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Scotland captain  Stuart Hogg drops the ball over the line during the Six Nations game against Ireland  at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

It wasn’t pretty, but Ireland are off the mark. The Andy Farrell era has started with a win, after his new charges scrapped their way to a 19-12 victo(...)

Jamie Ritchie is tackled by Seán O’Brien and Conor Murray during last year’s Six Nations game at Murrayfield. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Maybe Jim Telfer is mellowing with age – after all, he’ll be 80 on St Patrick’s Day – but when the old sage speaks about the dog in Jamie Ritchie he d(...)

Johnny Sexton at Ireland’s  captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium on Friday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Six Nations: Ireland v Scotland. Kick-off: 4.45pm. Venue: Aviva Stadium. On TV: Live on Virgin Media One and ITV Japanese television has secured the (...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell during a training session  at the Sport Ireland campus in Blanchardstown. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

After all most 200 years, one of rugby’s oldest “tenets of faith” still holds solid. If your tight five dominate their opposition, then you will win t(...)

Johnny Sexton and Stuart Hogg will shake hands as captains before Saturday’s Six Nations opener. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Well done, everyone. We’ve battled through the depths of January, and here comes our reward. The Six Nations starts this weekend. Hello again, old fri(...)

Finn Russell: he is a talented if mercurial performer. Photograph:  Remy Gabalda/AFP via Getty Images

Finn Russell’s absence from the Scotland team to face Ireland at the Aviva stadium on foot of a disciplinary issue denies the match a talented if merc(...)

Gregor Townsend and his new Scotland captain Stuart Hogg. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Overview To say things didn’t go to plan for Scotland at the World Cup would be an understatement. Their opening fixture against Ireland was framed a(...)

 Scotland’s Stuart Hogg takes on Ireland’s Jordan Larmour during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool A game between Ireland and Scotland, at the Yokohama Stadium in Japan. Photograph:  Gary Hutchison/SNS Group via Getty Images

Time moves on. Coaches, captains and squads change, all the more so in the fall-out from a World Cup cycle. No less than Ireland, Scotland are proof o(...)

Darcy Graham has been ruled out of Scotland’s Six Nations clash with Ireland. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Scotland have suffered a fresh Six Nations blow after Darcy Graham was ruled out of their opener with Ireland just 24 hours after Murrayfield chiefs w(...)

The men’s and women’s captains at the launch of the Guinness Six Nations Championship in London on Wednesday. From left:   Siwan Lillicrap (Wales),  Giada Franco (Italy),  Luca Bigi (Italy),  Stuart Hogg (Scotland),  Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales),  Sarah Hunter (England),  Charles Ollivon (France),  Owen Farrell (England),  Gaëlle Hermet (France), Ciara Griffin (Ireland) and  Rachel Malcolm (Scotland).  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

With four new coaches, predicting the winner of this Six Nations is a tricky business. We have very little information on what game plan the new coach(...)

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