Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are the most decorated Irish half-back pairing ever in international rugby. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Teams evolve. So it was that when the Grand Slammers of 2009, Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell et al, retired, it turned out not to be the end of t(...)

Munster winger Calvin Nash comes into the Ireland under-20 team. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Italy Under-20 v Ireland Under-20 Stadio Enrico Chersoni, Prato (Friday, 6pm, Irish time) Injuries to captain Jack Kelly and tighthead prop Peter C(...)

James Ryan: inspirational captain led the successful comeback against England at Kingston Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The rugby narrative of the opening 40 minutes of Ireland’s most recent game in the Under-20 Six Nations against England at Kingston Park in Newcastle(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will be seeking to fine-tune Ireland’s game plan in the weeks ahead. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Prior to the World Cup four years ago, Ireland would have traded four warm-up defeats for four wins in the pool stages, and that is exactly what trans(...)

Italy’s Giovambattista Venditti scores his side’s try during the 22-15 victory over Ireland in Rome last year. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

I always tell people I owe my rugby career to the Italians. As a young man, I got in a fight in Bruno’s chipper in Tipperary town and it blosso(...)