Mathieu Raynal

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Ireland’s Johnny Sexton salutes the fans after being substituted with 10 minutes to go. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Johnny Sexton runs the Ireland team now and he wants the messaging to be clear. He feels, since the misery of 2019, too much blame is being passed aro(...)

Last weekend, it seemed like Johnny Sexton was trying too hard not to annoy Mathieu Raynal. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Perhaps the main reservation about Johnny Sexton being made Irish captain was his history with referees. Let’s just say his on-field relationship with(...)

Caelan Doris leaves the field after suffering an early concussion on his home debut against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When the dust has fully settled on this Six Nations, last weekend’s match against Scotland match will, unfortunately, be remembered for two awful conc(...)

Garry Ringrose’s departure had a major impact on Ireland’s attack against Scotland. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Attrition remains Farrell’s true enemy Four bodies per game. The rate of attrition for this Six Nations has been set. If Dave Kilcoyne and Caelan Dor(...)

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose is tackled by Adam Hastings of Scotland in their Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 1 match at Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

I won’t lie. I went to the Aviva stadium on Saturday for one reason only: to watch Caelan Doris for 80 minutes. Could his arrival open up the 70 metr(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale us upended by Scotland’s Ali Price and Nick Haining. Photo: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

15 Jordan Larmour The backfield freedom suits him. As does a new licence to attack with 19 runs for 138 metres. Danced into space before taking on a(...)

Ireland scrumhalf John Cooney makes a vital tackle on his Scottish counterpart  Ali Price late on in the Six Nations game at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

The pre-match debate with regard to who should be Ireland’s first-choice scrumhalf continues on the evidence of the 80 minutes against Scotland. In un(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale is upended. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 19 Scotland 12 The dawn of the Andy Farrell era yielded a win, which leaves everything else in the shade, if not quite in the manner hoped or(...)

Munster’s chances of reaching the knockout stages are improbable, but just about possible. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The 2020 Six Nations Championship is creeping ever close, and with it the dawn of a new era for Irish rugby. But before Ireland can take centre stage,(...)

Tempers flare between Munster and Saracens. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster team doctor Jamie Kearns will serve a three-week touchline for his role in the 30-man brawl which was sparked during the province’s 15-6 defea(...)

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