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Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale celebrates scoring the opening try during the friendly win over Wales in Cardiff. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Tommy Bowe understood how Jacob Stockdale felt after Ireland’s thumping in Twickenham. He had worn that shirt literally and metaphorically at one stag(...)

Ireland Rugby Captain’s Run at Twickenham Stadium on Friday. ‘We’ll be hoping to get out of the game free of injury and I know that Eddie [Jones] will be hoping the same thing with the English lads,’ said head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

World Cup warm-up: England v Ireland Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm. Venue: Twickenham. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin from 2.30pm. On T(...)

Ireland Women’s Rugby coach Adam Griggs: “This is probably the best preparation we can get going into a Six Nations.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Following a disappointing home defeat to the USA last weekend, Ireland Women’s head coach Adam Griggs has made six alterations to his side for this Sa(...)

Eddie Jones: has presided over England’s fall from Six Nations champions last year to fifth place this season. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Eddie Jones retains the backing of the Rugby Football Union despite England’s dismal fifth-place finish in the Six Nations. Ireland were crowned Gra(...)

Co Armagh-born captain Rory Best celebrates after winning the Grand Slam at Twickenham Stadium, London.  Photograph: Paul Harding/PA Wire

Rugby under the green Ireland shirt drew support on Saturday from unionists in the North standing shoulder to shoulder with their nationalist friends (...)

Ireland rugby team’s Jonathan Sexton and Rory Best with the Six Nations trophy and the Triple Crown. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/©INPHO

It was a St Patrick’s Day of days and surely the finest of Ireland’s three Grand Slams. Though it may have snowed on the Irish squad’s planned homecom(...)

Jacob Stockdale of Ireland on his way to touching down his side’s third try during Saturday’s Six Nations match  at Twickenham Stadium. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

We had a plan. We would go deep into enemy territory early on Saturday, take up prime real estate at the bar, The Red Lion on Bleecker Street, as Engl(...)

 England’s Jonathan Joseph celebrates scoring a try in his team’s win over Scotland at Twickenham. Photograph: Reuters

England 61 Scotland 21 England retained their Six Nations crown and registered a record-equalling 18th successive Test victory after Jonathan Joseph (...)

England outhalf Owen Farrell: if he  fails to make it, George Ford will be handed the goal-kicking duties. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

There appear to be two Englands out there, both coached by the same person. The first lot are unbeaten in 17 Tests, still have improvement in them an(...)

The English RFU have no intentions of moving home games outside of Twickenham. Photograph: Getty Images

The financial implications the Rugby Football Union could suffer for moving England matches away from Twickenham to raise the sport’s profile in the c(...)

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