Johnny Sexton in action against Wales in their Six Nations opener. “On seeing his demeanour on the field last Sunday it looked to me like he was enjoying his rugby again.” Photograph: Getty Images

The well-worn line about doing the jersey justice resonates in the wake of Paul O’Connell’s retirement from rugby. But a genuine tribute to Paulie’s l(...)

Keith Earls sat out Ireland’s training session at carton House on Tuesday. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Ireland squad limited themselves to a run-out of medium intensity for about 45 minutes amid the snow flurries at their Carton House base yesterday(...)

Seán O’Brien took a full part in Ireland’s training session at Carton House on Tuesday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andrew Trimble (shoulder), Simon Zebo (knee) and Johnny Sexton (shoulder) all sat out training at Carton House on Tuesday but are expected to train on(...)

Simon Zebo tries to break free from Welsh tacklers at Aviva Stadium. “Scotland wax lyrical at their man Stuart Hogg but Zebo has better lines and given more opportunity can cut any defence apart.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

So we were all wrong; the toughest 20 days of Joe Schmidt’s journey began yesterday with a draw to Wales; it could have been better but it could have (...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt at the press conference to announce the side to face Wales in the opening Six Nations  game at the Aviva stadium on Sunday. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt began the press conference – only his second media appearance since the 43-20 to Argentina last October – with a positive sp(...)

Munster duo Tommy O’Donnell and CJ Stander both start for Ireland against Wales on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien are the latest senior players ruled out of the opening Six Nations match against a well-stocked Welsh side. The Lei(...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan will be facing Toulon’s Mathieu Bastareaud more often next season when he joins Bordeaux-Bègles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In the face of the ever increasing financial muscle of the French and English clubs, these are challenging times for Irish rugby. But amid a wave of c(...)

Not only does Simon Zebo “put bums on seats”, as Conor Murray said last week, but he sells shirts, as well as scores tries.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Fears that the departure of Ian Madigan and Marty Moore would precipitate further exits have been allayed. The flood has been stemmed to a trickle. (...)

Simon Zebo has signed a new deal at Munster, the IRFU has confirmed. Photo: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Simon Zebo has signed a two year deal that will see him remain with Munster until at least June 2018, the IRFU has confirmed. Zebo is the latest of a(...)

Scrumhalf Conor Murray takes a selfie with young supporters during Ireland’s open training session at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Contract-wrangling used to be a relatively private affair in Irish rugby, with the odd exception. Now, it has managed to find a more public forum as p(...)