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Last Wednesday week’s dry run for the first Test between the South African As and the Lions was perhaps not only a foretaste of what’s to come but als(...)

Ireland prop Tom Court was visiting his parents in Brisbane in 2013 when he was called up as a replacement for the Lions Tour in Australia. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There will be an expectation in Wales that representation in the Lions squad to tour South Africa this summer will reflect the 2021 Six Nations Champi(...)

It is nearly decision time for Warren Gatland. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Gerry Thornley The parameters are different from four years ago. Back then, in those wild, crazy, pre-pandemic days, Warren Gatland was permitted to (...)

Bundee Aki leaves the field after being shown a red card by referee Mathieu Raynal for a high tackle on England’s Billy Vunipola during the  Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Bundee Aki is set to miss Connacht’s Challenge Cup last-16 tie away to Leicester on April 3rd after he was handed a four-match ban following his high (...)

Johnny Sexton, Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki celebrate Ireland’s 32-18 win over England at the Aviva stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

If there was an ideal time for Ireland to produce their best performance of the tournament, then no better moment than against England at home and on (...)

 Billy Vunipola, Owen Farrell and Tom Curry celebrate England’s victory over France. Photograph: Getty Images

Nobody expected Matt Proudfoot’s answer to a question about Tom Curry’s potential to include the magic word: McCaw. But it did. The England forwards (...)

CJ Stander carries the ball during the Ireland captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium on Friday ahead of the Six Nations game  against England. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland v England, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 4.45 – Live on Virgin Media 1, ITV 1 or follow on The Irish Times liveblog from 4.15 In keeping with thes(...)

James Ryan in action during the Ireland training session at the IRFU High Performance Centre in  Blanchardstown. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The spectre of concussions has haunted this year’s Six Nations, with a sobering number of players suffering head injuries and requiring HIA’s during t(...)

England have added props Kyle Sinckler and Mako Vunipola to their squad for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Italy. Photograph: PA

Mako Vunipola has declared himself ready to answer England’s call as Eddie Jones considers throwing another of his rusty Saracens contingent in at the(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes shows Ireland flanker Peter O’Mahony a red card during the Six nations game against Wales at the Principality Stadium  in Cardiff. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Jotting down a few words on Saturday evening, I noted how enjoyable and exciting the rugby had been. By 5pm on Sunday all had changed, utterly. Cardi(...)

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