Andrew Porter

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Johnny Sexton practices his goal-kicking during the Captain’s Run. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Australia v Ireland, AAMI Park, Melbourne,  8.05pm local time/11.05am Irish time (Live on Sky Sports) A previously all-conquering Irish side go (...)

Australia’s Israel Folau   is tackled by Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton in his side’s 18-9 Test victory on Sunday. Photograph:   Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Ireland could have won in Brisbane, should have is a leap in the air with Israel Folau. That was the difference, the Wallabies’s best players; Folau o(...)

Joe Schmidt: ‘We want to make sure this tour is another building block for what comes in the future.’ Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It is a measure of Irish rugby’s game management system that a near full-strength squad pitched up on the Gold Coast over the weekend in readiness for(...)

Leinster’s James Lowe on his way to scoring a scry in the Pro14 final. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

15 Rob Kearney proved many wrong. A premature narrative framed Carbery and then Larmour as the Leinster and even Ireland fullback in waiting, but Zebo(...)

Leinster’s Isa Nacewa lifts the trophy as he celebrates victory in the Pro14 final over Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium, his final game for the province. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 40 Scarlets 32 And so all that remains to be achieved is a first series win against one of the Southern Hemisphere big three since 1979. A(...)

Leinster’s James Ryan is tackled by Rob Evans of the Scarlets during the Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium in April.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It’s said that sport and politics don’t mix when, patently, that is not the case. In any event, it’s scarcely true of James Ryan. Not only was Ryan bo(...)

Leinster’s Isa Nacewa and Scarlets’s Ken Owens  pose with the Pro14 trophy ar Aviva Stadium ahead of the final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster v Scarlets, Aviva Stadium, Saturday 6pm (Live on TG4 and Sky Sports Action) Sport can be a little cruel at times. Leinster have scaled the h(...)

Isa Nacewa has been named in the Leinster team for Saturday’s Pro14 final. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has confirmed that his captain Isa Nacewa will lead the side out on what will be his 185th and final appearance for the(...)

Scarlets’s Tadhg Beirne in action against Glasgow Warriors in the Pro14 semi-final. The 26-year-old has been called up to the Ireland squad for the tour to Australia. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The windows of opportunity between now and the 2019 World Cup in Japan in 16 months’ time are shrinking, with just this summer’s tour, November’s four(...)

Leinster’s James Lowe offloads to Jack Conan to set up the province’s ir first try against Munster at the RDS, Dublin, on Saturday. Photograph: motgan treacy/inpho

Leinster 16 Munster 15 There have been higher quality instalments of a rivalry like no other in the global game, but few more pulsating as this from (...)

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