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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(...)

 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, (...)

England’s Sam Simmonds has emphasised the importance of the breakdown battle.  “It’s frustrating, but it can only be improved by us. We know we have to be better at it.”  Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/getty

Possession is nine-tenths of the law is an aphorism that translates to rugby with an appreciable resonance. Ireland will chase a third Grand Slam in (...)

Devin Toner’s ability to disrupt the opposition lineout could see him keep his starting place for the Six Nations clash against England at Twickenham. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Although it will be the furthest thing from their minds this week as they seek only the third Grand Slam in the history of Irish rugby, the Irish squa(...)

 Dylan Hartley is expected to return to action for England in Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

England have received mixed news on the injury front after Dylan Hartley and Elliot Daly were declared fit to face Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday o(...)

Scotland’s Sean Maitland is tackled by England’s George Ford.  The Scots  like to play a high-tempo game, quick throws and tap penalties and on turnover ball, look to exploit any space out wide.Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

To paraphrase John Cleese’s character in the film Clockwise, “it’s not the despair. I can take the despair. It’s the hope I can’t stand”. It seems a (...)

Two minds and a few dozen bodies will collide at Twickenham on Saturday when Warren Gatland aims to inflict a first home defeat on Eddie Jones. A fixt(...)

Jonathan Joseph catches the ball during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, England. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Jonathan Joseph has been recalled to the England side to face Wales on Saturday with Eddie Jones also handing a start to Danny Care at scrum-half. Jos(...)

England’s Ben Te’o: “We want him to hit the line hard, that’s what he’s good at,” said England coach Eddie Jones. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Italy v England Stadio Olimpico, Sunday, 3.0 Live on TV: TV3, UTV Back when Eddie Jones used to rise early to watch Six Nations games in his nativ(...)

Munster’s Rory Scannell: played 1,159 minutes for Munster this season so far. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

What achievement do Munster centre Rory Scannell, Leinster number eight Jack Conan and Connacht pair Bundee Aki and Ultan Dillane share this season? T(...)

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