Jacob Stockdale

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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(...)

Jacob Stockdale has scored 12 tries in 13 Test match appearances. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

The jewel in the crown of northern hempisphere rugby - the Six Nations - is nearly upon us. Over six weeks familiar foes will renew old rivalries in (...)

Geordan Murphy: Leicester have beaten Harlequins (35-24) and Gloucester (34-16) in their last two games since they made the Irishman full-time head coach. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Leicester Tigers v Ulster, Welford Road, 3.15 (Live on BT Sport) Ulster stand on the threshold of qualification for the first time in five years, alt(...)

Munster’s Denis Leamy gets tackled by Leo Cullen and Louis Deacon of Leicester in Munster’s Heineken Cup pool defeat in 2007. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pat Howard’s Leicester Tigers stand alone as the only English club team to defeat Munster at Thomond Park in a round six pool match (13-6) in the Hein(...)

Joey Carbery inspired Munster to a comprehensive win over Gloucester at Kingsholm. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

So far, so good. This weekend all four Irish provinces have their destiny in their own hands as they bid to make it into the knockout stages of Europe(...)

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