Maro Itoje

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James Ryan in action against Saracens: Ryan and  Ringrose struggled to find their notes as the curtain was coming down. The physical aspects of the La Rochelle game seemed just out of reach, both of them missing and soaking tackles that we just don’t associate with them.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A possible knock-on effect of poor performances in European club rugby this season is that some Irish players faded from Warren Gatland’s thinking for(...)

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland announced his squad on Thursday. Photograph: Inpho

Warren Gatland has confirmed that Johnny Sexton’s “durability” was the prime factor in overlooking the two-time Lions’ outhalf and this year’s Six Nat(...)

Alun Wyn Jones will captain the Lions for the tour to South Africa. Photograph: 
Dan Sheridan/Inpho

  Backs   Stuart Hogg (Scotland) Position: Fullback Age: 28 Club: Exeter Caps: 85 Lions Tests: 0 Form guide: Scotland captain (...)

It is nearly decision time for Warren Gatland. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Gerry Thornley The parameters are different from four years ago. Back then, in those wild, crazy, pre-pandemic days, Warren Gatland was permitted to (...)

England’s fifth-place finish in the Six Nations that has seen them drop to fourth in the world rankings. File photograph: Getty Images

England players are set to have a significant say over whether Eddie Jones keeps his job as head coach with the squad invited to give their feedback i(...)

Granted, a team of the tournament is somewhat premature given the rearranged France-Scotland game next Friday could yet decide the title and alter sel(...)

Eddie Jones’ England team suffered Six Nations defeats by Ireland, Wales and Scotland for the first time in 46 years. Photograph: Inpho

Eddie Jones is facing crunch talks with the English Rugby Football Union chief executive, Bill Sweeney, as part of a review into England’s poor Six Na(...)

Against England, Robbie Henshaw carried with purpose, brought his wings into the game and was imperious in his defensive reads. Photograph: Inpho

Two Ireland jerseys, 12 and 13, belong to Robbie Henshaw on the evidence of his form throughout the Six Nations Championship, the only debating point (...)

 England’s Maro Itoje. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

There are still pedants out there – I might even be one myself – who regret that the original meaning of “decimate” is no longer much called for in ev(...)

Referee Romain Poite awards Ireland a late penalty during the Six Nations game against Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The huge sense of relief could be felt all the way from Murrayfield. Thanks to a mighty maximum-pressure penalty from Johnny Sexton, Ireland snatched(...)

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