France’s Pascal Pape is shown a yellow card during their Six Nations rugby union match against Ireland at the Aviva stadium in Dublin last month. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Inpho

Pascal Pape’s RBS Six Nations career has ended in acrimony after the France lock lost his appeal against a 10-week ban for kneeing Ireland’s Jamie Hea(...)

What makes Stuart Lancaster such an influential English coach is that his game plans maximises his team’s talents and minimises their weaknesses. (...)

On your marks: Paul O’Connell will captain Ireland in their decisive tie against England in the Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Once again the stakes are huge. Once again the meeting of last year’s top two finds both countries unbeaten. So come the full-time whistle the winners(...)

France lock Pascal Pape has appealed against his 10-week ban for kneeing Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip in the back. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

France lock Pascal Pape has appealed against his 10-week ban for kneeing Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip in the back, claiming the suspension “was excessive a(...)

Jordi Murphy comes in to replace Jamie Heaslip for Sunday’s Six Nations fixture against England. Photograph: INPHO 4:18

Ireland must be a three-dimensional team to defeat England, said Joe Schmidt, as he contested the assertion that his game plan is “boring, one dimensi(...)

 Jordi Murphy replaced Jamie Heaslip as number eight in Ireland’s first Six Nations game of the year against Italy. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The normally indestructible Jamie Heaslip has become such a part of the furniture in the Ireland camp over the last eight seasons that, well, even (...)

Stuart Lancaster’s England squad training at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, Surrey, ahead of Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Those who feel the Ireland squad are spoiled by the salubrious confines of Carton House need to see Pennyhill Park in Surrey.England’s centre of exce(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes shows Pascal Papé a yellow card for kneeing Jamie Heaslip at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The independent disciplinary panel which handed French lock Pascal Papé a ten week ban yesterday for kneeing Jamie Heaslip in the back did so after d(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes shows Pascal Papé a yellow card for kneeing Jamie Heaslip at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The independent disciplinary panel which handed French lock Pascal Papé a ten week ban yesterday for kneeing Jamie Heaslip in the back did so after d(...)

 France’s Pascal Pape   receives a yellow card from  referee Wayne Barnes  during the  Six Nations match against  Ireland  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

French lock Pascal Pape has been handed a 10-week ban for kneeing Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip in the back during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadiu(...)