Gregor Townsend

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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(...)

Greig Laidlaw in action for Clermont last weekend. Photograph: Thierry Zoccolan/AFP

Greig Laidlaw has warned Ireland to beware Finn Russell after revealing the Scotland stand-off is in the mood to wreak further havoc after mastermindi(...)

Chris Farrell and Garry Ringrose: the latter is expected to replace the injured Munster centre in the Ireland team to play Scotland at the  Aviva Stadium on Saturday.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

It’s a measure of Ireland’s strength in depth that, despite Chris Farrell joining Robbie Henshaw on the casualty list, they can welcome back Garry Rin(...)

 Stuart Hogg of Scotland reacts at the final whistle of the Calcutta Cup win over England at Murrayfield. Photograph: Robert Perry/EPA

Gregor Townsend revealed he has held one-on-one talks with his Scotland players in a bid to cure their acute bout of travel sickness. Back-to-back wi(...)

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend during the Six Nations match against England at Murrayfield. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has condemned the abuse handed out to Eddie Jones in the wake of England’s Calcutta Cup defeat. The England head (...)

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