John Barclay

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Maro Itoje was the second best shot-putting schoolboy in England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There comes a time when a boy must become a man – extract from a poem by Maro Itoje Lebron James is an astronomical comparison that nobody deserves.(...)

 Jonathan Sexton tackles England’s George Ford. If Ireland seek out Ford in open field they can hurt England, drag him into the physicality of the game. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There is a way to beat England. This Ireland group know there is a way to beat any team. England come to Dublin with multiple strengths but the passi(...)

 Danny Care  scores England’s  seventh try in the whopping 40-point victory over outclassed Scotland at Twickenham. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty

England 61 Scotland 21 England’s oppressive rugby hymn reverberated around the ancient ground as Scotland desperately sought a manly route away from (...)

John Barclay stood in as Scotland captain for their win over Wales on Saturday. Photo: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

15 Stuart Hogg (Scotland) Scotland were excellent on Saturday and central to that was the performance of Hogg. The fullback was exemplary in all that(...)

John Barclay in action against France at the Stade de France. Photograph: Getty Images

Flanker John Barclay will captain Scotland for the first time in seven years in their Six Nations clash with Wales at Murrayfield on Saturday, taking(...)

Josh Strauss’ Six Nations has been ended by a kidney injury. Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Scotland’s Six Nations campaign has suffered a second major blow in three days after Josh Strauss was ruled out of the competition. The Glasgow numbe(...)

Scotland captain Greg Laidlaw will miss the rest of the Six Nations with an ankle injury. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw has been ruled out for the rest of the Six Nations, the Scottish Rugby Union have announced. The Gloucester scrum-half(...)

Louis Picamoles celebrates with Camille Lopez after France edged out Scotland in Paris. Photograph: AFP/ Simon Christophe

France 22 Scotland 16 Another near miss to add to the collection. Bloodied, but unbowed, Scotland eventually succumbed to France’s suffocating power(...)

Scotland have named their team to play France this Sunday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Flanker John Barclay has replaced the injured Ryan Wilson in the only change to the Scotland side to face France on Sunday. Wilson has dropped out wi(...)

Conor Murray: “It’s our team and we want to put it right. We slipped up last weekend.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland, coaches and players, have struggled to come to terms with Murrayfield. “It would be easy to feel sorry for ourselves and be quite angry at e(...)

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