Victor Matfield on Paul O’Connell: “”You can see he puts in a lot of hours in analysing, preparing and getting his whole unit ready for the weekend. So it is always tough going up against him.” Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

The importance of the lineout as a starter point in attack and also a key area when it comes to defence was at the nub of a question directed to South(...)

Anthony Foley has been named as the new coach of Munster. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Anthony Foley says his promotion to the head coaching job at Munster from next season will not consume him – as it’s what his life in rugby has(...)

British and Irish Lions baggage master  Rala O’Reilly with Donncha O'Callaghan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘Enjoy all of this, guys, because blink and it will be over’. It was the eve of the Grand Slam match against Wales in the Millennium Stadium. We were (...)

John Plumtree: the former Natal Sharks coach is looking forward to working with Joe Schmidt and the Irish squad. Photo: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

John Plumtree is looking forward to renewing old acquaintances. The newly appointed Ireland forwards’ coach, who moves here from Durban’s Natal Sharks(...)

The IRFU has appointed John Plumtree as forwards coach. Photograph: Stephen Barker/Inpho/Photosport

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has turned to fellow Kiwi John Plumtree to fill the forwards coach role left vacant by the departure of Gert Smal. The IRFU (...)

 Joe Schmidt in Toronto:  the new Ireland head coach is working behind the scenes to secure a forwards and kicking  coach. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

During Saturday’s drinking session at the BBVA Compass stadium in Houston one of the few sober Americans wondered how many of the Ireland team would b(...)

Rory Best will captain Ireland on the tour. Photograph: Inpho

Les Kiss, Ireland’s interim head coach, will be part of Joe Schmidt’s management team on a three year contrac(...)

Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt is the favourite for the Ireland job. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

With another season left on his contract, Leinster coach Joe Schmidt believes it is "unlikely" he will succeed Declan Kidney as Ireland boss, b(...)

The sudden and persistent level of wagers on Joe Schmidt to get the job of Ireland head rugby coach led to Paddy Power temporarily suspending betting yesterday before reopening it last night with Schmidt as hot favourite. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Leinster rugby coach Joe Schmidt has emerged as the new favourite to become Declan Kidney’s long-term successor as Ireland head coach. I(...)

 Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt. James Crombie/Inpho

Former Ireland winger Denis Hickie believes the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has a tough task to find the right man to replace Declan Ki(...)