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(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has explained the thinking behind his first team announcement of the 2019 Six Nations. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw running as the Ireland fullback has been part of Joe Schmidt’s overall plan for some time now. Rob Kearney’s shocker against the Scarl(...)

Robbie Henshaw starts at fullback for Ireland in their Six Nations opener. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

On top of the surprise selection of Robbie Henshaw at fullback instead of Rob Kearney and Josh van der Flier at openside ahead of Seán O’Brien the Ire(...)

 Ireland’s Josh van der Flier is expected to be named at openside for the Six Nations opener against England. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Josh van der Flier is set to start against England on Saturday at the Aviva stadium despite Seàn O’Brien’s return to fitness. Van der Flier is the in(...)

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