Jack Conan

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“Carbery is a wonderfully talented player – possibly the most talented in the Irish squad – but...?” Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

It’s not evident on TV but had Joey Carbery passed the ball on 65:07 instead of kicking it, what might have happened? Carbery did kick and found green(...)

Bundee Aki and Johnathan Sexton are forming a blossoming relationship for Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“Go left,” Johnny Sexton instructed his scrumhalf. Just before the Conor Murray try, created by Conor Murray, on Saturday Sexton purposely shifted th(...)

 Jacob Stockdale gets past Jayden Hayward of Italy on his way to scoring Ireland’s  eight try at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 56 Italy 19 As ever when playing Italy, another handsome win has to be put in context. Of Ireland’s 37 tries since the start of the 2016 Six (...)

Joe Schmidt: “I think Bundee was probably disappointed with some of his handling at times. He prides himself on looking after the ball and doing it well.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt sees the faults in our stars. As the Ireland coach must.  Mateo Minozzi is eight months older than Jordan Larmour. Sixty-five minute(...)

Ireland’s Jack Conan. In the lead up to Earls’ try Conan instinctively knew to get the ball away from where Italy were honey-potting to where the space existed. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

To rewind or not rewind, that is my question. Three things caught my attention in the Aviva. Lineout tactics, white line fever and new faces but first(...)

Robbie Henshaw scores against Italy, injuring his shoulder in the process. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The injury legacy from Ireland’s 56-19 victory over Italy at the Aviva stadium took the gloss off the occasion. Eight tries is a decent return – the p(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw is treated on the pitch after injuring his shoulder during the Six Nations match against Italy at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The usual tale: one man goes down in agony, another barely recovers to fill the gap. With Robbie Henshaw all but ruled out of this Six Nations, Garry (...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray was named as the official man of the match. Photograph: PA

15 Rob Kearney One knock-on aside he did pretty much everything that was required and will have been disappointed to be denied a certain try after re(...)

Jack Conan: “I worked hard in those early years because I knew I was behind other people. I knew I needed to work harder to get where I wanted to go.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jack Conan makes his Six Nations debut today. At 25, he knows he’s not exactly an overnight sensation. Coming from the backrow logjam in Leinster, nev(...)

Keith Earls: will be expecting to be part of a potent Ireland backline against Italy at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 2.15pm. (On TV: Live on TV3 and ITV)   This is an altogether different conundrum. A less lubrica(...)

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