Jonathan Sexton

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Principality Stadium in Cardiff. There are few if any better places in the world to enjoy a big rugby match. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Descending from the valleys like red-clad wildebeest, they squeeze into Cardiff’s watering holes, cheek by jowl with friend and foe in heady anticipat(...)

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 (...)

Rory Best couldn’t persuade Jaco Peyper to go the TMO to check on a try for  Fekitoa  which was disputed by the home side during the defeat against New Zealand in November 2016. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South African referee Jaco Peyper will take charge of an Ireland Test match for the fourth time when Andy Farrell’s side take on England at Twickenham(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway tackles Wales’ Ken Owens during the match at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Donall Farmer/PA Wire.

Ireland 24 Wales 14 Rumours of Ireland’s demise appear premature. This was only the second game of the Six Nations and only the second game of the An(...)

Conor Murray launches a kick against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. It was one of Ireland’s 29 kicks from open play during the 80 minutes. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s performance in victory over Scotland betrayed the customary signs of rustiness associated with the first game of a tournament following on f(...)

Eddie O’Sullivan, then assistant coach  with Ireland coach Warren Gatland in 2000. He succeeded the Welshman in the role in 2002. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell faces into his first Six Nations looking to infuse belief and momentum into the new regime. The disappointment of the World Cup is large(...)

Josh van der Flier’s status as an Ireland international guaranteed nothing on his return to the province. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Josh van der Flier is content to indulge in some media shtick when reflecting on Jonathan Sexton’s try against Benetton last weekend. The tenet of the(...)

 Rob Kearney has got the nod at fullback to face New Zealand in Saturday’s Rugby World cup quarter-final. Photograph:    Adam Davy/PA Wire

Rugby World Cup quarter-final: New Zealand v Ireland Kick-off: 11.15am Irish time, Saturday. Venue: Tokyo Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liv(...)

Ireland’s Jordan Larmour on his way to scoring a try against Samoa. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

Ireland 47 Samoa 5 Mission accomplished, and with a good deal less drama than might have been expected, not least when Bundee Aki’s 29th-minute red c(...)

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