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Munster’s Mike Haley is tackled by Rhys Ruddock of Leinster in last Saturday’s Guinness Pro14 semi-final at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

Munster are not Saracens. No other club team are capable of doing what Saracens do so effectively. The Champions Cup final proved as much. As did last(...)

CJ Stander has recovered from the facial injury he sustained against England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is expected to name 13 of the team that beat the All Blacks last November, with two significant additions in Conor Murray an(...)

When Ireland used Plan B, via Conor Murray’s boot, the officials deemed the line of England blockers to be legal. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

We now know that Plan C is going to be needed. At an event last week the signature performance of Joe Schmidt’s Ireland, so far, was discussed. Beati(...)

England’s Elliot Daly scores a try after a mistake by Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale during the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA

The words pierced through Irish hearts. The song that carries England wherever they roam, booming down from the Aviva’s upper tier, into a happy and g(...)

 Bundee Aki and Ian Henderson celebrate at the final whistle of the autumn international against New Zealand at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

1. Line in the sand – Thou shall not pass New Zealand’s Brodie Retallick with Devin Toner of Ireland during the autumn international at the(...)

Ireland’s Bundee Aki scores a try in their 28-17 victory over Argentina   at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Decisions, decisions. Heading into the big one, the opening skirmishes of this November window have left Joe Schmidt and the Irish coaching and medica(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway scores his side’s first try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Man of match Peter O’Mahony. Not enough tackles (five) and little impact with ball in hand (eight carries for a paltry six metres), coming after many(...)

Ireland’s players celebrate their Grand Slam and Triple Crown success after the win over England at Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt praised his group of “ordinary men” after a brilliant 24-15 win over England secured just a third Grand Slam in the nat(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton, Jamie Heaslip and Keith Earls with Dan Biggar and Scott Williams of Wales in the Six Nations championship round 4 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff in  March 2017. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jonathan Davies: “I think it’s just ferocious, Paulie. You can hear the hits.” Paul O’Connell: “Absolutely, you can hear ’em, ya.” Davies: “The gasp(...)

Bundee Aki and Johnathan Sexton are forming a blossoming relationship for Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“Go left,” Johnny Sexton instructed his scrumhalf. Just before the Conor Murray try, created by Conor Murray, on Saturday Sexton purposely shifted th(...)

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