Try scorer Sean O’Brien brought badly needed ballast in the ball-carrying. Photograph: Reuters 9:27

After the most unforgettable finale ever to a relatively forgettable tournament, the question is whether the unique circumstances of last Saturday’s s(...)

Robbie Henshaw’s brilliant catch and try was the highlight of Ireland’s  19-9 Six Nations  win over England at the Aviva Stadium on March 1st. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Only two times has Ireland won the Six Nations Championship back to back and you would have had to thumb back the history book pages to 1949 to see th(...)

“Ireland could not cross the line against Wales, even with a maul. We needed referee Wayne Barnes for that. Ireland’s attack was impotent.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

I have coped a bit of “stick” from lots of quarters because I dared to question the attacking system of “St Joseph of Donnybrook”. I have found Irelan(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell and Seán O’Brien react to a decision by referee Wayne Barnes during the Six Nations defeat to Wales at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has outstanding issues with the officiating of Wayne Barnes. Schmidt still believes the English referee’s interpretation, and that (...)

Ireland’s Cian Healy is tackled by Aaron Jarvis of Wales at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Greg Feek has been stressing that Cian Healy has been “chomping at the bit”. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Irish forwards coach Simon Easterby yesterday dropped the broadest of hints that the Irish starting XV and replacements for the Six Nations’ finale a(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes awards a controversial penalty to Wales during the final moments of the Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The contentious, at least from an Irish perspective, match-ending scrum penalty awarded by referee Wayne Barnes to Wales during Saturday’s Six Nations(...)

Sex appeal: Ireland outhalf Johnny Sexton leads a team talk in the huddle during last week’s crunch game against Wales. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Maybe, just maybe, there is indeed a silver lining of some kind to last Saturday’s defeat. Another leading-from-the-front victory, thereby ensuring(...)

Rob Kearney in reflective humour at training camp ahead of the  Scotland game. Photograph: Inpho

There’s a reticence in the Irish camp about looking at the second fence when they are sizing up a jump at the first. Suggesting that viewing Scotland (...)

Referee Wayne Barnes awards a penalty to Wales during the final moments of the game at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Confusion reigned as to the reason for the fateful last penalty of the match at a Welsh scrum at the Millennium Stadium last Saturday. Players, manag(...)

Wales’ Sam Warburton is tackled by Ireland’s Jack McGrath at the Millennium Stadium. Warburton was simply immense in both defence and at the breakdown. Photograph: Crispin Rodbwell/Inpho 6:29

According to Winston Churchill to improve is to change but to be perfect is to change often. With six and a half minutes left Ireland were four point(...)