Jacob Stockdale

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Ireland’s James Ryan in action against  Wales in  February  2018 at the Aviva. Gordon D’Arcy, Fiona Coghlan and John O’Sullivan view him as the top northern hemisphere player of the tournament. Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

Gerry Thornley (Rugby Correspondent) Q1 – How far can Ireland go (where does it end)? Ireland are one of several teams that could actually win the w(...)

Ireland’s defence coach Andy Farrell at a press conference in Yokohama, Japan. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Although the expectation remains that Keith Earls and Rob Kearney will not have fully recovered from quad and calf issues in time for Ireland’s openin(...)

Ulster coach Dan McFarland worked with the Scotland forwards under Gregor Townsend. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dan McFarland’s intimate knowledge of the inner workings of Scottish rugby was accumulated during his time as assistant coach to Gregor Townsend at th(...)

Now, with Scotland in their sights, all that torture has been moulded into something resembling peak performance. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Small island, big dreams. There’s nowhere to hide on this green rock. Six hours cruising in his vintage mustang can have Jacob Stockdale beside Conor (...)

Ireland’s Rob Kearney scores a try against Wales. The fullback is expected to miss the match against Scotland with a hamstring injury. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The best laid plans of men and mice. Already consigned to being without the hamstrung Robbie Henshaw for the opening skirmishes of the 2019 Rugby Worl(...)

Japan’s Luke Thompson during the 2015 Rugby World Cup game against the USA at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, England.  Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Brighton 2015: spot the Kiwi on 83 minutes, having milled Adriaan Strauss off Japanese ball, all but leaning on the shoulder of Harumichi Tatekawa yet(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale celebrates scoring the opening try during the friendly win over Wales in Cardiff. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Tommy Bowe understood how Jacob Stockdale felt after Ireland’s thumping in Twickenham. He had worn that shirt literally and metaphorically at one stag(...)

Ireland’s Josh van der Flier against Wales at the Aviva Stadium in their World Cup warm-up. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s always hard to tell with the pre-World Cup phoney war. Extreme results are commonplace, with even the All Blacks as well as Australia and Ireland(...)

 Joe Schmidt:  “I think the great days have been the ones where the players have done something a little bit special, and you’ve seen players grow.”

Today really does mark the end of an era. The Joe Schmidt era at the Aviva Stadium. Previous eras have taken in a detour to Croke Park and the increas(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale intercepts the ball to score his second against Wales at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Rare is the Irish rugby career that starts with a bang and carries on serenely without a few dips and brickbats along the way. Not even Brian O’Drisco(...)

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