Aki Farrell

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Ireland’s Chris Farrell is tackled by England’s Maro Itoje during the Autumn Nations Cup match at Twickenham. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty

Shambolic Ireland lineout is a coaching issue Ronán Kelleher has previously flagged his struggles with hitting the jumper at international level. An (...)

Rory Best: all set for a farewell home appearance at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Ulster v Connacht, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Kick-off: 5.35pm. (On TV: Live on eir Sport)   This intriguing first play-off meeting between them(...)

A Connacht  training session in the Sportsground, Galway, before the trip to Glasgow. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors v Connacht, Scotstoun (7.35pm, live on Free Sports) It’s the clash of the second and third placed sides in Conference A table – ther(...)

Kieran Marmion will start for Connacht on Friday night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht scrumhalf Kieran Marmion has returned from injury to take his place in the Connacht side to play Glasgow Warriors in Scotstoun on Friday nigh(...)

Ireland’s Rob Kearney celebrates after beating Scotland in the Six Nations at Murrayfield. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

1. Ringrose-less Ireland lack creativity It was a great win said Shane Jennings. ‘Jenno’ knows the value of realigning a team towards a positive fram(...)

Ultan Dillane and Finlay Bealham both start for Connacht on Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mayo native Dave Heffernan will captain a strong looking Connacht XV as they host Pro14 champions Leinster in the first interpro of the season at the (...)

 Jacob Stockdale scores the clinching try in overtime. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 37 Wales 27 Ireland and Wales don’t tend to do dull but even by their standards this was a bizarre, rip-roaring, riotous rollercoaster of a g(...)

The Irish team during a training session at Carton House this week. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

State of play Ireland’s eagerly-anticipated Six Nations third round encounter against Wales is at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 2.15pm). I(...)

Any potential assumption by Wales that Chris Farrell and Bundee Aki are a smash and bash partnership  will play nicely into their hands. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Might Wales see a weakness in Ireland’s centre partnership? They will note six caps between Bundee Aki and Chris Farrell and a Six Nations debut for t(...)

Conor Murray poses for photos with fans during Ireland’s training session at Buccaneers RFC in Atholone. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Like a bad dream, or witnessing a car crash, Joe Schmidt feared he could see Robbie Henshaw being injured before he grounded the ball and quietly impl(...)

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