George Ford was given a masterclass by Johnny Sexton in England’s 19-9 defeat to Ireland on Sunday. (EPA/Aidan Crawley) 4:25

This morning, all around the country, people will be walking into work with beaming smiles on their faces - the afterglow of Ireland’s victory yest(...)

‘Kool and the Gang’: Keith Wood was full of praise for Mike Ross during Ireland’s Six Nations defeat of England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So did you pop out yesterday in the sunshine for a pound of butter? And then have to slide your way back like a Nordic skier? All the time fretting ab(...)

Robbie Henshaw celebrates with Conor Murray after his try Photo: Inpho/James Crombie

Now England know it too. There’s nothing bite-sized or ephemeral about Robbie Henshaw. He’s inexperienced but not callow, green around the gills but (...)

Tommy O’Donnell is tackled by Billy Vunipola and Richard Wigglesworth after coming on for Seán O’Brien in Ireland’s 19-9 victory against England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

There have been times in this Six Nations when it has looked like Tommy O’Donnell was doomed to be the one who was one too many. Three games down, he(...)

Robbie Henshaw beats Alex Goode to the ball and crowns a man-of-the-match performance with Ireland’s and the game’s only try at the Aviva yesterday: Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 6:46

When you know how to win, you know how to win. The green machine which Joe Schmidt has created – and rarely have they produced more of a machine-li(...)

 Robbie Henshaw celebrates scoring Ireland’s  try with Conor Murray and a cast of thousands. Photo: Inpho/James Crombie

A bittersweet chariot came to carry England’s supporters home last night, with their hopes of a Six Nations grand slam in the luggage bin. Being home(...)

Rob Kearney: A couple of loose kicks aside he was the personification of calm collection under the high ball and that infuses confidence in those around you. Rating: 7

15 Rob KearneyA couple of loose kicks aside he was the personification of calm collection under the high ball and that infuses confidence in those aro(...)

Ireland’s Seán O’Brien goes off injured after a clash of heads during the Six Nations  game against England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho 4:25

Joe Schmidt knows us as a nation too well by now to go around banning talk of a Grand Slam. But he still wouldn’t take the bait when we mentioned it t(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton and Paul O’Connell in discussion during the Captains Run  at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Sunday’s Six Nations clash with England. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA

Ireland against England is always a big deal, but it’s hard to escape the feeling Sunday’s game at the Aviva is a bit different. It’s a coming (...)