Rob Kearney, pictured with Scotland’s Greg Laidlaw, England’s Joe Marler and Wales’ George North, has urged Ireland fans to manage their expectations aheadof this year’s Rugby World Cup. Photograph: PA

Rob Kearney believes Ireland’s big Test rivals tipping Joe Schmidt’s men for World Cup glory is little more than a phoney war. Kearney has warned supp(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell wants “to be sure” before he makes an announcement on his future in the game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Further recognition of Paul O’Connell’s remarkable Indian summer came from his peers last night, when the Irish captain was chosen as the Irish Rugby (...)

Ireland’s captain Paul O’Connell was voted RBS Six Nations player of the tournament for 2015. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Irish captain Paul O’Connell has been voted this year’s RBS Six Nations Player of the Tournament.The 35-year-old Munster lock secured more than 26 per(...)

If the essence of the best sporting drama is great skill, unfortunate mistakes, nail-biting anxiety and unfettered joy, the final weekend of the 2015 (...)

Paul O’Connell runs out at the Millennium Stadium for the Ireland Captain’s Run ahead of the Six Nations match against Wales on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So many expeditions. The 100th cap is mere reminder of the plunging depths of service, the soaring peaks of achievement, so high they will never be re(...)

Wales lock Alun-Wyn Jones has put in  stunning performances against Scotland and France. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Rob Howley believes that Ireland’s unrelenting accuracy “in everything they do” has helped make them such a force during Joe Schmidt’s coaching reign.(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell with his son Paddy following the Six Nations win over England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

At the end of the match Paul O’Connell walked to a corner of the ground, shook hands with the fans and posed for photographs. Then, over the heads of (...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton is the latest to feature in #AllitTakes short film series. Photograph: Three 3:44

Old nemesis Ronan O’Gara says current Irish outhalf Johnny Sexton still has plenty more in the tank. Despite already being amongst the shortlisted fiv(...)

Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip receives treatment after ge got a knee in the back from France lock Pascal Pape, who received a yellow card. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho 7:17

Jamie Heaslip could miss the rest of the Six Nations after suffering a suspected broken vertebrae in his lower back after France lock Pascal Pape drov(...)

Munster’s Donncha O’Callaghan celebrates at the final whistle against Ulster. Photograph: James Crombie

Donncha O’Callaghan has been called to account by the match citing commissioner Eddie Walsh for an incident in the 41st minute of Munster’s 21-(...)