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Ireland’s Craig Casey celebrates with Ryan Baird after they both made their international debut in the victory over Italy at the Stade Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

There’s nothing like a restorative, pick-me-up trek to Rome. Suddenly, in stark contrast to the injury-afflicted team pulled together to face France a(...)

Wales’s Louis Rees-Zammit chases his own kick to score a fine individual try late in the exciting one-point win over Scotland at  Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Scotland 24 Wales 25 he wheel turns quickly in the Six Nations. It wasn’t long ago Scotland were the talk of the tournament after their famous win (...)

Hamish Watson kicks to touch ending Scotland’s winless run at Twickenham. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty

Six Nations round two: Scotland v Wales, Saturday February 13th, Murrayfield (kick-off 4.45pm, live on Virgin Media One, BBC One and the Irish Times l(...)

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg celebrates at the final whistle. Photograph: Inpho

England 6 Scotland 11 Scotland ended their 38-year wait for a victory at Twickenham in emphatic style on Saturday as they produced a superb performa(...)

Scotland’s Finn Russell and Hamish Watson in action  against England at Twickenham during the  2019 Six Nations. Photograph: Bill Murray/SNS Group via Getty Images

“Historically, it looks as if we have got something against going to Twickenham,” muses Jim Telfer, the last Scotland coach to savour victory at the o(...)

Maro Itoje of England catches the ball during their Autumn Nations Cup Final against France at Twickenham on December 6th, 2020. Photograph: David Rogers/RFU Collection via Getty Images

“Make sure you have a chat with someone you haven’t spoken to in the team,” was how Eddie Jones, the England head coach, finished last week’s highly u(...)

Referee Angus Gardner red cards Australia’s Lukhan Salakaia-Loto for a high tackle against Argentina in Sydney. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

I have to start where I finished off last week – dangerous play. The weekend saw examples of players hitting into opponents’ heads and necks with shou(...)

 Ireland head coach Andy Farrell praised Andrew Porter’s performance against Scotland. Photograph:   Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland more or less finish the year where they started, or where it might realistically be felt they should finish it. Third in the Six Nations and t(...)

Eddie Jones takes an England training session at Twickenham ahead of the Nations Cup match against France. Photo: Andy Rain/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

At face value the organisers appear to have the final playoff weekend to the Autumn Nations Cup that they would have craved, or the final anyway. Exce(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell speaks to his players at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Lineout and maul Once an almost guaranteed source of possession and launch plays, and even – if not directly – of tries, Ireland’s lineout and catch(...)

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