Jamie Heaslip

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Jacob Stockdale scores his memorable try at Twickenham last season. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Eddie Jones likes to amuse himself before matches and it generally manifests itself in the form of a verbal barb or two. The pliable and the unwary ge(...)

Jack Conan  makes a break to set up his side’s first try during the Champions Cup defeat to   Toulouse  at Stade Ernest-Wallon  in Toulouse, France. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Training invariably provides the first indicator that a team is mentally and physically attuned in the week ahead of a match. It takes various shapes (...)

Jacob Stockdale leads the way  for Ireland with 10 tries, including this one against England in this year’s Six Nations.  Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

It’s been an annus mirabilis for Irish rugby, Leinster winning a Champions Cup and Guinness Pro14 double, while the national team produced a Six Natio(...)

UrbanVolt chief executive Kevin Maughan says the recent contract wins were worth a combined seven-figure sum

Energy-saving lighting specialist UrbanVolt has recently signed a series of big contract wins in the US, including with two leading Fortune 500 compan(...)

 Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt with his New Zealand counterpart, Steve Hansen, speaking before the match at the Aviva. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pre-game. Aviva Stadium. As the tracksuited Joe Schmidt strides on to the Lansdowne field the black-suited Steve Hansen hands over an envelope. Brain (...)

New Zealand players perform the Haka on the pitch before the England. It would be best not to sing ‘The Fields of Athenry’ when they come to Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

You couldn’t but fear for England when Twickenham attempted to drown out the Haka with that Chariot tune; the one thing you really don’t need to be do(...)

Rory Best will captain Ireland against Argentina having missed the summer tour of Australia through injury. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rory Best is normally as tough as old boots, and a player who freely admits that unlike injury-prone players he was never encumbered with fast twitch (...)

Andrew Porter and Jonny Sexton sharing a light-hearted moment during Ireland’s squad training session at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The question remains as to how on earth Ireland follow that. An unbeaten November, a Grand Slam and a comeback series win Down Under was always goin(...)

Ireland’s Sean Cronin  celebrates with Rhys Ruddock, right, after scoring in their victory over  Italy on Saturday in  Chicago. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/AP Photo

Time was when Ireland used to tango with Argentina on a fairly regular basis, so much so it prompted the former Ireland manager Brian O’Brien to liken(...)

Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani  tackles Munster’s Rory Scannell, resulting in a red card, during the Heineken Champions Cup match at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Two wildly contrasting spectacles last weekend: Thomond Park provided an ominous sign of where the game could be going while Stade Ernest Wallon was a(...)

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