Andrew Porter

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Tadhg Furlong Jonathan Sexton CJ Stander and Bundee Aki celebrate after Saturday’s result Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Not the least extraordinary aspect of the revolution under Joe Schmidt’s watch is not so much how the rest of the world views Irish rugby, but more ho(...)

 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 (...)

Iain Henderson and Dan Leavy pictured in an Irish team huddle at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt only informed the Ireland players today who would face New Zealand on Saturday at the Aviva stadium. Concerns about Dan Lea(...)

Ireland’s Rob Kearney and Jonathan Sexton during training ahead of their Guinness Series meeting with the All Blacks. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Joe Schmidt could make around four changes to the Irish starting line-up for Saturday’s much anticipated meeting with the back-to-back World champions(...)

Devin Toner made a big impact coming off the replacements bench against the Pumas. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Gavin Cummiskey This being the Ireland team we think Joe Schmidt will name, it won’t be the side that takes the field against New Zealand next Saturd(...)

Bundee Aki  scores Ireland’s second  try during the autumn international against Argentina at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Ireland 28 Argentina 17 Conditions were perfect and the Pumas brought much of their A game save for their once famed scrum, but on a night when the h(...)

Jordan Larmour on his way to completing his hat-trick against Italy at Soldier Field in Chicago last week. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jordan Larmour is the latest jewel in Irish rugby. No doubt about it. He has the kind of X-factor to draw comparisons with Luke Fitzgerald and Keith E(...)

Andrew Porter and Jonny Sexton sharing a light-hearted moment during Ireland’s squad training session at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The question remains as to how on earth Ireland follow that. An unbeaten November, a Grand Slam and a comeback series win Down Under was always goin(...)

Ireland’s Sean Cronin  celebrates with Rhys Ruddock, right, after scoring in their victory over  Italy on Saturday in  Chicago. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/AP Photo

Time was when Ireland used to tango with Argentina on a fairly regular basis, so much so it prompted the former Ireland manager Brian O’Brien to liken(...)

Ireland’s Luke McGrath running in to score his side’s second try at Solider Field, Chicago. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

IRELAND 54 ITALY 7 As befitted a half-empty stadium, this could be considered as either a glass half-full or half-empty performance. A slightly curi(...)

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