Joe Schmidt: a fourth Six Nations title in six years would be a fitting farewell. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

So it begins then, the long goodbye. And it’s not just Joe Schmidt, who is coming into his sixth and last Six Nations as Ireland’s head coach. Ditto (...)

Eddie Jones: “To beat Ireland, we need to compete brutally in all the contest areas of the game.” Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Owen Farrell will captain England in their opening Six Nations match against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, February, 2nd, following confir(...)

England’s cricket captain Eoin Morgan at a training session ahead of the World Twenty20 final against West Indies at the Eden Gardens stadium, Kolkata, April 1st, 2016. Photograph: Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images

It is every aspiring top sports person’s dream to captain their country in a World Cup final, whatever the sport. That dream persists - even if the te(...)

England captain Dylan Hartley in action against Scotland in Murrayfield. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

It’s hardly a high bar but perhaps the most notable part of the weekend was how Dylan Hartley managed to simultaneously captain England and not bite a(...)

 Eoin Morgan  in action during a nets session at  Malahide. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty Images

Eoin Morgan, the Irishman who will captain England against his homeland this week, does not feel his adopted country are patronising their neighbours(...)