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Category: Six Nations 2018

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Conor Murray gives Ireland reason to dream of making it big in Japan | Gerard Meagher

The scrum-half’s dominating display against England should give Joe Schmidt belief for next year’s World CupWith the clock turned red, even the heavens were smiling on Ireland, a flurry of snow serving as the ticker tape to their coronation. Victory wa…

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Eddie Jones feels chill of the fans after uncomfortable defeat by Ireland

England’s sobering display leaves coach with boos ringing in his ears after Irish claim grand slam in style on St Patrick’s DayIt was suffering weather. The kind of cold that makes you pull down your hat and stamp the ground, shuffle your feet and clen…

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Wales scramble into second spot after Liam Williams try subdues France

• Wales 14-13 FranceRarely have a side clinched second place in the Six Nations with less conviction. Wales were outplayed for vast tracts of this game, but are indebted to France for allowing them not only to stay in the game but to hold the lead for …

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Six Nations: England v Ireland on St Patrick’s Day – in pictures

Our photographer captures the action and atmosphere at Twickenham as Ireland seal their third grand slam with victory over England Continue reading…

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Eddie Jones insists England are ‘moving forward’ despite Ireland defeat

• England coach remains upbeat despite third successive loss• ‘A run like this tests your resolve, your purpose and your team’England slumped to their third successive defeat and their lowest position in the Six Nations for 12 years as Ireland became o…

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Ireland seal grand slam with storming win over England in Six Nations finale

• England 15-24 Ireland• Jacob Stockdale breaks championship try-scoring recordBeware the slides of March. England’s descent continued with a third successive defeat in the sleet as Ireland achieved a third grand slam and their third title in five year…

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Ireland seal grand slam with storming win over England in Six Nations finale

• England 15-24 Ireland• Jacob Stockdale breaks championship try-scoring recordBeware the slides of March. England’s descent continued with a third successive defeat in the sleet as Ireland achieved a third grand slam and their third title in five year…

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Wales v France: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the tournament finaleScotland snatch victory over Italy with late penaltyAnd email Niall here or tweet him here, if you fancy 9.44pm GMT The Six Nations comes to a close in Cardiff, but the tournament’s final match may lack a t…

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Scotland snatch Six Nations victory over Italy with late Greig Laidlaw penalty

• Italy 27-29 Scotland• Greig Laidlaw’s last-gasp penalty denies Italy an upset winWe have seen it all before; a Scotland win over Italy at the death with the final kick going over as the clock ticked down. Four years ago, it was Duncan Weir with a dro…

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England v Ireland: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates as Ireland bid for a third grand slamRobert Kitson: Ireland face cornered foes with slam in sightAnd email Niall here or tweet him with your thoughts 2.26pm GMT It’s finished Italy 27-29 Scotland in Rome, Greig Laidlaw’s late penalt…

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Italy v Scotland: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-offScotland target victory in Italy and third placeAnd you can email Niall here, or tweet him here 12.55pm GMT 22 mins: Allan took an almighty hit after that grubber kick, but is OK to slot the conversion o…

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Rory Best: We won’t be distracted by Eddie Jones’s ‘scummy Irish’ remarks

• Captain will urge players not to go into their shells at Twickenham• Victory over England would earn Ireland Six Nations grand slamRory Best said he has no intention of using Eddie Jones’s “scummy Irish” comments in his pre-match team talk on Saturda…

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Ireland head for Twickenham with winning chance of only a third grand slam | Robert Kitson

Joe Schmidt’s polished squad have extra motivation as they take on the returning Dylan Hartley’s reshaped England, who face the embarrassing prospect of finishing fifthThere are cold-fingered days when rugby is slightly less about running or tackling a…

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Warren Gatland calculates risks as Wales look to absorb France blows | Paul Rees

Coach laces abandon with pragmatism in Six Nations against French side who rely on power and straight-line runningPoints make prize money in the Six Nations. The title may have gone west but the cost to the Welsh Rugby Union of defeat against France in…

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Jacob Stockdale in a rush to make mark on Ireland record books | Andy Bull

The 21-year-old wing has scored 10 tries in his first eight Tests and one more against England will break Six Nations recordJacob Stockdale remembers well the first time he saw Ireland play live. But then it was not so long ago. His father took him to …

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Scotland target victory in Italy and Six Nations third place

• Win in Rome and an England defeat would see Scots finish third• Captain Barclay wants reaction to defeat in DublinScotland start the final day of the Six Nations in a familiar position, one place off the bottom of the table, but victory in Rome, wher…

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How can women’s sport become equal to men’s? Through bravery | Catherine Spencer

As former captain of the England rugby team, I can see that a vicious circle of underinvestment must be brokenIf I had a pound for every time I have been asked what barriers women face in sport, I would be a rich woman by now. As it is, I remain a woma…

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World Rugby ditches match official after ‘oversight’ of attending England training

• Marius van der Westhuizen stood down for England v Ireland• South African replaced by Nigel Owens at TwickenhamMarius van der Westhuizen has been replaced as an assistant referee for England’s Six Nations finale against Ireland on Saturday with World…

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Embarrassing Eddie Jones comments could have long-term consequences | Robert Kitson

England head coach may have compromised his Lions future with his ill-judged, unfunny remarks about Ireland and WalesIt is just under two months since Eddie Jones signed a two-year contract extension as England head coach until 2021. His team had …

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George Ford dropped for England’s Six Nations finale against Ireland

Owen Farrell to start at fly-half with Wigglesworth at No 9Dylan Hartley returns to side with Kyle Sinckler in front rowEddie Jones has dropped fly-half George Ford for England’s final Six Nations match against Ireland on Saturday at Twickenham. Relate…