Mike Ford:  Circuitous Rugby League career took him, by chance, to Ireland in January 2002. Photograph: Getty Images

Russell Crowe wasn’t momentarily speechless collecting an Oscar for Gladiator. Nor did the cinematic hard man well up after the South Sydney Rabbitohs(...)

Wales coaches Robert Howley  and Warren Gatland  chat ahead of their Six Nations encounter against Italy in Rome. Photograph: Getty Images

All Wales know as they prepare to start the final round of matches against Italy in Rome is that they have to win to remain in contention for the titl(...)

Ireland’s Sean O’Brien scores the decisive  fourth try against Scotland. Billy Stickland/Inpho

After a remarkable final day of thrill and spills, with veritable try-fests in Rome, Edinburgh and London, it Ireland transpired that Ireland had done(...)

Ireland would receive a replica of the Six Nations trophy if they win the championship at Murrayfield on Saturday. Photograph: Afp

Wales will not be presented with a trophy if they win the Six Nations on Saturday. Instead, they will have to wait until the following day when they r(...)

Wales’ frontrow crisis means Aaron Jarvis will start their final Six Nations fixture against Italy. Photograph: Getty Images

Wales go to Rome on Saturday in search of a third Six Nations title in three years with their third-choice loose-head prop in the front row against op(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Devin Toner, Sean O’Brien and Paul O’Connell react to referee Wayne Barnes’s decision. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 6:29

The television companies, the sponsors and the organisers are happy. The 2015 RBS Six Nations will go down to the last day in a three-way shoot-out fo(...)

Wales captain Sam Warburton celebrates after Saturday’s victory over Irealnd at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Reuters

Captain Sam Warburton hailed spoiling Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes as among his best moments in Test rugby after Wales’ stubborn 23-16 victory in Cardif(...)

Ireland outhalf  Johnny Sexton gestures during the Six  Nations match against Wales  at the Millennium Stadium in  Cardiff. Photograph:  David Davies/PA 4:42

Joe Schmidt bemoaned a lack of accuracy at key moments as Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes disappeared in a 23-16 defeat to Wales at the Millennium Stadium.(...)

Scott Williams scores for Wales in the second half at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters 6:29

Wales 23 Ireland 16The title will still go to the wire, but the dream of a Grand Slam is over. Backed into uncharted territory when falling behind fro(...)