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Sean O’Brien: “That’s all up in the air but afterwards, I’d hope to be still in the mix if possible and fit.”

Sean O’Brien admitted that he “shed a few tears” when he made the decision to leave Leinster and take up a three-year contract offer from London Irish(...)

 Rob Kearney is tackled by Scotland’s Rob Harley during the Six Nations victory at Murrayfield in Edinburgh. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rob Kearney bore the sheen of perspiration as he stepped from the warm sunshine and a lively training session against the Ireland Under-20s into an ai(...)

Ciara Mageean on her way to setting a new indoor Irish record in the TG4 Women’s 1,500m of 4:06.78sec during the AIT International Grand Prix. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans... Not the most original intro, only something and everything about that line seems (...)

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose caught by the England defence during the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on February 2nd. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Wire

Garry Ringrose offered a positive prognosis on the hamstring injury that kept him out of Ireland’s Six Nations Championship victory over Scotland at M(...)

Sean O’Brien has agreed a three-year deal with London Irish. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Seán O’Brien has agreed to join London Irish following this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, on a three-year contract reported to be worth €420,000 pe(...)

Referee Nigel Owens speaks to French players Guilhem Guirado and Arthur Iturria in Twickenham. Photograph: EPA

Less leading to more mistakes from officials A pre-tournament directive from World Rugby to reduce the role of the TMO has led to more errors being m(...)

Ireland and England playing in the Guinness Six Nations championship at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Reuters

English rugby fans, who travelled to Dublin for the Six Nations opener against Ireland earlier this month, spent an average of €639 exclusive of trave(...)

England’s Jack Nowell celebrates with try scorer Elliot Daly in their victory over Ireland at the Aviva last weekend. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Six Nations: England v France Kick off: 3pm, Sunday. Venue: Twickenham. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 2.30pm. On TV: Virgin M(...)

Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong with David Denton and Pete Horne of Scotland during last year’s Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Ireland won 28-8. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

One of the issues that spooked Irish players this week was questions about the Rugby World Cup (RWC) later this year. Sensitivities sharpened after de(...)

 Joe Schmidt: The last time he saw Ireland recover from an interval deficit to record a victory was in the  23-17 victory over the Pumas  in Tucumán, Argentina in  2014. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s 23-17 victory over the Pumas at the Estadio Monumental Jose Fiero in Tucumán, Argentina on Saturday, June 14th, 2014 represents a landmark m(...)

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