Ireland’s Mike Ross (right) and Rory Best tackle Wales’ Rhys Webb during the Six Nations game at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Starting at the end of last Saturday’s game at the Millennium Stadium, Mike Ross doesn’t know why Ireland were penalised in the final scrum of the mat(...)

Ireland number eight Lorcan Dow and centre Sam Arnold move in to tackle Wales’ Harrison Keddie during the Under-20 Six Nations match at Parc Eirias in  Colwyn Bay. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There is a quiet resolution within the Ireland squad ahead of Friday night’s final Under-20 Six Nations Championship match against Scotland at Netherd(...)

Ireland’s lineout misfired badly at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 4:42

It is the manner of the defeat as much as losing the match, a Grand Slam opportunity and the chance to break an Irish record for the most consecuti(...)

Rob Kearney: A few early errors but grew into the game with some traditional high fielding and a willingness to carry ball repeatedly: some success in breaking first line of defence on cut-backs and was his side’s most effective ball carrier with 104 metres. Rating 6

15 Rob KearneyA few early errors but grew into the game with some traditional high fielding and a willingness to carry ball repeatedly: some success i(...)

Jamie Heaslip returns from injury to take his place at number eight for the Six Nations match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

IRELAND 15 Rob Kearney Age: 28 Height: 1.85m (6’1”) Weight: 95kg (15st) Caps: 60 Tries: 10 (1 conversion) Having worked with the Welsh coaching st(...)

Alun-Wyn Jones has been portrayed as “rugby’s angriest man”, a description bestowed by his former international and club team-mate Ryan Jones in a goo(...)

Ireland U-20s centre Garry Ringrose skips past Will Owen of England during the recent clash at Donnybrook. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There will be a cathartic element for Ireland in returning to the test arena in Colwyn Bay following the frustration and disappointment of losing t(...)

Wales lost seven of 18 lineouts in the first two matches, coughing up four against England and three to the Scots. They didn’t lose a single lineout against France the last day, winning all 10 throws.

Mark Twain’s assertion that ‘facts are stubborn things but statistics are pliable’, is a pretty good description of how the same set of numbers can(...)

Rory Best: “The Welsh [team] will probably see it as a chance to right a few wrongs.” Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Presseye/Inpho.

Rory Best blinked, smiled, and leaned back in the chair before an involuntary chuckle escaped, one that could almost be construed as an expression of (...)

Gordon D’Arcy: 81 times capped Leinster centre has been left out of the Ireland squad to face Wales. Photograph: Craig Thomas/Inpho. 2:16

Ireland team manager Mick Kearney has presented an upbeat appraisal of injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations match against Wales at the Mil(...)