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Luke Fitzgerad: suffered a litany of series injuries which curtailed the number of Test caps he won to 35, one more than his dad, Des. Photograph: Alan Betson

Luke Fitzgerald, lost to rugby at 28, was so rare a talent that Leinster signed him to a full professional contract straight from school. Within six (...)

Shane Daly scores Ireland’s second try during the World Rugby Under-20 Championship Final against England at the  AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, Manchester. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

England Under-20 45 Ireland Under-20 21 To England the spoils and no one would quibble with the merit of their success. The rugby they produced to wi(...)

Nigel Carolan: “The synergy in the group feels like it’s a club team or a school team; they’re buddies, they work hard for each other.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Inscribed on A4 sheets of paper in the team room is a rugby philosophy that goes to the heart of Ireland’s remarkable journey to the Under-20 World C(...)

Hooker Adam McBurney has been one of Ireland’s standout players during the  World Rugby U20 Championship. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

World Rugby U20 Championship Final: England v Ireland, AJ Bell Stadium, Manchester, Saturday, 7.0 (Live on TG4, Sky Sports 3) England have conteste(...)

Ireland U20 fullback Jacob Stockdale scores the first try of the World Rugby U20 Championship semi-final against Argentina at Manchester City Academy Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland 37 Argentina 7 The weekend might not have yielded much success for Irish sportsmen on many fronts but the Monday blues were buried by a team (...)

Ireland Under-20 captain returns to the secondrow for Monday’s  World Rugby Under-20 Championships semi-final against Argentina in Manchester. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland under-20 coach Nigel Carolan has made 12 changes to his starting line-up for the World Rugby Under-20 Championships semi-final against Argenti(...)

‘Despite being uncapped for two years, Marshall was so clearly ready to play a Test match in South Africa’ Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Without trying to be controversial or critical in any way of Joe Schmidt and the undoubted impact made by Andy Farrell, this victory belongs to the pl(...)

Ireland celebrate their victory over New Zealand during the Under 20’s Rugby Union World Cup match at the City Academy Stadium, Manchester. Photograph: PA

15 Jacob Stockdale Position: Fullback/Centre/Wing Age: 20 Club: Belfast Harlequins A member of this team last year’s team, this season he has(...)

Ireland fullback  Jacob Stockdale touches down for a try  in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship at  Manchester City Academy Stadium. Photograph: Dave Howarth/Inpho/Camerasport/

Ireland 26 Wales 25 Well, this was some way to start the summer rugby programme as Ireland came from 17-0 down after just 20 minutes to somehow carve(...)

Ireland coach Nigel Carolan takes training ahead of his side’s opening Pool A match against Wales. Photo: Inpho

If the Ireland Under-20 players didn’t appreciate that things had stepped up a notch or two after arriving in Manchester on Thursday for the World Un(...)

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