New breed: Simon Rattle works as readily with period-instrument players as with symphony orchestras. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/EPA

It seemed like a great idea for the Royal Irish Academy of Music to devise an event called Ten Thousand Miles Away and use it to explore “the special (...)

Rory Best during Ireland’s Captain’s Run at the Millennium Stadium two years ago, the last time they played Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho. 5:42

Stuart Lancaster resorted to playing the Welsh song Hymns and Arias at full volume on loudspeakers at the squad’s indoor training facility at Pennyhil(...)

Ireland’s Simon Geoghegan scores a try against England at Twickenham in 1994 Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Games Ireland won that they might have lost 1994: Ireland was beaten by France 35-15 and then Wales came to Dublin to add a second defeat, this time 1(...)

England captain Chris Robshaw: “He has unreal work rate. He goes about his business quietly. He is one of those fellas who doesn’t say much but he leads by example. That’s part of their culture and he is a good example of what they are trying to do and the person he is.”

Irish backrowers Peter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien see England captain Chris Robshaw as central to England’s hopes in Dublin.Since this year’s campaign (...)

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre. “He may  be a practical coach but the French media stone him for his inability to settle upon a team.” Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Only place to begin is at the end of Paris. When the Ides of March were overcome.Sexton had been carted off (not an omen just another reason to avoid (...)

England’s Chris Robshaw:  the 28-year-old is now an automatic pick for England. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA

England are determined not to look beyond Italy this Saturday, but their Six Nations victory over Wales has already convinced Stuart Lancaster to ano(...)

“Ireland played great footy and deserved to win (last November), but the kicking was way too much. That’s not how we play. The mindset is a massive difference.”

The Six Nations is the pinnacle of European international rugby. The greats of the game, leapt to the world’s attention through their actions in the c(...)

England head coach Stuart Lancaster and Ireland head coach eaither side of the Six Nations Trophy. The English man is still frustrated by last year’s failings. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA 0:50

Stuart Lancaster admits England enter their 2015 RBS 6 Nations campaign nursing a deep sense of frustration at their failure to lift the crown for the(...)

‘Bruch never managed to reconcile himself with the direction taken by Wagner and Liszt, let alone those who built on their achievements.’ Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

You have to feel sorry for Max Bruch. He was born in Cologne in 1838, and in spite of some notable successes would spend his life in the shadow of (...)

England and Saracens lock George Kruis could be out for Munster’s vital Champions Cup fixture after he was cited for a tip tackle on Gloucester’s David Halaifonua. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The Saracens and England second row George Kruis may miss the start of the Six Nations after being cited for a tip tackle on the Gloucester wing David(...)