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England’s Joe Cokasaniga scores his side’s first try of the game against Ireland during the World Cup warm-up clash at Twickenham, London. Photograph: David Davies/PA

England 57 Ireland 15 True, it was the first hit out of the season for all but three of the side. They were in warm-weather training in Portugal unti(...)

Seán O’Brien leaves the pitch after breaking his arm against Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“He’s a stubborn man,” says Joe Schmidt admiringly. To get to the point where such words seem appropriate seems no place to be. Headstrong. Unshakable(...)

Scott Fardy: the Australian international  will play his  first competitive match for Leinster

Dragons v Leinster, Rodney Parade (3.15, live on Sky Sports) James Ryan will emulate Brian O’Driscoll if he is called from the bench in Wales in tha(...)

Joey Carbery gets his first Leinster start since last November when his side face Edinburgh on Friday night. Photograph: Inpho/Gary Carr

Johnny Sexton remained with Ireland this week and will not take part in Leinster’s game against Edinburgh on Friday night in the RDS. But Leinster coa(...)

Ireland’s Craig Gilroy goes after a loose ball at the Stadio Olimpico. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Nine tries to one with two hat-tricks. Craig Gilroy scored his between the 68th minute and full time, which is one try every four minutes. And there w(...)

Conor Murray and  Ben Smith compete  during Saturday’s clash:  “Having lost 21-9, I was troubled with how to frame such a brutal Test match.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honour of triumph, a tumultuous parade. The conquerors rode in a trium(...)

Ireland players Rob Kearney (left) and Jamie Heaslip celebrate following their 40-29 victory over New Zealand. Photograph: Getty

Ireland 40 New Zealand 29 Finally. As Rory Best declared in his on-field post-match interview at a rowdy Soldier Field in Chicago, it’s been a long(...)

Seán O’Brien and Peter O’Mahony could have a big impact against the All Blacks if they are introduced from the bench. Photograph: Marcus Sheridan/Inpho

O Captain! My Captain! – Walt Whitman’s iconic poem about the untimely demise of American president Abraham Lincoln comes to mind. Oh Captain! My Cap(...)