Tadhg Beirne will make his Six Nations debut against Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

15 Rob Kearney (Leinster) Age: 32 Height: 6’2” Weight: 95kg (14st 13lb) Caps: 89 Kearney was a concerning late withdrawal against France, but his repl(...)

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose attempts to tackle George North of Wales during the defeat at the Principality Stadium in 2017. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s a relatively minor glitch in the gilded Joe Schmidt era. It only amounts to two defeats. But in his six seasons as head coach, during which tim(...)

A dejected France’s Demba Bamba after the Six Nations game against Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The carnage continued over the weekend and we are now almost becoming immune to it. Already suffering something of an injury crisis, including the in(...)

Jack Conan and Guilhem Guirado in action during Ireland’s win over France at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Yes, but is it good enough to beat Wales? The glass half full. Again. The fans happy to drink from it. Again. But as Joe Schmidt observed, Wales are “(...)

Jonathan Sexton celebrates scoring Ireland's second try of the game with Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose and Conor Murray. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Crisis, what crisis? Ireland may not ultimately retain their Guinness Six Nations title, but they found much of what they were looking for in Sunday’s(...)

Ireland’s wing, Keith Earls,  runs in their fourth try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and France at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP

The old adage that “forwards win matches and backs decide by how match” might have left Ireland’s pack feeling a little shortchanged if they cared to (...)

Ireland’s Keith Earls celebrates his try with CJ Stander and Conor Murray during the Six Nations clash against France. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 26 France 14 With France having found their mojo last time out against Scotland, Ireland put that result in perspective by also finding their(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton celebrates kicking a drop goal to win the game against France in their  Six Nations game at Stade De France in February 2018. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Six Nations: Ireland v France Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Kick-off: Sunday 3pm. On TV: Live on Virgin Media and ITV. Leaving aside stayi(...)

Sean O’Brien: It’s hard to think of him ever being omitted out of choice by either Schmidt or Declan Kidney since establishing himself as a regular in the Irish team in  2011. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Seán O’Brien has seemingly been omitted from the Irish match-day 23 for Sunday’s penultimate Six Nations meeting with France at the Aviva Stadium (kic(...)

CJ Stander has recovered from the facial injury he sustained against England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is expected to name 13 of the team that beat the All Blacks last November, with two significant additions in Conor Murray an(...)

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