Ireland’s Rory Best performs a choke tackle on France’s Rory Kockott during the recent Six Nations game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho 3:06

Chokers, the lot of them.A narrative is all rugby journalists seek on the week of a Test match. A constant now, concussion had a brief run with Mike(...)

Simon Easterby says Ireland play the game by the rules and are not a dangerous side. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 3:06

Irish forwards coach Simon Easterby was loath to be drawn into reacting to Shaun Edwards assertion that the choke tackle is “very dangerous” and a “bl(...)

Tommy O’Donnell gets over the line to score Ireland’s second try against Italy at Stadio Olimpico, Rome. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

The fall from grace, when it happens, can be sudden and unforgiving. Especially in this Ireland squad, under the stern gaze of this head coach Tommy (...)

Ulster hooker Rory Best goes through his paces with the Ireland squad at Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland approach their final Guinness Series Test in ruder health than Joe Schmidt and the management ticket might have envisaged. Saturday’s rendezv(...)

 Ireland’s Dave Kilcoyne scores a try despite the attentions of  David Kacharava of Georgia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/ Inpho 5:37

Ireland 49 Georgia 7 This was always the worry. Even the All Blacks, having been completely redesigned for yesterday’s narrow escape in Murrayf(...)

Tommy O’Donnell has worked hard to regain his Munster and Ireland place. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Tommy O’Donnell had, seemingly, arrived only to disappear just as quickly. Capped on the 2013 summer tour of North America, the 27-year-old Munster o(...)

Ireland and Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne pictured at Carton House ahead of Saturday’s Test match against South Africa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The notion of being patient is a bit of a killer for Dave Kilcoyne primarily because it’s been the attribute most demanded of him in his career, parti(...)

New Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Thoughtful and meticulous for the most part in teasing out his answers, Simon Easterby cuts a relaxed figure in his first official media engagement si(...)

 Ireland Scrum coach Greg Feek (left) and forwards coach Simon Easterby. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Simon Easterby boasts the “ruthless focus” to thrive in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland set-up, according to his Scarlets coaching mentor Nigel Davies. Former G(...)

Former Ireland winger Denis Hickie in Dublin with the “To Big To Miss” advertising board to promote the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: onEdition

This interview with Denis Hickie was to promote next year’s rugby World Cup in England and Wales. We met in the Central Hotel on Exchequer street. It (...)