Billy Vunipola

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 Ireland may win the Six Nations but back-to-back Grand Slams are unlikely.

Gerry Thornley Who will win/will there be a Grand Slam? Ireland are the most efficient and dependable machine, although whether this biennial schedu(...)

Owen Farrell will captain England for their Six Nations opener against Ireland, fitness providing. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Team: England Prospects When England won back-to-back Six Nations championships in 2016 and 2017, it seemed unthinkable they would be in their curre(...)

Crusaders assistant coach Ronan O’Gara, who will be flying from Christchurch, New Zealand to Dublin to join the Virgin Media studio panel for analysis of the Guinness Six Nations matches. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

On Thursday evening in Christchurch, Ronan O’Gara will begin the long haul to Ireland, arriving in Dublin at Friday lunchtime and thus, he hopes, in s(...)

England defence coach John Mitchell. “Ultimately it will come down to a small piece of possession; when you’re not focused that can hurt you in a contest like this.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

It requires little imagination to guess what England can expect in Dublin this Saturday. The Aviva Stadium will be chilly and raucous, the Irish pack (...)

Munster’s Tadhg Beirne blocks a kick by Exeter Chiefs Nic White during the clash at Thomond Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Typical. Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne are both named Heineken man of the match after their respective wins with Ulster and Munster, whereupon bot(...)

Ulster’s Darren Cave sent out a very questionable tweet after Ulster’s win. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cave man stands up for Ulster Darren Cave and Andrew Trimble recently talked about how “institutionalised” professional rugby players become until th(...)

 Billy Vunipola scores Saracens’  third try during the Heineken  Challenge Cup pool three match against Glasgow  at Allianz park. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Saracens 38 Glasgow 19 Saracens overcame the late withdrawal of Owen Farrell to advance into the Champions Cup quarter-finals as top seeds by beating(...)

Eddie Jones: “To beat Ireland, we need to compete brutally in all the contest areas of the game.” Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Owen Farrell will captain England in their opening Six Nations match against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, February, 2nd, following confir(...)

 English rugby’s head of medicine admits the game may face “significant changes” in order to address an alarming rise in injury severity. Photograph: PA

Billy Vunipola has warned that rugby union is more brutal than ever but admits he does not know how the sport can fix the problem. The Saracens and E(...)

Andrew Conway: could face a scrap for a place in the Ireland squad with the likes of Chris Farrell and  Will Addison. Photograph: Tommy dickson/Inpho

Joe Schmidt swept away the debris. The succession plan revealed, Andy Farrell takes over with Schmidt departing in November 2019. Now, as a reward, th(...)

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