Robbie Henshaw’s brilliant catch and try was the highlight of Ireland’s  19-9 Six Nations  win over England at the Aviva Stadium on March 1st. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Only two times has Ireland won the Six Nations Championship back to back and you would have had to thumb back the history book pages to 1949 to see th(...)

France’s Jules Plisson will start against England. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has made two changes to his starting line-up for Saturday’s RBS Six Nations showdown against England with Jules Plis(...)

 Yoann Maestri of France dives over to score a try during the  Six Nations match against  Italy  at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Italy 0 France 29France overpowered a lacklustre Italy side in Rome in a scrappy Six Nations clash to recover from back-to-back defeats to Ireland and(...)

Jamie Heaslip: recovered from the three cracked vertebrae caused by Pascal Pape’s knee. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 3:49

The ennui around Carton House gets lifted by Jamie Heaslip’s print media dance. The 31-year-old brings the engaging, cheery side of his personality in(...)

France’s scrum half Sebastien Tillous Borde is one of eigth changes to their team for Italy clash. Photogarph: Franck Fife/Getty Images

France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre reverted to his favoured halfback pairing of Sebastien Tillous-Borde and Camille Lopez when he named them on T(...)

France’s lock Sebastien Vahaamahina (L) and France’s outside centre Mathieu Bastareaud arrive for a training session in Marcoussis. Bastareaud has been dropped to the bench to face Wales. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty Images

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has relegated powerful centre Mathieu Bastareaud to the bench for Saturday’s RBS Six Nations clash against Wales in(...)

Adam Jones walks off with a dislocated shoulder  during the second Test  between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions in 2009, after Bakkies Botha hit him with a no-arm clearout. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

“That’s a very interesting one” said a current Test official when shown a video of a 19-stone international prop taking out an opponent with a flying (...)

England outhalf George Ford  looks to offload the ball to Jonathan Joseph during the  Six Nations match against  Wales   at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Les Kiss has warned that George Ford’s “scary relationship” with Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson could derail Ireland’s quest to retain the Six Na(...)

 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(...)

The clash that led to Johnny Sexton and Mathieu Bastareaud ending up in the blood bin at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho. 7:17

Every time rugby is in danger of becoming too one-dimensional the game’s governing body, World Rugby (formerly IRB), have generally devised law change(...)