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(...)

Tommy Bowe, Ian Madigan, Jamie Heaslip, Peter O’Mahony and Robbie Henshaw celebrate Ireland’s 26-23 defeat of Australia in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 5:39

As usual, you’d rarely guess from their post-match countenance that Joe Schmidt and Paul O’Connell had just completed a stellar year as Irish coach an(...)

Ulster hooker Rory Best goes through his paces with the Ireland squad at Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland approach their final Guinness Series Test in ruder health than Joe Schmidt and the management ticket might have envisaged. Saturday’s rendezv(...)

Despite the hugely impressive win at the Aviva, Ireland’s forwards had a tough time in the scrum against South Africa.

They even think and talk like him now. Any chance of this Irish squad becoming contented or happy with themselves, even in the fallout of beating t(...)

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(...)