Ireland’s Conor Murray puts in a crosskicks which led to Tommy Bowe’s try against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As befits a player who is now 25 and has 29 caps to his name, and is entering the prime years of a career which has the capacity to make him Ireland’s(...)

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 (...)

Richardt Strauss has had a torrid two years of injury and illness but is now back in the Irish set-up. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In Joe Schmidt’s three seasons at Leinster, Richardt Strauss played 77 games for Leinster, a healthy 64 of them from the start. He was indestructible.(...)

Ireland’s Tommy Bowe celebrates scoring his try against South Africa. Photograph: PA Wire

Tommy Bowe has agreed a new long-term deal with the IRFU that will keep him with Ulster until the summer of 2018. The Ireland international, who spent(...)

Ireland  coach Joe Schmidt speaks to his players before the game against South Africa.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

It’s possibly just as well that the Irish defensive system had its late malfunction to allow JP Pietersen in for South Africa’s consolation try. This (...)

Ireland’s Rhys Ruddock makes a break for the tryline with the support of Paul O’Connell during Ireland’s victory over South Africa on Saturday. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Ireland 29 South Africa 15 After the biffing and boshing Ireland took in the second quarter, the 6-3 lead looked a little flimsy and there we(...)

  Ireland’s Jared Payne and Robbie Henshaw combine to tackle Jan Serfontein of South Africa during the game at at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Jared Payne could miss Ireland’s autumn Test against Georgia next weekend after suffering a suspected foot sprain in the 29-15 victory over South Afri(...)

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(...)