Blown away: Scotland are unable to stop Billy Twelvetrees scoring during England's 38-18 Calcutta Cup victory

AFTER SCAMPERING backwards and forwards all afternoon, a red-faced and heavy-legged Matt Scott leant against the bar in the conference room and pronounced, “that was the hardest game of rugby…

Sean Maitland celebrates his try with Greig Laidlaw (left)

CALCUTTA CUP matches are so often dour, attritional battles but this Twickenham clash was a world away from that, featuring six tries and some helter-skelter running rugby. Scotland had their…

Frustation: Wales only rallied when down

IRELAND ENTERED the Millennium Stadium with confidence and a resolve to give Brian O’Driscoll, a win on what could be his final encounter in Cardiff. They didn’t disappoint. They didn’t…

Ready for a battle: Dan Cole

WHEN SATURDAY comes the Six Nations will throw up an interesting anomaly. In one day we will get to see several fit and firing candidates for the British and Irish…

Bruiser: Sergio Parisse fends off the All Blacks

IT'S HERE again, and don't we just love it. The Six Nations is about to kick-off and give rugby fans seven weeks of high-class international rugby, where over drinks we…

ieuan jones wales u18

JANUARY SAW Olly Kohn and Andries Pretorius named in Wales’ Six Nations squad. Despite having their hand forced by numerous injuries to key back-row and second-row forwards, both Pretorius’ and…

France-bound: Jonny Sexton is in fine form

WHEN DECLAN Kidney named his extended 39-man training squad for the Six Nations, there’s no doubt the announcement was overshadowed by, perhaps, his boldest decision of his five-year tenure as…

Old familiar: Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy renew their partnership

AN IRELAND side has been selected to storm into the Millennium Stadium this Saturday. Fronted by new skipper Jamie Heaslip it is a fairly familiar looking side with an additional…

The Championship Blog – Week 14 round-up

DESPITE WINTRY conditions, four Championship games managed to go ahead, with only Newcastle and London Scottish conceding postponements. On Friday night Bristol reaped the reward of their ground staff's efforts…