Bath’s director of rugby Mike ford talks to his son George, the outhalf of that club and England. George will have a pivotal position as kicker when England come to Dublin for the Six Nations game on Sunday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty.

Ellery Hanley and his entourage swept out the door. Mike Ford watched the departure of the man voted the greatest British rugby league player of all t(...)

Ireland assistant coach Les Kiss has been in here for seven years and will extend his stay when he becomes director of rugby at Ulster after the World Cup in November. photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

To put it in Australian parlance: “Seven years? Bloody hell’. It’s incredible to think that this is Les Kiss’ seventh season on the Irish coaching tic(...)

Sergio Parisse has recovered from a back injury and is looking forward to a big year in 2015. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Sergio Parisse hopes he can find a “different level” in this year’s Six Nations after a back injury plagued the Italy captain in 2014.The 31-year-ol(...)

 London Irish Director of Rugby Brian Smith has left the club on compasisonate grounds and will return to Australia. (Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

London Irish have confirmed the rugby director Brian Smith’s departure from the club. He has been granted early release from his contract, which wa(...)

England and Saracens lock George Kruis could be out for Munster’s vital Champions Cup fixture after he was cited for a tip tackle on Gloucester’s David Halaifonua. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The Saracens and England second row George Kruis may miss the start of the Six Nations after being cited for a tip tackle on the Gloucester wing David(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton:  resigned to being out of action until at least February 14th, the day Ireland play France at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland will have to begin the defence of their Six Nations crown against Italy without Johnny Sexton, who is resigned to being out of action until F(...)

Philips Manager of the Year Joe Schmidt with his award following the ceremony at the Shelbourne Hotel: “It’s humbling because of the competition that is here today.”

Despite the mass influx, Joe Schmidt is the only foreign rugby coach to be named Philips Sports Manager of the Year.Not the first foreigner, mind. Th(...)

 Ireland rugby head coach Joe Schmidt was named  Philips Sports Manager of the Year for 2014 at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has been named Philips Sports manager of the year. The award comes after a stellar 2014 which saw Ireland rise to third(...)

Cian Healy is a picture of dejection after Ireland lose to Wales in the 2011 World Cup quarter-final. Photography: Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images)

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory(...)

Brian O'Driscoll is carried shoulder high by team-mates, at the final whistle in the Six Nations Championship match with France, in Stade de France, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

They were days when a draw against France sparked a desperate hope. Who knew what might be possible if we could just find a backline that scored tries(...)