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 Ireland’s Conor Murray in action against Scotland. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

No hurry for Murray The Conor Murray problem is exacerbated by the fact it is Conor Murray. When a scrumhalf suffers a dip in form – like Aaron Smith(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try despite the attempts of Damian McKenzie and Aaron Smith of New Zealand to stop him during the November international series at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Jacob Stockdale might be the deadliest finisher in European rugby but he reflects on his remarkable year with a light touch. The Ulster winger was the(...)

Jacob Stockdale gathers his own kick to score  the crucial try against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

“Drop it... like you know. And he did,” says Jacob Stockdale with a great big gurn (not grin) on his face. His thought when Kieran Read stretched to(...)

 Jonathan Sexton celebrates as New Zealand’s Ben Smith is forced into touch late on at the Aviva.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpoh

Ireland 16 New Zealand 9 So much for having to score at least four tries to beat the New Zealand. In beating the back-to-back world champions for a (...)

  Kieran Read (centre) walks out for the New Zealand captain’s run with Joe Moody  and Waisake Naholo at the Aviva stadium on Friday. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

All Blacks captain Kieran Read believes his side will have to deliver “the best performance of their season” in order to beat Ireland at the Aviva sta(...)

All Blacks loosehead Karl Tu’inukuafe. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

15 Damian McKenzie Club: Chiefs Age: 23 Height: 5’9” Weight: 83kg (13st 1lb) Caps: 21 A standout performer at Twickenham, McKenzie’s low-centre of g(...)

Rob Kearney with Bundee Aki, Sam Arnold and Dave Kilcoyne during Ireland training at Carton House.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As befits the reigning Grand Slam champions and the second best team in the world currently, no Irish team has been more consistent over a three-game (...)

Ireland’s frontrow of Tadhg Furlong, Rory Best and Cian Healy. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The waiting is nearly over. On Saturday night the rugby fixture of the year takes place, as Ireland welcome the All Blacks to the Aviva Stadium. It i(...)

Beauden Barrett of New Zealand tackles Sam Underhill of England as he scores a try that was  later disallowed during the autumn international  at Twickenham. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

England 15 New Zealand 16 England fell agonisingly short of toppling New Zealand after a late try by Sam Underhill was controversially ruled out in (...)

 New Zealand’s  Ryan Crotty crosses the line to score the winning try in the last minute of the 2013 clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Look at the All Blacks bench from Sunday, November 24th, 2013. Today’s best player in the world, Beauden Barrett, arrived to cause serious damage. I (...)

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