Israel Folau training with Wallabies in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

These are exciting times. Back-to-back wins against two of the Southern Hemisphere big three happen about as regularly as Roy Keane avoids a press (...)

Stuart Olding scores Ireland’s final try in an emphatic win over Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. The home side had to show patience but they eventually broke their determined opponents in a high-scoring second half. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 5:37

Job done. There were inaccuracies and missed chances galore in a first half which yielded only three Ian Madigan penalties; the 40 points that followe(...)

Ireland prop forward Dave Kilcoyne tries to burst through the Georgia defence in yesterday’s Test match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan sheridan/Inpho 5:37

There was just a little queasiness around the place at half-time here, the faintest tick-tock of discomfort at the tries Ireland hadn’t scored. They (...)

 Ireland’s Dave Foley charges at the Georgia attack at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Colm O’Neill / Inpho 5:37

David Foley enjoyed a dream debut for Ireland as he was named man of the match in a 49-7 victory over Georgia in Dublin, but the Munster lock believes(...)

 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(...)

Darren Cave in action during Ireland’s training session at Carton House on Friday. The Ulster centre has been named in the side to play Georgia on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 3:55

In from the cold comes Darren Cave, despite losing his centre berth at Ulster to Jared Payne this season, while Munster lock Dave Foley and Leinster f(...)

Rory Best is back running in training after a calf strain but is unlikely to play against Georgia on Sunday. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA

On the premise that Gordon D’Arcy was ruled out of the Ireland team to play South Africa for being unfit to train 10 days before the game, Jared Payne(...)

Rhys Ruddock  breaks off a maul to score Ireland’s first try in the game against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho 5:47

Ireland 29 South Africa 15 There was an elemental beauty to Ireland’s victory, not in the conventional sense of aesthetically pleasing running (...)

Victor Matfield: one of the best lineout operators the world has ever seen. Photograph:Billy Stickland/Inpho

Two weeks ago I spoke of all things Bakkies Botha. Tomorrow he’s back, but before his arrival, we can feast on the brilliance contained within both nu(...)

Jared Payne taking part in the Irish squad’s training session at Carton House, Co. Kildare. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho 5:07

This is going to seem strangely unfamiliar alright. For the first time in a home Test since Ireland beat Italy at Lansdowne Road in April 1999, neithe(...)