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Ireland’s Dan Leavy, James Ryan, Kieran Marmion, Bundee Aki, Conor Murray, Andrew Porter, Jordi Murphy and Tadhg Furlong celebrate winning the Grand Slam at Twickenham. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“Not bad for a ’scummy nation’, eh Eddie?” That’s the headline on the front page of today’s Sunday Times sports section after England manager Eddie J(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton hits the post with a penalty during the Six Nations win over England  at Twickenham Stadium, London. Photo: Paul Harding/PA Wire

James Ryan sets down a marker 1 minute: It was barely noticed and only a drop in an ocean of key moments, but James Ryan’s hit on Maro Itoje at the v(...)

 Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale makes history with Ireland’s third  try at Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

England 15 Ireland 24 Ireland sealed the deal in, of all places, Twickenham and on, of all days, St Patrick’s Day to warm the cockles of a sizea(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt at the Ireland squad  Captain’s Run at Twickenham on Friday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

England v Ireland Venue: Twickenham Kick-off: 2.45pm On TV: Live on TV3/UTV/ITV So it really has come to this. How to put it in context? Ireland hav(...)

England players show their dejection at the final whistle after defeat to France in the Six Nations match at the Stade de France, Paris. When Ireland face a fast transitioning team from one side of the pitch in that zone we are vulnerable. Photograph: PA

There are players who are Joe Schmidt players. James Ryan is one, so he gets promoted fast. Others include Rhys Ruddock, Dan Leavy, Devon Toner, Fergu(...)

Ultan Dillane and Tadhg Furlong during a maul at Ireland’s training session at Carton House. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s surely a measure of how much Ireland have progressed and England regressed that whereas Joe Schmidt has made only change to his starting XV, Eddi(...)

 Eddie Jones: “When you lose a game of rugby it’s not your ability to play rugby, it’s not your fitness, it’s your ability to mentally come back from the game and that’s being tested at the moment.” Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Eddie Jones, now more than ever, needs a victory. The England coach has travelled this path before, he has brought the ire of many down upon himself, (...)

  Joe Schmidt “We don’t want to be described as boring, but I don’t think any of the team would care if it was 3-0.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has hit back at Matt Williams, insisting there would be nothing “boring” about leading Ireland to just their third-ever Grand Slam. Form(...)

The Ireland team celebrate winning the Grand Slam at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Consulting, farming, coaching and media darlings aplenty, here are the 2009 Grand Slammers revisited. The campaign got off to a stunning start with J(...)

 Scotland’s Blair Kinghorn tackled by Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony. I’m confident this Irish group – under the leadership of Rory Best, Johnny Sexton, Rob Kearney, CJ Stander and O’Mahony – understand what needs to be done. Photograph: Óisin Keniry/Inpho

The discussions that will define Saturday have already happened in Carton House and Pennyhill Park. One of the bubbles will burst. My concerns about (...)

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