Happy faces: Ireland fans have something to cheer again after thrashing Italy. (Photo: Inpho)

Ireland answered their critics and ran nine tries past a poor and injury-hit Italy side to notch up their first win of this RBS 6 Nations in comprehensive style. It…

Conor Murray

By Whiff of Cordite England ultimately overpowered Ireland to win by more than a score but the outlook for Ireland was weirdly positive. A measure of how far they’ve sunk…

Beaming Brown: Full-back Mike Brown scores England's second try. (Photo: Getty Images)

England kept their Grand Slam dream alive with a scrappy RBS Six Nations win over the reigning champions at Twickenham. They outscored Ireland two tries to one but there are…

Make way: Josh Van Der Flier has forced his way into the Ireland team. (Photo: Inpho)

However, we can still say the Leinster openside’s career has undergone a jet-propelled take-off. From two Guinness Pro12 starts last season to Ireland’s Six Nations team now is a steep…

Big future: Jones chats to Maro Itoje (left) who gets his first Test start this weekend. (Photo: Getty Images)

We haven’t quite worked out if Eddie Jones is putting something in the tea down at Pennyhill Park but whatever he is doing seems to be working as a succession…

Green machine: Ciaran Gaffney on his way to a try. (Photo: Inpho)

When did you start playing rugby? My dad, John, is a coach at Galwegians and I used to go to training with him every Saturday. He convinced me to join…

Ireland

By Whiff of Cordite Ireland’s Six Nations three-peat hopes are all but over after a dispiriting one point defeat in Paris. The game was eye-bleedingly poor and was undoubtedly the…