Mike Catt

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Johnny Sexton spoke recently about the excellent work being done behind the scenes.  Maybe it’s time to allow the fans to see this. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I should be writing about the Scotland game. I really should. There are plenty of angles to dive into and examine. An attack shape is developing. Cael(...)

Peter O’Mahony hugs Keith Earls after he scored in a try in the Autumn Nations Cup third-place playoff at the  Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Scotland had arrived in typically bullish mood on the back of five wins in their previous six games. In the event, they were well beaten, and more com(...)

Eddie Jones takes an England training session at Twickenham ahead of the Nations Cup match against France. Photo: Andy Rain/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

At face value the organisers appear to have the final playoff weekend to the Autumn Nations Cup that they would have craved, or the final anyway. Exce(...)

Last month nine players on a Leinster Pro14 squad all came from the same Dublin school, St Michael’s College. File photograph: Inpho

The machine gun turret freely wheeled these past few weeks strafing the rugby hinterland. Eddie Jones’s cheap shot at the Irish UN team, attack coach (...)

James Ryan and Finlay Bealham tackle Georgia’s Beka Gorgadze. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

This is where Andy Farrell’s Ireland currently exist: Georgia coach Levan Maisashvili saw defeat as a missed chance to sink rudderless opponents. Just(...)

Ireland’s scrumhalf Conor Murray  waits to put the ball into a scrum during the Autumn Nations Cup  match against Georgia at the  Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Niall Carson/AFP via Getty Images

15 Jacob Stockdale Poor decision under pressure to trust that Burns could tackle Giorgi Kveseladze. The fullback makes the hit. Has the skills, the p(...)

The Ireland 10 Ross Byrne needs to have one eye on “the plan” and the other on what his gut tells him. Keep the forwards on the front foot and build pressure on the scoreboard. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell said he learned a lot about the players who played at Twickenham for the first time. Some of them became men, he said. Great to hear – a(...)

Pablo Matera with his Argentina team mates, celebrating their victory against New Zealand. Photograph: Getty Image

In devising a game plan to defeat the might of New Zealand, Argentina coach, Mario Ledesma, accepted that the Kiwis had more skill and pace than his P(...)

CJ Stander and Maro Itoje get to grips with each other in February. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The only way to deal with bullies is to stand up to them. Frustrate them. Take away their main weapon, intimidation. Pablo Matera knows what I am on (...)

Peter O’Mahony produces a stunning offload to release Bundee Aki (not pictured) against Italy. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In the world of offloads, it was in the upper echelon. Peter O’Mahony isn’t the type of character to commandeer the spotlight for his own purposes but(...)

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