Jack Kyle

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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(...)

Ireland’s match against Argentina in 1990 was the first time that the IRFU handed out caps for games against the Pumas. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

What links the names Paul Traynor, Frank O’Driscoll, John Birch and Leo Galvin? All four played in rugby matches against the Argentina national s(...)

Johnny Sexton during Ireland training ahead of the Test series with Australia. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The absence of Ireland captain Rory Best through injury for Ireland’s three match series against Australia that begins with the first test in Brisbane(...)

Stephen Jones of Wales kicks a last minute penalty that drops short of the posts in Cardiff in 2009. Photograph: Inpho

Since the Four Nations became the Five Nations in 1908, and the concept of the Grand Slam was born, Ireland have only reached the Promised Land twice.(...)

 Jack Kyle scores a try against France in  Belfast in 1953.

Dr Jack Kyle was voted Ireland’s greatest ever rugby player in 2002, more than four decades after he had last represented his country. He first playe(...)

Jonathan Sexton carries a heavy burden for Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There was a sharp intake of breath on RTÉ’s morning sports bulletin when it became apparent that Shane Horgan was about to commit an unofficial act of(...)

The oldest school in Belfast is celebrating its 230th anniversary with the help of pupils and eminent alumni. Photograph: Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Whether it is in politics, in the arts, or on the Ireland rugby team, you do not have to look very far to find a Belfast Royal Academy pupil making(...)

Munster’s first Irish captain Jim McCarthy has passed away at the age of 91. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Jim McCarthy, Munster’s first Ireland captain, has passed away aged 91.The great Dolphin flanker won 28 international caps starting in 1948 when he c(...)

Paul O’Connell poses with the new Six Nations trophy alongside fellow captains Thierry Dusautoir of France, Chris Robshaw of England, Sergio Parisse of Italy, Sam Warburton of Wales and Greig Laidlaw of Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

You can’t buy history, and the oldest international tournament in the world, dating back to 1883, returns for the first instalment of a 15-match pr(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton, at today’s launch. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A cross-Border bid for Ireland to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was formally launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter(...)

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