Stuart Hogg

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Scotland’s Ryan Wilson and man of the match, Ireland’s Rob Kearney, contest an aerial ball during the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpo ane

Ireland 28 Scotland 8 Ireland don’t do penultimate legs of potential Grand Slams particularly well. History has shown us that. Players are not r(...)

Garry Ringrose is tackled by Huw Jones during Ireland’s win over Scotland. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty

To the victor the spoils at Lansdowne Road, and the right to view the performance through the prism of victory first and foremost; to enjoy the win as(...)

Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton and head coach Joe Schmidt enter the press room after the victory over Scotland. Photograph:  Oisin Keniry/Inpho

In 2009 Declan Kidney told Johnny Sexton that the Grand Slam belongs to him as much as the rest. Sexton will never swallow such a line: “Declan said (...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores one of his two  tries during the  Six Nations match against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland 28 Scotland 8 So it’s come to this. Ireland can almost reach out and touch it, the Six Nations trophy that is, and for the first time will ha(...)

Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong (centre) during the captain’s run at The Aviva Stadium,

Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 2.15pm. (On TV: Live on TV3/UTV/ITV)  Even with another early afternoon kick-off, and more forecas(...)

Huw Jones dives over for one of his two tries for Scotland in the defeat of England at Murrayfield two weeks ago. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Huw Jones – Humble, for short – didn’t just crash in on the international rugby scene; there was a bang and a wallop there, too. Fourteen Tests and 10(...)

Gregor Townsend: get into where the space is and let the ball-carrier find you; this is a crucial Townsend value where he accepts mistakes to make this happen.  Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

What I wonder, is Gregor Townsend’s reaction to a mistake? What you measure, you manage but coaches manage mistakes in different ways. What might he (...)

Scotland’s Sean Maitland is tackled by England’s George Ford.  The Scots  like to play a high-tempo game, quick throws and tap penalties and on turnover ball, look to exploit any space out wide.Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

To paraphrase John Cleese’s character in the film Clockwise, “it’s not the despair. I can take the despair. It’s the hope I can’t stand”. It seems a (...)

Former Scotland captain Gavin Hastings in Dublin ahead of the match with Ireland on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

He says England’s Owen Farrell is the best kicker he has seen. Wisely perhaps, he doesn’t compare Scotland’s Greig Laidlaw to Ireland’s Johnny Sexton.(...)

Finn Russell: backed himself in the crucial moments which helped fashion a famous victory over England at Murrayfield. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Murrayfield – Scotland 10, England 6 – 30 minutes and 25 seconds are on the clock. Time for some genius. Stuart Hogg’s quick tap on the Scottish 22 h(...)

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