Justin Tipuric is tackled by Ireland’s Iain Henderson on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

On Friday I felt Wales required a bigger performance than Ireland. That certainly arrived and that Ireland couldn’t dictate as they did in Cardiff is (...)

Ireland’s Chris Henry:   “Watch his early adoption of suitable body position as he puts himself into the ideal entry point over the ball.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:30

Kilkenny’s extraordinary methodology makes hurling a super team sport; so too Joe Schmidt’s rugby but for me it’s off shore sailing epitomised by t(...)

Jamie Heaslip of Ireland charges upfield during the International match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

So Pool D runners-up will be playing New Zealand on 17th October. Ahhh. But Pool D winners will have the reward of Argentina a day later. Neither Irel(...)

Andrew Trimble returns to the Ulster backline for their  Pro12 clash against Edinburgh at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho.

Ulster have almost completely revised their team for the visit of Edinburgh with outside centre Jared Payne one of 10 personnel changes to the side. (...)

Tommy Bowe: Ireland international set to take the field against Cardiff. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

As Italian side Zebre continue their Irish mini tour with Munster tonight, they may feel that the 33-13 hiding they got in Belfast last week was the w(...)

From left, Phoenix Whelan; his ‘fairy oddmother’, Rebecca Halliday; and his mother, Jackie Freer

At Easter, some godparents are making the rounds with chocolate Easter eggs, while others are preparing to attend First Communions and Confirmation(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton goes past the massive figure of Mathieu Bastareaud of France to score a try during last Saturday’s Six Nations Championship finale at the Stade de France in Paris.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Having reviewed much of last weekend with Austin Savage and co I finally said goodbye to the Barnhall Basher on Sunday evening. I then headed o(...)

Andrew Trimble goes past the tackle of Scotland’s Stuart Hogg to score Ireland’s  first try at the Aviva. Photograph: PA

To belittle the performance because of a lack of perfection is everyone’s prerogative. But in Joe Schmidt’s first outing, the winning of the match was(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Trimble goes past the tackle of Scotland’s Stuart Hogg to score his side’s first try during yesterday’s Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

To belittle the performance because of a lack of perfection is everyone’s prerogative. But in Joe Schmidt’s first outing, the winning of the match was(...)

Iain Henderson, seen here  beating England Saxons captain Calum Clark to a  lineout ball  at Kingsholm Stadium last week, could force his way into the senior Ireland reckoning. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“There is no more mortal poison than indifference”. Irish Times columnist Lara Marlowe, reflecting on French President François Hollande in her piece (...)