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Vastly experienced Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones will lead a starting line-up for Saturday’s match containing a Six Nations record of 859 caps. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales v France, Principality Stadium, Saturday, 4.45pm - Virgin Media BBC 1 There was an echo of the Warren Gatland era this week when the prop Wyn (...)

 Gareth Thomas of the Ospreys celebrates at the full-time whistle. Photo: Alex James/Inpho

Ospreys 26 Ulster 24 Hooker Scott Otten crossed for two tries as Ospreys celebrated only their second Pro14 victory of the season as they edged out (...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway and Johnny Sexton   Wales’s Ken Owens during their Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA Wire

“The Box Kick”, Leaving Cert English, Paper one. No doubt PhD theses are being written on this subject. Conor Murray kicked last Saturday, but few wer(...)

 Johnny Sexton  and his son Luca leave the pitch after the game. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Captaincy is a heavy assignment. The sight of Peter O’Mahony introducing Irish players to President Michael D Higgins sent a fissure of concern around(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton salutes the fans after being substituted with 10 minutes to go. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Johnny Sexton runs the Ireland team now and he wants the messaging to be clear. He feels, since the misery of 2019, too much blame is being passed aro(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway tackles Wales’ Ken Owens during the match at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Donall Farmer/PA Wire.

Ireland 24 Wales 14 Rumours of Ireland’s demise appear premature. This was only the second game of the Six Nations and only the second game of the An(...)

James Ryan: “I’d say I’m a bit more comfortable in my skin now. When I was just coming in, there was an element of earning your stripes and things like that.” Photograph:  Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

This is a defining day for the country and, these things being entirely relative, possibly for the Irish rugby team as well. But as an aside to the da(...)

Last weekend, it seemed like Johnny Sexton was trying too hard not to annoy Mathieu Raynal. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Perhaps the main reservation about Johnny Sexton being made Irish captain was his history with referees. Let’s just say his on-field relationship with(...)

Wayne Pivac’s Wales tenure begins against Italy in Cardiff on Saturday. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Six Nations: Wales v Italy. Kick-off: 2.15pm, Saturday. Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog begins at 1.45p(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray with referee Mathieu Raynal during the meeting with Wales last year. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland v Scotland Referee: Mathieu Raynal Raynal, who red carded CJ Stander for a collision that knocked out Springbok outhalf Patrick Lambie in 20(...)

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