Keith Earls

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Gareth Anscombe: was denied a perfectly legitimate try against England when it was ruled out by the New Zealand TMO Glenn Newman. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty

Uneasily lay the mantle of favouritism in Paris, and so could be the case again this coming Saturday when Wales pitch up in the Aviva Stadium. Little(...)

Italy have unearthed a gem in fulllback Matteo Minozzi. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rome wasn’t built in a day has rarely seemed more apt in a rugby context, as Conor O’Shea strives to orchestrate an Irish-infused revolution in Italia(...)

 Jacob Stockdale gets past Jayden Hayward of Italy on his way to scoring Ireland’s  eight try at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 56 Italy 19 As ever when playing Italy, another handsome win has to be put in context. Of Ireland’s 37 tries since the start of the 2016 Six (...)

Joe Schmidt: “I think Bundee was probably disappointed with some of his handling at times. He prides himself on looking after the ball and doing it well.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt sees the faults in our stars. As the Ireland coach must.  Mateo Minozzi is eight months older than Jordan Larmour. Sixty-five minute(...)

Ireland’s Jack Conan. In the lead up to Earls’ try Conan instinctively knew to get the ball away from where Italy were honey-potting to where the space existed. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

To rewind or not rewind, that is my question. Three things caught my attention in the Aviva. Lineout tactics, white line fever and new faces but first(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw is treated on the pitch after injuring his shoulder during the Six Nations match against Italy at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The usual tale: one man goes down in agony, another barely recovers to fill the gap. With Robbie Henshaw all but ruled out of this Six Nations, Garry (...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray was named as the official man of the match. Photograph: PA

15 Rob Kearney One knock-on aside he did pretty much everything that was required and will have been disappointed to be denied a certain try after re(...)

 Peter O’Mahony  makes one of his six catches from a  lineout ahead of France’s Yacouba Camara during the Six Nations  match  at the Stade de France in Paris. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Sport’s analysis is about perspective and often a choice of whether to zoom in or zoom out. Ireland’s lineout is an integral component in attacking te(...)

Johnny Sexton  stood above the entire stadium and identified a way to cover the crucial 15 metres Ireland needed to reach the edge of his range to kick the drop-goal. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Sheridan

France didn’t lose the game in Paris, Ireland won it. Both teams can take solace from that. The French were miserly in defence, yet the greasy surfac(...)

Jordan Larmour during training. Skills and kicking coach Richie Murphy said he’s “learning very quickly”. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jordan Larmour is in line to make his Test debut for Ireland against Italy in their Six Nations encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, amid a gro(...)

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