John Cooney

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John Cooney in action against England during the Six Nations game against England at Twickenham. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

John Cooney has come to appreciate that incremental improvements must incorporate the mental as well as the physical in the pursuit of excellence. The(...)

Ian Madigan in action for Bordeaux against Ulster in2017 - he is to join the province on a one-year deal. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

Filling our day the only way we know how. Walked both dogs, separately, took the kids on scooter adventures, separately, before making French toast an(...)

England’s Maro Itoje and James Ryan of Ireland grapple during their  Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 3 match at Twickenham on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Change needed to happen before Twickenham. Now it has to happen before Paris. Nothing wholesale, nothing knee-jerk, but the time has come to reward in(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander loses his jersey in a scuffle with Maro Itoje of England during the Six nations game at Twickenham. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

England 24 Ireland 12 It says everything about this one-sided affair that, in truth, the final scoreline assuredly flattered Ireland, for if either t(...)

A lineout during Ireland’s heavy defeat to England at Twickenham last August. Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images

England v Ireland, Twickenham, Sunday 3pm. On TV: Live on Virgin Media TV and ITV. This should be instructive. Over the course of the pivotal third (...)

 Ireland’s previous visit to Twickenham did not go to plan, but expectations are high ahead of Sunday’s clash. Photograph: Getty Images

After a well deserved week off, the Six Nations returns this weekend, and Ireland are faced with the small matter of a trip to play England at Twicken(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell at Wednesday’s training session at the  IRFU High Performance Centre in  Blanchardstown. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Bono didn’t so much sing as test the Irish waters by riffing some new lyrics. Rugby news first: Andy Farrell’s Ireland head to Twickenham with an unc(...)

 Caelan Doris is likely to be restored to the replacements in the only change to the match-day 23. Photo: Inpho

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it is likely to be the attitude of Andy Farrell and his assistant coaches when he unveils his starting XV and replacements(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway scores a try despite the efforts of Johnny McNicholl of Wales at their Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 2 match at  Aviva Stadium, Dublin last Saturday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Andrew Conway can’t be defined by numbers alone, although there’s no harm in trotting out that he’s crossed for four tries in his last five Test match(...)

CJ Stander was again outstanding for Ireland, winning his second straight man-of-the-match award. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

15 Jordan Larmour Took his try superbly, his ability to slide laterally and strength taking him through some brittle Welsh defence. One superb cleara(...)

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