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CJ Stander of Ireland is tackled by Maro Itoje and George Kruis of England during the Six Nations match at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Bad news on CJ Stander. The Ireland number eight is suspected to have suffered a fractured cheekbone and eye socket. He seemingly played 62 minutes wi(...)

England’s Jack Nowell celebrates with try scorer Elliot Daly during the Six Nations game against Ireland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There might have been a smirk or an unguarded remark. But England’s dominance of Ireland on the pitch at the Aviva stadium made anything other than hu(...)

England centre Henry Slade dives over the line to score one of his two tries in the  Six Nations match against Ireland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland 20 England 32 No-one quite saw this coming, and certainly not to this scale, but as good as England were, Ireland were strangely off colour. (...)

Robbie Henshaw: England will target Ireland’s fullback who hasn’t played in the specialised position for club or country in four years. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

England perform at their best when there is blood dripping off their chins from a swollen nose that has just been joyously smacked. In last year’s ch(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony preparing for  England during training at   the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v England, Aviva stadium, Saturday, 4.45pm (Virgin Media/ITV) This is different. Invariably it has been Ireland hunting an English scalp. So(...)

Manu Tuilagi will start a Test match for the first time since June 2014 against Ireland. Photograph:  Oisín Keniry/Inpho

15 Elliot Daly (Wasps) Age: 26 Height: 6’ 0” Weight: 94kg (14st 8lbs) Caps: 25 Not enjoying the best of seasons but Daly remains an incredibly intel(...)

Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray both start against England on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

What is it? Ireland start off their Six Nations defence against England, the old enemy, and the hosts are hot favourites. All four Irish provinces ar(...)

 Leicester’s Manu Tuilagi has been named in the England side to face Ireland on Saturday.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Manu Tuilagi will make his first England start for five years after being named at inside centre for Saturday’s Six Nations opener in Ireland, where (...)

Jacob Stockdale scores his memorable try at Twickenham last season. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Eddie Jones likes to amuse himself before matches and it generally manifests itself in the form of a verbal barb or two. The pliable and the unwary ge(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray in action  at the Six  Nations Championship Round 5  match against England at Twickenham in March 2018.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll believes Ireland will beat England at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday as a starting point to a 2019 Guinness Six Nations which, he fo(...)

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