Gerry Thornley

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Iain Henderson and James Ryan: will start together for the first time against New Zealand in the World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Although the Chicago win was the one which finally made history, a few things made the Dublin win seem even better. Firstly, it was on home soil in fr(...)

New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett holds on to South Africa winger Cheslin Kolbe  during the  Rugby World Cup Pool B game at Yokohama International Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The All Blacks. Are there two more evocative, romantic, powerful words in world sport? Is there a team whose name alone can strike as much fear and aw(...)

Keith Earls of Ireland is pushed out over the touchline during the  Rugby World Cup Group A game against  Japan  at the  Shizuoka stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

It doesn’t seem so long ago since Keith Earls was the impressionable young flyer who was almost in awe of some of the established legends in the Irish(...)

Ireland’s Rhys Ruddock scores their third try with a little help from John Ryan and Peter O’Mahony. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 35 Russia 0 Ireland achieved their primary target of a bonus point win, and the huge army of Irish fans gave the players a rousing rendition (...)

Ireland’s head coach Joe Schmidt  with outhalf  Jonathan Sexton at a training session at the Steelers Training Ground in Kobe. “I’m still incredibly positive about this group.”  Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

Whether or not Ireland peaked in their virtually unblemished 2018, last Saturday in Shizuoka was further evidence of how they undoubtedly became the h(...)

Matchday One has come and gone and all is for the best in this best of all worlds. Ireland have tanked Scotland and the bandwagon is starting to pick (...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway celebrates scoring their fourth try with Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton during the Rugby World Cup match against Scotland. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 27 Scotland 3 This bloodless Celtic coup was almost enjoyably boring. Ireland took a firm grip on Pool A, keeping Scotland comfortably a(...)

Pokemon are go

Japan is never boring and always bemusing. If you are planning a visit to Japan, or are there already for the Rugby World Cup, here are my top tips on(...)

Ireland’s James Ryan in action against  Wales in  February  2018 at the Aviva. Gordon D’Arcy, Fiona Coghlan and John O’Sullivan view him as the top northern hemisphere player of the tournament. Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

Gerry Thornley (Rugby Correspondent) Q1 – How far can Ireland go (where does it end)? Ireland are one of several teams that could actually win the w(...)

Jacob Stockdale celebrates his first try against Wales. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Wales 17 Ireland 22 That was a little more like it. Ireland restored a degree of confidence and momentum from what was a much more hard-earned win t(...)

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