What will the Ireland team be for the opening fixture in the 2021 Six Nations?  File photograph: Inpho

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell decided to stick rather than twist in personnel terms when naming his Ireland squad during the week for the start of t(...)

Dan Biggar competes for a ball with Jacob Stockdale during last year’s  Six Nations clash at  Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Wales won 25-7 to clinch the Grand Slam.  Photograph:Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Six Nations: Ireland v Wales Kick-off: 2.15pm. Venue: Aviva Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin(...)

Wales’ Justin Tipuric is tackled by Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip and CJ Stander. The back row battle is likely to prove key in Cardiff. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Wales v Ireland   Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Kick-off: 8.05pm. On TV: Live RTÉ Two/BBC One/S4C. Welcome to dastardly, TV-dictated (...)

Ireland rugby squad training in Newport, Wales. Coach Joe Schmidt believes game against France will be decided on tiniest of margins. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This is it then. The World Cup has finally arrived for Ireland and France. From now on, things become altogether more serious. For the winners, a seve(...)