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Six Nations: Eddie Jones has made just one change to England’s starting line-up, with Nathan Hughes (above) coming in at No 8 for the injured Sam Simmonds. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Eddie Jones has dismissed concerns about the England rugby team’s discipline and claimed that statistical analysis shows “the most successful teams in(...)

 Ireland coach Craig Fulton’s focus  will now be  the   Sultan Azlan Shah tournament in March. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Craig Fulton and his Irish men’s team returned home to Ireland reasonably content with their week’s work in Malaga, beating World Cup opponents Canad(...)

 John Barclay in action for his club Scarlets: “We will look at how we think we can beat Wales and put together a plan.” Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

The flowering of Scotland was a feature of rugby union’s climate change last year. Having withered on the Six Nations’ vine for most of the century, t(...)

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg  after the final whistle of the game: “We just came up short against the best team in the world for however many years.” Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

After coming so close to snatching a famous late win over New Zealand, Stuart Hogg is targeting bigger and better things for Scotland. The fullback (...)

Republic of Ireland defender Cyrus Christie rates Séamus Coleman as one of the best fullbacks in the world. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Séamus Coleman’s broken leg, suffered in the goalless draw with Wales in March, was always going to be detrimental to Ireland’s hopes of qualifying fo(...)

Harry Kane of England scores his side’s second goal during the  World Cup qualifier between Scotland and England at Hampden Park. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Harry Kane has spoken of his pride at captaining his country but insists England boast “plenty of leaders” in their ranks as Gareth Southgate contempl(...)

Last throw of the dice: Joe Schmidt believes Ireland have a “fantastic chance” of getting something out of the championship. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Not even a title shoot-out, never mind a Grand Slam shoot-out. Instead, Ireland will have to regroup and host England in the 2017 Six Nations finale n(...)

 England’s Jonathan Joseph celebrates scoring a try in his team’s win over Scotland at Twickenham. Photograph: Reuters

England 61 Scotland 21 England retained their Six Nations crown and registered a record-equalling 18th successive Test victory after Jonathan Joseph (...)

England outhalf Owen Farrell: if he  fails to make it, George Ford will be handed the goal-kicking duties. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

There appear to be two Englands out there, both coached by the same person. The first lot are unbeaten in 17 Tests, still have improvement in them an(...)

Eddie Jones appears ready to put Billy Vunipola straight back into England’s starting XV for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup match against Scotland with Jona(...)

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