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(...)

Johnny Sexton and Rory Best watch the closing stages of Sunday’s win over England from the bench. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Johnny Sexton is expected to be available for Ireland’s next Six Nations match, against Wales on Saturday March 14th, after his hamstring injury was d(...)

George Ford was given a masterclass by Johnny Sexton in England’s 19-9 defeat to Ireland on Sunday. (EPA/Aidan Crawley) 4:25

This morning, all around the country, people will be walking into work with beaming smiles on their faces - the afterglow of Ireland’s victory yest(...)

‘Kool and the Gang’: Keith Wood was full of praise for Mike Ross during Ireland’s Six Nations defeat of England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So did you pop out yesterday in the sunshine for a pound of butter? And then have to slide your way back like a Nordic skier? All the time fretting ab(...)

Robbie Henshaw celebrates with Conor Murray after his try Photo: Inpho/James Crombie

Now England know it too. There’s nothing bite-sized or ephemeral about Robbie Henshaw. He’s inexperienced but not callow, green around the gills but (...)

Tommy O’Donnell is tackled by Billy Vunipola and Richard Wigglesworth after coming on for Seán O’Brien in Ireland’s 19-9 victory against England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

There have been times in this Six Nations when it has looked like Tommy O’Donnell was doomed to be the one who was one too many. Three games down, he(...)

Robbie Henshaw beats Alex Goode to the ball and crowns a man-of-the-match performance with Ireland’s and the game’s only try at the Aviva yesterday: Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 6:46

When you know how to win, you know how to win. The green machine which Joe Schmidt has created – and rarely have they produced more of a machine-li(...)

 Robbie Henshaw celebrates scoring Ireland’s  try with Conor Murray and a cast of thousands. Photo: Inpho/James Crombie

A bittersweet chariot came to carry England’s supporters home last night, with their hopes of a Six Nations grand slam in the luggage bin. Being home(...)

Rob Kearney: A couple of loose kicks aside he was the personification of calm collection under the high ball and that infuses confidence in those around you. Rating: 7

15 Rob KearneyA couple of loose kicks aside he was the personification of calm collection under the high ball and that infuses confidence in those aro(...)

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(...)