Tournaments

Patience pays: Trimble has had ups and downs in the Irish jersey

Ireland: Five things we learned v France

By Claire Glancy  “Get bitter or get better” Andrew Trimble has had more heartaches than highs since making his Ireland debut in 2005. He has won 55 caps since then…

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Wales v Scotland: Five things we’ve learned

WALES BEAT Scotland 51-3 in what became a training ground rout. Of course, this wasn’t Scotland. This was 14 man Scotland. After Stuart Hogg’s foolishly late hit on Dan Biggar…

Bounding back into contention: Manu Tuilagi

England: Five things we learned v Italy

So that’s that. England’s Six Nations ended in a balmy, frantic Rome afternoon. There is no further silverware to complement their Triple Crown, but over the course of a 52-11…

France

Six Nations: France and Saint-André in denial

IT'S A measure of how far France have fallen that after losing 22-20 to Ireland on Saturday one of their own, centre Mathieu Bastareaud, declared: “Tonight we can be proud…

Last laugh: But who will replace O'Driscoll?

Six Nations: France 20-22 Ireland

By Bea Asprey in Paris  The match in 30 seconds The RBS 6 Nations ended in a fairytale fashion rarely seen in sport as Brian O’Driscoll took home the title…

Farewell to all: Brian O'Driscoll will take his final bow for Ireland against France

Brian O’Driscoll: A farewell

BRIAN O’DRISCOLL  will depart the international scene for after 15 years and 141 Test caps after tomorrow’s game against France, with Irish fans hoping it can be with a Six…

Bright spark: Scottish's Mark Bright

Championship blog: Round 18 wrap

With five rounds left in stage one of the Greene King IPA Championship, this weekend the top four sides virtually rubber-stamped their tickets to the play-offs, scoring 22 tries between