Ireland and Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton at the launch of Topaz’s Cash for Clubs  community initiative, which offers clubs of all types and sizes from across the island of Ireland the chance to win  cash prizes. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Being Johnny Sexton isn’t always easy. Although he has come to understand that playing with 10 on his back is more freighted with public angst and fea(...)

Ireland and Leinster player Jack McGrath at the launch of IRUPA’s ‘Tackle Your Feelings Mental Wellbeing Campaign at  St Mary’s College in Rathmines, Dublin. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

St Mary’s RFC. Blue jersey all alone on a peg. Burly prop pounds a tackle bag in slow motion. Something isn’t right. Glazed gaze, eyes closing: “When (...)

Iain Henderson returns for Ulster against Glasgow on Friday night. Photograph: Inpho

Iain Henderson is set to make his comeback from injury for Ulster against Glasgow Warriors on Friday night. In total Les Kiss has made five changes t(...)

Billy Vunipola can offer the Lions destructive ball carrying from number eight. Photograph: Getty

A Kiwi dollar for Warren Gatland’s thoughts as his attention turns to Wales’s tour to New Zealand this June. There is still no better place to judge a(...)

Ireland duo  Jamie Heaslip and Devin Toner tackle Scotland scrumhalf  Greig Laidlaw during the Six Nations. Photograph: Caroline Quinn/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip was not surprised by Scotland’s fighting spirit in their Six Nations finale, but was delighted the hosts rounded of(...)

Ireland’s Keith Earls and Simon Zebo enjoy a lighthearted moment during the captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium yesterday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 5pm The final Saturday looks less than Super, and especially so from an Irish perspective. Readjust(...)

Stuart Hogg: The Scotland fullback has the skills to do something out of the ordinary but more importantly the confidence. Photograph:Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

CJ Stander’s try against Italy was straight from the Joe Schmidt coaching manual. The same as before but different. Lots of smoke and mirrors. Differ(...)

Stuart Hogg and Greig Laidlaw celebrate Scotland’s Six Nations win over France. Photograph: Getty

Scotland 29 France 19 Now we can say at last that Scotland are starting to make progress. Not more than one step, but progress nevertheless. After th(...)

Josh Strauss replaces Ryan Wilson at number eight in the Scotland team. Photograph: Getty Images

SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIPS Scotland v France Murrayfield, Sunday, 3.0pm RTÉ 2, BBC 1 Vern Cotter hopes to nullify France’s muscular threat after r(...)

19-year-old prop Zander Fagerson has been called up to the Scotland squad for the Six Nations. Photograph: Getty

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has named uncapped props Zander Fagerson and Rory Sutherland in his 35-man squad for the Six Nations. Glasgow centre(...)