Referee Nigel Owens speaks to French players Guilhem Guirado and Arthur Iturria in Twickenham. Photograph: EPA

Less leading to more mistakes from officials A pre-tournament directive from World Rugby to reduce the role of the TMO has led to more errors being m(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony gets ready to go past Scotland’s Simon Berghan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

15. Rob Kearney - Positional masterclass makes him undroppable, but the resident Ireland fullback for over 10 years infuriatingly refuses to pass on t(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony during the captain’s run at Murrayfield, Scotland. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Scotland v Ireland, Murrayfield, 2.15 - Live on Virgin Media One and BBC One  A blustery Friday in Edinburgh. Yet it really was the calm before (...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt issues instructions during training at Carton House on Thursday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Six Nations: Scotland v Ireland Kick off: 2.15pm, Saturday. Venue: Murrayfield. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog begins at 1.30pm. On TV: Virg(...)

Rob Kearney in training at Carton House on Tuesday. The Leinster player is set to return at fullback for the Six Nations game against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rob Kearney is set to be recalled to the Irish starting XV for Saturday’s must-win Six Nations match against Scotland in Murrayfield when the team is (...)

Tadhg Furlong’s progress is halted by the combined tackles from  England’s Mark Wilson and Maro Itoje during the Six Nations clash at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland 20 England 32 This was like a step back in time, akin to the 2003 Grand Slam dunking, or much of the 90s, when juggernaut English teams came (...)

England centre Henry Slade dives over the line to score one of his two tries in the  Six Nations match against Ireland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland 20 England 32 No-one quite saw this coming, and certainly not to this scale, but as good as England were, Ireland were strangely off colour. (...)

The Ireland team to play England pictured after  the Captain’s Run at the  Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

15 Robbie Henshaw (Leinster) Age: 25 Height: 6’ 3” Weight: 105kg (16st 3lb) Caps: 36 A surprise selection at fullback – but providing he remembers t(...)

Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray both start against England on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

What is it? Ireland start off their Six Nations defence against England, the old enemy, and the hosts are hot favourites. All four Irish provinces ar(...)

Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell dictates defensive outcomes that evolve long before the final tackle. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Forget the Eddie Jones one-liner but do focus on his bottom line. He has coached England 35 times and has a Grand Slam and win percentage of 80 per ce(...)

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