CJ Stander of Ireland is tackled by Maro Itoje and George Kruis of England during the Six Nations match at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Bad news on CJ Stander. The Ireland number eight is suspected to have suffered a fractured cheekbone and eye socket. He seemingly played 62 minutes wi(...)

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton in training ahead of their Champions Cup meeting with Bath. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Pool 1: Bath v Leinster Kick off: 3.15pm, Saturday. Venue: Recreation Grounds. How to follow: Full coverage on The Irish Times(...)

  Ireland’s players form a guard of honour for New Zealand at the end of the match. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Warning to offshore Kiwis: return home predicting a New Zealand loss at your peril. Definitely don’t do it on national television. The grief! Before(...)

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(...)

New Zealand’s Brodie Retallick winning a lineout ball against England at Twickenham on November 10th. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

There’s no doubt that the All Blacks were missing two of the main cogs in the machine two years ago in Chicago. One was Sam Whitelock and the other wa(...)

For Ireland, Saturday’s Test match against the All Blacks will bring about the usual feelings of trepidation, metered with a certain degree of confide(...)

New Zealand  coach Steve Hansen: “He’s pretty good, Joe, at finding a trick or two, so we’ll be expecting one or two coming our way on Saturday.” Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Steve Hansen and Joe Schmidt, the current and what seems increasingly likely future coach of the All Blacks, conduct business in radically different w(...)

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(...)

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 has become a key player for Ireland since his debut in 2017. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

New Zealanders have never quite known what to make of their own who end up playing against the All Blacks. Kiwis playing against the All Blacks is a (...)

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