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England’s Elliot Daly scores a try after a mistake by Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale during the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA

The words pierced through Irish hearts. The song that carries England wherever they roam, booming down from the Aviva’s upper tier, into a happy and g(...)

Eddie Jones: “The doctor said, ‘If you recover fully you can coach until you’re 70.’ I might keep him to that”. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

“Conflict in any organisation is important, because from conflict you get creativity” – Eddie Jones Only the special ones earn lifelong enemies. Ther(...)

Robbie Henshaw: England will target Ireland’s fullback who hasn’t played in the specialised position for club or country in four years. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

England perform at their best when there is blood dripping off their chins from a swollen nose that has just been joyously smacked. In last year’s ch(...)

Knock-on effect: Boris Johnson dumps the border problem right inside the Irish defensive line.  Photograph: Ben Radford/Corbis via Getty Images

Here we go, then. The Brexiters against The Backstoppers. Of all weeks, this seems to be a balefully apt time to be welcoming the England rugby team a(...)

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(...)

Forwards coach Simon Easterby at an Ireland  press conference in Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

As is often the way in weeks such as this, and seemingly all the more so with England under Eddie Jones, the build-up to Ireland’s opening Six Nations(...)

Jacob Stockdale scores a try against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in November.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

How to follow that? Jacob Stockdale cannot, in all likelihood, emulate his achievements of last year’s rookie Championship campaign when scoring seven(...)

John Mitchell talks to the England players during a training session last year. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Bravo John Mitchell. Barely a nanosecond in the job and Irish rugby is, in a few choice sound bites, one of the “best teams in the world” and will “bo(...)

Conor Murray stretches during training at Carton House on Tuesday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Allowing for those already ruled out of the opening exchanges in the Six Nations, such as Tadhg Beirne and Iain Henderson, Ireland have a clean bill o(...)

England defence coach John Mitchell. “Ultimately it will come down to a small piece of possession; when you’re not focused that can hurt you in a contest like this.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

It requires little imagination to guess what England can expect in Dublin this Saturday. The Aviva Stadium will be chilly and raucous, the Irish pack (...)

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