Jason Cowman

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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 (...)

Ger Carmody (centre) looks on at a fixture against the All Blacks during the British & Irish Lions Tour To New Zealand in 2017. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ger Carmody’s title is Head of Operations at the IRFU, although the colloquial terms, pathfinder or facilitator, perhaps best encapsulates his role. (...)

Some of Ireland’s backroom team of Ger Carmody, Jason Cowman, Willie Bennett, David Hanley, Keith Fox, Dr Ciaran Cosgrave, Dave Revins, Richie Murphy and John Moran pitchside at Solider Field, Chicago in November 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Over the 32 years since the first Rugby World Cup co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia in 1987, nothing has really remained the same. The tournament(...)

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(...)

 Tadhg Furlong scores his side’s second try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 19 Wales 10 Top of the world ma. Not perfect, but much more like it. Far from derailed, Ireland duly completed a deserved double over Wales w(...)

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(...)

Johnny Sexton and Joe Schmidt in discussion during the Ireland training session at Carton House on Tuesday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Okay, we have trust issues. The public with the Irish team. The Irish team with the media. All those fans, who after the match against England had the(...)

Japan players line up for the national anthem before a Pacific Nations Cup match against the United States on Aug. 10, 2019, in Suva, Fiji. Japan have the best schedule of the tier two nations. Photograph:  Kyodo News via Getty Images

The greatest World Cup upset was instantly followed by its cruellest disadvantage. Rewind four years to Japan shocking the game, and reviving Eddie Jo(...)

Rory Best leads a training session with the Emerald Warriors ahead of the Union Cup.

Irish rugby disappears into summer pursued by the obvious and the unknown. The manner of Ireland’s defeat in Cardiff over St Patrick’s weekend lingers(...)

Peter O’Mahony, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy and Jonathan Sexton at Ireland rugby squad training in Carton House, Co Kildare on Tuesday.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

What lies beneath will soon be visible. See enforced promotions of Quinn Roux and John Cooney, and the Irish openside flanker merry-go-round. England(...)

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