Huw Jones

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Sean Maitland  scores Scotland’s third try during the  Six Nations match against  Italy  at Stadio Olimpico  in Rome. Photograph: Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

Italy 27 Scotland 29 Greig Laidlaw’s last-gasp penalty ensured Scotland avoided a final-day slip-up as they edged out Italy 29-27 in Rome. Victory e(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores one of his two  tries during the  Six Nations match against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland 28 Scotland 8 So it’s come to this. Ireland can almost reach out and touch it, the Six Nations trophy that is, and for the first time will ha(...)

Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong (centre) during the captain’s run at The Aviva Stadium,

Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 2.15pm. (On TV: Live on TV3/UTV/ITV)  Even with another early afternoon kick-off, and more forecas(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

Former Scotland captain Gavin Hastings in Dublin ahead of the match with Ireland on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

He says England’s Owen Farrell is the best kicker he has seen. Wisely perhaps, he doesn’t compare Scotland’s Greig Laidlaw to Ireland’s Johnny Sexton.(...)

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