Joe Schmidt is bidding to take this Irish team to an unprecedented third successive Six Nations title.

Coach: Joe Schmidt Since taking over in 2013, New Zealander Schmidt has made himself into somewhat of a Six Nations specialist, leading Ireland to (...)

Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has announced his retirement from international rugby. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has announced his retirement from international rugby. The Racing 92 player appeared in 99 Tests — 94 for Wales and fi(...)

David Nucifora, IRFU, performance director, is leading the review into Ireland’s World Cup displays. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The post Rugby World Cup (RWC) review into the Irish team performance in Cardiff and London last month will be completed by the end of November. The(...)

Leigh Halfpenny was injured during Wales’ final Rugby World Cup warm-up game against Italy at the Millenium Stadium. Photograph: Reuters

Shane Williams has questioned Wales coach Warren Gatland’s decision to field Leigh Halfpenny against Italy on Saturday in a move that backfired, with (...)

Jonathan Sexton celebrates with Jared Payne after the Ulster back scored his first try for Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Sydney Morning Herald website chose not to put their own twist on the headline of the syndicated copy from England’s Daily Telegraph, that summed(...)

Ireland expects: Joe Schmidt expects Australia to pose a stiff “reality chick”. Photograph: Billy Stickland

It feels like we’ve spent a long time up the rude creek without a paddle, wading through the chaos, listening to the red-faced fellas in suits blaming(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and Ronan O’Gara share a laugh on Ireland duty in 2011. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Less than 24 hours before kick-off in the decisive third test against Australia, Warren Gatland’s decision to drop Brian O’Driscoll from the British &(...)

 British and Irish Lions’ Brian O’Driscoll makes his way down the tunnel after the First Test.  Lions head coach Warren Gatland has sprung one of the great surprises in the tourists’ history by dropping  O’Driscoll for the  series decider against Australia.

It won’t have been uppermost on his list of considerations, but Warren Gatland did us all a favour when he dropped Brian O’Driscoll for the final Test(...)

Will Genia of the Reds, likely Wallaby scrumhalf against the Lions. Photograph: Getty Images

I doubt the Lions have ever toured a country where the hosts needed their visit more. Like a winemaker who has neglected his vines and f(...)