It is all about the playoffs as the Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and Top 14 edged even closer to the finish flag. The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup may take centre stage this week but there is still plenty at stake after the latest round of games.
It is now or never for many teams across European rugby's domestic competitions as teams battle it out for relegation and playoff positions in the Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and the French Top 14.
Following a thrilling weekend of knockout European rugby we have a much clearer idea who will lift the Champions and Challenge Cups.
Ireland wing Jacob Stockdale has been named Six Nations Player of the Championship, beating teammates Keith Earls, Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton in the process.
Perhaps more than any of the previous championship campaigns this was the year of the Irish. But if that, rightly, was the headline story, there are others to be found as we look at the 2018 Six Nations By The Number.
What do the events of the past six weeks tell us about the state of each nation, and what do they need to do on the road to Japan and the 2019 Rugby World Cup?
Ireland's celebrations might still be in full swing following their Grand Slam triumph, but with their official party cancelled we wrap up the winners and losers from the final round of the 2018 Six Nations.
Scotland survived a major Italian scare with a scrappy, but entertaining 29-27 over Italy in Rome.
Rugby Union made its debut on television 80 years ago this week as "probably the most spectacular and exciting Calcutta Cup match ever played" took place at Twickenham.
ESPN previews the Six Nations clash between Italy and Scotland, which will see Sergio Parisse looking to avoid an unwanted milestone.
Ireland may have secured the Six Nations title with a game to spare but it remains all to play for many fans heading into the final round of ESPN Fantasy Rugby 2018.
WP Nel believes he returns to the Scotland starting lineup a stronger person as he looks to put a 'tough two years of injury setbacks behind him.
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has made five changes to the starting XV to face Italy in Saturday's Six Nations finale.
Ireland might have been confirmed as champions but there is still plenty up for grabs on the final day of the Six Nations -- England could limp to a worst finish in 31 years.
Scotland have added five players to their squad ahead of their final Six Nations clash against Italy this weekend.
Ireland fans should still be smiling on Monday morning following a weekend that saw their side crowned 2018 Six Nations champions following their victory over Scotland and England's defeat in Paris.
Round four of the Six Nations saw Ireland confirmed as winners after comfortably beating Scotland to set up a Grand Slam showdown with England at Twickenham next weekend. But who made our Fantasy team of the week?
Ireland clinched a third Six Nations title in five years thanks to a bonus-point 28-8 victory over Scotland in Dublin.
Scotland captain John Barclay admits former Ireland great Brian O'Driscoll is right to question his side's NatWest 6 Nations title contentions until they prove they can win away from home.
Vengeance and Six Nations Grand Slams are firmly in the mind of Ireland and Joe Schmidt as they welcome the England-conquering Scotland to Dublin on Saturday.
The penultimate round of the Six Nations and ESPN's Fantasy Rugby 2018 could make or break your side as in the hunt for bragging rights. Ireland, still in the hunt for a Grand Slam, host a resurgent Scotland before England face France in Paris.
Joe Schmidt has backed fly-half Johnny Sexton to bounce back from missing 10 points from the kicking tee against Wales as Ireland look to close in on the Six Nations championship with victory against Scotland on Saturday.
Joe Schmidt has handed fit-again Garry Ringrose his first 2018 Six Nations start in one of two changes as Ireland look to keep their Grand Slam hopes alive against Scotland.
Edinburgh back Blair Kinghorn will make his first start for Scotland against Ireland in place of the injured Tommy Seymour as Gregor Townsend makes one change to the side that triumphed over England in the Calcutta Cup.
Scotland assistant coach Mike Blair believes it was a straightforward decision to bring John Hardie back into the squad despite serving a ban for alleged cocaine use.
- SCOT5thTRIES SCORED 1st Ireland : 20 Tries ScoredIRE1st1120
- SCOT5thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Ireland : 78 Points DifferenceIRE1st-2778