Katie Taylor at the OCI promotion  ‘100 Days to Go’ marking a countdown the European Games. “It’s a huge occasion and I think that in years to come it will be massive for European athletes.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland will send a strong team of 62 to the first edition of the Games in Azerbaijan

Conor Murray: “You do have a game plan and, under any coach, there’s a game plan that you try and follow it as best you can.” Photograph: Inpho

Game plan and orders critical but team not machine-like, says scrumhalf

Robbie Henshaw celebrates with Conor Murray after his try Photo: Inpho/James Crombie

Man-of-the-match employs manoeuvre practised with Conor Murray to deadly effect

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell with his son Paddy following the Six Nations win over England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘Yeah I’d say that’s probably my last home Six Nations match against England’ says Ireland skipper

Tiernan O’Halloran will get his first start of the season at fullback in Sunday’s match at the Sportsground. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Pat Lam calls for improved defence against Treviso in Guinness Pro 12

Denis Hurley  leads Munster for  the third consecutive game when they face Glasgow in Musgrave Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Despite home advantage in Cork, the province know the Scots will be hungry to stay top

Ireland’s Simon Geoghegan scores a try against England at Twickenham in 1994 Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The two teams have served up all sorts of twists and turns in their colourful history

Ireland under-20 winger Stephen Fitzgerald scores his side’s try during the Six Nations game against England at Donnybrook. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tries from Piers O’Connor and Joe Marchant enough for world champions

Munster’s Alan Quinlan wrestles with Leicester’s  Neil Back during the 2002 Heineken Cup final at the  Millennium Stadium in  Cardiff. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Image

Both men part of TV3’s team of pundits for next September’s competition

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