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Ireland celebrate at the full-time whistle  after defeating England  at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2010. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Twickenham. The worst place to lose, but the best place to win. Come the full-time whistle this afternoon the ground will either be reverberating to S(...)

Donnybrook after the flood lights temporarily went out on Friday night. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Nervous energy Anyone who was in any doubt about how seriously Ireland took the threat of Wales on Saturday might have watched the Irish warm-up in L(...)

Cian Healy celebrates his try with Bundee. The score was an incredible insight into the prop’s  energy and ambition. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Wales conceded two penalties in Twickenham but gave away eight at the breakdown in the first half alone against Ireland. All eight were not the same i(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale  scores his side’s fourth try past Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny  during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

Ireland 37 Wales 27 When Peter O’Mahony appeared to have something to say to Gareth Davies in the immediate aftermath of helping Cian Healy burrow ov(...)

 Jacob Stockdale scores the clinching try in overtime. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 37 Wales 27 Ireland and Wales don’t tend to do dull but even by their standards this was a bizarre, rip-roaring, riotous rollercoaster of a g(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton, Jamie Heaslip and Keith Earls with Dan Biggar and Scott Williams of Wales in the Six Nations championship round 4 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff in  March 2017. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jonathan Davies: “I think it’s just ferocious, Paulie. You can hear the hits.” Paul O’Connell: “Absolutely, you can hear ’em, ya.” Davies: “The gasp(...)

Ireland players at the captain’s run in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Once more 2.15pm on a Saturday at Lansdowne Road is Six Nations time. But this will be different from a fortnight ago. The forecast is set fair and th(...)

Ireland’s Bundee Aki takes a picture with his six-year-old daughter Adrianna and members of the extended Aki  family after the victory over South Africa at the Aviva. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Following Bundee Aki’s debut for Ireland last November against South Africa, there was a picture of him with his wife, parents, brothers, cousins and (...)

Wales coach Warren Gatland says  his side will have to target Ireland’s halfbacks Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton in Saturday’s Six Nations encounter. photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wales will attempt to shut down Ireland halfback stars Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray in Saturday’s Six Nations clash in Dublin. Gatland, who this we(...)

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(...)

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