Bath’s director of rugby Mike ford talks to his son George, the outhalf of that club and England. George will have a pivotal position as kicker when England come to Dublin for the Six Nations game on Sunday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty.

Ellery Hanley and his entourage swept out the door. Mike Ford watched the departure of the man voted the greatest British rugby league player of all t(...)

 Johnny Sexton temporarily leaves the field with a blood injury against France in the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Eric Luke

Jonathan Sexton will play for Racing Metro 92 in their Top14 clash with Clermont Auvergne on Saturday night. Despite sporting six stitches in a gash o(...)

 Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton leaves the pitch to be treated for a head injury. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“Recognise and remove” is the tagline adopted by World Rugby in their attempt to tackle the issue of concussion. Last week there were six incidents (...)

Ireland’s Mike Ross holds on to the shorts of French winger Teddy Thomas to make a vital tackle during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 7:17

THE BREAKDOWNIreland were outplayed here and had to send extra numbers in to try and hang on to possession. As a result France had a numerical superio(...)

Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton lands one of his five successful penalty kicks during the Six Nations clash against France   at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 18 France 11If winning is ultimately the only commodity that matters, it also colours the landscape panoramically. Ireland emerged victorious (...)

Ireland’s Tommy Bowe was frustrated against Italy on Saturday last. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho 3:25

Tommy Bowe understands the virtue of patience after last Saturday’s Six Nations Championship match against Italy. He covered substantial swathes of th(...)

For many golf fans the British Open will disappear in 2017 when one of the BBC’s crown jewels moves to Sky. Is the Six Nations next to fall? In these (...)

Sean O’Brien was forced to withdraw from the Ireland team ahead of the 26-3 victory over Italy in Rome after damaging his hamstring during the warm-up and is now a doubt for Saturday’s fixture against France at the Aviva Stadium. (Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

Seán O’Brien’s involvement against France next Saturday remains in doubt after damaging his hamstring while warming up ahead of Ireland’s 26-3 trimmin(...)

 Jamie Heaslip has been playing with a shoulder problem he picked up against Ulster. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Jamie Heaslip represents a slight concern ahead of Ireland’s opening match against Italy in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday as he seeks to sh(...)

Ireland number eight  Jamie Heaslip remains a slight doubt for Saturday’s opening Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jamie Heaslip is a slight concern ahead of Ireland’s opening Six Nations Championship match against Italy in Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday as h(...)