Gordon D Arcy

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Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton dejected after defeat in Cardiff. ‘The frustrations are real. You can see it on senior players’ faces.’ Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Doubt has forever been the nemesis of confidence. Steve Hansen’s comment from November came into my mind last Saturday in Cardiff. Steve was very ser(...)

 George North of Wales scores the first try during the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff in March  2017. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

There is a bus story from 2005 that Mike Ruddock likes to tell and retell, as is his right forever more. “I remember talking to Reggie Corrigan about(...)

Joe Schmidt is going into his final Six Nations match as Ireland coach. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

In the protracted build-up to the 2019 Six Nations, it always seemed likely Saturday’s clash between Ireland and Wales in Cardiff would decide the des(...)

Johnny Sexton of Ireland is tackled by Kieran Read of New Zealand. Both players emphatically rejected proposal of a new World League.  Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

The system, quite clearly, is broken. What’s blindingly obvious is the need to establish a global calendar before any World League and lucrative broa(...)

 Scotland’s Finn Russell in action during the Guinness Six Nations Championship match between Scotland and Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Finn Russell. His very name immediately polarises opinion. Many see him as too unpredictable, too unreliable. Others adore his dashing style of outhal(...)

 Ireland may win the Six Nations but back-to-back Grand Slams are unlikely.

Gerry Thornley Who will win/will there be a Grand Slam? Ireland are the most efficient and dependable machine, although whether this biennial schedu(...)

Conor O’Brien celebrates his try against Ulster. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Conor O’Brien is on the cusp of realising a childhood dream to play for Leinster in the Heineken Champions Cup. The likelihood is Leo Cullen will regi(...)

Bundee Aki: will be the focus of special attention  when Ireland take on the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Johnny Sexton is arguably the greatest and definitely the crankiest in Ireland’s celebrated lineage of outhalves. Every so often, the commentators wi(...)

For Ireland, Saturday’s Test match against the All Blacks will bring about the usual feelings of trepidation, metered with a certain degree of confide(...)

Robbie Henshaw during training at Carton House ahead of Ireland’s clash with Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As Joe Schmidt looks to broaden his options at fullback this month, with Jordan Larmour, Andrew Conway and Will Addison all potential candidates, it’s(...)

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