Wayne Barnes will referee Ireland versus Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

English referee Wayne Barnes has been appointed to take charge of the key RBS Six Nations clash between Wales and Ireland in Cardiff on March 14th.Bar(...)

Scotland outhalf Finn Russell will need to be pivotal against Wales on Sunday if they are to recover from last week’s defeat in Paris. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Two teams face each other at Murrayfield on Sunday on the back of opening-round defeats, but there is a marked difference in their psyches.Scotland h(...)

England’s James Haskell is tackled by Wales’ Taulupe Faletu during their Six Nations match at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

Wales promised to be different, but words these days mean nothing. It could have been Warrenbull to wrong-foot England with Warrenball always the p(...)

  Jérôme Garcès, who sent off Jared Payne in last year’s Heineken Cup, will referee Ireland’s match with Scotland. Photograph: Darren Kidd/INPHO/Presseye

“Not rolling away”, “off his feet”, “in from the side”, “crooked-in”, “forward”, “not releasing”, “dropping his bind” and “boring in”, represent a tin(...)

Wasps’ Ashley Johnson  stands over Leinster’s Dave Kearney before being sin binned in the first minute of the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Would you be a referee? I wouldn’t. There’s too many players like me to deal with, for a start. Fellas who will try anything and everything, push thin(...)

Wasps’ Ashley Johnson  stands over Leinster’s Dave Kearney before being sin binned in the first minute of the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Would you be a referee? I wouldn’t. There’s too many players like me to deal with, for a start. Fellas who will try anything and everything, push thin(...)

Wasps’ Ashley Johnson  stands over Leinster’s Dave Kearney before being sin-binned for a high tackle in the first minute  of the  the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Wasps backrow Ashley Johnson has been cited for his dangerous tackle on Leinster winger Dave Kearney in the opening minute of last Saturday’s European(...)

Leinster player Dave Kearney receives treatment in the first minute of the game after being upended by Wasps flanker Ashley Johnson at the Ricoh Arena. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Dave Kearney and Eoin Reddan are likely to miss the start of Ireland’s Six Nations title defence after suffering injuries as Leinster squeaked through(...)

Fergus McFadden scores Leinster’s opening try in the European Champions Cup Pool Two game against Wasps at the  Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wasps 20 Leinster 20Having led 20-6 lead at half-time, at which point they should have been out of sight, Leinster let slip that winning platform to s(...)

Rarely has the Irish presence at Europe’s top table been so imperilled. As the last Irish team standing in the European Champions Cup, it is up to Lei(...)