Munster’s Ben Healy was the hero on Saturday in Wales. Photograph: Inpho

The 2020/21 season is going well if . . . After watching events unfold at the RDS on Friday we envisaged Andy Farrell’s Ireland squad for Paris conta(...)

The Highlanders celebrate after bryn Gatland’s last minute drop goal gave them victory over the Chiefs. Photograph: Marty Melville/Getty/AFP

Otago Highlanders 28 Waikato Chiefs 27 Replacement Bryn Gatland slotted a 79th minute drop goal to give the Otago Highlanders a 28-27 victory over hi(...)

The Ireland and New Zealand encounters define the Joe Schmidt era.

Joe Schmidt’s decade in Ireland has yielded unprecedented success ever since Johnny Sexton orchestrated Leinster’s miracle revival against Northampton(...)

Joey Carbery: he  had been earmarked for this World Cup in part because he also covered full-back and at a push the role of third choice scrum-half

Nobody died, but it sure as hell felt like someone had. Everyone being dressed in black maybe added to the funereal atmosphere. The news had broken ea(...)

Joey Carbery  is taken off the field injured during the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Certitude: the best-laid plans will be ripped asunder as the 2019 World Cup becomes an event based on durability rather than ability. Who can smile t(...)

Joey Carbery of Ireland reacts as he receives medical attention prior to being taken off. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Ireland 29 Italy 10 - the winners and losers This was shaping into the easiest analysis piece to write: Joey Carbery rips open the debate about pilla(...)

 Johnny Sexton claps England’s Owen Farrell off the pitch following the home defeat in the Six Nations which inflicted significant psychological damage on Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Rugby Championship is making for somewhat uncomfortable viewing from this side of the global spectrum. Having provided all four semi-finalists at (...)

 Billy Vunipola of Saracens  during the English Premiership  match against  Bristol  at Ashton Gate. Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Billy Vunipola has been warned about his future conduct by Saracens after his online support for the Australia fullback Israel Folau, who has been ser(...)

New Zealand winger Jordie Barrett collects the high ball ahead of Jayden Hayward of Italy to score a try during the autumn international at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Italy 3 New Zealand 66 The All Blacks bounced back from their defeat to Ireland in Dublin by punishing Italy in a 10-try hammering at the Stadio Olim(...)

 Jonathan Sexton celebrates as New Zealand’s Ben Smith is forced into touch late on at the Aviva.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpoh

Ireland 16 New Zealand 9 So much for having to score at least four tries to beat the New Zealand. In beating the back-to-back world champions for a (...)

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