Munster’s Alan Quinlan wrestles with Leicester’s  Neil Back during the 2002 Heineken Cup final at the  Millennium Stadium in  Cardiff. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Image

Rugby can sometimes contrive the Hollywood ending. And so it is the next time Neil Back and Peter Stringer line out, they may be chumming up to each (...)

England captain Chris Robshaw: “He has unreal work rate. He goes about his business quietly. He is one of those fellas who doesn’t say much but he leads by example. That’s part of their culture and he is a good example of what they are trying to do and the person he is.”

Irish backrowers Peter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien see England captain Chris Robshaw as central to England’s hopes in Dublin.Since this year’s campaign (...)

The opening wins away to Wales and at home to Italy have heightened belief among England fans that, as in 2003, this year’s championship will serve as another Grand Slam en route to the World Cup.

In many respects, next Sunday is looking like twice the event and twice the challenge, on and off the pitch. Time was when Sunday games were seen as a(...)

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(...)

England outhalf George Ford  looks to offload the ball to Jonathan Joseph during the  Six Nations match against  Wales   at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Les Kiss has warned that George Ford’s “scary relationship” with Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson could derail Ireland’s quest to retain the Six Na(...)

Johnathan Joseph scored twice for England as they beat Italy 47-17 at Twickenham. (Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

England 47 Italy 17England launched World Cup year at Twickenham by sweeping Italy aside 47-17 to generate further momentum in their quest for a first(...)

England’s James Haskell is tackled by Wales’ Taulupe Faletu during their Six Nations match at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

Wales promised to be different, but words these days mean nothing. It could have been Warrenbull to wrong-foot England with Warrenball always the p(...)

Wales captain Sam Warburton during a press conference at The Vale Resort, Hensol. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire 1:58

Sam Warburton may be winning his 50th cap this evening but in one sense the Wales captain will be stepping into the unknown. Rugby at the top level, h(...)

Danny Cipriani has been named on the bench for England’s Six Nations opener. Photograph David Rogers/Getty Images

England have named Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter on the bench for Friday night’s RBS Six Nations opener against Wales in Cardiff.Cipriani provides ou(...)

Paul O’Connell poses with the new Six Nations trophy alongside fellow captains Thierry Dusautoir of France, Chris Robshaw of England, Sergio Parisse of Italy, Sam Warburton of Wales and Greig Laidlaw of Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

You can’t buy history, and the oldest international tournament in the world, dating back to 1883, returns for the first instalment of a 15-match pr(...)