Ireland’s Simon Zebo goes over for a tryagainst Australia in Dublin in November. Photograph: Colm O’Neill / Inpho

It’s the little things, Gavin Cummiskey on three wins from three for Joe Schmidt’s men

France’s Sebastien Vahaamahina on the charge. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The choke tackle in all its glory - Gavin Cummiskey recalls the night Ireland held on in France

French referee Romain Poite shows Charlie Matthews of Harlequins a yellow card late in the clash against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium. Photo:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Conor O’Shea left frustrated by referee Romain Poite’s big decisions

Leinster’s most effective ball-carrier Jamie Heaslip is tackled by Matt Hopper of Harlequins. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Province move closer to European Champions Cup qualification but fail to convince

Leinster flanker Rhys Ruddock leaves the pitch with his right arm in a sling following the European Champions Cup win over Saracens. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster flanker suffers another setback after shipping knock in victory over Harlequins

The general consensus in schools is ‘no supplements allowed’ but the temptation remains for those unlikely to experience this level of competition again. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

The Irish Sports Council say schools are ‘a law unto themselves’

Munster’s CJ Stander on the attack against Clermont Auvergne in Thomond Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Clermont drew enough blood in Thomond to finish job at home

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt: “I don’t know of any positive results during my time . . .” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland coach also does not feel legal supplement are being abused at any level

Philips Manager of the Year Joe Schmidt with his award following the ceremony at the Shelbourne Hotel: “It’s humbling because of the competition that is here today.”

Kiwi becomes the only foreign rugby coach to claim Irish Sports Manager of the Year award

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