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 Andy Farrell with Jonathan Sexton ahead of the Russia game at the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

With the dawn of a new era under Andy Farrell, so the winds of change have swept through the Ireland squad for the 2020 Six Nations. It’s a similar st(...)

 Connacht’s Gavin Thornbury wins the lineout ahead of Rory Arnold during their defeat to Toulouse at the  Sportsground.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Gavin Thornbury made 26 tackles in Connacht’s 21-7 Heineken Champions Cup defeat to Toulouse in the Sportsground, an impressive tally for a secondrow,(...)

Ulster fullback Will Addison goes off injured during the Heineken Champions Cup match away to Clermont Auvergne. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

While Ulster have no further update on the injury status of fullback Will Addison or prop Marty Moore, the two players will be sweating as coach Andy (...)

Devin Toner has spoken about being left out of Joe Schmidt’s Rugby World Cup squad. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Toner’s tall tale Nobody wants to flog a dead horse but neither does Devin Toner want the perception to exist that he’s no longer a thoroughbred. Onl(...)

Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey in action against Munster in the Guinness Pro14  at Kingspan Stadium in  Belfast last Friday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The three rounds of festive interpros can be a mixed bag, and certainly didn’t offer much in the way of cheer for Connacht or, ultimately, Munster. Ha(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try against England at Twickenham in 2018. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

March 17th, 2018, Twickenham: England 15 Ireland 24 To put the 2018 Grand Slam in context, Ireland had only ever completed two of them before – in 1(...)

  Leinster’s Dave Kearney in action against Northampton Saints’ Fraser Dingwall in the Heineken Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium earlier in December. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s icebreaker or “stocktake” to give the official title to the 45-man Ireland squad that congregated over a two-day period prior to Christ(...)

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire Cup after the victory over Kerry in he All-Ireland SFC Final replay at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

And so this is 2019. And what have you done? Well, we’ve mostly gone to things, written about them and talked endless hours of guff on the back of th(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell addressing the assembled media at the  National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

Everywhere you go people always ask how good will Andy Farrell be? No-one can ever know for sure, and there’s an element of risk whenever a new head c(...)

The scale of the defeat by the All Blacks in the World Cup quarter-finals ensured the most bountiful decade of all  ended on a decidedly bum note. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

That was the decade that was, and while it may have ended on a thoroughly anti-climactic and even slightly tawdry note, it’s worth reminding ourselves(...)

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