Six Nations

Paddy Jackson wouldn’t be human if his mind didn’t park the processes that all players swear by as kick-off approaches today and wander back four years to the first and, until this, last time he wore a green jersey at Murrayfield.

Intensity and possession - Ireland must dominate to beat Scotland

Three areas that Ireland must control to win against Scotland, writes Donal Lenihan

When Elvis Vermeulen left Ireland all shook up

The Six Nations has a penchant for choreographing finales from the sublime to the faintly ridiculous, never more so than when a man called Elvis played the cruellest of tricks on Ireland.

Ireland are inflating scope of Scottish threat

Don’t believe the hype. Scotland have been talked up these past two weeks, not least by themselves but also by their Irish opponents.

Attack the only way for Rob Howley and Wales

It’s not often a team’s style of play is named after their coach, but Warren Gatland’s success with Wales quickly saw that become the case. 

You are never blasé about Six Nations

How would France do in the Six Nations championship with Joe Schmidt in charge? That was an interesting hypothetical posed to me ahead of the Six Nations championship.

Devin Toner: Stooping to conquer

All great players have presence. The mere fact they share a dressing room offers confidence and surety to everyone in close proximity.

Small steps leading to Scottish leap for Vern Cotter

It might seem a little strange for a coach with just a 20% win record in the Six Nations to be lauded quite as much as Vern Cotter has in Scotland these last few months.

Temperament and temper: England's strength and weakness

This time 12 months ago even the most optimistic England rugby fan could not have predicted the confidence which surrounds their bid for glory in this year’s Six Nations.

New coach but same old concerns for Italy

It would be wrong to make big statements about Italy at the start of this Six Nations.

‘Quietly confident’ Joe Schmidt aware of pitfalls

Ireland flew into Edinburgh last night with what head coach Joe Schmidt described as a “quiet confidence” that the players he will send into the RBS 6 Nations fray at Murrayfield tomorrow can ignore the hype surrounding Scotland and continue their winning ways.

Johnny Sexton absence gives Scotland ‘chink of light’

Shane Horgan believes Scotland have been given ‘a chink of light’ by the news Johnny Sexton will miss tomorrow’s Six Nations opener.

Garry Ringrose well aware of the great expectation

He’ll be 22 no more than a week when the whistle sounds in Edinburgh tomorrow on his first Six Nations appearance, but the wonder isn’t how Garry Ringrose has come to this so early but why it has taken quite so long.

Warren Gatland: Sexton needs game time

Warren Gatland’s reaction to Jonathan Sexton’s injury troubles raised a few eyebrows back in December but the Lions coach offered a more measured view when asked about the latest fitness issues for the man who was his key playmaker in Australia in 2013.

Cillian Gallagher ready to hit highs again for Ireland U20s at Six Nations

New campaign, new batch of players, but Connacht’s Cillian Gallagher feels the appearance by Ireland’s U20s in last year’s World Cup final has set a bar that this and future generations of talent should aspire to match.

Paddy Jackson can handle the Scottish onslaught, says Brian O'Driscoll

Brian O’Driscoll was on the scene in Edinburgh four years ago when Paddy Jackson’s Ireland debut veered off script but the retired centre believes the Ulster man’s progress has been such there is no reason for Ireland to panic in Jonathan Sexton’s absence this Saturday.

James Haskell set to do England justice in Six Nations

James Haskell insists he is ready to do himself and England justice as he prepares to make his comeback in the RBS 6 Nations opener against France at Twickenham.

Ryan Wilson: Scotland ready for Six Nations title shot

Ryan Wilson believes Scotland are finally set to shake off their nearly-men tag and make a run for the RBS 6 Nations title.

Simon Zebo still sticking by beliefs. Now for another Six Nations try

Stats can get a bad rap but there comes a time every now and again when one stands out like an orange in an apple orchard and Simon Zebo’s try-scoring record in the Six Nations is the perfect example of just such an oddity.

Sexton setback shakes Ireland's Six Nations preparations

As reverberations go, this was not on the level of Donald Trump’s election as US president nor that June morning the Brexit referendum result came in.

Tadhg Furlong all set to make his marque at Six Nations

Whether it is his place in the pecking order of tighthead props or the size of his car, Tadhg Furlong’s burgeoning reputation is difficult to ignore.

Joe Schmidt magic can inspire Ireland’s Six shooters

It’s that time of the year again when watching three international contests over a weekend is an absolute pleasure, writes Donal Lenihan

Rob Kearney wary of Scottish challenge that awaits in Murrayfield

Rob Kearney is under no illusion that Ireland are in for an easy ride against Scotland at Murrayfield this weekend.

Eddie Jones: Tackle laws will make players drive safely

Tighter sanctions regarding the high tackle mean a ‘reckless’ infringement will earn the minimum of a yellow card and the maximum of a red, while ‘accidental’ contact with the head will incur at least a penalty. 

Joe Schmidt adamant Ireland in for torrid time against Scotland

The bookmakers may not fancy Scotland lifting any silverware at the end of this season’s RBS 6 Nations but Joe Schmidt believes Ireland are in for a torrid time when his side begins its campaign at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Disingenuous Dylan Hartley a dangerous disgrace

This probably comes across as premature given we’re still over a week out from the first round of games, but you can take it as read that, regardless of what happens between now and March 18, the worst day of the Six Nations has already come and gone as far as the six captains and coaches are concerned.