Ireland’s Rory Best performs a choke tackle on France’s Rory Kockott during the recent Six Nations game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wales assistant coach says increasing resort to the tackle is a blight on the game

Ireland flanker Paula Fitzpatrick has been in outstanding form in the Six Nations campaign. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Tom Tierney’s side face an England side that blew Ireland away in Paris semi-final

 Dylan Hartley: One of the few sportsmen who instil fear with a look. Photograph: Getty Images

Northampton captain to put mistakes behind him as Lancaster’s England side seek title

Alex Goode is poised to start at fullback should Mike Brown fails to prove his fitness. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Tom Wood, Courtney Lawes and Geoff Parling released to clubs ahead of Ireland clash

Stuart Lancaster’s England squad training at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, Surrey, ahead of Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Stuart Lancaster’s powerful side aiming for fifth win in row over Ireland

Wales’ George North leaves the field to be assessed after a head injury during the Six Nations match against England at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Clubs, doctors and physios, as well as rugby’s official bodies, are in firing line on concussion

Clongowes Wood captain John Molony seemed to suffer a head injury during Clongowes’ victory over St Michael’s College in the Leinster schools cup quarter-final.  Photograph: Colm O’Neill/INPHO

Peter Robinson has questioned why captain John Molony was allowed to play on

Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton  is given treatment for a cut to his eye after a clash of heads with France’s Mathieu Bastareaud during the Six Nations at Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

Recent high-profile cases mean rugby can no longer ignore the elephant in the room

The Ireland and French teams are in the dark after a floodlight generator problem at the Women’s Six Nations Championship match at Milltown House, Ashbourne RFC, Co Meath. Photograph: Inpho

Despite defending their spiritual home in Ashbourne, the side deserve a better venue

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