Ireland’s Johnny Sexton and Paul O’Connell in discussion during the Captains Run  at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Sunday’s Six Nations clash with England. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA

Ireland against England is always a big deal, but it’s hard to escape the feeling Sunday’s game at the Aviva is a bit different. It’s a coming (...)

On your marks: Paul O’Connell will captain Ireland in their decisive tie against England in the Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Once again the stakes are huge. Once again the meeting of last year’s top two finds both countries unbeaten. So come the full-time whistle the winners(...)

The opening wins away to Wales and at home to Italy have heightened belief among England fans that, as in 2003, this year’s championship will serve as another Grand Slam en route to the World Cup.

In many respects, next Sunday is looking like twice the event and twice the challenge, on and off the pitch. Time was when Sunday games were seen as a(...)

England outhalf George Ford  looks to offload the ball to Jonathan Joseph during the  Six Nations match against  Wales   at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Les Kiss has warned that George Ford’s “scary relationship” with Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson could derail Ireland’s quest to retain the Six Na(...)

 Johnny Sexton temporarily leaves the field with a blood injury against France in the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Eric Luke

Jonathan Sexton will play for Racing Metro 92 in their Top14 clash with Clermont Auvergne on Saturday night. Despite sporting six stitches in a gash o(...)

England coach Stuart Lancaster shakes a joke with Jack Nowell during an England training session at Pennyhill Park. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Exeter’s Jack Nowell is set to feature in England’s Six Nations match against Ireland as Stuart Lancaster seeks to nullify the home side’s kicking thr(...)

Jonathan Joseph scores a try for England against Italy. The centre crossed over twice in a man-of-the-match performance. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jonathan Joseph’s two-try performance for England against Italy not only earned him the man-of-the-match accolade but prompted a number of headline wr(...)

England coach Stuart Lancaster: “We’ve got two other big games but there is no doubt the game in Dublin has huge significance in relation to the championship.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

England 47 Italy 17 England’s players have been warned that significant improvement will be required if Ireland are to be beaten in the potenti(...)

Italy captain  Sergio Parisse is tackled by England’s Luther Burrell (above) and Jonny May during the Six Nations match at Twickenham. Photograph: David Davies/PA

England head coach Stuart Lancaster sees plenty of room for improvement despite England claiming a second win from two Six Nations matches with a six-(...)

Johnathan Joseph scored twice for England as they beat Italy 47-17 at Twickenham. (Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

England 47 Italy 17England launched World Cup year at Twickenham by sweeping Italy aside 47-17 to generate further momentum in their quest for a first(...)