Leinster’s Garry Ringrose looks to offload as he is tackled by Andrew Conway. Photograph: Inpho

Got the email last Wednesday. Filled in the form. Next came my time to arrive on Saturday for a temperature check. All the precautions you would expec(...)

Seán Hanley (left) and his Scoil Bhríde team-mates celebrate defeating Lios na nÓg in the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol finals at Croke Park in 2018. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

I’ve been blessed down the years. Spoiled rotten. So many big games in Croker. As a 12-year-old, I was there when Séamus Darby scored arguably the mo(...)

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(...)

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