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(...)

Irish captain Paul O’Connell holding the RBS Six Nations trophy as the Irish rugby team arrived back at Dublin Airport on Sunday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jamie Heaslip raised the biggest cheer of another triumphant homecoming by hopping over the barrier at Dublin Airport to allow the fans to hold the RB(...)

Rory Kockott celebrates after his side are awarded a penalty in the final play of their 20 point defeat to England. Photograph: Inpho

With England hammering away at France at the death of Saturday’s Six Nations decider, needing one more score to pip Ireland to the championship, the p(...)

Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton lands one of his five successful penalty kicks during the Six Nations clash against France   at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 18 France 11If winning is ultimately the only commodity that matters, it also colours the landscape panoramically. Ireland emerged victorious (...)

Ireland Rugby Captain’s Run at the Aviva Stadium yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The prime time weekend slot, and 6,000 French fans amongst a capacity crowd with Ireland seeking a ninth win in a row and seventh at the Aviva Stadium(...)

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre. “He may  be a practical coach but the French media stone him for his inability to settle upon a team.” Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Only place to begin is at the end of Paris. When the Ides of March were overcome.Sexton had been carted off (not an omen just another reason to avoid (...)

Players push in a scrum during the Six Nations  match between Italy and Ireland at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

I try not to speak negatively about rugby. It has given me so much and I have seen it give so generously to others.There is a saying, that your best m(...)

Ireland’s Simon Zebo in action against Italy in the  Six Nations in Rome. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Saturday will be a special game for Simon Zebo and his extended Irish-French family, the first time this son of a Martinique-born French athlete will(...)

Camille Lopez kicked 15 points as France ground out a 15-8 win over Scotland at the Stade De France. (Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland)

France 15 Scotland 8 France looked set for a difficult Six Nations campaign after labouring to a 15-8 home win against Scotland in their openin(...)

Bath’s Francois Louw dives over for the bonus-point try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Toulouse at Stade Ernest Wallon. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

European Champions Cup round-up: Francois Louw scored Bath’s fourth try in the closing stages to complete a bonus-point 35-18 European Champions Cup v(...)