Ireland’s Cian Healy is tackled by Aaron Jarvis of Wales at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Greg Feek has been stressing that Cian Healy has been “chomping at the bit”. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Irish forwards coach Simon Easterby yesterday dropped the broadest of hints that the Irish starting XV and replacements for the Six Nations’ finale a(...)

England’s Jonathan Joseph dives over for a try during their Six Nations match against Scotland at  Twickenham, London.

England 25 Scotland 13 By Saturday night England could well be Six Nations champions after three successive years as frustrated bridesmaids. They (...)

Dylan Hartley: will be looking to banish memories of the defeat to Ireland when England entertain Scotland at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This has not been a great week for English sporting self-esteem. At least Bangladesh are not going to beat them at rugby union but a first Scotland w(...)

 Jonathan Sexton played 66 minutes of Racing Metro’s 13-13 draw with Clermont Auvergne at Stade Yves-du-Manoir in Saturday’s Top 14 clash. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

Ireland outhalf Johnny Sexton came through Racing Metro’s 13-13 draw with Clermont Auvergne on Saturday night, playing 66 minutes at the Stade Yves-du(...)

“Two hours each morning, two hours each evening, ‘three on, one off, double splits’. The gym was the one place I had control. I didn’t have to spea(...)

 Munster’s Paul O’Connell is hit hard by Saracens number eight  Billy Vunipola at Allianz Park.  Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Saracens 33 Munster 10It was hard to describe this as the day the light went out because in truth Munster barely flickered. Saracens dominated for lon(...)

Keith Earls could play part for Munster against Saracens. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inphi

In weeks like this, it can’t be easy being a Munster player, or a new head coach come to think of it. They have a rich heritage in Europe, and arguabl(...)

Charlie Matthews is sin-binning during Harlequins’ 14-13 Champions Cup defeat to Leinster last Saturday

Harlequins second row Charlie Matthews has had a citing complaint made against him following Leinster’s 14-13 European Champions Cup victory last Satu(...)

French referee Romain Poite shows Charlie Matthews of Harlequins a yellow card late in the clash against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium. Photo:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

This must be what it feels like to attend American Football. With some French thrown in for good measure. Television match official Eric Gonthier and(...)

Leinster’s most effective ball-carrier Jamie Heaslip is tackled by Matt Hopper of Harlequins. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster remain the great survivors but greatness departed with Johnny Sexton in the summer of 2013. That short-sighted error continues to haunt the M(...)