Ireland’s Paul O’Connell is tackled by Luke Charteris of Wales during their Six Nations match at the Millennium StadiCardiff, Wales. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Simply put, the Welsh war room outmanoeuvred their Irish counterparts before this match even got under way. A great victory for Warren Gatland over Jo(...)

Simon Zebo of Ireland is upended during the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images 4:42

It was Tomás Ó Sé who coined the phrase “you hammer the hammer” in reference to beating a team by targeting, and thereby negating, their primary st(...)

Wales,  with the exception of Samson Lee and Luke Charteris, are all superb at the breakdown. And their flankers think their way around very similar to Australians.  Photo: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

I wanted England to beat Wales in Cardiff. The Welsh were Ireland’s greatest threat and them losing first time out at home was important. With Wales t(...)

Wales lost seven of 18 lineouts in the first two matches, coughing up four against England and three to the Scots. They didn’t lose a single lineout against France the last day, winning all 10 throws.

Mark Twain’s assertion that ‘facts are stubborn things but statistics are pliable’, is a pretty good description of how the same set of numbers can(...)

Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards believes Ireland are currently the best team in Europe. Photograph: Reuters

Wales, despite losing their opening Six Nations game to England, have given themselves a fighting chance of landing a third title in four years follow(...)

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(...)