Billy Vunipola can offer the Lions destructive ball carrying from number eight. Photograph: Getty

A Kiwi dollar for Warren Gatland’s thoughts as his attention turns to Wales’s tour to New Zealand this June. There is still no better place to judge a(...)

Anthony Watson scores  England’s try during the Six Nations match at Twickenham. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

England 25 Wales 21 England edged to the brink of a first Six Nations title for five years with a 25-21 victory over Wales but were forced to survive(...)

“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(...)

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 No 8 Billy Vunipola  charges with the ball as the ireland duo Mike Ross and Jamie Heaslip attempt to make the tackle during the Six Nations game at Twickenham. Photograph:  Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Mike Brown - 4  Making contact with Conor Murray’s face wasn’t malicious but it was reckless. Several errors and one penalty conceded outweigh t(...)

“From this press conference onwards I’m putting a media ban on myself,” Jones laughed. “I don’t want to be accused of scaremongering. From here until next Friday before the Wales match I don’t want to talk to the media.”

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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(...)

Rory Best speaking in the huddle. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s been feisty, it’s been mouthy, there’s been plenty of gamesmanship, much of it good-humoured before bordering on unsavoury, and it hasn’t even ki(...)

England head coach Eddie Jones: “The destination for us is 2019, where I expect us to be at our best. That’s not to say we can’t win tournaments and Test matches along the way.” Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Eddie Jones and the war of words was well and truly won. The Irish Times’s profile on England’s first foreign head coach had been thoroughly researche(...)

England’s prop Mako Vunipola catches the ball during the Italy amatch at the Olympic stadium in Rome. Photograph: Getty Images

Mako Vunipola has the best hands in rugby, well certainly of any forward and definitely of any prop in world rugby – he’s on the bench and will impact(...)