Jared Payne

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Chris Farrell and Bundee Aki team up for the third time in the centre at Murrayfield today. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

He steps out and he steps in again. The next time Christy Moore entertains the Irish squad, as he’s done before, Lanigan’s Ball would seem particularl(...)

England’s Jonny May competes for the ball with Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray  during the Guinness Six Nations match at Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Stick or twist? Stick, for sure. An Irish team that had won 18 of its previous 19 matches – something which was beyond the realms of possibility for a(...)

Robbie Henshaw starts at fullback for Ireland in their Six Nations opener. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

On top of the surprise selection of Robbie Henshaw at fullback instead of Rob Kearney and Josh van der Flier at openside ahead of Seán O’Brien the Ire(...)

Robbie Henshaw is expected to move from centre to fullback against England this weekend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There are strong indications that Ireland will play Robbie Henshaw at fullback against England on Saturday in the Six Nations opener at the Aviva stad(...)

Simon Zebo in action for Racing 92 against Ulster. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As Ireland look towards the Six Nations Championship and Rugby World Cup, Simon Zebo has had zero contact with Irish coach Joe Schmidt. The Racing 92 (...)

Ulster’s Alan O’Connor is available to face Leinster at the RDS. Photograph: Inpho

When it comes to grim away records, Ulster cannot hide from the fact that making a trip to Dublin has consistently meant for them in both regulation s(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try despite the attempts of Damian McKenzie and Aaron Smith of New Zealand to stop him during the November international series at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Jacob Stockdale might be the deadliest finisher in European rugby but he reflects on his remarkable year with a light touch. The Ulster winger was the(...)

An injured Gordon D’Arcy  during Ireland’s Guinness Series clash with Australia in November 2014.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Memory lane and a cautionary tale rolled into one. After the November series in 2014 I decided to put all my efforts into making the World Cup squad. (...)

Joe Schmidt with Ulster coach Jared Payne at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The hottest topic in Irish rugby was, unsurprisingly, still high on the agenda as Ulster assistant coach Jared Payne and hooker Rob Herring gave their(...)

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