Ireland’s Tommy Bowe gets over the try line at the Aviva Stadium in a match which England lost to miss out on the 2011 grand slam. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

France v England,  Stade de France, Saturday, 8.0pm After England had secured the Six Nations title last Sunday when Scotland defeated the onl(...)

Gareth Davies scores a Wales try during the Pool A game against England at last year’s World Cup. Photograph: AFP

Sometimes the Six Nations feels about as light and airy as a dessert trolley from the 1970s. Treacle sponge, knickerbocker glory, banana fritters: th(...)

Pushing on: “Head down, slightly sidewards and gone like a hare. That was the ultimate Ultan.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Ultan Dillane turned 18 in November 2011, he begged his coaches at Tralee RFC for a game with their first team. The squad travelled to Waterford (...)

“By the end of this game, Josh van der Flier looked every inch an international openside flanker.” Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

I am enjoying my life after rugby but who wouldn’t want to know what was said in the Ireland changing room to spark that second half reaction? That re(...)

There will be no winding up of England captain Dylan Hartley at Murrayfield, according to Scotland’s resource coach Nathan Hines. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

Scotland v England, Murrayfield, Saturday, 4.50pm RTÉ 2, BBC 1 Eddie Jones has been talking a relentlessly good game all week but, on the eve of th(...)

Dylan Hartley: “I am me. It’s there in print for you to see what I’ve done wrong and what I’ve been guilty of.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Whether England succeed or fail under their new captain, Dylan Hartley, they are entering a very different style of regime. Eddie Jones has already s(...)

Dylan Hartley has been named as England captain for the Six Nations, replacing Chris Robshaw. Photograph: Afp

Dylan Hartley has been named England’s captain for the upcoming Six Nations. The Northampton hooker has been expected to take over the role from Chr(...)

Dylan Hartley has been dropped from England’s World Cup training squad after he was banned for four weeks for headbutting Saracen’s Jamie George. Photograph: Getty

Dylan Hartley is set to miss the World Cup after being dropped from England’s training squad for disciplinary reasons, head coach Stuart Lancaster has(...)

Dylan Hartley during a   Northampton Saints training session ahead of their European Champions Cup quarter-final against Clermont. Photograph: Getty Images

Dylan Hartley believes Northampton are better equipped than ever to win European club rugby’s biggest prize – but now must prove it. Saints, beaten(...)

 Dylan Hartley: One of the few sportsmen who instil fear with a look. Photograph: Getty Images

Mike Tyson used to do it. Brian Cody still can. Dylan Hartley is one of the few sportsmen who instil fear with a look.You know he can’t hurt you but, (...)