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Ireland’s Grand Slam coronation two years ago remains England’s only home defeat in 19 Six Nations games dating back to 2012. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

What to make of England then? Was their 19-7 World Cup semi-final win over New Zealand, which ended the All Blacks’ back-to-back hold on the William W(...)

Leinster scrum coach Robin McBryde:  ‘As anybody knows with England, they’ve got strength in depth, size. They’ve got money, they’ve got everything. You’ve just got to go after it, show you’re hungrier than them.’	Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster scrum coach Robin McBryde has said that a steely resolve will be an imperative for Ireland as they aim to deliver the goods against England a(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell talks with his son and England captain  Owen at the launch of the Six Nations. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Andy and Owen Farrell have opposed each other before but this latest instalment on Saturday week is different. The Irish head coach is taking his team(...)

England’s Ben Youngs launches a box-kick against Scotland. The match also saw the employment of the so-called ‘caterpillar’ ruck.  Nothing in the law prevents this but  something should. Photograph:  EPA/STR

Hats off to Ireland, the team and the coaches. It was a controlled and strong performance in all areas – and Wales could not resist it. We can be posi(...)

The Ireland team huddle  in the tough weather conditions during the women’s Six Nations match against Wales at  Donnybrook. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It was the kind of weekend where if you attempted a Garryowen the ball may well have ended up in Newfoundland, although there was a spell in that seco(...)

Sam Underhill (left) and  Tom Curry warming up during the England captain’s run at Murrayfield. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Scotland v England Kick-off: 4.45pm. Venue: Murrayfield. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 4.15pm. On TV: Live on (...)

England could be without Manu Tuilagi for Saturday’s clash with Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

England are still sweating on the fitness of Manu Tuilagi after he limped out of Sunday’s defeat by France with a groin injury. It is believed England(...)

Racing 92 outhalf Finn Russell will not be involved with Scotland against England next weekend. Photograph: Getty Images

Finn Russell will not be involved in Scotland’s Guinness Six Nations clash against England on Saturday. The Racing 92 outhalf missed Scotland’s 19-12(...)

Ollie Devoto (L) sprints away from team mates during England training in Portugoal. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Six Nations: France v England. Kick-off: 3pm, Sunday. Venue: Stade de France. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 2.30pm. On TV: Liv(...)

George Furbank during an England training session in Vilamoura, Portugal this week. Photograph: Getty Images

George Furbank will win his first cap in England’s Six Nations opener against France on Sunday with Eddie Jones handing the Northampton fullback the N(...)

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