Ireland’s scrum-half Conor Murray kicking a box kick against the All Blacks. “All of a sudden the 50/50s that Ireland were winning by kicking and getting the ball back – they weren’t getting it back anymore. Yet they were still doing the same thing.” Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

It’s always interesting to obtain a neutral’s perspective on Ireland’s World Cup campaign, especially one as articulate as Justin Marshall. The 81-tim(...)

The Ireland and New Zealand encounters define the Joe Schmidt era.

Joe Schmidt’s decade in Ireland has yielded unprecedented success ever since Johnny Sexton orchestrated Leinster’s miracle revival against Northampton(...)

Rob Kearney with Bundee Aki, Sam Arnold and Dave Kilcoyne during Ireland training at Carton House.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As befits the reigning Grand Slam champions and the second best team in the world currently, no Irish team has been more consistent over a three-game (...)

It was Warren Gatland’s weekend in Wellington. Photograph: David Davies/PA

We’re all square. Saturday morning’s 24-21 victory in Wellington means the Lions head into next weekend’s final Test match against the All Blacks at (...)

Tana Umaga’s Blues take on the Lions at Eden Park on Wednesday. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

It hasn’t taken long for the bad blood from the 2005 Lions tour to New Zealand to resurface. Granted, this is as much a matter of circumstances as any(...)

Rhys Webb and Conor Murray in action for Wales and Ireland during the Six Nations. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

An intriguing subplot to the Munster-Ospreys Pro12 semi-final at Thomond Park on Saturday week is the duel at scrumhalf. Conor Murray and Rhys Webb ha(...)

Conor Murray faces his main competition for the Lions number nine jersey, Rhys Webb, in Cardiff on Friday night. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Rhys Webb Age: 28. Test Caps: 26 (7 tries) Height: 6’. Weight: 93kg/14st9lbs In the land of scrumhalves Rhys Webb is currently king. And at six foot (...)

Conor Murray’s ability to dart through the smallest gap is not what France are expecting from Murray or Ireland at this moment. Photograph: Inpho

Midway juncture in the Six Nations and Ireland need to deliver against France. Otherwise Cardiff and England’s visit to Dublin will disappoint as we r(...)

All Blacks captain Kieran Read came in for some criticism after his side’s win in Dublin. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

The late American professor and writer EB White once observed “prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray celebrates scoring their third try against the All Blacks in Soldier Field: “He is a physical man. He is big for a nine. That’s what makes him world class.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Flashes of Conor Murray in a game that can never be forgotten. Dominant in the face of the game’s best scrumhalves, the spooked Aaron Smith and the el(...)

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