Ireland captain Paul O’Connell, playing his 99th international,  blocks down Ben Youngs of England. Photo: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

A final quarter dip by Ireland, or rally from England, may have taken some small sheen off this huge performance and victory, but their compelling sup(...)

Peter O’Mahony gets in ahead of Chris Robshaw in the lineout. Tommy O’Donnell had a hand in a complex move off a lineout shortly after coming on, showing the players’ knowledge of their roles. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Whether you have talent or not, in business or in sport, the most important predictor of success the world over is grit. On 28 minutes Paul O’Connell (...)

Tommy O’Donnell is tackled by Billy Vunipola and Richard Wigglesworth after coming on for Seán O’Brien in Ireland’s 19-9 victory against England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

There have been times in this Six Nations when it has looked like Tommy O’Donnell was doomed to be the one who was one too many. Three games down, he(...)

On your marks: Paul O’Connell will captain Ireland in their decisive tie against England in the Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Once again the stakes are huge. Once again the meeting of last year’s top two finds both countries unbeaten. So come the full-time whistle the winners(...)

Jordi Murphy comes in to replace Jamie Heaslip for Sunday’s Six Nations fixture against England. Photograph: INPHO 4:18

Ireland must be a three-dimensional team to defeat England, said Joe Schmidt, as he contested the assertion that his game plan is “boring, one dimensi(...)

Leinster’s Luke Fitzgerald would love to make the match squad against England on Sunday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Luke Fitzgerald has learned to be less self-critical, the benefit of which can be measured, tangibly, in yet another high-calibre performance, one lib(...)

Munster’s Felix Jones is tackled by Scarlets’ Jordan Williams during their Pro12 clash in  Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli. Photograph: Craig Thomas/Camerasport/Inpho

In the space of 80 minutes in west Wales, Anthony Foley witnessed the good, the bad and the ugly of his Munster side as they salvaged a draw to ensure(...)

Tommy O’Donnell is tackled by Scarlets’ Regan King during Munster’s 25-25 draw. Photograph: Craig Thomas/Inpho

Scarlets 25 Munster 25 A last-gasp try from replacement JJ Hanrahan helped Munster salvage a dramatic 25-25 draw in a see-sawing Guinness PRO12 clash (...)

Ireland’s Tommy O’Donnell is available to play for Munster against Scarlets in Wales today. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

With some international and fringe players coming back from Joe Schmidt’s Irish squad and others returning from injury and illness, Anthony Foley tra(...)

Tommy O’Donnell returns to the Munster starting line up for Saturday’s Pro 12 fixture against Scarlets. (Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer)

Anthony Foley has named eight changes to his Munster side for Saturday’s game away at Scarlets, with the some of the province’s international cohort r(...)