Jacob Stockdale

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Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony preparing for  England during training at   the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v England, Aviva stadium, Saturday, 4.45pm (Virgin Media/ITV) This is different. Invariably it has been Ireland hunting an English scalp. So(...)

The Ireland team to play England pictured after  the Captain’s Run at the  Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

15 Robbie Henshaw (Leinster) Age: 25 Height: 6’ 3” Weight: 105kg (16st 3lb) Caps: 36 A surprise selection at fullback – but providing he remembers t(...)

Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray both start against England on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

What is it? Ireland start off their Six Nations defence against England, the old enemy, and the hosts are hot favourites. All four Irish provinces ar(...)

Robbie Henshaw starts at fullback for Ireland in their Six Nations opener. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

On top of the surprise selection of Robbie Henshaw at fullback instead of Rob Kearney and Josh van der Flier at openside ahead of Seán O’Brien the Ire(...)

Jacob Stockdale scores his memorable try at Twickenham last season. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Eddie Jones likes to amuse himself before matches and it generally manifests itself in the form of a verbal barb or two. The pliable and the unwary ge(...)

Ireland will play their own game via Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton – together again for the first time since Australia last summer. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Feedback is always appreciated. Last week’s “Dear Eddie” letter got some comment along the lines of, ‘Don’t say that, England will only stick it up on(...)

Warren Gatland has won three Six Nations titles with Wales (albeit none since 2013), including two Grand Slams. Photograph: PA Wire

Last Monday week at the Rugby Union Writers’ Club’s annual awards banquet in London, Warren Gatland was asked how Wales would do in this year’s Guinne(...)

Joe Schmidt: a fourth Six Nations title in six years would be a fitting farewell. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

So it begins then, the long goodbye. And it’s not just Joe Schmidt, who is coming into his sixth and last Six Nations as Ireland’s head coach. Ditto (...)

Ireland’s Andrew Porter, Jonathan Sexton, Tadhg Furlong and James Ryan celebrate victory over the All Blacks in 2018. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“It just wouldn’t happen today,” Willie John McBride says on a rainy morning at home in Ballyclare as he explains the vast differences between the gle(...)

 Ulster’s Michael Lowry: “He is an exciting player, he is a confident player, he is a really good footballer with great skills.” Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Pro14: Ulster v Benetton Kick off: 7.35pm. Venue: Kingspan stadium. On TV: Live on Freesports and eirSport. Michael Lowry’s progression from outstan(...)

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