England’s prop Joe Marler  clashes with Wales’ prop Samson Lee  during the Six Nations clash at Twickenham. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

World Rugby was right to summons Joe Marler to face an independent misconduct hearing over his “gypsy boy” comment to the Welsh tighthead Samson Lee d(...)

Stuart Hogg and Greig Laidlaw celebrate Scotland’s Six Nations win over France. Photograph: Getty

Scotland 29 France 19 Now we can say at last that Scotland are starting to make progress. Not more than one step, but progress nevertheless. After th(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Dave Kearney is left grounded after Guilhem Guirado of France’s tackle during the Six Nations game in Paris. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

At face value it looks like carnage. For the opener against Wales, Ireland had nine frontline players ruled out through injury, a figure which rose t(...)

 Johnathan Sexton: was targeted off the ball by France’s Yohann Maestri.  Photograph: Alan Betson

It would be bitter not to doff ones cap to the French. The referee will have won few fans and Ireland suffered yet more injuries. But Guy Noves has re(...)

France’s Virimi Vakatawa and  Ireland’s Andrew Trimble compete for the ball during their Six Nations clash in Paris. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

It’s hard not to respect Andrew Trimble. We will miss the Ulster winger’s honesty when he eventually stops lacing up boots. “That’s criminal getting (...)

Virimi Vakatawa will make his first appearance in a side containing four uncapped players. Photograph: Getty Images

New France coach Guy Noves has made a bold choice by picking Sevens stalwart Virimi Vakatawa on the wing in a new-look team to face Italy in their op(...)

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Ireland player Jamie Heaslip gets to grips with Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Super Saturday was indeed beyond superlative, but it does look a rather long time ago now. In glorious mid-March conditions the day rained points (2(...)

 Guy Noves has promised a return to traditional French running rugby.

Coach: Guy Noves After a hugely successful coaching tenure spanning 22 years, ten Top 14 championships and four Heineken Cups with Toulouse, Noves (...)

RC Toulon’s Australian fullback James OConnor  vies with Bath’s Fijian wing Semesa Rokoduguni  during the European Champions Cup rugby union match at the Mayol stadium in Toulon, France. Photograph: Getty Images

Toulon 12 Bath 9 Bath came agonisingly close to a little piece of history beside the Mediterranean but, barring something extraordinary, their Champi(...)