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Bundee Aki and Johnathan Sexton are forming a blossoming relationship for Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“Go left,” Johnny Sexton instructed his scrumhalf. Just before the Conor Murray try, created by Conor Murray, on Saturday Sexton purposely shifted th(...)

 Jonny Sexton drops a long-range goal to  for Ireland in the final play of the game to secure a victory against France. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

“He’s a serious leader,” shrugs Dan Leavy. “He’s a competitor. He’s always on to refs, trying to get decisions our way.” Paris on this greasy Saturda(...)

Ireland’s James Ryan in action during the Six Nations  match against France at Stade de France. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

The boy who would be king rises up in Paris. Recently, in conversation with a former Ireland international, we naively compared James Ryan to Paul O’(...)

Ireland’s fullback Andrew Conway eludes the tackle of  Japan winger Kenki Fukuoka  during the Test match in Tokyo. Photograph: kazuhiro Nogi/Getty

Ireland 35 Tries: G Ringrose, K Marmion, R Ruddock, J van der Flier, S Reidy Cons: P Jackson (5) Japan 13 Tries: K Matsushima, A Yamada Pen: J Og(...)

Ireland rugby squad en route to  Hamamatsu. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The obvious difference at Haneda airport, arriving from Newark, was a lack of guns. Every American cop, every security guard, has them loosely holster(...)

Scarlets’ Gareth Davies celebrates on his way to scoring their third try in the  Guinness Pro 12 semi-final at the  RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 15 Scarlets 27 Another Leinster season doused in regret and failure. Two semi-final defeats tell no lies. For all the massive leaps in perfo(...)

A strong indicator of Leinster or Ireland being in a good collective head space is when Sean O’Brien won’t shut up. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

The prisoner’s dilemma shows why two perfectly rational individuals – in this example Owen Farrell and Johnny Sexton – might not cooperate, even if it(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony wins a lineout ahead of England’s Maro Itoje during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Anyone for mind games? Ireland made all the changes, at backrow and fullback, that so many people demanded. Of course, highly unexpected injuries in(...)

Conor Murray’s try was pivotal against France but his game management was arguably even more important in getting Ireland over the line. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty Images

I hope supporters enjoyed this victory over France. The reaction afterwards seemed to focus on why Ireland only came away with a solitary try, but a r(...)

Finn Russell is the outhalf Scotland have been lacking for a number of years, and is vital to their Six Nations hopes. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

I never lost a test match at Murrayfield, but I always wondered if Scotland ever got themselves a genuine Test standard outhalf would results down th(...)

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