Ireland captain Paul O’Connell lifts the RBS 6 Nations Championship trophy in Edinburgh on Saturday, March 21st. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Twitter was buzzing after England failed to overcome the 26 point gap needed to take the title from Ireland in Saturday’s incredible Six Nations shoot(...)

From left: Denis Leamy, Ronan O’Gara, David Wallace, Simon Easterby, Gordon D’Arcy, Girvan Dempsey, Denis Hickie and Shane Horgan on St Patrick’s Day 2007 as Ireland took on Italy in Stadio Olimpico. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Grand Slams are the holy grail, all the more so when a country has only won two of them in 120 years of trying. But championship titles aren’t to be s(...)

Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne will have a tough battle against the Wales centre partnership of Roberts and Davies. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho 1:32

Robbie Henshaw believes Ireland’s fledgling centre partnership faces its toughest RBS Six Nations test yet in Wales on Saturday against Jamie Roberts (...)

Jamie Roberts: is a different player in the Wales jersey – despite his less than spectacular sojourn wit Racing Metro. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Wales don’t scare us like France and England can. Still, we have to respect what they have achieved under Warren Gatland. Three Six Nations titles, in(...)

Gordon D’Arcy: 81 times capped Leinster centre has been left out of the Ireland squad to face Wales. Photograph: Craig Thomas/Inpho. 2:16

Ireland team manager Mick Kearney has presented an upbeat appraisal of injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations match against Wales at the Mil(...)

Gordon D’Arcy has been omitted from Ireland’s 36-man training squad for their final two Six Nations fixtures against Wales and Scotland. Photograph: Inpho

Gordon D’Arcy has been dropped from the 36-man Ireland squad named for the remainder of the Six Nations. “That’s a selection issue, yes,” confirmed Ir(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw  takes a high ball despite the attempts of England’s   Alex Goode to score a try during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images 6:46

Ireland 19 England 9A strangely comprehensive dismissal of England, to end a four game losing streak dating back to 2011, this will be remembered as t(...)

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock has returned to the starting team for Ospreys game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster will be aiming to pile more misery on an Ospreys side who have seen their title challenge fade since losing influential players to the Six (...)

Jared Payne and Peter O’Mahony of Ireland with Mathieu Bastareaud of France:  Ireland made no line breaks, scored no tries but still won the game at the Aviva Stadium last week. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

On the wall in my grandfather’s house hung an ancient pendulum clock. It functioned because many intricate parts, some large and slow-moving, others t(...)

Peter Stringer: “I think he’s been doing a great job for Bath,” says Leinster coach Matt O’Connor. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Peter Stringer’s name is synonymous with Munster rugby but Matt O’Connor yesterday aligned the former Irish scrumhalf with a possible move to Leinste(...)