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(...)

England’s Billy Vunipola has been sidelined with an knee injury since November. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images.

England’s defence of their Six Nations title has been handed a major boost with Billy Vunipola in contention to make his Saracens comeback on Sunday, (...)

I do expect a subtler performance from Jack McGrath in managing Rabah Slimani. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So Leinster’s superb win last Friday put paid to my musings regarding playing Josh van der Flier against France. Mind you, van der Flier could be r(...)

John Barclay in action against France at the Stade de France. Photograph: Getty Images

Flanker John Barclay will captain Scotland for the first time in seven years in their Six Nations clash with Wales at Murrayfield on Saturday, taking(...)

Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards: “We practise turning the ball over every day in training, and Scotland do the same.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Scotland’s gruelling encounter against France in Paris in the last round of the Six Nations saw two of their players ruled out of the rest of the cham(...)