Pinged: Referee Craig Joubert signals for a penalty to the frustration of Ireland captain Paul O'Connell

Picture the scene: Wales and Ireland are locked at 10-10, close to the hour mark. Dublin’s Aviva Stadium is expectant. The hosts have taken a while to click into gear but are finally…

Rugby maul

The full-on Friendly. When Ireland faced Wales on Saturday it felt as though the Rugby World Cup had started early. The fitness sessions were over, the training bibs were back…

Mike Phillips

The awkward reality of ‘Warm up’ matches Wales lost to Ireland by 35 points to 21 in what was a very difficult game to watch from a Welsh perspective. But…

Johnny Sexton

In a game of inches, sides with an established foundation of pragmatism usually emerge clutching the etched handles of oversized silverware. For once it was a debonair attitude to open…

He's #Finnocent: Dan Biggar takes a tumble, a nation is enraged (Pic Inpho)

Award for the best use of social media – #Finnocent As Dan Biggar, arch proponent of the ‘kick and collect’ took to the air, Finn Russell, turned, like a deer…

Paul O'Connell

Any Six Nations team is bound to be contentious, so with the hide of a rhino, I’ve picked the best team in the tournament. So without further ado, here it…