John Cooney

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Ireland’s Johnthan Sexton during the defeat to England at the Aviva. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Slow to change Quite rightly, Joe Schmidt retained faith in the Ireland side which beat the All Blacks for Saturday’s Six Nations opener against Engl(...)

Tadhg Furlong’s progress is halted by the combined tackles from  England’s Mark Wilson and Maro Itoje during the Six Nations clash at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland 20 England 32 This was like a step back in time, akin to the 2003 Grand Slam dunking, or much of the 90s, when juggernaut English teams came (...)

John Cooney scores a late consolation try for Ireland in the Six Nations game against England at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

John Cooney watched the game for 77 minutes wondering if the moment would come; a fifth cap, a first appearance in the Six Nations Championship, a sum(...)

England’s Billy Vunipola attempts to block a kick from Ireland’s Conor Murray. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Ireland will be measured not by how they lost the game but in the manner in which they address and respond to the defeat. Failure, and all that attend(...)

England centre Henry Slade dives over the line to score one of his two tries in the  Six Nations match against Ireland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland 20 England 32 No-one quite saw this coming, and certainly not to this scale, but as good as England were, Ireland were strangely off colour. (...)

Ultan Dillane during Ireland training at Carton House in the build-up to the England Six nations opener. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland play nine Tests, five in the Six Nations and four warm-up games, ahead of this year’s World Cup in Japan. The priority for all those in conten(...)

Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray both start against England on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

What is it? Ireland start off their Six Nations defence against England, the old enemy, and the hosts are hot favourites. All four Irish provinces ar(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has explained the thinking behind his first team announcement of the 2019 Six Nations. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw running as the Ireland fullback has been part of Joe Schmidt’s overall plan for some time now. Rob Kearney’s shocker against the Scarl(...)

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(...)

Maxime Mbanda: ideally suited to the role of flanker and makes an impact in all aspects of that role. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Maxime Mbanda (Italy): Since making his debut against the USA in San Jose in 2016, the Rome-born flanker-cum number eight has accumulated 15 Test appe(...)

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