Ireland’s Devin Toner during the captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Six tries against Ireland in the two games against Wales and Scotland and despite winning, it sometimes feels as if looking at the negative side of(...)

Prop Michael Bent: “Some times were tougher than others but I always stayed positive and kept pushing hard to get back.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Michael Bent bridged a gap that’s a few months shy of three years when he came on as a replacement in Ireland’s victory over Wales last Saturday in Ca(...)

Cian Healy training at Carton House on Thursday. The Ireland loosehead  will be given until the opening World Cup game against Canada to prove his fitness. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 5:04

Cian Healy will not be required to play in any of Ireland’s four warm-up matches to make Joe Schmidt’s 31-man World Cup squad. Schmidt is comfortable (...)

Leinster scrum coach Marco Caputo has left the province with immediate effect. Photograph: Inpho

Marco Caputo has resigned as Leinster’s scrum coach, following the province’s decision to sack Matt O’Connor. Leinster have announced Caputo’s departu(...)

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(...)

Devin Toner aims to better his rucking by replicating Paul O’Connell’s technique. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

The words ‘Grand’ and ‘Slam’ have become toxic this week in the Ireland camp. They have been locked in the dirty word box along with others that spel(...)

“As the games go on, it just gets more difficult because teams have more footage of you and they know what to expect.”

“He makes his debut against Wales and scores a try that he doesn’t remember,” says Mike Ross of Paul O’Connell, who will pick up his 100th cap against(...)

 Jonathan Sexton training ahead of the Six Nations meeting with France at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.  PHotograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho 7:01

Johnny Sexton will take France’s pledge to exploit any lingering weakness from his 12-week concussion lay-off fully in his stride in Dublin on Saturda(...)

Jerry Flannery is enjoying being back at Munster. ‘I’m only in the door and I’m lucky that I trust the guys around me so much because I know them so well,’ he says. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jerry Flannery loved being a player. Best job in the world. At 36 he could still be doing it but for the calf injuries that eventually forced him to r(...)

Jack McGrath on the attack for Ireland against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

These demons have been exorcised but Youtube keeps dragging the masochists among us back to November 24th, 2013. Jack McGrath’s third cap.Steadily bec(...)