Tadhg Furlong

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 The Ireland team celebrates winning the Grand Slam. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

They didn’t really need the floodlights on in Twickenham after the game, the smile on Johnny Sexton’s face alone was lighting the place up. It seems s(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray and Joey Carbery celebrate after Ireland beat England to complete the Grand Slam at Twickenham. Photo: WIll Oliver/EPA

Joe Schmidt said he didn’t dare to dream in advance of the game but he no longer has to deal in the hypothetical as his Ireland team claimed a third G(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores his side’s third try during the Six Nations clash with England at Twickenham Stadium, London. Photo: Paul Harding/PA Wire

Ireland’s Grand Slam triumph owes everything to Jacob Stockdale’s record-breaking scoring exploits — but also an unwitting helping hand from Twickenha(...)

 Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale makes history with Ireland’s third  try at Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

England 15 Ireland 24 Ireland sealed the deal in, of all places, Twickenham and on, of all days, St Patrick’s Day to warm the cockles of a sizea(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt at the Ireland squad  Captain’s Run at Twickenham on Friday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

England v Ireland Venue: Twickenham Kick-off: 2.45pm On TV: Live on TV3/UTV/ITV So it really has come to this. How to put it in context? Ireland hav(...)

England players show their dejection at the final whistle after defeat to France in the Six Nations match at the Stade de France, Paris. When Ireland face a fast transitioning team from one side of the pitch in that zone we are vulnerable. Photograph: PA

There are players who are Joe Schmidt players. James Ryan is one, so he gets promoted fast. Others include Rhys Ruddock, Dan Leavy, Devon Toner, Fergu(...)

Tadhg Furlong relaxing at the Irish team’s headquarters at Carton House in Co Kildare yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Watching Ireland players drape themselves over several chaise longue as they await their cue to become temporary ringmasters in the media circus, it’(...)

 Eddie Jones: “When you lose a game of rugby it’s not your ability to play rugby, it’s not your fitness, it’s your ability to mentally come back from the game and that’s being tested at the moment.” Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Eddie Jones, now more than ever, needs a victory. The England coach has travelled this path before, he has brought the ire of many down upon himself, (...)

Ireland’s Rob Kearney was the official man of the match. Photograph: Tom Honan/Irish Times

15 Rob Kearney Awarded man-of-the-match for his performance, it wasn’t without error but it was an excellent display in the main; two clean breaks, t(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores one of his two  tries during the  Six Nations match against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland 28 Scotland 8 So it’s come to this. Ireland can almost reach out and touch it, the Six Nations trophy that is, and for the first time will ha(...)

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