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Eddie Jones: has presided over England’s fall from Six Nations champions last year to fifth place this season. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Eddie Jones retains the backing of the Rugby Football Union despite England’s dismal fifth-place finish in the Six Nations. Ireland were crowned Gra(...)

James Ryan: was again outstanding for Ireland, his attitude and execution  exemplary. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

On Friday I wondered about Gregor Townsend’s reaction to previous Scottish mistakes in that what you measure, you manage. Scotland could have scored (...)

Hannah Tyrrell during the Ireland Women’s captain’s run, in Donnybrook, Dublin. Player returns to the wing for the Scotland clash. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Women's Six Nations: Ireland v Scotland Donnybrook, 1pm (Sunday) - Live RTÉ The try count tells a story. Compare Ireland captain Ciara Griffin’(...)

Ireland’s Michael Silvester escapes the tackle from   with Ross Thompson of Scotland during last night’s Under-20 Six Nations Championship match at  Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 30 Scotland Under-20 25 Ireland will cherish the bonus-point victory, the performance vacillating between the sublime and the carele(...)

Gregor Townsend: get into where the space is and let the ball-carrier find you; this is a crucial Townsend value where he accepts mistakes to make this happen.  Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

What I wonder, is Gregor Townsend’s reaction to a mistake? What you measure, you manage but coaches manage mistakes in different ways. What might he (...)

Joe Schmidt  gave short shrift to there being any issue about Johnny Sexton’s goal-kicking in the light of one rare and relative off -day against Wales. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Amid all the build-up to Saturday’s penultimate round of matches in the 2018 Six Nations, and all roads leading to Twickenham on St Patrick’s Day, asi(...)

 Sean Maitland: “This team went over to Australia and beat them away in Sydney and that’s not even a year ago.” Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Taking on Ireland in Dublin will be a “different beast” for Scotland despite their Calcutta Cup heroics, according to Sean Maitland. Gregor Townsend(...)

John Barclay: proved massively influential in the victory over England at Murrayfield. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

The revolution according to Gregor Townsend, while based in reality, has heretofore been a homely affair. Scotland’s Six Nations record outside Murra(...)

Finn Russell: backed himself in the crucial moments which helped fashion a famous victory over England at Murrayfield. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Murrayfield – Scotland 10, England 6 – 30 minutes and 25 seconds are on the clock. Time for some genius. Stuart Hogg’s quick tap on the Scottish 22 h(...)

Joe Schmidt: “It would be fantastic if that [the Grand Slam]  was something we managed to do but it would be really special if we managed to get three championships in five years.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The history and tradition of the world’s oldest international championship decreed that the Grand Slam was the Holy Grail, and even the Triple Crown h(...)

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