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 James Ryan takes on the Wales defence in the Six Nations game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Tom Honan

James Ryan – aka ‘The Big Cheese’ – is not Paul O’Connell and never will be but there are glaring similarities. Perhaps it stems from that heaviest-b(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale  scores his side’s fourth try past Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny  during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

Ireland 37 Wales 27 When Peter O’Mahony appeared to have something to say to Gareth Davies in the immediate aftermath of helping Cian Healy burrow ov(...)

 Jacob Stockdale scores the clinching try in overtime. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 37 Wales 27 Ireland and Wales don’t tend to do dull but even by their standards this was a bizarre, rip-roaring, riotous rollercoaster of a g(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton, Jamie Heaslip and Keith Earls with Dan Biggar and Scott Williams of Wales in the Six Nations championship round 4 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff in  March 2017. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jonathan Davies: “I think it’s just ferocious, Paulie. You can hear the hits.” Paul O’Connell: “Absolutely, you can hear ’em, ya.” Davies: “The gasp(...)

Ireland players at the captain’s run in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Once more 2.15pm on a Saturday at Lansdowne Road is Six Nations time. But this will be different from a fortnight ago. The forecast is set fair and th(...)

Wales’ Dan Biggar during the kicker session at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin ahead of their Six Nations meeting with Ireland. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

15 Leigh Halfpenny Age: 29 Height: 5’10 Weight: 87kg (13st 9lbs) Caps: 75 Points: 671 Missed the England match with a foot infection and given his t(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Porter training at Carton House. Wales will be planning an all-out attack on the talented young tighthead. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The moment Tadgh Furlong’s hamstring pulled up against Italy the Welsh scrum doctor, Robin McBryde, started planning an all-out attack on the Wexford (...)

Dan Leavy: “I’m really looking forward to it. To get a start at home in the biggest game of the year is brilliant. Can’t wait.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s Thursday before cap number seven and Dan Leavy’s energy gears are still in neutral. Leavy is 23 now; he made a telling impact against Engla(...)

 Eddie Jones: “They have brought out every strategy you can think of. I’m sure there’s an ex-Scottish player ready to come out today  and say something about how they hate us, they want to rub our nose in something, we don’t respect them.” Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Eddie Jones insists England do not need mind games to motivate them for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland. Jones has adopted a tactful app(...)

Wales outhalf Rhys Patchell runs at the Scotland defence during their 34-7 victory in Cardiff last weekend. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

For hundreds of thousands of noisy neighbours on either side of the Severn Bridge this remains the most eagerly anticipated weekend of the year. It ha(...)

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