collective performance in European rugby for 18 years wasn’t bad enough, the loss of Marty Moore for the Six (...)