Seán O’Brien was suspended after Ireland’s last match with France in the World Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Seán O’Brien stares blankly back at us when asked about being intimidated in Paris. “I don’t think it is intimidating. There is a lot of history. Th(...)

Johnny Sexton in action against Wales in their Six Nations opener. “On seeing his demeanour on the field last Sunday it looked to me like he was enjoying his rugby again.” Photograph: Getty Images

The well-worn line about doing the jersey justice resonates in the wake of Paul O’Connell’s retirement from rugby. But a genuine tribute to Paulie’s l(...)

Keith Earls sat out Ireland’s training session at carton House on Tuesday. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Ireland squad limited themselves to a run-out of medium intensity for about 45 minutes amid the snow flurries at their Carton House base yesterday(...)

Seán O’Brien took a full part in Ireland’s training session at Carton House on Tuesday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andrew Trimble (shoulder), Simon Zebo (knee) and Johnny Sexton (shoulder) all sat out training at Carton House on Tuesday but are expected to train on(...)

Jonathan Danty made his France debut in the 23-12 Six Nations win over Italy. Photograph: AFP

Jonathan Danty has admitted his poor lifestyle almost cost him his France career. The 23-year-old centre capped a whirlwind 12 months with his Test d(...)

Simon Zebo tries to break free from Welsh tacklers at Aviva Stadium. “Scotland wax lyrical at their man Stuart Hogg but Zebo has better lines and given more opportunity can cut any defence apart.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

So we were all wrong; the toughest 20 days of Joe Schmidt’s journey began yesterday with a draw to Wales; it could have been better but it could have (...)

Conor Murray tries  to charge down Rhys Priestland’s attempt at  a late drop goal at the Aviva Stadium.Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bruised, battered but unbeaten, the Irish squad will spend much of the next two days recovering from their exertions against Wales at the outset of a (...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton kicks a penalty against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton, so clearly in agony, only took leave of this Test match after ensuring Ireland regained parity at 16-16. Clearly the success and failu(...)

Tommy O’Donnell is led off for a Head Injury Assessment he later passed during Ireland’s 16-16 Six Nations draw with Wales. Photograph: Inpho

A draw leaves room for everything, most of it equivocation. You can jostle for position, call it a good draw or a bad draw but in the end, it amounts (...)

CJ Stander picked up the man of the match award on his Ireland debut. Photograph: Inpho

Debutant man of the match CJ Stander insists Ireland can still chase an unprecedented third-consecutive Six Nations title after drawing 16-16 with Wal(...)