Ireland and Munster forward CJ Stander has been named the Irish Player’s Player and Supporters’ Player of the Year. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

CJ Stander’s accumulation of awards is quite something. Ever since his two-try full Munster debut against Glasgow on December 1st, 2012, in Thomond Pa(...)

CJ Stander takes on Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip: “We are looking forward to Friday night.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster have had two weeks to initially stew over the sound beating which Connacht meted out to them before turning their attentions to what Anthony F(...)

Despite being ruled out by his province, Peter O’Mahony can still make the tour squad to South Africa this summer according to the Ireland setup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Peter O’Mahony is due to see consultant orthopaedic surgeon Ray Moran at the Santry Sports Clinic this week to evaluate his progress and establish a r(...)

Connacht’s Matt Healy has impressed this season and is in Joe Schmidt’s training squad. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named his 44-man training squad for the summer’s tour to South Africa - with neither Tommy Bowe or Luke Fitzgerald(...)

Munster’s CJ Stander is tackled by Rhys Ruddock of Leinster in 2014: Ruddock said will it be a good challenge to play against Stander. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Players will tell you they don’t overburden themselves concentrating on their opposite numbers. Believing in their own ability, Conor Murray won’t fre(...)

Nathan White and Greig Laidlaw get involved as Donnacha Ryan and Conor Murray congratulate Ireland try scorer Devin Toner. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

To England the Grand Slam spoils, to Ireland a second successive win at the Aviva Stadium, thus maintaining a three-year unbeaten home record in the S(...)

Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg goes through the gap between Ireland prop Mikle Ross and hooker Rory Best on the way to scoring his try in the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Ireland’s report card from the Six Nations Championship could be summed up under the phrase ‘could do better’ on the basis of winning the previous two(...)

 Ireland backrow CJ Stander goes over the top  to score Ireland’s opening try in the Six Nations game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

If Ireland made a statement of intent in the first 20 minutes at the Aviva stadium then no one was more eloquent than CJ Stander. The Irish blindside(...)

Ireland missed  Seán O’Brien’s leadership when he went off injured against France in thw Six Nations. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

No matter what happens, a successful team with intentions of longevity stays the course. Stays true to the process that has yielded success, especiall(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt:   was without  three front-line props,  Iain Henderson,  Peter O’Mahony, Luke Fitzgerald,  Tommy Bowe, Keith  Earls and Simon Zebo. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA

Most coaches are perfectionists, even though they well realise the perfect performance is beyond any team they will ever oversee. More often than not,(...)