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 (...)

Jacob Stockdale scores Ireland’s crucial try against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium.   Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Diamonds are forever – at least the three-man triangle with Tadhg Furlong receiving and Johnny Sexton completing the diamond in behind. Anger is an u(...)

 TJ Perenara leads New Zealand in the haka ahead of the auyumn international against Ireland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

Thirty-five minutes in, Ireland deep in the New Zealand 22 and Kieran Read is genuflecting on one knee as a medic tests his shoulder and arm. The big (...)

The All Blacks perform the haka before facing Ireland at the Aviva two years ago. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Less than a year out from Japan 2019, so much of this month, this week and most of all this coming Saturday at the Aviva Stadium is being viewed in th(...)

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