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 Chris Ashton kicks through for England’s third try  against France  on Sunday. Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Every once in a while an international rugby tournament will unearth a new tactic, or at any rate, a rehashing of an old one. Think back to the 2007 W(...)

Johann van Graan on Conor Murray: ‘He won’t deliver the perfect performance every week but that’s a world class player.’ Photograph:David Rogers/Getty Images

Munster coach Johann van Graan says that Conor Murray’s current form after a long lay-off is not a cause for concern and that he expects him to be bac(...)

Referee Nigel Owens speaks to French players Guilhem Guirado and Arthur Iturria in Twickenham. Photograph: EPA

Less leading to more mistakes from officials A pre-tournament directive from World Rugby to reduce the role of the TMO has led to more errors being m(...)

 Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony on the ball  during the Six Nations match against Scotland  at Murrayfield. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Peter O’Mahony was man-of-the-match in a crucial game low on skill but high, very high, on mentality. Had Ireland lost this game it would have been a (...)

A dejected Finn Russell after Scotland’s defeat to Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It wasn’t particularly pretty, but Ireland have got their Six Nations campaign back on track. The defending champions beat Scotland 22-13 at Murrayfi(...)

Ireland’s Jonny Sexton lies injured against Scotland during the Six Nations match at Murrayfield. Photo: Graham Stuart/PA Wire

Clarity was needed around the Johnny Sexton injuries, which ended his involved on 24 minutes of this otherwise routine victory at Murrayfield, when Ir(...)

Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong with England’s Maro Itoje and Mark Wilson at the Aviva Stadium. England came to Dublin to prove themselves, and to regain respect. Now Ireland have to go to Edinburgh and do the same. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Being ambushed in rugby has never been a pleasant experience. Being ambushed in your own backyard is downright humiliating. If we cast our minds back(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony during the captain’s run at Murrayfield, Scotland. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Scotland v Ireland, Murrayfield, 2.15 - Live on Virgin Media One and BBC One  A blustery Friday in Edinburgh. Yet it really was the calm before (...)

 Ireland captain Rory Best with his team-mates during the captain’s run at Murrayfield. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Listen to the wind blow. Conor Murray had kicking tee in hand for Friday practice in unfamiliar Scottish headquarters. So did Stuart Hogg earlier that(...)

Keith Earls fields the ball ahead of England’s  Jonny May. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So, at least, for some good news. Amid the injury toll in the fall-out of a first Six Nations home defeat in six years, Keith Earls is fit for Saturda(...)

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