Shaun Edwards

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Johnny Sexton spoke recently about the excellent work being done behind the scenes.  Maybe it’s time to allow the fans to see this. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I should be writing about the Scotland game. I really should. There are plenty of angles to dive into and examine. An attack shape is developing. Cael(...)

The Ireland 10 Ross Byrne needs to have one eye on “the plan” and the other on what his gut tells him. Keep the forwards on the front foot and build pressure on the scoreboard. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell said he learned a lot about the players who played at Twickenham for the first time. Some of them became men, he said. Great to hear – a(...)

Wayne Pivac has defended the recent sacking of defence coach Byron Hayward. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Wayne Pivac has admitted his Wales setup could be perceived as “a mess” after the sacking of the defence coach, Byron Hayward, less than a year into t(...)

The magnificent Stade de France will be empty on Saturday night. No brass bands beating out “Allez les Bleus.” No smuggled roosters will be liberated onto the hallowed turf and no cigar smoke. File photograph: Getty Images

Some days truly shine with the excitement of possibility. For the Irish National team, today is one of those beautiful days. The opportunity to win i(...)

Ronan O’Gara says "What Galthié (above) is renowned for is the detail of his coaching and players coming through now crave that." Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

From his vantage point in the Top 14 as the head coach of third-placed La Rochelle, Ireland’s all-time record points scorer, Ronan O’Gara, concurs wit(...)

Antoine Dupont: France’s scrumhalf scored two tries, nearly had a third and was creator-in-chief of another against Wales last weekend. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

It might sound contradictory given Ireland ran up a half-century of points against Italy last week while conceding two tries, but in many respects the(...)

Paul O’Connell: ‘If Ireland can go to Paris, for the first time ever score four tries, get a bonus point and win the game it would give everyone [the] belief to kick on and stick at what they’re doing’

Paul O’Connell believes that if Andy Farrell’s Ireland team claims a Six Nations Championship title in the Stade de France on Saturday night, it will (...)

Ireland’s Hugo Keenan in action against Italy in their Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ironically, pitchside at the Aviva for ITV, I cannot see the game properly. I watch, for the most part, on a monitor. Andrew Conway, on the right wing(...)

Robbie Henshaw carries the ball during Ireland’s win over Italy. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s just as well Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose have built strong relationships with each other given the musical chairs which all man(...)

French scumhalf Antoine Dupont celebrates with try scorer Charles Ollivon and  Teddy Thomas during the game against Wales at the Stade de France. Photograph:  Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

France have just embarked upon a revised six-game, end-of-year schedule which sparked such a ferocious row between the federation (FFR) and the clubs (...)

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