Adam Byrne

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Leinster’s Jordan Larmour in action against the Dragons: he decorated the eight-try win at home  with another try of his own and one inventive assist. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The back-to-back games are, well, back, and as usual that is the cue for the meaty middle of the season. Following on from these pivotal third- and fo(...)

The detail that went  into the play leading to Conor Murray’s crossfield box kick wiper that could have given Adam Byrne an opening for a try against South Africa is unbelievable.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

According to Clonbur’s John-Joe Holleran, “what God left out even Joe Schmidt won’t put in”. This is relevant to Irish sport as style and game plan is(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale runs in his second try in Saturday’s Guinness Series Test match against Argentina at the  Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 28 Argentina 19 For half an hour it was excellent, and even for the guts of an hour it remained pretty good, but maybe it’s no bad thing that(...)

Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray in action against Argentina. “In the opening half Los Pumas didn’t engage the breakdown, affording Ireland total comfort in possession.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

I’m not overly focused on the detail of Ireland’s victory over Argentina, but instead the detail of the autumn series. Firstly and possibly the great(...)

Ireland’s Adam Byrne eyes Argentina’s Joaquin Tuculet under the dropping ball. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It is not so unusual that a journey’s end becomes a journey’s beginning. A fractured ankle, a torn bicep a dose of syndesmosis (ankle strain) that req(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton shares a joke at the end of the game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Absent friends not missed Was Simon Zebo missed? Was Ian Madigan missed? Was Marty Moore missed? While the IRFU decision not to pick players based ou(...)

Ireland’s Rob Kearney claims a high ball ahead of  Joaquin Tuculet. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Joe Schmidt does warm, on occasion, to the old compare and contrast question. In November 2013, Schmidt’s first formal month as Ireland coach, the All(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton maks the break that led to Jacob Stockdale’s first try. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland 28 Argentina 19 Job done. The final scoreline is more of a testimony to Argentina’s resilience and spirit, as well as qualities, but Ireland (...)

Argentina players celebrate beating Ireland in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in what was the last time the two sides met. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Ireland v Argentina Venue: Aviva Stadium Kick-off: 5.30pm On TV: RTE Two/Sky Sports Main Event, 4.30pm The South African game, á la Chicago a year ag(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton at training ahead of the Test match with Argentina. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

15 Rob Kearney (Leinster) Age: 31 Height: 6’2 Weight: 95kg (14st 13lbs) Caps: 77 Points: 67 A long time out with injury he returned against South Af(...)

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