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Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray at the World Cup welcome ceremony in  Chiba. It is time for the iconic Irish players to deliver. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The veteran Wallaby centre Adam Ashley-Cooper is attending his fourth RWC. When he spoke to the media this week he displayed all his wisdom in succinc(...)

Devin Toner wins a lineout during the Autumn International against New Zealand at the Aviva stadium in November 2018. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

On the Thursday afternoon before the opening game of this year’s Six Nations against England, my phone started to light up. Joe Schmidt had selected R(...)

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(...)

Munster lock Jean Kleyn will make his Ireland debut against Italy on Saturday at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Last chance saloon and new beginnings all rolled into the one Ireland team. Jean Kleyn becomes an official Irishman against Italy on Saturday at the (...)

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(...)

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