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Republic of Ireland midfielder Alan Judge in training. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

If Irish supporters had never heard of Alan Judge before June 2nd, 2018 they surely would have become an instant hero that day. The Dubliner came on w(...)

Jean Kleyn and James Ryan are two of Ireland’s secondrow options. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Pool A Ireland Backs: Conor Murray, Luke McGrath, Johnny Sexton, Joey Carbery, Jack Carty, Bundee Aki, Robbie Henshaw, Garry Ringrose, Chris Farrell(...)

Manu Tuilagi celebrates a try against Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Pool C England - 3rd (9-2) France - 8th (33-1) Argentina - 11th (40-1) USA - 14th (1500-1) Tonga - 15th (1000-1) The Contenders England’s dismantli(...)

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose in full flight against the USA at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland 54 USA 17 When you know how to win, you know how to win. Ireland haven’t always had it easy this November, but invariably have found way(...)

USA’s Ryan Matyas celebrates with teammates after scoring a try against the Maori All Blacks in Chicago on November 3rd. Photograph: Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The USA, World Rugby’s giant bagel with cream cheese. Taking a bite has become CEO Brett Gosper’s favourite eating binge fantasy. Munster recently an(...)

Ireland’s Sam Arnold during training ahead of the Guinness Series meeting with the USA in Dublin on Saturday. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt is expected to name an entirely new starting XV at lunchtime on Thursday for the final game of this month’s Guinness Series and, indeed, t(...)

A general view of Ireland training ahead of the final Guinness Series meeting with the USA. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

One of the healthiest aspects of this Irish squad, in addition to its winning habit and much else besides, is that it has never looked more difficult (...)

Finlay Bealham, Niall Scannell and Dave Kilcoyne during Ireland training ahead of the Guinness Series clash with the USA. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This week Niall Scannell’s head is in the USA, his soul is in Munster and his heart beats with Ireland. That’s just the natural lie of the land for th(...)

Ireland’s Jack Conan during training ahead of the Guinness Series clash with the USA. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jack Conan is far from self pity. But you can feel his pain. He’s been doing what he can, doing a fine job. But sometimes the rugby life deals you a h(...)

 Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Brooke Koepka attend the press conference of the losing USA team after Europe won the Ryder Cup  at Le Golf National in Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris. Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP

When the USA hit the ground on a final day of falling to earth after trailing 10-6 into the singles, the impact was hard and the debris scattered far(...)

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