Johnny Sexton

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Ireland’s Johnny Sexton lines up alongside Conor Murray prior to the Pool A win over Samoa. Photograph: Getty Images

For the 34-year-old World Player of the Year this, finally, is the big one. Picked on the bench against Wales in 2011 and ruled out through injury aga(...)

High-performance analyst Vinny Hammond and Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton at the Ireland Rugby press conference in Fukuoka, Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Back in 2002, when they were the 16-year-old half-backs with a touring team from St Mary’s College, Johnny Sexton and Vinny Hammond, one of the Irish (...)

Johnny Sexton muscles over to score one of his two tries against Samoa. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

The Irish squad watched the thrill-a-minute conclusion to the pool stages in Yokohama between Japan and Scotland at their Fukuoka hotel in the knowled(...)

Samoa’s Kane Le’Aupepe  and Chris Vui  tackle Ireland’s Keith Earls  during the  Rugby World Cup Pool A match at  the Hakatanomori Stadium in Fukuoka. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

How should rugby be played? The answer depends in what part of the world or what part of the country you are reading this. But should it? Should we I(...)

Ireland fullback Jordan Larmour  runs with at Samoa’s Alapati Leiua during the Rugby World Cup  Group A game at the Hakatanomori Stadium in Fukuoka. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Ireland 47 Samoa 5 This was timely and reassuring. Save for a few minutes after the double whammy of Samoa’s try and Bundee Aki’s sending off, this b(...)

Tadhg Furlong en-route to scoring his stunning try in Ireland’s win over Samoa. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty

Everybody hurts sometimes. Take comfort in your friends. Andrew Porter began talking about Tadhg Furlong before veering into his own personal struggle(...)

Bundee Aki tackles Samoa’s Ulupano Seuteni, for which he was later sent off. Photograph: Hiroshi Yamamura/EPA

Derek Hegarty, a solicitor and Partner in William Fry’s law firm, will represent Bundee Aki in the player’s impending disciplinary hearing after being(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton impressed in his team’s bonus point win against Samoa at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s 45-7 victory over Samoa was excellent when weighted with the pre-match considerations. The pitch issues, pressure borne of expectation and a(...)

Joey Carbery seemed back to full fitness as Ireland beat Samoa in Fukuoka. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

The contrast in overall mood is stark but Joey Carbery remains the same shade of calm. After defeat to Japan on September 28th Carbery was met in the(...)

Bundee Aki with Robbie Henshaw after Ireland’s win over Samoa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has expressed his sympathy for Bundee Aki in the light of the player’s red card in the 47-5 win over Samoa, and also the hope that he migh(...)

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