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(...)

“Ireland could not cross the line against Wales, even with a maul. We needed referee Wayne Barnes for that. Ireland’s attack was impotent.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

I have coped a bit of “stick” from lots of quarters because I dared to question the attacking system of “St Joseph of Donnybrook”. I have found Irelan(...)

Johnny Sexton should have a big game against Scotland after the disappointment in Cardiff. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:02

A unique, staggered, three-way tussle for the title has ensured that whatever the Six Nations has lacked in quality it has atoned for with the gran(...)

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 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(...)

Paul O’Connell is wary of Scotland ahead of this weekend, but he’s not thinking about the championship. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Paul O’Connell has warned Ireland to beware of Scotland’s “nothing to lose” approach in battling against the Wooden Spoon in Saturday’s RBS Six Nation(...)

Scotland’s head coach Vern Cotter has made two changes to his team to face Ireland. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA

While Joe Schmidt’s backline has received some criticism for lacking pizzazz, Scotland have looked pretty confident in that area and for Ireland’s vis(...)

Eoin Reddan puts in a box kick against Wales.  The scrumhalf says the only focus this week is beating Scotland. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Sandwiched between the other two games, Saturday’s grand finale to the 2015 Six Nations looks particularly complicated for Ireland. Not alone have the(...)

Greig Laidlaw (right) is joined by Scottish team-mates Johnnie Beattie and  Geoff Cross in trying to stop England’s  Tom Wood during the Six Nations match at Twickenham. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Skipper Greig Laidlaw admits Scotland will be left red-faced if they do not end this year’s Six Nations with a victory against Ireland at Murrayfiel(...)

Rob Kearney in reflective humour at training camp ahead of the  Scotland game. Photograph: Inpho

There’s a reticence in the Irish camp about looking at the second fence when they are sizing up a jump at the first. Suggesting that viewing Scotland (...)