Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor: “There are a lot of games in the Pro 12 that are impacted on by the lack of availability of Test players.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor, so clearly at odds with Ireland’s player management plan, believes the refusal to release Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney, Ja(...)

Leo Cullen with the Leinster squad at UCD. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster will have to win every match until the end of the season if they are to fulfill their ambitions for this season, according to forwards coach (...)

Ireland players line up for the anthems ahead of the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland - Six have been selected for our Six Nations team of the tournament. Photograph: Ian  MacNicol/Getty Images 9:27

15 Rob Kearney (Ireland):Leigh Halfpenny’s goal-kicking could give him the nod again. Stuart Hogg was electric and carried for 100 more metres. But Ke(...)

Robbie Henshaw of Ireland is tackled by Finn Russell of Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match at Murrayfield on Saturday. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

A total of 221 points and 27 tries in three matches on one day; how do you like them apples Steve Hansen? The best laid plans rarely survive the first(...)

Flanker Seán O’Brien’s outstretched arm proves just about long enough to score Ireland’s crucial fourth try against Scotland. Photograph: Lee smith/Reuters. 9:27

The old championship’s 121st edition will not go down in history as its best, not when so much of the ‘samey’ first four weeks was so forgettable. But(...)

Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip makes the crucial try-saving tackle as Scotland fullback  Stuart Hogg loses possession and knocks on going over the try line during the Six Nations game at Murrayfield. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 9:27

It was a day of tiny margins where fate smiled on Ireland. A late try in Rome punctured rampant Welsh enthusiasm and despite missing two eminently kic(...)

Tommy Bowe:  He worked extremely hard all afternoon and made some excellent breaks for a 92-metre haul. A couple of offloads didn’t go to a teammate but that doesn’t take away from the impact he made. Rating: 7

15 Rob KearneyA little bit of a mixed bag, a fumble for Scotland’s try, a couple of sliced kicks but overall his contribution was on the positive side(...)

In Hawick they say that if you catch Stuart Hogg you get to make a wish, a homily to the jagged sidesteps, jarring acceleration and the gentle pitter-(...)

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg in action against England at Twickenham Stadium. Hogg is a  potential match winner for Scotland with his ability to break. Photograph: Getty Images

Scotland 15 Stuart Hogg Age: 24 Height: 1.80m (5’11”) Weight: 83kg (13st 1lb) Caps: 31 Tries: 9 A potential match winner for Scotland. Ability to brea(...)

Scotland Rugby Captain’s Run at Murrayfield - Adam Ashe says the team have no interest in who wins the championship. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Scotland have been cast in the role of kingmakers as the race for this year’s RBS Six Nations battle royal goes to the wire — but forward Adam Ashe ad(...)