Stuart Hogg: “I’m extremely grateful for all the supporters who voted for me.”

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg has been voted the Six Nations player of the championship. The award was decided by a combination of an online poll, of which (...)

Wales wing George North runs in their fifth try during the Six Nations  match against  Italy at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images

Wales 67 Italy 14 Wales secured runners-up spot in this season’s Six Nations Championship after running riot against outclassed visitors Italy in Car(...)

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(...)

Players from England and Wales do not enjoy the same tense rivalry as in the past. Photograph: Getty Images

Nationality should be a wonderfully simple concept in weeks like this. When England meet Wales in next Saturday’s pivotal Six Nations fixture it will (...)

Mike Brown of England celebrates scoring a try against Ireland. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Irish rugby fans have been able to look past Mike Brown’s on-pitch antics in Twickenham last weekend - with over one in 10 of them admitting they wou(...)

Ireland outhalf Johnny Sexton: “If they’re talking about my game or criticising me, I don’t get involved. But it’s different when people  say that at the World Cup I was hiding concussion.” Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

On an almost daily basis, it seems, you can’t open a paper, turn on the television, listen to the radio or go online without somebody having an opinio(...)

Man of the match  Jamie Roberts scores a try in the win against Scotland. Photograph: EPA

Wales 27 Scotland 23 Wales extended Scotland’s losing Six Nations championship run to nine matches with second-half tries from Jamie Roberts and Geor(...)

Johnny Sexton in action against Wales in their Six Nations opener. “On seeing his demeanour on the field last Sunday it looked to me like he was enjoying his rugby again.” Photograph: Getty Images

The well-worn line about doing the jersey justice resonates in the wake of Paul O’Connell’s retirement from rugby. But a genuine tribute to Paulie’s l(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton kicks a penalty against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton, so clearly in agony, only took leave of this Test match after ensuring Ireland regained parity at 16-16. Clearly the success and failu(...)

Wales’s Justin Tipuric can read space and attack it like few forwards in the game. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

The toughest 20 days of Joe Schmidt’s journey begins on Sunday; Wales at home, France in Paris six days hence with England away by day 20. All to be d(...)