Ireland’s Tommy Bowe celebrates his try against South Africa  with Conor Murray, Rhys Ruddock, Richardt Strauss and Tommy O’Donnell. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This business of winning most of the time still takes a bit of getting used to for Irish fans

The Springboks are “coached by the fist-pumping, eye-bulging, table-thumping, shall we say expressive Heyneke Meyer.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

A year on and New Zealand heartbreak lingers. Distraction is the way to avoid a repeat against South Africa.

We’ll miss Brian O’Driscoll’s  magic alright, and another win in Paris is the only fitting end. The real question is, what in hell are we going to do without him? Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Real drama will be in the Green room as we actors click on iPlayer for the Paris matinee

Gordon D’Arcy and his “Castaway” beard during the Ireland rugby squad training session at Carton House in Co Kildare yesterday. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

But will D’Arce be cast away again and baby-face Marshall face bad boy Gats?

Ireland expects: Joe Schmidt expects Australia to pose a stiff “reality chick”. Photograph: Billy Stickland

All things Aussie and Kiwi firmly en vogue and we Irish are prepared: arise and follow Schmidt

Wayne Barnes blows for full-time on Ireland’s Grand Slam victory in Cardiff. Photograph: Alan Betson

A win in Rome against Italy would give the team something to build on and to celebrate

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