Ireland’s Dave Kearney goes off injured in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt made it clear that the decision making of referee Jaco Peyper, or lack thereof, impacted on this 10-9 defeat in Paris. When(...)

Joe Schmidt with Philippe Saint-André and Serge Blanco ahead of Ireland’s clash with France at the World Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

French rugby: exiled from artistry by greed or a coach floundering out of his depth? According to Philippe Saint-André, until the national team become(...)

Peter Meagher (L) and referee Gary Glennon. Photograph: Inpho

The Leinster Branch have publicly supported referee Gary Glennon and initiated an “internal investigation” following a heated on-field argument betwe(...)

Seán O’Brien was suspended after Ireland’s last match with France in the World Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Seán O’Brien stares blankly back at us when asked about being intimidated in Paris. “I don’t think it is intimidating. There is a lot of history. Th(...)

Sean O’Brien and Jonathan Sexton in training at Carton House on Thursday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Three changes for Paris. Simon Zebo (knee) and Keith Earls (suspected concussion) forced a delay in Ireland coach Joe Schmidt naming his to face Fran(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton kicks a penalty against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton, so clearly in agony, only took leave of this Test match after ensuring Ireland regained parity at 16-16. Clearly the success and failu(...)

Ireland’s Sene Naoupu runs in a try against Wales during the Women’s Six Nations clash at Donnybrook. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 21 Wales 3 A familiar-looking pack ultimately delivered a clear-cut victory in the rain but it was Sene Naoupu who provided the spark for I(...)

Ireland’s Sene Naoupu scores a try despite Adi Taviner of Wales Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ireland 21 Wales 3 All told, a serious statement of intent from the defending champions. And a diamond discovered in the process. It was 2011 when (...)

Elise O’Byrne-White will make her debut for Ireland against Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland v Wales Donnybrook, Saturday, 1pm Instead of building on the unexpected Six Nations title Niamh Briggs led Ireland to in 2015 – following on(...)

Mike McCarthy: “If you don’t front up physically, if you come second best you are not going to win the game.” Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Straw clutching down Carton House way. A staid media afternoon before the daunting Welsh opener should not be taken as reflecting the mood in the Ire(...)