England’s Mike Brown grabs the shirt of Ireland’s Josh van der Flier during the Six Nations match at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

If you can stop Billy Vunipola you can stop England. But when there are two Vunipolas on the pitch it’s almost impossible. The English number eight is(...)

Jack Nowell celebrates as Mike Brown evades Robbie Henshaw to score England’s second try at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

England 21 Ireland 10 Much like the game itself, this was a decidedly mixed bag of an Irish performance. Opinions will probably vary more wildly t(...)

England’s wing Mike Brown scores a try during the Six Nations match against Ireland  at Twickenham. Photograph:  Ben StansallAFP/Getty Images

England 21 Ireland 10 In the end, power told. England’s greater array of ball carriers and explosiveness in the collisions – epitomised by the phenom(...)

Simon Easterby: “It’s something that he feels is a strategy to try and get us to change, to do something different or react to it, but we can’t fall into that trap.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Eddie Jones has been having some fun portraying Ireland as one-dimensional purveyors of a kicking game. Following on from his quip about bringing in a(...)

Ireland secondrow Devin Toner pictured at  Carton House on Tuesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Devin Toner has defended Ireland’s props saying the locks and backrow were as much to blame for the Irish scum being crushed in the second half of the(...)

Mike McCarthy lies injured after clashing heads with Jack McGrath at the Stade de France, Paris. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There is a template for defeating Joe Schmidt’s well-drilled, yet so clearly breakable, Ireland team. Irish players seem more susceptible to concussi(...)

Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby with Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In that typically unfussy and unstated way of his, both as player and coach, Simon Easterby has again become a hugely important figure within the Irel(...)

Simon Zebo tries to break free from Welsh tacklers at Aviva Stadium. “Scotland wax lyrical at their man Stuart Hogg but Zebo has better lines and given more opportunity can cut any defence apart.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

So we were all wrong; the toughest 20 days of Joe Schmidt’s journey began yesterday with a draw to Wales; it could have been better but it could have (...)

Ireland’s Six Nations will be fascinating to lineout nerds. No Paul O’Connell in the Irish set-up; more pressure on Devin Toner to run the show. And n(...)

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 (...)