Connacht prop Finlay Bealham (left) has been added to the Ireland bench for Saturday’s Six Nations match against Italy   after Cian Healy was ruled out through injury. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cian Healy’s “mild hamstring strain” is the same muscle that the injury-prone 28-year-old tore off the bone just over a year ago. It means uncapped Au(...)

Rory Best speaking in the huddle. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s been feisty, it’s been mouthy, there’s been plenty of gamesmanship, much of it good-humoured before bordering on unsavoury, and it hasn’t even ki(...)

Eddie Jones has named uncapped Wasps centre Elliot Daly in his 23-man squad for England’s Six Nations clash against Ireland on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Elliot Daly is within touching distance of a first senior cap after being named in England’s matchday squad for the Six Nations game against Ireland a(...)

Simon Easterby: “It’s something that he feels is a strategy to try and get us to change, to do something different or react to it, but we can’t fall into that trap.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Eddie Jones has been having some fun portraying Ireland as one-dimensional purveyors of a kicking game. Following on from his quip about bringing in a(...)

Jared Payne has still not been ruled out of Ireland’s Six Nations clash with England despite sitting out training again. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Irish centre Jared Payne sat out training with the Irish squad yesterday in Carton House, with Irish management no more than hopeful that he will be f(...)

Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby with Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In that typically unfussy and unstated way of his, both as player and coach, Simon Easterby has again become a hugely important figure within the Irel(...)

Michael Kiernan attempts a drop goal over Mark Ring during Ireland-Wales Five Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park in 1987. Ireland won 15-11. Photograph: Simon Bruty/Allsport

Meetings between Ireland and Wales are akin to a two-horse race, but at times over the last two or three decades it’s been easier to pick the winner o(...)

Ireland captain Rory Best at squad training. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Seán O’Brien has emerged as a significant doubt for Ireland’s opening defence of their RBS Six Nations title against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. The(...)

CJ Stander and Stuart McCloskey on their way  to an Ireland training session  at Carton House  on Wednesday. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ireland’s rookie centre Stuart McCloskey can cope with Wales’ ‘Warrenball’ tactics if handed his Test debut in Sunday’s Six Nations opener against Wal(...)

 Ireland’s Johnny Sexton during the Captain’s Run at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on Friday. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Disaster. Johnny Sexton’s injury timeline, according to the Ireland management, is that the 30 year old felt tightness in his groin on Friday after tr(...)