Craig Joubert sprints from the pitch at the end of Scotland’s narrow Rugby World Cup loss to Australia. Photograph: Getty

Referee Craig Joubert has admitted with hindsight he would have reconsidered his decision to award Australia a contentious penalty which saw them edge(...)

Keith Earls on his way to scoring his side’s second try during the victory over Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Ireland 35 Scotland 25 Ireland will ruefully wonder what might have been over their five games, but at least they could feel a little better about(...)

French referee Pascal Gauzere shows a yellow card to Scotland’s Alex Dunbar during the Six Nations match  against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Perhaps Scottish captain Greig Laidlaw always cuts a lugubrious figure. That didn’t change after the game, which in the last 10 minutes threatened to (...)

Scotland’s Duncan Taylor on the way to scoring their second try in the Six Nations win over France at Murrayfield. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Scotland arrive in Dublin today rarely having felt so good about themselves, or with Ireland so respectful and wary of the genuine threat they provid(...)

Ireland’s Keith Earls and Simon Zebo enjoy a lighthearted moment during the captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium yesterday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 5pm The final Saturday looks less than Super, and especially so from an Irish perspective. Readjust(...)

Jamie Heaslip’s first try was an absolute belter. The offload from Simon Zebo (above), like all offloads, shattered the Italian defensive structure. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Many years ago I had the great privilege of listening to a coach’s cautionary tale from the great Australian cycling coach, David ‘Charlie’ Walsh. C(...)

Andrew Trimble scores Ireland’s first try of nine against Italy in last week’s Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Much like last week’s supposed “dead rubber” against Italy, only even more so, there’s plenty at stake again in Ireland’s 2016 RBS Six Nations finale (...)

Cian Healy could come back onto the bench for Saturday’s game against Scotland.

If ever there was a case for a coaching ticket to keep their selection meeting to a minimum, then this week must be it. A nine tries to two, 58-15 rou(...)

Stuart Hogg and Greig Laidlaw celebrate Scotland’s Six Nations win over France. Photograph: Getty

Scotland 29 France 19 Now we can say at last that Scotland are starting to make progress. Not more than one step, but progress nevertheless. After th(...)

Conor Murray and Ian Madigan share a joke at the final whistle after Ireland’s victory over Italy in Saturday’s Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Nine tries in this 58-15 victory scatters the wolves far from Joe Schmidt’s door. But, we can be sure, the Ireland coach knows exactly what is being s(...)