Brian Ashton

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 Ian Madigan: has slipped down the pecking order at  Bristol Rugby and looks set to be moving on again next summer. Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images

Turns out the grass isn’t always greener. Bundee Ali and Kiernan Marmion appear to agree by rejecting lucrative moves abroad when re-signing last week(...)

Mark McCall celebrates Saracens’ Champions Cup win. Photograph: David Davies/PA

It has been a long time since the Rugby Football Union trusted anyone from a high-profile English club side to coach its national team. In theory the (...)

Danny Cipriani leaves Jersey Magistrates’ Court, Saint Helier, on Thursday. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

The dishevelled look on Danny Cipriani’s face said it all. Arguably the most gifted England rugby union player of his generation was ushered away from(...)

Ireland celebrate at the full-time whistle  after defeating England  at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2010. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Twickenham. The worst place to lose, but the best place to win. Come the full-time whistle this afternoon the ground will either be reverberating to S(...)

Wales coach Warren Gatland: took outright possession of the world record for a head coach in terms of Test matches against Tier 1 countries at Twickenham.  Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Wales coach Warren Gatland will celebrate his 100th Test match in charge of the Principality in the Six Nations Championship match against Ireland at (...)

Warren Gatland: Kiwi has come a long way in the game since he launched his coaching career as a player-coach with Galwegians in 1989.  Photograph: Getty.

Warren Gatland left Galwegians, Connacht and Ireland all in infinitely better condition than when he inherited them during a near decade of coaching i(...)

Joe Schmidt’s win ratio is at  70 per cent with Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“Thanks to a craven media, the Ireland coach had an uncritical assessment in power; his achievements were overblown and his failures ignored. Schmidt (...)

New Zealand and England players after losing their winning records to Ireland. Photographs: Inpho

Ireland’s win over England on Sunday restored pride after a disappointing Six Nations campaign. A defeat, which would have seen the old enemy break th(...)

Then-England head coach Brian Ashton ahead of his side’s historic game against  Ireland at Croke Park in 2007. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Brian Ashton remembers the sense of foreboding, even now. As an ex-head coach of Ireland he should, theoretically, have been more prepared than most f(...)

England have won the Six Nations championship with a game to spare. Photograph: Epa

England have won the Six Nations title for the first time since 2011, with a match to spare, thanks to France’s 29-18 defeat away to Scotland. Englan(...)

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