Ireland’s Johnny Sexton and Paul O’Connell in discussion during the Captains Run  at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Sunday’s Six Nations clash with England. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA

Ireland against England is always a big deal, but it’s hard to escape the feeling Sunday’s game at the Aviva is a bit different. It’s a coming (...)

Ireland’s Rory Best performs a choke tackle on France’s Rory Kockott during the recent Six Nations game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho 3:06

Chokers, the lot of them.A narrative is all rugby journalists seek on the week of a Test match. A constant now, concussion had a brief run with Mike(...)

Simon Easterby says Ireland play the game by the rules and are not a dangerous side. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 3:06

Irish forwards coach Simon Easterby was loath to be drawn into reacting to Shaun Edwards assertion that the choke tackle is “very dangerous” and a “bl(...)

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 (...)

Wales’ Jamie Roberts takes on Scotland’s Rob Harley during their Six Nations  match at Murrayfield earlier this month. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Wales centre Jamie Roberts will go into next Saturday’s Six Nations clash against France amid speculation that he could be released early from his con(...)

Wales Warren Gatland before his side’s defeat to New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium. Wales also unhappy  first question in coach’s pre-match interview was whether he thought the haka gave New Zealand an unfair advantage. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales have written to the BBC complaining about interviews conducted before and after the Test against New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium which cul(...)

 Elliott Stooke of Gloucester is tackled by Ian Humphreys (R) and Marland Yarde (L) of London Irish. Humphreys will return to Ulster this summer. Photograph:    Harry Engels/Getty Images

Ian Humphreys will return to Ulster having signed a two-year contract with the province. The 32 year-old left Ravenhill in the summer of 2012 and mov(...)

Andrew Coombs and Peter O’Mahony of Ireland grapple for the ball in the lineout during last season’s RBS Six Nations Championship fixture. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A simmering unease exists between Wales and Ireland. Since the 2009 Lions tour of South Africa, the core of both sides are close Lions team-mates and (...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray has been singled out for special praise by Shaun Edwards. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Shaun Edwards believes that Wales face “a huge job” defensively when they tackle Ireland in Dublin next Saturday.Wales only conceded three tries durin(...)

Zach Touhy of Ireland celebrates scoring his side’s first goal with Ross Munnelly. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

IRELAND 57 AUSTRALIA 35It’s the way of the international rules series these days that the actual matches have been overtaken as talking points by the(...)