Ireland players line up for the anthems ahead of the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland - Six have been selected for our Six Nations team of the tournament. Photograph: Ian  MacNicol/Getty Images 9:27

15 Rob Kearney (Ireland):Leigh Halfpenny’s goal-kicking could give him the nod again. Stuart Hogg was electric and carried for 100 more metres. But Ke(...)

From left: Denis Leamy, Ronan O’Gara, David Wallace, Simon Easterby, Gordon D’Arcy, Girvan Dempsey, Denis Hickie and Shane Horgan on St Patrick’s Day 2007 as Ireland took on Italy in Stadio Olimpico. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Grand Slams are the holy grail, all the more so when a country has only won two of them in 120 years of trying. But championship titles aren’t to be s(...)

Paul O’Connell: Victory over Wales at Millennium Stadium would set a new Ireland record of 11 wins in a row. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

As befits his status as arguably Ireland’s greatest forward, Paul O’Connell will become only the fourth Irish player to reach the milestone of 100 cap(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell following the team defeat of England in the RBS Six Nations match, likely to be his last ever for Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times 3:42

When a “tall, skinny” Paul O’Connell began his playing days with Young Munster all those years ago few would have genuinely foreseen the career that l(...)

Tommy O’Donnell and Conor Murray in action during the Ireland open training session in Belfast. Photograph:  Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland cannot afford to base their Grand Slam bid on the “past glories” of the 2009 clean sweep, according to Tommy O’Donnell.O’Donnell watched Irel(...)

Ireland’s Simon Geoghegan scores a try against England at Twickenham in 1994 Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Games Ireland won that they might have lost 1994: Ireland was beaten by France 35-15 and then Wales came to Dublin to add a second defeat, this time 1(...)

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(...)

Bath’s director of rugby Mike ford talks to his son George, the outhalf of that club and England. George will have a pivotal position as kicker when England come to Dublin for the Six Nations game on Sunday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty.

Ellery Hanley and his entourage swept out the door. Mike Ford watched the departure of the man voted the greatest British rugby league player of all t(...)

Ronan O’Gara prepares to take a kick in a  Six Nations match with Scotland in 2010. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Former Ireland international rugby player Ronan O’Gara has issued a public apology to his wife Jessica following remarks made on national television (...)

The Gray brothers, Richie and Jonny, singing ‘Flower of Scotland’ before the match against Wales. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

There was no getting away from it all week, and as Mary O’Rourke put it on the Saturday Night Show, somewhat questioning the fuss about that new movin(...)