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Wales fullback Liam Williams looks set to start the third Test against South Africa. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In the fall-out from the Springboks’ second Test win to set up next Saturday’s series decider, it’s unlikely that Warren Gatland will be in quite the (...)

Bundee Aki: Ireland squad members Aki, Dave Heffernan and Ultan Dillane are all unavailable for Connacht’s Pro14 fixture against Benetton in Treviso on Friday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Bundee Aki, for so long a spiritual leader on the pitch for Connacht, has been temporarily silenced in training this season. The vocal and energetic (...)

What will the Ireland team be for the opening fixture in the 2021 Six Nations?  File photograph: Inpho

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell decided to stick rather than twist in personnel terms when naming his Ireland squad during the week for the start of t(...)

 France’s scrumhalf Antoine Dupont makes a break   during the Six Nations  clash against Ireland at the Stade de France, in Saint Denis,  Paris. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

France 35 Ireland 27 This was an odd, fluctuating affair which was both encouraging from an Irish perspective but also a little sobering. They went (...)

Ireland’s Hugo Keenan in action against Italy in their Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ironically, pitchside at the Aviva for ITV, I cannot see the game properly. I watch, for the most part, on a monitor. Andrew Conway, on the right wing(...)

Munster’s Ben Healy converts a penalty to win the Guinness Pro 14 game against the Scarlets at  Parc y Scarlets. Photograph: Ryan Hiscott/Inpho

The Munster player’s positive test need not be viewed in a negative light. Training is cancelled so all the plans the coach wanted to put in place thi(...)

Connacht veteran John Muldoon celebrates in front of the fans after the  Pro12 final victory over Leinster at Murrayfield in May 2016.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rugby, like sport, is littered with huge one-off upsets, be it Munster beating the All Blacks in 1978, Japan toppling South Africa, France’s two World(...)

Hayden Hyde scores Ireland’s second try during the Under-20 Six Nations match against England at Franklin’s Gardens in February. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Do you reckon Ireland would have been durable enough to complete the Grand Slam at Twickenham on St Patrick’s Day in 2018 without their Auckland bruis(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale is upended. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 19 Scotland 12 The dawn of the Andy Farrell era yielded a win, which leaves everything else in the shade, if not quite in the manner hoped or(...)

Andy Friend: “Not perfect, frustrating, a lot of errors . . .  but we have the five points and we’ll take it and make sure we are better next week.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 24 Southern Kings 12 Preparations for this week’s defining back-to-back Champions Cup fixtures against Gloucester begin in earnest tomorrow (...)

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