What makes Stuart Lancaster such an influential English coach is that his game plans maximises his team’s talents and minimises their weaknesses. (...)

Stuart Lancaster’s England squad training at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, Surrey, ahead of Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Those who feel the Ireland squad are spoiled by the salubrious confines of Carton House need to see Pennyhill Park in Surrey.England’s centre of exce(...)

Sean O’Brien and celebrated chef Catherine Fulvio  launch Bord Bia Ham and Bacon campaign, which runs from Monday 23rd February to Sunday, 22nd March.

A down week for the Irish boys but a busy day for some. Tommy Bowe is selling chocolate in the Aviva Stadium, Sean O’Brien talking up bacon and cabbag(...)

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(...)

Paul O’Connell and his team-mates had the character and fitness levels to withstand the charge of the French bench in the second half. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Great AK was right; ‘no amount of analytical physics can open a door’ but in the end energy, team spirit and tactical nous can close many a French(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray heads down the tunnel of the Aviva Stadium after the  game against France. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Caught between the end result and the way it was achieved left Ireland less bubbling over than with their feet firmly on the ground. There was a warm (...)

RBS 6 Nations Championship, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 14/2/2015Ireland vs France Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

It was all we’ve come to expect from modern-day Test rugby, brutally physical, suffocatingly tight, as taut as a wire and absorbing until the very fin(...)

Johnny Sexton was named man of the match in Ireland’s 18-11 Six nations win over France at the Aviva Stadium.  (Photograph: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

Ireland player ratingsRob Kearney 7Made nine carries for 53 metres. A jarring, wrap tackle on Scott Spedding earned an important 24th minute penalty a(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes shows France lock Pascal Pape a yellow card after he kneed Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip in the back during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images 7:17

Philippe Saint-Andre has moved to defend Pascal Pape after the France lock was given a yellow card for kneeing Jamie Heaslip in the back in Ireland(...)

Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton lands one of his five successful penalty kicks during the Six Nations clash against France   at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 18 France 11If winning is ultimately the only commodity that matters, it also colours the landscape panoramically. Ireland emerged victorious (...)