John Barclay

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 Scotland  coach Gregor Townsend: he  is receptive to ideas from his coaching team, and will always test his own theories on the game in a practical way.  Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Drawing a straight-line correlation between Gregor Townsend the former player and his rugby philosophy as a coach may be a fool’s errand for those who(...)

Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong with David Denton and Pete Horne of Scotland during last year’s Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Ireland won 28-8. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

One of the issues that spooked Irish players this week was questions about the Rugby World Cup (RWC) later this year. Sensitivities sharpened after de(...)

Huw Jones in action at the Aviva Stadium during the 2018 Six Nations. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Team: Scotland Prospects Last year’s tournament saw Scotland finish in the competition’s top half for the first time since 2006 and they head into t(...)

 Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has named his Six Nations squad. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Gregor Townsend has named seven uncapped players in his 39-man Scotland squad for the 2019 Guinness Six Nations. Three hookers — Edinburgh’s David C(...)

At the Heineken Champions Cup launch in Dublin;  Jarrad Butler (Connacht), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) and Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues). Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Pool One      Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Last season: Champions. How they qualified: EC champions and Pro14 champion(...)

Scarlets’ Ken Owens is tackled by  Callum Gibbins of Glasgow during the Guinness Pro 14 semi-final at  Scotstoun. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors 13 Scarlets 28 Scarlets stormed into the Guinness Pro 14 final after dismantling Glasgow 28-13 at Scotstoun. The Warriors have led (...)

Wayne Pivac: “We have got a pretty good environment here now and a pretty good culture. The players enjoy coming to work and enjoy each other’s company.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Amongst a media huddle with Jonathan Davies after the first Lions Test against New Zealand in Eden Park, the Welsh centre was asked if he’d ever been (...)

Scarlets’ Rhys Patchell scores his side’s opening try despite the tackle of  Arthur Retiere of La Rochelle during the Champions Cup quarter-final at Parc y Scarlets.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Scarlets 29 La Rochelle 17 The Scarlets became the first Welsh region to reach the last four of the European Cup for nine years as they overcame a n(...)

Jacob Stockdale: the Ireland winger’s  seven tries proved a Six Nations record.  Photograph: Paul Harding/PA

A third Grand Slam, 12 consecutive victories in the Test arena from the final match of the 2017 Six Nations Championship to the game that marked the s(...)

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(...)

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