Leinster team doctor John Ryan with coach Stuart Lancaster. File photograph: Inpho

As an Everton fan, Leo Cullen can joke about the English Premier League season ending without Liverpool being declared champions for the first time in(...)

Barry Daly makes a break for Leinster against BenettonGuinness at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Barry Daly’s rugby career could bring to mind the popular board game, ‘Snakes and Ladders,’ a volatile sequence of ups and downs. The 27-year-old Lein(...)

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(...)

England’s Maro Itoje  scuffles with Ireland’s James Ryan and CJ Stander. Itoje was everywhere, his hands all over the fixture and he wasn’t alone. What a quality athlete and rugby player England have in their No 4 jersey.  Photograph: David Davies/PA

From the start, England laid their cards on the table. Electing for a split kick-off, with number eight Tom Curry sitting in behind George Ford, the o(...)

Tom Curry of England makes a typical break during the victory over Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

On one of those excruciating Twickenham days, beneath it all was Tom Curry and Sam Underhill, the ghost and the darkness of English rugby. Remember A(...)

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 (...)

Jacob Stockdale has impressed so far in this year’s Six Nations with some trademark big carries. Photograph:   Warren Little/Getty Images

15 Jordan Larmour (Leinster) Age: 22 Height: 5’ 10” Weight: 87kg (13st, 7lbs) Caps: 23 Combined with his outside backs well to run the ball against W(...)

 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(...)

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