Billy Burns

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Caelan Doris starts for Leinster against Ulster on Friday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Rainbow Cup: Leinster v Ulster Kick-off: 8.15, Friday. Venue: RDs. On TV: Live on Eir Sport. Caelan Doris and Jimmy O’Brien are back from injuries t(...)

Ulster’s John Cooney celebrate after scoring a try in the Challenge Cup quarter-final against Northampton at  Franklin’s Gardens. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Northampton 27 Ulster 35 In a fascinating match that ebbed and flowed, it was Ulster’s power game and maturity that ultimately took them to the semi-(...)

Ulster’s Alan O’Connor is tackled by Jack Kenningham of Harlequins during the European  Challenge Cup round of 16 game at  Twickenham Stoop. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Alan O’Connor’s value to Ulster is calculable, measured not only in the consistent excellence of performance but also in leadership that inspires thos(...)

Jacob Stockdale has been recalled to the Ireland team for the Six Nations match against England on Saturday. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Six Nations: Ireland v England Kick-off: 4.45pm, Saturday. Venue: Aviva Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 4.15pm. On TV:(...)

Referee Romain Poite awards Ireland a late penalty during the Six Nations game against Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The huge sense of relief could be felt all the way from Murrayfield. Thanks to a mighty maximum-pressure penalty from Johnny Sexton, Ireland snatched(...)

Scotland’s  Chris Harris, Ireland’s  Keith Earls and Scotland’s fullback Stuart Hogg  compete for the ball in the build-up to Ireland’s first try during the Six Nations clash at Murrayfield. Photograph:  Stu Forster/AFP/Getty

Seemingly in control for the most part, then dragged into a harum-scarum endgame and finally indebted to a 77th minute penalty by Johnny Sexton in a g(...)

 Jacob Stockdale makes a break for Ulster against Dragons. The Ulster fullback has stormed back from injury, looking closer to his scintillating best more than any time since 2018. Photograph: Ryan Hiscott/Inpho

Heretofore, loyalty shown by Ireland coach Andy Farrell has been admirable. Billy Burns flunks the last play against Wales, and Ireland lose, yet Farr(...)

 Johnny Sexton played a key role in Ireland’s win over Scotland. Photograph: Inpho

No head shaking in disgust or killer stare at the coaching box, Ireland’s captain went all 80 minutes to deliver when it really mattered. Johnny Sex(...)

Rob Herring starts in place of Leinster’s dynamic young hooker Rónan Kelleher. File photograph: Inpho

What does success look like for Ireland? “Two wins and two good performances,” said Andy Farrell, the national head coach, on announcing the squad to(...)

Jamison Gibson-Park starts at scrumhalf for Ireland against Scotland on Sunday. File photograph: Inpho

Jamison Gibson-Park has been retained ahead of the fit-again Conor Murray for Ireland’s Six Nations clash with Scotland this Sunday. Following the wi(...)

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