ScotlandJonny Gray (lock)Age: 19. Height: 6’ 6ins. Weight: 119kg (262 lbs)Club: GlasgowWho is he?He’s the younger brother of Richie, who also plays fo(...)

The Desso Grassmaster

It’s hard to scrummage on a poor pitch. Yet in the last year the elite level of rugby union has seen Test matches played on pitches that offered more (...)

 England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

In the months leading up to the beginning of a Six Nations championship, there is a mass of research, planning and preparation undertaken by every hea(...)

Alain Rolland refereesa  match between South Africa and Australia.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

From the age of eight his parents would hang the unaccompanied minor Aer Lingus tag around his neck and usher him onto the aircraft bound for the C(...)

Brian O’Driscoll celebrates his hat-trick against France in 2000. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s hard to credit that this will be Brian O’Driscoll’s 14th Six Nations campaign – yes, 14th. Notable among the many qualities with which he has (...)

Simon Zebo gets a GPS unit inserted in the pouch in his training jersey

The game is whistled to a stop. All eyes are on the referee as he asks the TMO to replay an incident on the stadium’s big screen. A team analyst conti(...)

The Irish team after it won the Grand Slam in Milan in March last year;. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A day in the life of the Irish rugby squad. Up at the crack of dawn for a session in the gym, a full day of work or studies, then a training session i(...)

     England’s Alex Goode and Jamie Roberts of Wales in last March’s game at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s back. Unlike the Tri-Nations, it may not scale the heights of the ridiculous quality evident in the South Africa-New Zealand showdown in Johannes(...)