Luke Fitzgerald takes on the Scotland defence at Murrayfield, Edinburgh. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There are so many moments worth lingering over from Saturday, March 21st. A forever day with a legacy already seeping into the generation of wide-eye(...)

Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip makes the crucial try-saving tackle as Scotland fullback  Stuart Hogg loses possession and knocks on going over the try line during the Six Nations game at Murrayfield. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 9:27

It was a day of tiny margins where fate smiled on Ireland. A late try in Rome punctured rampant Welsh enthusiasm and despite missing two eminently kic(...)

Tommy Bowe:  He worked extremely hard all afternoon and made some excellent breaks for a 92-metre haul. A couple of offloads didn’t go to a teammate but that doesn’t take away from the impact he made. Rating: 7

15 Rob KearneyA little bit of a mixed bag, a fumble for Scotland’s try, a couple of sliced kicks but overall his contribution was on the positive side(...)

Robbie Henshaw, Jared Payne, Luke Fitzgerald, Rob Kearney and Jonathon Sexton at an Ireland squad training session at Carton House, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland 15 Rob Kearney Age: 28 Height: 1.85m (6’1”) Weight: 95kg (15st) Caps: 61 Tries: 10 (1 conversion) After a few early errors, he was one of the(...)

Ireland outhalf Johnny Sexton: through the first three rounds of this season’s he had had a 91 per cent kicking success rate. Photograph: Inpho

Risk versus reward. That’s at the heart of the silent process a rugby union captain goes through in those moments after a penalty has been awarded bef(...)

Rob Kearney: A few early errors but grew into the game with some traditional high fielding and a willingness to carry ball repeatedly: some success in breaking first line of defence on cut-backs and was his side’s most effective ball carrier with 104 metres. Rating 6

15 Rob KearneyA few early errors but grew into the game with some traditional high fielding and a willingness to carry ball repeatedly: some success i(...)

Simon Zebo of Ireland is upended during the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images 4:42

It was Tomás Ó Sé who coined the phrase “you hammer the hammer” in reference to beating a team by targeting, and thereby negating, their primary st(...)

Ireland outhalf  Johnny Sexton gestures during the Six  Nations match against Wales  at the Millennium Stadium in  Cardiff. Photograph:  David Davies/PA 4:42

Joe Schmidt bemoaned a lack of accuracy at key moments as Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes disappeared in a 23-16 defeat to Wales at the Millennium Stadium.(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt puts his side through their paces during the Captain’s Run at the Millennium Stadium ahead of the Six Nations clash with Wales on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:08

In the red corner, a wounded home team with a proven pedigree in this competition in recent times, who are drinking at the last-chance saloon. In the(...)

Jamie Heaslip returns from injury to take his place at number eight for the Six Nations match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

IRELAND 15 Rob Kearney Age: 28 Height: 1.85m (6’1”) Weight: 95kg (15st) Caps: 60 Tries: 10 (1 conversion) Having worked with the Welsh coaching st(...)