Andrew Porter

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Ireland’s Rob Kearney scores a try against Wales. The fullback is expected to miss the match against Scotland with a hamstring injury. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The best laid plans of men and mice. Already consigned to being without the hamstrung Robbie Henshaw for the opening skirmishes of the 2019 Rugby Worl(...)

Andrew Porter with a photograph of his late mum, Wendy, who died when he was just starting secondary school. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The highly personalised array of pictures of the Irish players and management by Dan Sheridan of the Inpho agency, which were displayed in the Irish T(...)

Japan’s Luke Thompson during the 2015 Rugby World Cup game against the USA at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, England.  Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Brighton 2015: spot the Kiwi on 83 minutes, having milled Adriaan Strauss off Japanese ball, all but leaning on the shoulder of Harumichi Tatekawa yet(...)

Ireland’s Rory Best leaves the field to a thunderous ovation after the game against Wales in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 19 Wales 10 On the proviso that Keith Earls’s quadricep injury is as insignificant as initially presumed – and hence, miracle of miracles, no(...)

 Tadhg Furlong scores his side’s second try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 19 Wales 10 Top of the world ma. Not perfect, but much more like it. Far from derailed, Ireland duly completed a deserved double over Wales w(...)

Johnny Sexton starts at outhalf for Ireland this weekend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pivotal Irish halfback duo Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are back together to face Wales on Saturday. Joe Schmidt’s final match as Ireland coach at t(...)

Ireland fullback Will Addison looked as if he could offer the team something different in the match against Wales. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Amid all the many balancing acts that the Ireland coaches would have considered in their deliberations on Sunday, seemingly high among them was physic(...)

Jean Kleyn got the nod ahead of Devin Toner as a specialist tighthead secondrow. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s reasoning for Devin Toner’s exclusion from Ireland’s 31-man World Cup squad is based primarily on scrum power and a belief that Iain Hen(...)

Ireland centre Bundee Aki makes a break during the International match between Wales and Ireland at Principality Stadium  in Cardiff on Saturday. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales 17 Ireland 22 This was far from perfect, but Ireland at least produced a reaction and generated a feel-better factor, if not entirely feel-good(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt: “I think it’s a horrible couple of days. It’s probably the worst couple of days I’ve had in coaching, this time four years ago.” Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Despite a welcome win, Joe Schmidt cut a relatively forlorn figure in his post-match media conference and the cause of his woe is revisiting the task (...)

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