Putting it on the line: Ireland’s Keith Wood powers over for a  try against England in their 2001 Six Nations match. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

It’s the big one, simple as. Ireland against England has a resonance, a sense of history and occasion which surpasses all other Irish fixtures. Be it (...)

Munster’s Alan Quinlan wrestles with Leicester’s  Neil Back during the 2002 Heineken Cup final at the  Millennium Stadium in  Cardiff. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Image

Rugby can sometimes contrive the Hollywood ending. And so it is the next time Neil Back and Peter Stringer line out, they may be chumming up to each (...)

TV3 has today announced that all 48 matches will be shown free to air on TV3. Pictured (L-R) Sinead Kissane, Stuart Barnes, Neil Back, Hugo MacNeill, Conor McNamara, Keith Wood, Shane Jennings, Laim Toland and Murray Kinsella. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

TV3 have confirmed their team for coverage of the Rugby World Cup later this year in England and Wales.The network will screen all 48 matches of the c(...)

Leinster’s Richardt Strauss goes off with a suspected head injury against the Dragons. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Leinster look set to be without hooker Richardt Strauss, secondrow Tom Denton and centre Noel Reid for Friday’s Guinness Pro12 match against Zebre at (...)

Big blokes, these rugby men. Irish sides are not renowned as behemoths of the rugby world but Joe Schmidt’s side of today still dwarfs those of 30 yea(...)

Jerry Sexton  embraces teammate Greg Bateman  after  Exeter Chiefs’ LV= Cup win over   Gloucester at Sandy Park. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Jerry Sexton has embarked on a road less travelled in pursuing a career in professional rugby. The youngest of a clan that includes Ireland outhalf, J(...)

Former Ireland international Peter Stringer celebrates after a Bath win in the Premiership with team-mate  George Ford, who lines out at 10 for England on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images.

Finally, after a season of trying and even longer thinking about it, Stuart Lancaster has announced a side with George Ford and Owen Farrell starting(...)

David Gannon is one of a number of Irish natives expected to play for US Eagles. Photograph: Inpho.

Some wild geese may not be returning. There is a gaggle of them playing rugby on the American collegiate circuit and former Blackrock outhalf (someti(...)

Bath’s Peter Stringer scores a try against Leicester Tigers. Ireland’s fourth most capped player of all time is not yet interested in winding down his career. Photo: David Davies/PA

In analysing Irish rugby’s rejuvenation in the noughties, a key figure has to be Peter Stringer. Whereas the careers of Irish scrumhalves are not not(...)

Peter Stringer of Bath dives over for a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Leicester Tigers on Saturday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

John O’SullivanThere’s no doubting the performance of the day in the Aviva English Premiership belonged to Bath as they thumped the Leicester Tigers b(...)