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A spectator keeps himself protected form the afternoon sun at Lord’s, where Ireland were beaten by England. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Ireland’s cricketing fans both old and new turned out for the big day out at Lord’s on Sunday, an estimated 5,000 of the 22,000 crowd supporting the v(...)

Mark Wood celebrates the wicket of William Porterfield as England beat Ireland comfortably at Lord’s. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

An 85-run defeat never looks good but Ireland’s second defeat to England in three days at Lord’s on Sunday certainly didn’t have the traumatic effect (...)

France outhalf Francois Trinh-Duc  celebrates his team’s Six Nations victory over Wales at Stade de France. Photograph:  Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

France 20 Wales 18 France beat Wales thanks to a converted try by Damien Chouly 20 minutes after full time had elapsed following an extraordinary and(...)

George North scores the first of his two tries in the Six Nations  game against Ireland at the  Principality Stadium  in Cardiff. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales 22 Ireland 9 The margin is a little unflattering on a game which hinged on many pivotal moments and one marginal one in particular, but in the (...)

Justin Tipuric helped Wales dominate the backrow battle against Ireland in Cardiff. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

Leigh Halfpenny: He’s not the player that he was but he did manage to make a couple of crucial interventions in defence. He missed an early conversion(...)

15 Leigh Halfpenny Age: 28. Height: 5’10”. Weight: 87kg (13st 9lbs). Caps: 69. Points: 594. At one point the best placekicker in the world but he’s (...)

Taulupe Faletau will be among the replacements for the visit of Ireland on Friday. Photograph: Getty Images

Wales boss Rob Howley has named an unchanged team for Friday’s RBS 6 Nations clash against Ireland in Cardiff. Howley keeps faith with the team beat(...)

Ireland’s Iain Henderson is wary of the Welsh threat from the lineout. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Two and two equals five. That’s the media for you. It was suggested to Iain Henderson, originally studying mathematics at Queen’s University, Belfas(...)

Alun Wyn Jones during Wales’s loss to Scotland at Murrayfield. It was  the first time since 2010 that Wales  suffered successive defeats in the Six Nations.  Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Robin McBryde has issued a clear message to Wales’s British and Irish Lions hopefuls – on the day Lions head coach Warren Gatland paid them a flying v(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander and Alun-Wyn Jones of Wales compete for a line-out in last year’s Six Nations game. Ireland will look to target the Welsh set-piece this years. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

“Lineout Wars” provides a little oomph in descriptive terms but at the same time reasonably represents the importance of the confrontation when Irelan(...)

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