Jacob Stockdale

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Joe Schmidt: a fourth Six Nations title in six years would be a fitting farewell. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

So it begins then, the long goodbye. And it’s not just Joe Schmidt, who is coming into his sixth and last Six Nations as Ireland’s head coach. Ditto (...)

Ireland’s Andrew Porter, Jonathan Sexton, Tadhg Furlong and James Ryan celebrate victory over the All Blacks in 2018. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“It just wouldn’t happen today,” Willie John McBride says on a rainy morning at home in Ballyclare as he explains the vast differences between the gle(...)

 Ulster’s Michael Lowry: “He is an exciting player, he is a confident player, he is a really good footballer with great skills.” Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Pro14: Ulster v Benetton Kick off: 7.35pm. Venue: Kingspan stadium. On TV: Live on Freesports and eirSport. Michael Lowry’s progression from outstan(...)

Jacob Stockdale has scored 12 tries in 13 Test match appearances. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

The jewel in the crown of northern hempisphere rugby - the Six Nations - is nearly upon us. Over six weeks familiar foes will renew old rivalries in (...)

Geordan Murphy: Leicester have beaten Harlequins (35-24) and Gloucester (34-16) in their last two games since they made the Irishman full-time head coach. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Leicester Tigers v Ulster, Welford Road, 3.15 (Live on BT Sport) Ulster stand on the threshold of qualification for the first time in five years, alt(...)

Munster’s Denis Leamy gets tackled by Leo Cullen and Louis Deacon of Leicester in Munster’s Heineken Cup pool defeat in 2007. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pat Howard’s Leicester Tigers stand alone as the only English club team to defeat Munster at Thomond Park in a round six pool match (13-6) in the Hein(...)

Joey Carbery inspired Munster to a comprehensive win over Gloucester at Kingsholm. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

So far, so good. This weekend all four Irish provinces have their destiny in their own hands as they bid to make it into the knockout stages of Europe(...)

Connacht’s Caolin Blade looks set to be included in the Ireland squad for the opening two Six Nations matches. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Caolin Blade, the uncapped 24-year-old Connacht scrumhalf, is set to be included in the Irish squad for their defence of the forthcoming Six Nations w(...)

Racing’s Simon Zebo during the match in Belfast. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland tackled issues on two different fronts on Monday as he commented on Racing 92 winger Simon Zebo’s tweet in the afterma(...)

Jacob Stockdale of Ulster is mobbed by team mates after scoring a try against Racing 92 at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Jacob Stockdale story is only just beginning. 23 years young in April, all he has achieved so far is a Grand Slam and tries. Many, may valuable t(...)

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