Second-half revival not enough as Schmidt’s Ireland slip to dire defeat in Scotland

Scotland 27 Ireland 22 Murray Kinsella reports from Murrayfield IRELAND PUT THEMSELVES in a position to earn a comeback victory over Scotland on the opening day of the Six Nations, but will instead leave Edinburgh with their championship hopes severely dented. Joe Schmidt’s side have a dire first half to blame, as their error count and narrow defence allowed the […]

Owens clarifies high tackle laws: ‘We don’t want to get rid of big hits’

NIGEL OWENS HAS sought to provide clarity over new directives concerning high tackles in rugby union and insists there is absolutely no desire to remove big hits from the sport. Last December, World Rugby confirmed the introduction of measures aimed at limiting both reckless and accidental contact with the head, with illegal tackle categories redefined and sanctions to deter high tackles increased. Yet Owens […]