Leinster say Zane Kirchner contract talks are at an advanced stage. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster have all but agreed a contract extension with former Blue Bulls and Springbok international Zane Kirchner. The fullback joined the province i(...)

Rob Kearney: A couple of loose kicks aside he was the personification of calm collection under the high ball and that infuses confidence in those around you. Rating: 7

15 Rob KearneyA couple of loose kicks aside he was the personification of calm collection under the high ball and that infuses confidence in those aro(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw  takes a high ball despite the attempts of England’s   Alex Goode to score a try during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images 6:46

Ireland 19 England 9A strangely comprehensive dismissal of England, to end a four game losing streak dating back to 2011, this will be remembered as t(...)

On your marks: Paul O’Connell will captain Ireland in their decisive tie against England in the Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Once again the stakes are huge. Once again the meeting of last year’s top two finds both countries unbeaten. So come the full-time whistle the winners(...)

Jordi Murphy comes in to replace Jamie Heaslip for Sunday’s Six Nations fixture against England. Photograph: INPHO 4:18

Ireland must be a three-dimensional team to defeat England, said Joe Schmidt, as he contested the assertion that his game plan is “boring, one dimensi(...)

 Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt talks to his team before the Six Nations game against France. The only change to the side that won that game is  because of injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt is expected to keep changes to a minimum when he announces the Ireland starting XV and replacements to face England at lunchtime today for(...)

Ireland hooker Rory Best at lineout training ahead of Sunday’s match against England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 3:06

Although changes are sure to be minimal, the Irish coaching staff may just have had a little more discussion than might have seemed likely after their(...)

Jared Payne and Cian Healy in conversation after a training session at Carton House. Photograph: Alex Connolly/Inpho 3:06

Cian Healy sighs what seems like a belly full of air and screws up his face. His last full game of rugby, well, it’s not really somewhere he wants to (...)

Simon Easterby says Ireland play the game by the rules and are not a dangerous side. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 3:06

Irish forwards coach Simon Easterby was loath to be drawn into reacting to Shaun Edwards assertion that the choke tackle is “very dangerous” and a “bl(...)

Roger Wilson of Ulster(above) and Billy Holland of Munster have been added to the Irish squad. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Irish management remain cautiously optimistic that Jamie Heaslip will be available to play against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Ireland’s fo(...)