Paul Rees

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France’s Maxime Medard claps the Ireland players after the pitch following their Six Nations loss to Ireland. Photo: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

And breathe. Ireland are back – not that they ever really went away – thanks to Sunday’s 26-14 win over France at the Aviva Stadium. The defending ch(...)

Ireland’s Dan Leavy, James Ryan, Kieran Marmion, Bundee Aki, Conor Murray, Andrew Porter, Jordi Murphy and Tadhg Furlong celebrate winning the Grand Slam at Twickenham. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“Not bad for a ’scummy nation’, eh Eddie?” That’s the headline on the front page of today’s Sunday Times sports section after England manager Eddie J(...)

Hadleigh Parkes of Wales stretches clear of South Africa’s  Andries Coetzee to score his side’s third try. Photograph: Getty Images

Relief was quickly followed by reality for Wales. Victory against a side that could only be identified as South Africa by the colour of the jerseys co(...)

Wales scrumhalf Rhys Webb in action against Ireland in this year’s Six Nations game at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters.

Graham Henry once lamented that Welsh rugby was bedevilled by extremes and that if it were a shower, it would be either too hot or too cold. This se(...)

Chris Robshaw (left) of Harlequins talks to James Horwill prior to the Aviva Premiership Big Game 9 match last month. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

The prospect of Chris Robshaw missing some if not all of the Six Nations became probable on Friday when Harlequins said the flanker would either need (...)

England head coach Eddie Jones: since he took over England have not lost in nine games and shed their old skin of tactical uncertainty. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Aside from the first pictures of Donald Trump inside the White House, there was no disputing the week’s most terrifying image. Those cold-hearted r(...)

Vern Cotter’s Scotland side travel to Cardiff to play Wales on Saturday. Photograph: PA

Vern Cotter was in a prickly mood when he announced Scotland’s team to face Wales in Cardiff. The optimism that had built up north of the border a we(...)

Jonathan Davies has won 48 caps for Wales and had been playing for French Top 14 club Clermont Auvergne. Photograph: PA.

Jonathan Davies is the latest leading Wales international to commit to the game at home after the Welsh Rugby Union announced yesterday that he had si(...)

England came agonisingly close to their first Six Nations title since 2011. Photograph: Reuters

Before this year’s Six Nations championship there was a not so quiet confidence in England that this would be their year - the tournament where they c(...)

 Wales coach Warren Gatland oversees training during a squad  training session ahead of their Six Nations match against Italy on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

One word recurs when players and coaches talk about Warren Gatland and the key to his success: honesty. The New Zealander, whose coaching career has t(...)