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Ireland’s defence coach Andy Farrell at a press conference in Yokohama, Japan. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Although the expectation remains that Keith Earls and Rob Kearney will not have fully recovered from quad and calf issues in time for Ireland’s openin(...)

Ulster coach Dan McFarland worked with the Scotland forwards under Gregor Townsend. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dan McFarland’s intimate knowledge of the inner workings of Scottish rugby was accumulated during his time as assistant coach to Gregor Townsend at th(...)

Now, with Scotland in their sights, all that torture has been moulded into something resembling peak performance. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Small island, big dreams. There’s nowhere to hide on this green rock. Six hours cruising in his vintage mustang can have Jacob Stockdale beside Conor (...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, scrum coach Greg Feek and defence coach Andy Farrell at a training session in Ichihara Suporeku Park, Tokyo. Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Joe Schmidt and the Irish coaches have rarely had the welcome dilemma of choosing from a full deck in midfield, but in the anticipated absence of Robb(...)

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg will be key to their hopes in Japan. Photograph: Ian Rutherford/PA

Scotland Who are they If there is one match to prove that Scotland are to be feared it came at the end of the 2019 Six Nations, when they produced o(...)

Josh Adams of Wales catches the ball prior to touching down during the Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Principality stadium. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Approaching the exact mid-way point of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations campaign, nearing half-time in the eighth game of the Championship, England were (...)

This was so much more fun a year ago today. Then there was a case for picking all 15 Irish players, before settling on nine. Others even worked in mor(...)

England coach  Eddie Jones believes his side can win the   World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

England 38, Scotland 38 Eddie Jones has claimed England are still mentally scarred by their 2015 World Cup horror show after their second-half capitu(...)

England’s George Ford dives over the line to score England’s final try.  The game finished 38-38. Photo:   Glyn Kirk/Getty Images

England 38 Scotland 38 George Ford rescued England with an 83rd-minute try to secure a 38-all draw with Scotland on Saturday after the Scots had come(...)

Wales wing George North and Scotland’s Byron McGuigan chase the ball during the Six Nations match at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland 11 Wales 18 The Grand Slam dream lives on. Warren Gatland’s Wales stuttered to a 13th successive victory, their fourth in this season’s Six (...)

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