The IRFU’s Dan Downey sets up the GPS units on the Aviva Stadium’s pitch ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations game against France in February. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Not so long ago a fag and orange segment was seen as restorative at half-time, an extra lap until you drop a good thing, a sign of heart. But in recen(...)

Dividing people into winners and losers might seem like weirdly reductive behaviour, but Alastair Campbell was once the British Labour Party’s director of communication and strategy, where he thrived on reduction. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On the cover of Alastair Campbell’s new book, Winners and How They Succeed, there’s a big number “1” made from the names of the subjects and interv(...)

Brian O’Driscoll believes Ireland’s Six Nations championship win sets them up well for this year’s World Cup. Photograph: PA

Brian O’Driscoll believes Ireland have the perfect platform to take the World Cup by storm after clinching the RBS 6 Nations title.The former Ireland (...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell lifts the RBS 6 Nations Championship trophy in Edinburgh on Saturday, March 21st. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Twitter was buzzing after England failed to overcome the 26 point gap needed to take the title from Ireland in Saturday’s incredible Six Nations shoot(...)

From left: Denis Leamy, Ronan O’Gara, David Wallace, Simon Easterby, Gordon D’Arcy, Girvan Dempsey, Denis Hickie and Shane Horgan on St Patrick’s Day 2007 as Ireland took on Italy in Stadio Olimpico. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Grand Slams are the holy grail, all the more so when a country has only won two of them in 120 years of trying. But championship titles aren’t to be s(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt puts his side through their paces during the Captain’s Run at the Millennium Stadium ahead of the Six Nations clash with Wales on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:08

In the red corner, a wounded home team with a proven pedigree in this competition in recent times, who are drinking at the last-chance saloon. In the(...)

Paul O’Connell: Victory over Wales at Millennium Stadium would set a new Ireland record of 11 wins in a row. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

As befits his status as arguably Ireland’s greatest forward, Paul O’Connell will become only the fourth Irish player to reach the milestone of 100 cap(...)

Rory Best during Ireland’s Captain’s Run at the Millennium Stadium two years ago, the last time they played Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho. 5:42

Stuart Lancaster resorted to playing the Welsh song Hymns and Arias at full volume on loudspeakers at the squad’s indoor training facility at Pennyhil(...)

Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne will have a tough battle against the Wales centre partnership of Roberts and Davies. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho 1:32

Robbie Henshaw believes Ireland’s fledgling centre partnership faces its toughest RBS Six Nations test yet in Wales on Saturday against Jamie Roberts (...)

Paul O’Connell celebrates a try on his Ireland debut against Wales in the  2002 Six Nations. Photograph: INPHO/Allsport 3:42

February 3rd, 2002. Laid out after attempting to tackle Welsh secondrow Craig Quinnell, a red-haired man in a navy scrum cap lies prone atop the blue (...)