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

RBS Six Nations: France 10-9 Ireland

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…

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Six Nations Round 2: Six players to watch

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…

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Five things we’ve learnt: Ireland v Italy

By Whiff of Cordite Ireland and Italy served up a steaming dose of Six Nations mediocrity on Sunday, bringing a series of scratches to a sprakling weekend of quicksilver rugby…from…

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Sam Warburton: Rugby’s best opensides

Best for game intelligence –  Martyn Williams (Wales) “Martyn was my hero growing up. He was the first person I met at the Blues on my first day in the…

Sean O'Brien

Lions 2013: Should the Lions tour France?

EVEN THE biggest, fiercest, proudest Lions supporter would find it hard to dispute that so far the 2013 tour has been a let-down. Not quite a farce but verging on…

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RBS 6 Nations: Ireland analysis: Round 3

SOMETIMES THE stats do lie. If you didn’t know the score at Murrayfield on Sunday and were just handed the match data afterwards, everything would suggest that Ireland had beaten…

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Heineken Cup: Winners and Losers

EVERY YEAR, as Christmas drew closer, my school rugby team would embark upon a festive fitness regime. Regardless of how much frost there was, we would work on early morning…