Wales wing George North runs in their fifth try during the Six Nations  match against  Italy at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images

Wales 67 Italy 14 Wales secured runners-up spot in this season’s Six Nations Championship after running riot against outclassed visitors Italy in Car(...)

England’s prop Joe Marler clashes with  Samson Lee  at Twickenham last week. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Wales v Italy, Cardiff, Saturday 2,30pm Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde says that prop Samson Lee is not someone “distracted by things on the ou(...)

 Jordi Murphy: “I suppose the best way to force my way into that picture is to play well this weekend.” Photo: Inpho

A series of niggling injuries, but nothing severe enough to have stopped him from playing has knocked Jordi Murphy out of the thinking of Joe Schmidt.(...)

Sam Warburton of Wales: no suprise to see him at the top of the Six Nations stats list. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Rugby’s not an easy game for a stats-friendly parish. Difficult to code at speed, harder still to do so accurately. So when we got a whiff of individ(...)

Ireland missed  Seán O’Brien’s leadership when he went off injured against France in thw Six Nations. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

No matter what happens, a successful team with intentions of longevity stays the course. Stays true to the process that has yielded success, especiall(...)

Dan Biggar (centre) talks to Jamie Heaslip and   Jonathan Davies after last Sunday’s Six Nations game in Dublin. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Outhalf Dan Biggar will feature in an unchanged Wales team for Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Scotland at the retitled Principality Stadium in C(...)

Johnny Sexton in action against Wales in their Six Nations opener. “On seeing his demeanour on the field last Sunday it looked to me like he was enjoying his rugby again.” Photograph: Getty Images

The well-worn line about doing the jersey justice resonates in the wake of Paul O’Connell’s retirement from rugby. But a genuine tribute to Paulie’s l(...)

Rhys Ruddock replaced Tommy O’Donnell during Ireland’s Six Nations draw with Wales. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland have proved they can still set the Six Nations standard, even without a raft of injured frontline stars, according to Rhys Ruddock. Flanker (...)

Munster duo Tommy O’Donnell and CJ Stander both start for Ireland against Wales on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien are the latest senior players ruled out of the opening Six Nations match against a well-stocked Welsh side. The Lei(...)

Wales’s Justin Tipuric can read space and attack it like few forwards in the game. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

The toughest 20 days of Joe Schmidt’s journey begins on Sunday; Wales at home, France in Paris six days hence with England away by day 20. All to be d(...)