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The Irish squad look on after France’s Antoine Dupont scores a try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A Six Nations decider on the last day of October, with a locked down Ronan O’Gara locked out of the Stade de France, forcing him out of Virgin Media’s(...)

 Richard Barrington scores  Saracens’  fifth try during the Gallagher Premiership  match against  London Irish  at  Twickenham Stoop  in London. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

London Irish 12 Saracens 40 Discerning precisely what the point is of mismatches like this can be easier said than done. All things considered, howev(...)

“In the times I’ve been there, and I’ve been there many times, that’s always been the way the locals have treated me.” Photo: William West/AFP/Getty Image

With both of his parents coming from north Lebanon, Michael Cheika has always been proud of his roots and, as a Unicef ambassador for Lebanon in Austr(...)

 Daniel Leo, the former Samoan lock: “I’ve been contacted by four or five high-profile players, in the prime of their careers, Wallabies and current All Blacks, who have said ‘My heart wants to play for my Pacific Island nation – when is that going to happen?’” Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty

Rugby is a cosy cartel. Always has been and recent events suggest it always will be. We are talking about the pandemic and about Bill Beaumont’s re-(...)

Leinster’s Isa Nacewa gets past Ronan O’Gara Doug Howlett and Keith Earls of Munster during the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In the absence of all live sport, supporters of whatever hue have had no choice but to selectively choose from television’s various trips down memory (...)

It’s not only about losing people over 50 – a definite risk by moving off terrestrial TV – it’s about catching and keeping the attention of those under 20. Photograph: Dave Winter/Icon Sport

It was Robert Kennedy who said: “There is a Chinese curse which says ‘may he live in interesting times’. Like it or not we live in interesting times. (...)

Ireland’s James Ryan and Robbie Henshaw dejected after the game. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Before the game, Jordan Larmour was telling Virgin Media’s Sinéad Kissane about Bono’s motivational chat with the lads during the week, the gist of hi(...)

The Ireland team huddle  in the tough weather conditions during the women’s Six Nations match against Wales at  Donnybrook. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It was the kind of weekend where if you attempted a Garryowen the ball may well have ended up in Newfoundland, although there was a spell in that seco(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander in the Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 1 match against Scotland last Saturday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

It’s time to talk about CJ. The presence of the Munster backrower in the Irish team seems to be bothering some people. “Stander is lucky to be there(...)

Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg  fumbles the ball as he attempted to touch down during the Six Nations match against Ireland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

“Hearts were broken . . . BUT. . . time heals all wounds,” Virgin Media promised as they introduced us to the 2020 Six Nations, although anyone hoping(...)

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