Six Nations 2017

It follows allegedly critical post-match comments made by Maestri to the media about match referee Wayne Barnes.

Cian Healy: It burns that we didn’t win the Six Nations

Through much of Ireland’s disappointing Six Nations campaign, there was plenty of emotion on the pitch, but a lack of emotion off it.

Rankings show Conor Murray in major battle with Rhys Webb for Lions scrum-half place

The battle to be British and Irish Lions scrum-half will be a fierce one if the Six Nations player rankings are anything to go by.

There are two Irish players shortlisted for the Six Nations player of the championship

Two Irish players have been included on the shortlist for this season's Six Nations player of the championship.

Toppling the chariot — again: A riddle to solve

HURLING and Gaelic football may be our national games but all Irish sports people come together in a particularly high-octane way when the opportunity to up-scuttle our friends and neighbours from across the Irish Sea presents itself.

Wonderful stubborn defiance bodes well for the future

On a rainy night in Dublin that provided happiness for both sides, it was also understandable there was frustration in both camps as they lapped the Aviva Stadium in near darkness.

Drama dumbfounds Jonathan Davies

Centre Jonathan Davies has claimed “it just didn’t seem right” after Wales’ RBS 6 Nations campaign ended in controversial and crushing fashion against France.

Wales waiting on news of any action over alleged bite on George North

Wales are waiting to hear if any action will be taken after claiming there was "evidence to suggest" wing George North had been bitten during Saturday's Six Nations clash against France.

Tadhg Furlong: 'Small margins' made the difference to our Six Nations title chances

Tadhg Furlong insists he is happy to leave his British and Irish Lions chances in the lap of the selectors.

Eddie Jones after Ireland defeat: We're raring to play the All Blacks

Eddie Jones shouldered full responsibility for England's latest Grand Slam implosion in Dublin - then admitted he cannot wait to take on New Zealand.

Wales coach Rob Howley: ‘Integrity of the game has been brought into disrepute’

There was a controversial finish to Wales' 6 Nations clash against France in Paris.

Nine memes that pretty much sum up how Irish rugby fans are feeling right now

The Six Nations came to a close with defeat for England in a dramatic finale.

Here are our Ireland and England player ratings

Ireland were 13-9 winners against the Six Nations champions.

Dylan Hartley: ‘Full credit to Ireland, they gave us one hell of a Test match and this atmosphere was great’

Hartley believes England's 13-9 loss to Ireland shows they still have room for improvement.

Match in a minute: Ireland defeat Grand Slam-chasing England

Man-of-the-match could not have been anyone but Peter O'Mahony.

Ireland win to end England’s chance of record unbeaten run

Ireland have ended England's 18-match unbeaten run and Grand Slam hopes.

Crazy finish to 100-minute match sees France give Ireland a helping hand

Wales were denied a sixth successive win against France in an incredible ending.

It was Vern Cotter's last day as Scotland coach and fans got very emotional

His team gave him the perfect leaving present with a crushing Six Nations win.

Simon Easterby: Ireland won't be derailed by distractions

From the desire to spoil England's Grand Slam and world-record party, to chasing second place in the world rankings, the Aviva Stadium encounter is dripping with motivation for the hosts.

England's rose rarely blooms in Dublin

Dublin hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for English sides in the Six Nations era, writes Simon Collings.

Ireland must ask the right questions and innovate

Joe Schmidt must have given serious consideration to putting Peter O’Mahony in the starting line-up, writes Donal Lenihan.

Andy Farrell eyes the bigger picture

Ireland insist Andy Farrell is too “professional” to let preparing a team to nullify his son Owen cloud his coaching for today’s RBS 6 Nations clash with England.

Ireland's indiscipline proves costly

Ireland 7 England 34: England’s women captured their first Six Nations title since 2012 as they swept to victory in a pulsating Grand Slam decider at Donnybrook last night.

Grand Slam for England as Ireland just fall short

Ireland 10 England 14: Gavin Coombes’ late try was not enough to deny England U-20s a Grand Slam as Nigel Carolan’s side fell just short in Donnybrook.

Ireland hoping to reimagine epic of Soldier Field

The sight of the battleship England hoving into view, all guns blazing and with plenty of ammunition still left to unleash, might remind Irish supporters of when the All Blacks landed in Chicago last November.

England Women deny Ireland Women the Grand Slam

The Ireland Women's challenge fell away in the final quarter at Donnybrook tonight as England secured their first Women's Six Nations title since 2012.

Ireland Under-20s fall short as England young guns claim Grand Slam

The Ireland Under-20s outperformed their English counterparts in a pulsating encounter but just fell short of a final round win at a wind-hit Donnybrook.

Eddie Jones setting new standards of bravado

It is a mark of just how far England have come under Eddie Jones that when the topic of facing off against New Zealand was put to him yesterday, the Australian retorted with a wry smile and bags of confidence.

Nigel Carolan’s cubs bid to derail England Grand Slam bid

Ireland U20 coach Nigel Carolan insists his side wouldn’t lack for motivation against Grand Slam- chasing England at Donnybrook this evening (6pm).

Niamh Briggs going for Grand finale

Niamh Briggs, by her own admission, is ultra-competitive and a disastrous spectator — so this will really test her limits.

Johnny Sexton: Fine margins all favoured England

Fine margins. Two words that have been almost worn out during this year’s Six Nations, most often employed when discussing Ireland’s defeats to Wales and Scotland.

Ireland need Barcelona-style turnaround

Miracles can happen, Ireland have proven that already this season.

Ireland fan Jennifer Malone takes a selfie with Tadhg Furlong and Jared Payne at Ireland squad training at Carton House. Picture: James Crombie

England won’t have ‘The Fear’ tomorrow... Ireland will

The fascinating aspect of England’s long unbeaten run is the mental fortitude they can now call on at critical moments, writes Ronan O’Gara.

Eddie Jones: England would take on the All Blacks straight after Ireland

Eddie Jones has responded to the prospect of England facing New Zealand this year by joking that he would like the fixture to be staged straight after Saturday's Grand Slam match in Dublin.

Joe Schmidt: I haven't heard Eddie Jones' 'external noise'

Joe Schmidt has told Ireland to ignore Eddie Jones' barbs and stick to their own game against England in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations finale.

Jared Payne in for Ireland’s final Six Nations battle against England

Joe Schmidt has rung the changes as his side attempt to prevent England from claiming back-to-back Grand Slams.

Billy Vunipola and Anthony Watson recalled by England to face Ireland at the Aviva

Vunipola replaces Nathan Hughes at number eight and Watson is recalled at the expense of Jack Nowell.

David Wallace: Hungrier Ireland can halt England juggernaut

England may be chasing immortality, but David Wallace believes Ireland will be the hungrier team when the pair meet on Saturday.

Motormouth Eddie Jones doesn’t ruffle zen Simon Zebo

You get the sense Simon Zebo would enjoy a bit of back and forth with Eddie Jones, the England head coach who would be a cert for selection if the Lions took a ‘banter coach’ on tour.

Irish Women's team announced for Grand Slam decider with England

Marie-Louise Reilly is set to win her 50th cap.

Sean O'Brien full of praise for England ahead of Six Nations clash

Ireland welcome England to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Would Ireland swap November joy for English consistency?

It is a question every Irish rugby supporter has to ask themselves — would they swap one-off wins over the All Blacks, Springboks, and Wallabies for the sort of high-level consistency currently being enjoyed by England?

Bernard Jackman ponders next move after Grenoble exit

Bernard Jackman said he will leave Grenoble with great memories and experiences after his five-year coaching stint with the French club came to an end yesterday.

England have searing pace but still vulnerable

I’m confused. Just over two weeks ago I left Twickenham happy in my own mind that, if Ireland could negotiate what, even at that time, looked like a tricky assignment in Cardiff against Wales, the game against England in Dublin would take care of itself.

Conor Murray gets the all-clear for clash with England

Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray will be fit to face England in Dublin this weekend, despite suffering a shoulder injury in the defeat to Wales on Friday night.

Steve Hansen praise puts Eddie Jones on edge

Eddie Jones compares the praise England have received from New Zealand coach Steve Hansen to the fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood being deceived by the wolf.

Peter O’Mahony believes Ireland can be world beaters again

Whatever about his claims to a starting place in Ireland’s back row to face England this weekend, Peter O’Mahony insists Joe Schmidt’s squad are just a few percentage points away from being the world beaters they looked like just four months ago.

Joe Schmidt craving consistency as excuses start to wear thin

Joe Schmidt will have to try and park the “what ifs” of a miserable night in Cardiff as the prospect of a visit to Dublin from Grand Slam-chasing England looms on Saturday.

Conor Murray set to face England, but changes in personnel likely

Conor Murray’s chances of facing England in Dublin on Saturday appear to be improving but Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt may make personnel changes elsewhere as he bids to prevent a third defeat of the 2017 RBS 6 Nations campaign.

To finish with two wins from five would be catastrophic

Italy showed two weeks ago that when England are taken out of their comfort zone, they are vulnerable, writes Donal Lenihan.

Tom Tierney cautious on Grand Slam hopes

Wales 7 Ireland 12: Ireland Women’s head coach Tom Tierney is wary of the challenge his team face in Friday’s Six Nations Grand Slam decider with England.

Alyn Wyn Jones puts down marker for Lions job

Alyn Wyn Jones is many people’s favourite to lead the Lions in New Zealand this summer and he led Wales superbly last night to probably do enough to clinch that coveted role. He had taken the brunt of the criticism fired at his Welsh team after the defeat by Scotland but they certainly came up trumps last night.

Marie Louise Reilly ready for charged occasion against Wales

Emotions will run high at the Cardiff Arms Park today as Wales’ women take to the field for the first time since the tragic passing of their teammate Elli Norkett late last month.

Leg injury may rule out Owen Farrell

England face the prospect of entering their Calcutta Cup clash against Scotland without Owen Farrell after concerns over his fitness escalated on the eve of the Twickenham showdown.

Peter Malone hoping Ireland have more in the tank

Three wins from three in the bag and yet the sense when it comes to Nigel Carolan’s latest batch of Ireland U20s is that we have yet to witness anything like the best that the group has to offer as they face into this evening’s meeting with Wales in Eirias Park.

Peter Jackson: Rugby gods play tricks on Ireland

Check out Peter Jackson’s talking points from last night’s Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales.

Ireland crushed by Wales' power play

Ireland’s Six Nations title ambitions were crushed in Cardiff last night as Wales found redemption for consecutive losses with a passionate power play.

Tommy O'Donnell executes an unorthodox lift forPeter O'Mahony during thecaptains' run at the PrincipalityStadium.

Roof closed, dry ball - We’re in for a rip-roarer in Cardiff

The roof will be closed, the ball will be relatively dry and the track will be fast, so we’re in for a rip-roarer in Cardiff, writes Ronan O’Gara.

Quality, not desperation, gets you over the line in tight games

Donal Lenihan examines the areas that will illuminate Ireland v Wales under Cardiff’s Friday night lights.

Shooting from lip days over for Sean O’Brien

Sean O’Brien has vowed to keep the lip buttoned and his emotions in check as he returns tonight to a stadium that, for all its links with Irish success stories, has been the source of considerable personal frustrations in recent times.

Wales will be the litmus test of Ireland’s progress, according to Rory Best

Ireland captain Rory Best believes tonight’s Six Nations showdown with Wales will be the litmus test of his side’s progress over the last six months.

Ireland desperate to stay on Six Nations title tightrope

Ireland put their Six Nations credentials under the microscope tonight knowing that for all the familiarity of their Welsh foes, the challenge they face will be far from predictable.

Rugby's Friday night lights divide opinion

Friday night games are the sort of thing that happens when sport seeks out the corporate dollar, writes Brendan O’Brien.

Wales scrum half Rhys Webb won’t be sidetracked by Conor Murray duel

Rhys Webb says he will not get caught up in any hype surrounding his anticipated battle with British and Irish Lions scrum-half rival Conor Murray on Friday.

Wales up for it: Forewarned is to be forearmed

Ahead of their Six Nations clash with Ireland, Donal Lenihan says the Welsh players have plenty of reasons to dig deep and deliver a potential season’s high.

IRFU not taken with idea of Friday night lights at Aviva

The IRFU remains opposed to the prospect of Friday night Six Nations games at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, despite indications the practise will be extended beyond Cardiff where Wales host Ireland in two day’s time.

Neil Jenkins: Leigh Halfpenny won’t let Ireland off scot-free

Neil Jenkins has assured Joe Schmidt and his Irish team there will be no more dithering from Leigh Halfpenny if he gets the chance to shoot for goal against them next week in the Six Nations battle at the Principality Stadium.

England caught between a ruck and a hard place

This Six Nations championship had already provided some engaging contests but, with six fixtures remaining, none is likely to divide opinion more than that rather bizarre game in Twickenham last Sunday.

Greg Feek impressed as Conor O’Shea’s Italy don’t give a ruck

Conor O’Shea can expect a flurry of grateful messages on St Patrick’s weekend if Ireland account for England in Dublin and, in the process, claim the Six Nations title on points difference.

Donal Lenihan: There’s no breakdown in law and order

Donal Lenihan has praised Conor O’Shea’s bravery for implementing Italy’s unusual breakdown tactic in Sunday’s Twickenham clash with England, but doesn’t expect many copycat attempts from other coaches.

Peter O’Mahony: Wales will lap up idle talk of bonus points

Peter O’Mahony is having no truck with talk of bonus points ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations assignment in Cardiff.

Our ‘smart’ defence was rewarded, declares Robbie Henshaw

‘Lethal’ was the word Rory Best reached for when he held court on the French attack at the pre-match press conference on Friday.

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton: Ireland's perfect tandem rides again

Ireland 19 France 9: And so to Cardiff, where Ireland have experienced both the best and worst of times in recent years, but can look upon their next visit with renewed optimism now Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are back in business.

Tom Tierney delighted as determined Irish keep Grand Slam hopes on track

Ireland 13 France 10: Ireland weathered Storm Ewan, proved the doubters wrong and took a massive step towards a Grand Slam with deserved victory over France in Donnybrook yesterday.

Eddie Jones: Italian approach ‘not rugby’

England 36 Italy 15: England head coach Eddie Jones was seething with sarcasm after his side’s 17th successive Test win.

Conor Murray: ‘The guys who came on laid that platform’

Ronan O’Gara served as chaperone when Conor Murray stepped blinking into the white heat of Test rugby on an August night in Bordeaux six years ago and the Munster scrum-half has returned that favour more than a few times since.

Jared Payne return adds to Joe Schmidt’s options

Joe Schmidt will pore over the performances of Ireland’s provinces before finalising his squad to face Wales on Friday week, and Jared Payne’s comeback from injury will be of particular interest.

Super Johnny Sexton shows why he’s Joe Schmidt’s man

Given the close nature of this fixture in the Six Nations in recent years, a 10 point win is not to be sniffed at, writes Donal Lenihan.

Ireland v England will be a game of family fortunes

They sat side by side on the same subs bench on a summer’s evening long ago, father and son far from the madding crowd in the English countryside.

Louise Galvin: Fear is my constant companion

Sweaty palms, tense shoulders, stomach churning, frequent unfulfilling bathroom trips that give a transient relief from the discomfort of a full stomach, until nature calls again in 10 minutes.