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(...)

Cian Healy and Luke Fitzgerald start on the bench for Leinster against Glasgow on Friday night. Photograph: Inpho

A number of Leinster’s Ireland Six Nations winners have been named in Matt O’Connor’s 23-man squad to play Glasgow Warriors at the RDS on Friday night(...)

Seán O’Brien is back in the Leinster squad for the Champions Cup campaign. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

There has been an upsurge in ticket sales for Ireland’s World Cup warm-up home matches against Scotland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium following on f(...)

Robbie Henshaw of Ireland is tackled by Finn Russell of Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match at Murrayfield on Saturday. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

A total of 221 points and 27 tries in three matches on one day; how do you like them apples Steve Hansen? The best laid plans rarely survive the first(...)

Paul O’Connell makes a flying tackle on Scotland’s Stuart Hogg. It almost goes without saying that the captain was immense leading from the front in his inimitable. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 9:27

The mind, and specifically the mindset of a team, is a curious thing indeed. It is extremely hard to imagine Ireland would have played with such posit(...)

Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip makes the crucial try-saving tackle as Scotland fullback  Stuart Hogg loses possession and knocks on going over the try line during the Six Nations game at Murrayfield. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 9:27

It was a day of tiny margins where fate smiled on Ireland. A late try in Rome punctured rampant Welsh enthusiasm and despite missing two eminently kic(...)

Tommy Bowe:  He worked extremely hard all afternoon and made some excellent breaks for a 92-metre haul. A couple of offloads didn’t go to a teammate but that doesn’t take away from the impact he made. Rating: 7

15 Rob KearneyA little bit of a mixed bag, a fumble for Scotland’s try, a couple of sliced kicks but overall his contribution was on the positive side(...)

Johnny Sexton should have a big game against Scotland after the disappointment in Cardiff. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:02

A unique, staggered, three-way tussle for the title has ensured that whatever the Six Nations has lacked in quality it has atoned for with the gran(...)

Robbie Henshaw, Jared Payne, Luke Fitzgerald, Rob Kearney and Jonathon Sexton at an Ireland squad training session at Carton House, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland 15 Rob Kearney Age: 28 Height: 1.85m (6’1”) Weight: 95kg (15st) Caps: 61 Tries: 10 (1 conversion) After a few early errors, he was one of the(...)

Scotland’s openside Blair Cowan:  a massive penalty offender. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho 3:12

Charles R Swindol is convinced that life is 10 per cent what happens to him and 90 per cent how he reacts to it. The loss of a lineout can at times ha(...)