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…

Unstoppable: Jonathan Joseph powers over the line to complete his hat-trick. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Saints JJ steals the show Jonathan Joseph helped England turn pressure into points with three really well-taken tries during their 40-9 RBS Six Nations win over Italy in Rome.…

We've got you licked: Maxime Medard celebrates his try over Ireland. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ireland‘s hopes of making it three RBS Six Nations titles on the bounce look all but dead after a 71st-minute try from Maxime Medard took France to a 10-9 victory…

Billy Vunipola

By David Marsh Alun-Wyn Jones (Wales) Wales’ forwards coach Robin McBryde recently described 95-cap veteran Alun Wyn Jones as the totemic Welsh equivalent of Ireland’s Paul O’Connell – a more…

Room for optimism: Conor Murray crashes over on an encouraging afternoon for Ireland

By Whiff of Cordite Ireland managed a draw in their opening match against Wales, and with the dust settling on the performance and result, the feeling is one of the…