Jared Payne

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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, scrum coach Greg Feek and defence coach Andy Farrell at a training session in Ichihara Suporeku Park, Tokyo. Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Joe Schmidt and the Irish coaches have rarely had the welcome dilemma of choosing from a full deck in midfield, but in the anticipated absence of Robb(...)

 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(...)

Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne compete for a lineout  during an Ireland training session at Carton House on Thursday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Unbeknownst to each other, Tadhg Beirne and Will Addison come before the gallery in Carton House as potential saviours of this already creaking World (...)

Michael Kiernan celebrates the drop goal that sealed victory over England and a Triple Crown for Ireland in 1985. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland kick-start their preparations for the World Cup in the first of four warm-up games today as they seek to boldly go where no Irish team has eve(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try despite Damian McKenzie and Aaron Smith of New Zealand during the Guinness November Series win over the All Blacks. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The season just gone lingers into the next campaign, and particularly the World Cup, with barely a pause for breath, especially for the players and ba(...)

Munster’s Jean Kleyn tackles Leinster’s Seán Cronin during the Guinness Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It is a testimony to the relatively settled nature of the Irish squad that the 44 players named for the World Cup preparatory camps which commence in (...)

Leinster and Ulster fans show their colours during the Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

What is it about Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final weekend? It very rarely fails to deliver. The four ties over the weekend produced 22 tries and (...)

 Leinster’s Jack Conan  sees off a challenge from Ulster’s John Cooney  in their   Champions Cup quarter-final victory at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Leinster wade into the psychological quicksand Ireland have yet to escape. Largely the same personnel, the burden of favouritism has always weighed he(...)

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(...)

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