Vern Cotter

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Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Andy Farrell has challenged Ireland to get in the mood for defending to rescue their Six Nations campaign in Italy this weekend. Defence coach Farrel(...)

Nearly every Scottish backline move was a double-skip to fullback Stuart Hogg. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

William Shakespeare’s words “What’s past is prologue” are engraved in Washington DC as a gentle reminder that history is but the introduction. Ireland(...)

The Ireland team bus arrived eight minutes late at Murrayfield ahead of their opening Six Nations defeat to Scotland. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

The Ireland team arrived precisely eight minutes late to Murrayfield on Saturday afternoon. Turns out the police escort took an alternative route to w(...)

Ronan O’Gara was working as an analyst for RTÉ on the Scotland v Ireland game. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The bad blood between Scotland and Ireland spilled beyond Saturday’s Six Nations clash as Gregor Townsend took a Twitter dig at Ronan O’Gara. Scotlan(...)

Coaches Vern Cotter and Joe Schmidt share a moment before the Six Nations match at Murrayfield. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Scotland coach Vern Cotter hailed their win over Ireland and his old mate Joe Schmidt as the best of his time as head coach and said that their physic(...)

The Scotland team celebrate with the Quaich trophy. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

15 Stuart Hogg Man-of-the-match for his two-try contribution but given the freedom of the outside channels to operate in and Ireland paid the price: (...)

Ireland hooker Rory Best during the captain’s run at Murrayfield on Friday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Scotland v Ireland Venue: Murrayfield Kick-off: Saturday, 2.25pm On TV: Live on RTE and BBC. Now, as ever, it feels like the eve of something speci(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton after picking up an injury during the Six Nations match against Italy at the Aviva stadium last year. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images

The art of manipulation is a sight to behold. On January 25th irishtimes.com, reporting from the choreographed Six Nations launch, announced: “Johnny (...)

It’s the opening weekend of the RBS Six Nations. Photo: Reuters

First off, what’s going on? A lot. It’s the start of the Six Nations this weekend, along with a full programme of Premier League matches, the start(...)

Somewhere under the rainbow, Ireland trained in showers and sunshine at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Time was when Ireland were not overly endowed with ball-carriers, but one of the most striking features of the team to face Scotland in Saturday’s Si(...)

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