Conor Murray: “You do have a game plan and, under any coach, there’s a game plan that you try and follow it as best you can.” Photograph: Inpho

The shadow of Joe Schmidt casts wide over the Ireland team but the Kiwi coach does not want his players to become automatons. Nor is the coach a black(...)

Paul O’Connell takes a lineout during Ireland’s win over England. The match clock appeared to stop accidentally after Ireland’s try. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Six Nations officials are investigating the possibility that more than two minutes of additional time was accidentally added into the second half of (...)

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(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell, playing his 99th international,  blocks down Ben Youngs of England. Photo: Inpho/Dan Sheridan 6:46

A final quarter dip by Ireland, or rally from England, may have taken some small sheen off this huge performance and victory, but their compelling sup(...)

Peter O’Mahony gets in ahead of Chris Robshaw in the lineout. Tommy O’Donnell had a hand in a complex move off a lineout shortly after coming on, showing the players’ knowledge of their roles. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO 6:46

Whether you have talent or not, in business or in sport, the most important predictor of success the world over is grit. On 28 minutes Paul O’Connell (...)

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(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton and Paul O’Connell in discussion during the Captains Run  at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Sunday’s Six Nations clash with England. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA

Ireland against England is always a big deal, but it’s hard to escape the feeling Sunday’s game at the Aviva is a bit different. It’s a coming (...)