Paul O’Connell poses with the new Six Nations trophy alongside fellow captains Thierry Dusautoir of France, Chris Robshaw of England, Sergio Parisse of Italy, Sam Warburton of Wales and Greig Laidlaw of Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

You can’t buy history, and the oldest international tournament in the world, dating back to 1883, returns for the first instalment of a 15-match pr(...)

Simon Zebo and Jared Payne tackle Jean de Villiers during Ireland’s victory over South Africa on Saturday. photograph: Cathal Noonan/ Inpho

The Irish management will give a medical update on the injured Jared Payne, Rory Best and Chris Henry today, although the likelihood is that none of t(...)

Luke Marshall: poised to win his fourth cap against Australia on Saturday.

A feature of the Joe Schmidt reign is liable to be the way those on the outside, and perhaps more importantly even those on the inside, will be kept o(...)