Gordon Hamilton celebrating  try that nearly gave Ireland victory against Australia. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

A Dave Curtis pass, Jim Staples with the grubber, Jack Clarke bumps David Campese, gathers the ball and passes to Gordon Hamilton who races 40 metres (...)

 Chester Williams of South Africa  during their 1995 Rugby World Cup quarter-final match against Western Samoa in Johannesburg.  File photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The iconic picture from the 1995 World Cup final of Nelson Mandela presenting Francois Pienaar with the William Webb Ellis trophy gifted rugby and Sou(...)

Garry Ringrose at the Ireland Rugby Captain’s Run in the Aviva Stadium on Friday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Rugby World Cup warm-up: Ireland v Wales Venue: Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 2pm. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 1.30pm. (...)

Jacob Stockdale scored a brace of tries in Ireland’s RWC warm-up win over Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland Who are they Defeats to England and Wales in the 2019 Six Nations Championship - and then a galling 57-15 loss to England at Twickenham in A(...)

Joe Schmidt can’t quite put his finger on why Ireland have started this year’s Six Nations so poorly. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ireland’s Icarus complex History regularly parallels the Ireland rugby team with Icarus. Remember those delirious seconds following Gordon Hamilton’s(...)

Ireland’s Ronan O’Gara scores a drop goal in the dying minutes against Wales to secure the 2009 Six Nations title for Ireland. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

One game down in the 2018 Six Nations and already Ireland have had their fill of drama. Johnny Sexton’s drop goal with the last kick of the game to gi(...)

Never again. Every March, when the championship is over, I decide that’s it. I’m ringing the IRFU to ask them to move me to another part of the grou(...)

David Nucifora, IRFU, performance director, is leading the review into Ireland’s World Cup displays. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The post Rugby World Cup (RWC) review into the Irish team performance in Cardiff and London last month will be completed by the end of November. The(...)

One plus for Irish fans is  they’re not French fans, whose team was humiliated on Saturday night. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The four proud provinces stood shoulder to shoulder, as usual. But on a weekend when the rugby lights went out all over Europe, it was the four proud (...)

1991: Ireland’s Gordon Hamilton  is mobbed after scoring a dramatic late try against  Australia at Lansdowne Road during the Rugby World Cup which was largely based in England.

When Ireland played Australia in Dublin in 1991, the dashing scrumhalf Rob Saunders was filmed repeatedly punching himself in order to acclimatise his(...)

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