Cian Healy

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 The Ireland team sing the national anthem during the third Test at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

What a season for Irish rugby. A third Grand Slam as well as a Triple Crown, a November clean sweep, Leinster’s European Champions Cup and Guinness Pr(...)

 Ireland players celebrating after  CJ Stander  scores a try against Australia.   Photograph: Craig Golding/Reuters

Australia 16 Ireland 20 There was a time was when Ireland would put up the good fight but generally have their tummies tickled and yet fill the groun(...)

 Tadhg Furlong of Ireland makes a break during the  win in Sydney. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Rob Kearney Brave and dependable. Contested high balls well. Appeared a little hesitant getting across for the Koroibete try. Rating: 5 Keith Earls (...)

Israel Folau takes out Peter O’Mahony in Sydney, earning himself a yellow card. Photograph: Stuart Walmsley/Photosport/Inpho

Australia 16 Ireland 20 So, Irish rugby’s greatest season ever ends in the grandest of manners. A come-from-behind series win in Australia, the first(...)

Niall Scannell during the captain’s run at Allianz Stadium, Sydney ahead of the third Test. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sean Cronin has been cruelly denied the chance to start the third Test series decider against Australia after being ruled out of the game with a grade(...)

Peter O’Mahony will start at number seven on Saturday. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

State Of Play Australia won 18-9 in Brisbane, Ireland responded with a 26-21 victory in Melbourne a week later and so the first ever three match seri(...)

Ireland have named Jack Conan at number eight and Peter O’Mahony at openside flanker. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has made five changes in personnel and also four positional switches to the Irish team for Saturday’s series decider against the Wallabies(...)

Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby: “To win a Test series in the southern hemisphere is a difficult thing to do. We know, we found that out in South Africa”. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This week it’s the Wallabies who are the wounded ones, and will be seeking to atone for what they believe was a sub-par performance, but they won’t be(...)

Dave Kilcoyne has joined the Ireland squad ahead of the final Test against Australia this Saturday. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dave Kilcoyne pitched up to train with the Irish squad in Sydney on Tuesday but his name has not, as yet, been officially added to the 32 players orig(...)

Ireland’s Rob Herring, Jordi Murphy and Rob Kearney celebrate as referee Paul Williams signals a knock on against Australia during the second Test at the AAMI Park in Melbourne. Phogograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland have never been in this position before. Not during or before my time. As Grand Slam champions in 2009, the Lions took most of us to South Af(...)

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