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(...)

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 upended in the tackle.  Wales racing into a 12-0 lead threw a spanner in the works of this well-oiled Irish machine. Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

The pressure told; the pressure of the occasion maybe and, the shoe on the other foot, the scoreboard pressure applied on Ireland by Wales, who were m(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt puts his side through their paces during the Captain’s Run at the Millennium Stadium ahead of the Six Nations clash with Wales on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:08

In the red corner, a wounded home team with a proven pedigree in this competition in recent times, who are drinking at the last-chance saloon. In the(...)

Jamie Roberts: is a different player in the Wales jersey – despite his less than spectacular sojourn wit Racing Metro. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Wales don’t scare us like France and England can. Still, we have to respect what they have achieved under Warren Gatland. Three Six Nations titles, in(...)

England winger Anthony Watson gets ahead of the Wales defence to score his side’s first try at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

Wales 16 England 21Great occasions do not always produce great games but England will long remember this frantic, nail-biting outcome. Under the Frida(...)

Jonathan Sexton is tackled by England’s Owen Farrell. The Ireland outhalf has had better days with his decision making and kicking.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:33

It was a suitably grey and grim Sunday morning in London, but as Gordon D’Arcy forecast the sun would shine again and it duly did so – brilliantly,(...)

 Rory Best finds Devin Toner in Saturday’s game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Rory Best’s face is mottled with irregular crimson blotches, a legacy of an afternoon’s sport in the Aviva Stadium. They offer a reminder of the physi(...)

“We’re not in Syria,” said Alun Wyn Jones this week, “so I don’t think it’s as hostile as you like to make out.” The Welsh secondrow was reacting to a(...)

Italy couldn’t deal with the hard running of Wales’s Jamie Roberts. Gordon D’Arcy will have his hands full on Saturday. Photograph: Joe Giddens/Pa Wire.

‘Enmities between nations, as between individuals, do not last forever.” With the Welsh circus on its way it feels like President Kennedy’s words five(...)