Gregor Townsend

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The Ireland squad during training at   Carton House, Co Kildare, ahead of their showdown with England. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When I was the coach of Scotland I always held my meetings at Murrayfield, in the room named after Arthur “Johnnie” Wallace. Johnnie was captain of t(...)

CJ Stander claims a lineout ball against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Young Rory Best was on the bench. Master Rob Kearney was at fullback. Some of this Irish team were doing Junior Cert, togging out for the club U-16s t(...)

Scotland’s Ryan Wilson and man of the match, Ireland’s Rob Kearney, contest an aerial ball during the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpo ane

Ireland 28 Scotland 8 Ireland don’t do penultimate legs of potential Grand Slams particularly well. History has shown us that. Players are not r(...)

Owen Farrell after England’s defeat to France. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland are one game away from becoming just the third side in Irish rugby history to win the Grand Slam. In order to join the history (...)

Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton and head coach Joe Schmidt enter the press room after the victory over Scotland. Photograph:  Oisin Keniry/Inpho

In 2009 Declan Kidney told Johnny Sexton that the Grand Slam belongs to him as much as the rest. Sexton will never swallow such a line: “Declan said (...)

Scotland’s Blair Kinghorn scores their  try despite the  tackle of Ireland’s Garry Ringrose during the Six Nations  match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Scotland’s generosity with their final pass saw to it that Ireland’s job of setting up a Grand Slam day in Twickenham next week was more easily prosec(...)

Huw Jones dives over for one of his two tries for Scotland in the defeat of England at Murrayfield two weeks ago. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Huw Jones – Humble, for short – didn’t just crash in on the international rugby scene; there was a bang and a wallop there, too. Fourteen Tests and 10(...)

John Barclay on the charge against England. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Dan Leavy may find a cautionary tale in the man seeking to stoop under his arching frame. John Barclay was the golden child – brought into Scottish tr(...)

Gregor Townsend: get into where the space is and let the ball-carrier find you; this is a crucial Townsend value where he accepts mistakes to make this happen.  Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

What I wonder, is Gregor Townsend’s reaction to a mistake? What you measure, you manage but coaches manage mistakes in different ways. What might he (...)

Joe Schmidt  gave short shrift to there being any issue about Johnny Sexton’s goal-kicking in the light of one rare and relative off -day against Wales. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Amid all the build-up to Saturday’s penultimate round of matches in the 2018 Six Nations, and all roads leading to Twickenham on St Patrick’s Day, asi(...)

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