Iain Henderson: returned to the Ireland squad as a replacement against England following his recuperation from a hip injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The good word of Joe spreads to Belfast today as a reduced 17-man Ireland squad conduct an open training session, ably assisted by the Ulster Academy,(...)

Sam Warburton the captain of Wales accepts the applause from the French players as he hobbles off after his side’s 20-13 victory - he expects to play against Ireland. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales captain Sam Warburton is confident he will win his fitness race to face Ireland.The openside flanker hobbled off with a knee injury in Wales’ 20(...)

Paul O’Connell takes a lineout during Ireland’s win over England. The match clock appeared to stop accidentally after Ireland’s try. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Six Nations officials are investigating the possibility that more than two minutes of additional time was accidentally added into the second half of (...)

Johnny Sexton and Rory Best watch the closing stages of Sunday’s win over England from the bench. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Johnny Sexton is expected to be available for Ireland’s next Six Nations match, against Wales on Saturday March 14th, after his hamstring injury was d(...)

Adam Jones walks off with a dislocated shoulder  during the second Test  between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions in 2009, after Bakkies Botha hit him with a no-arm clearout. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

“That’s a very interesting one” said a current Test official when shown a video of a 19-stone international prop taking out an opponent with a flying (...)

Rhapsody in blue: Brian O’Driscoll was often the prime exponent of offloads in Schmidt’s teams. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Ireland stand on the brink of history. Victory against England would equal the all-time Irish record of 10 wins in succession achieved in 2002 and 200(...)

Robbie Henshaw in action during Ireland’s open training session with Connacht at the Sportsground  in Galway. Photo: Bily Stickland/Inpho

For Robbie Henshaw this must have been slightly odd. There he was, this modest, grounded 20-year-old, training against his Connacht team-mates on his (...)

Jonathan Joseph scores a try for England against Italy. The centre crossed over twice in a man-of-the-match performance. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jonathan Joseph’s two-try performance for England against Italy not only earned him the man-of-the-match accolade but prompted a number of headline wr(...)

Paul O’Connell and his team-mates had the character and fitness levels to withstand the charge of the French bench in the second half. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Great AK was right; ‘no amount of analytical physics can open a door’ but in the end energy, team spirit and tactical nous can close many a French(...)

RBS 6 Nations Championship, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 14/2/2015Ireland vs France Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

It was all we’ve come to expect from modern-day Test rugby, brutally physical, suffocatingly tight, as taut as a wire and absorbing until the very fin(...)