Leinster loosehead Jack McGrath is likely to take the number one jersey off Dave Kilcoyne for Saturday’s fixture against Australia at the Aviva Stadium

Attitude, aptitude and good fortune are three essential components common to most successful sportspeople. The first two are mental and physical quali(...)

Stuart Olding scores Ireland’s final try in an emphatic win over Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. The home side had to show patience but they eventually broke their determined opponents in a high-scoring second half. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 5:37

Job done. There were inaccuracies and missed chances galore in a first half which yielded only three Ian Madigan penalties; the 40 points that followe(...)

Ireland prop forward Dave Kilcoyne tries to burst through the Georgia defence in yesterday’s Test match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan sheridan/Inpho 5:37

There was just a little queasiness around the place at half-time here, the faintest tick-tock of discomfort at the tries Ireland hadn’t scored. They (...)

 Ireland’s Dave Foley charges at the Georgia attack at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Colm O’Neill / Inpho 5:37

David Foley enjoyed a dream debut for Ireland as he was named man of the match in a 49-7 victory over Georgia in Dublin, but the Munster lock believes(...)

 Ireland’s Dave Kilcoyne scores a try despite the attentions of  David Kacharava of Georgia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/ Inpho 5:37

Ireland 49 Georgia 7 This was always the worry. Even the All Blacks, having been completely redesigned for yesterday’s narrow escape in Murrayf(...)

Rory Best is back running in training after a calf strain but is unlikely to play against Georgia on Sunday. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA

On the premise that Gordon D’Arcy was ruled out of the Ireland team to play South Africa for being unfit to train 10 days before the game, Jared Payne(...)

Ireland and Leinster prop forward Cian Healy. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

By John O’SullivanThere is more than a trace of macabre fascination in inviting Cian Healy to graphically describe how he managed to tear his hamstrin(...)

Ireland and Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne pictured at Carton House ahead of Saturday’s Test match against South Africa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The notion of being patient is a bit of a killer for Dave Kilcoyne primarily because it’s been the attribute most demanded of him in his career, parti(...)

Mike Ross in action against Argentina in the second Test of the  2014 summer tour. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is fully conversant with the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic as yet another injury has hit his already-emaciat(...)

 Munster’s Ian Keatley celebrates with his family after the win over Sale Sharks. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Munster coach Anthony Foley paid tribute to the cool head of Ian Keatley after he kicked his side to a last-gasp win over Sale in the opening match of(...)