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France’s Maxime Médard clashes with Tadhg Furlong at Stade de France in 2016. Away wins are hard to come by in the Six Nations – which rarely follows preordained scripts. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The time to back Ireland has passed. At 6-4 second favourites to win the title, and down to 7-2 to win the Grand Slam, neither odds offer especially t(...)

Jacques Brunel has quite the task ahead of him with France in this year’s Six Nations. Photo: Getty Images

France You Bet: Winner 16/1, Grand Slam 66/1. Form: LLDLLLW. Last Year: Third. Les Bleus come into this year’s Six Nations with an all too familia(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose is among those to have picked up a lengthy injury this season. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Professional rugby is reaching breaking point. And break is the word with each weekend bringing more injury problems. Wasps lost three more players in(...)

Alivereti Raka of Clermont Auvergne scores the opening try during their Champions Cup win over Saracens. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Saracens 14 Clermont Auvergne 46 Perhaps Saracens will wish the doors stayed closed after all. The European champions have swept all before them on t(...)

Dan Leavy will switch to openside flanker for Leinster. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

European Champions Cup semi-final: Clermont Auvergne v Leinster   Kick off: 4.00pm local time (3.00pm Irish). Venue: Matmut Stadium de Ger(...)

Clermont Auvergne’s forwards coach Jono Gibbes, who is set to become Ulster’s new coach

Clermont, a city drenched by ancient warfare, was the starting point for the first Crusade in 1095. The local sports team has threatened to conquer Fr(...)

Stuart Lancaster on Clermont: “They are probably the best coached of the Top 14 teams in terms of their organisation and structure. They are fit. They have got X-factor players all over the park.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Not the least impressive feature of Leinster’s rejuvenation this season has been their attacking game. In 30 games last season they scored 60 tries. A(...)

England’s George Ford grabs a fistful of jersey to prevent Garry Ringrose making a clean  break at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In delving one final time into the statistics relating to Ireland’s performance in the 2017 Six Nations Championship, this column thought it germane t(...)

 Clermont Auvergne forwards coach Jono Gibbes is looking forward to teaming up with Les Kiss. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Where to begin with Jono Gibbes? Waikato stadium, June 11th 2005, and that stirring version of Timatanga seems as good a place as any. There he stood(...)

Ireland begin their Six Nations campaign at Murrayfield Stadium this weekend. Photograph: PA

Even before a ball is passed or punted, the 2017 Six Nations Championship feels different. There is more potential intrigue than at any time since Ita(...)

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