Iain Henderson: returned to the Ireland squad as a replacement against England following his recuperation from a hip injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The good word of Joe spreads to Belfast today as a reduced 17-man Ireland squad conduct an open training session, ably assisted by the Ulster Academy,(...)

Leinster say Zane Kirchner contract talks are at an advanced stage. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster have all but agreed a contract extension with former Blue Bulls and Springbok international Zane Kirchner. The fullback joined the province i(...)

Ireland’s Seán O’Brien goes off injured after a clash of heads during the Six Nations  game against England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho 4:25

Joe Schmidt knows us as a nation too well by now to go around banning talk of a Grand Slam. But he still wouldn’t take the bait when we mentioned it t(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw  takes a high ball despite the attempts of England’s   Alex Goode to score a try during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images 6:46

Ireland 19 England 9A strangely comprehensive dismissal of England, to end a four game losing streak dating back to 2011, this will be remembered as t(...)

Peter O’Mahony: the forward is yet to taste success aginst England at senior level.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There’s an increasing debate about the entertainment value being provided by this season’s rugby fare in general, notably the current RBS Six Nations (...)

England outhalf George Ford  looks to offload the ball to Jonathan Joseph during the  Six Nations match against  Wales   at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Les Kiss has warned that George Ford’s “scary relationship” with Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson could derail Ireland’s quest to retain the Six Na(...)

RBS 6 Nations Championship, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 14/2/2015Ireland vs France Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

It was all we’ve come to expect from modern-day Test rugby, brutally physical, suffocatingly tight, as taut as a wire and absorbing until the very fin(...)

Johnny Sexton was named man of the match in Ireland’s 18-11 Six nations win over France at the Aviva Stadium.  (Photograph: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

Ireland player ratingsRob Kearney 7Made nine carries for 53 metres. A jarring, wrap tackle on Scott Spedding earned an important 24th minute penalty a(...)

Johnny Sexton delivered a man of the match performance on his long awaited return from concussion, orchestrating Ireland’s 18-11 Six Nations win over France at the Aviva Stadium. (Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan) 4:45

Few games ever began with as many eyes watching one player. Johnny Sexton’s road to the Aviva, one that required an IRFU clarification about the concu(...)

Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton lands one of his five successful penalty kicks during the Six Nations clash against France   at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 18 France 11If winning is ultimately the only commodity that matters, it also colours the landscape panoramically. Ireland emerged victorious (...)