“If it was up to me, you’d be watching the end of this match from pitch-side, cheering Ireland on through a hole in your throat.”

It’s unbelievable. Ireland are leading the All Blacks by 10 points with 15 minutes to go. But the tension down on the pitch is nothing compared to the(...)

 Toulon’s  Malakai Fekitoa celebrates after scoring a try during the 49-0 win over Clermont in the  French Top 14 clash at  The Mayol Stadium in Toulon. Photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP

Never tell an All Black that an Irish player is better than another All Black. Never suggest a New Zealand rugby player should deny his culture of ‘se(...)

Outhalf Paddy Jackson is with the Ireland squad in Carton House having not travelled to Chicago. Photograph: Shaun Roy/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Jordi Murphy’s torn ACL in his left knee, which will sideline the Leinster flanker for between six and nine months, is the only disappointing legacy f(...)