John Barclay

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The consistently high performance of the Irish scrum has been a revelation. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There are many eternal truths in rugby. The first is that ‘forwards win matches, backs decide by how much’. While Jonny Sexton’s Parisian drop goal (...)

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(...)

John Barclay on the charge against England. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Dan Leavy may find a cautionary tale in the man seeking to stoop under his arching frame. John Barclay was the golden child – brought into Scottish tr(...)

Scotland’s Sean Maitland is tackled by England’s George Ford.  The Scots  like to play a high-tempo game, quick throws and tap penalties and on turnover ball, look to exploit any space out wide.Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

To paraphrase John Cleese’s character in the film Clockwise, “it’s not the despair. I can take the despair. It’s the hope I can’t stand”. It seems a (...)

 Stuart Hogg of Scotland reacts at the final whistle of the Calcutta Cup win over England at Murrayfield. Photograph: Robert Perry/EPA

Gregor Townsend revealed he has held one-on-one talks with his Scotland players in a bid to cure their acute bout of travel sickness. Back-to-back wi(...)

John Barclay: proved massively influential in the victory over England at Murrayfield. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

The revolution according to Gregor Townsend, while based in reality, has heretofore been a homely affair. Scotland’s Six Nations record outside Murra(...)

 Scotland’s Huw Jones runs in to score his side’s  first try  against England   in their Six Nations match at Murrayfield Stadium, in Edinburgh. Photograph: Reuters

Every now and again comes a reminder of why the Six Nations still exerts a powerful hold on the imagination. Out of a clear blue Edinburgh sky has als(...)

 Wales head coach Warren Gatland emerges from the tunnel before the captain’s run  ahead of their opening Six Nations match against Scotland  on Saturday in Cardiff, Wales. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Preview: Wales v Scotland Principality Stadium, Saturday, 2.15, Live on TV: TV3, BBC 1 Warren Gatland will on Saturday equal Bernard Laporte’s (...)

 John Barclay in action for his club Scarlets: “We will look at how we think we can beat Wales and put together a plan.” Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

The flowering of Scotland was a feature of rugby union’s climate change last year. Having withered on the Six Nations’ vine for most of the century, t(...)

Tadhg Beirne breaks away to score Scarlets’ first  try in the Champions Cup game against Bath at The Recreation Ground. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Bath 17 Scarlets 35 Bath’s European Champions Cup quarter-final hopes suffered a crushing setback as the Scarlets cut them to shreds at the Recreatio(...)

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