Mike Catt

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Andrew Conway, Caelan Doris and Jacob Stockdale at Ireland’s squad training session at the Sport Ireland campus in Blanchardstown. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The great style debate rumbles on. Japan will have that effect. The Brave Blossoms’ performances over the last two Saturdays, especially in Ireland’s (...)

Leinster’s Harry Byrne has been named in Ireland’s squad for the summer series. File photograph: Paul Walsh/Inpho

As expected, Irish captain Johnny Sexton has been excused from this summer’s two tests at home to Japan and the USA in a 37-man Irish squad named by A(...)

Scott Fardy will make his final Leinster appearance against the Dragons on Friday night. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

Pro14 Rainbow Cup: Friday June 11th, Leinster v Dragons. Venue: RDS Arena, Dublin. Kick-off: 8.15pm. On TV: Live on eir Sport. Leinster’s seasonal fi(...)

Andy Farrell:  instead of the Fijian tour, the IRFU are very close to signing off on two home Tests this summer  against Japan and the United States. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There can be little doubt that the lack of a voice from the Irish coaching ticket, and specifically Andy Farrell, didn’t help the chances of one or tw(...)

Fiji is a possible destination for an Ireland tour this summer. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The IRFU have abandoned plans to re-route some of their proposed summer tour to Australia and are instead exploring the feasibility of pressing ahead (...)

Keith Earls scores for Ireland in their Six Nations win over England. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Last Saturday’s comprehensive drubbing of the old enemy was greeted by the country like a prodigal son who unexpectedly knocks at the front door with (...)

Referee Romain Poite awards Ireland a late penalty during the Six Nations game against Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The huge sense of relief could be felt all the way from Murrayfield. Thanks to a mighty maximum-pressure penalty from Johnny Sexton, Ireland snatched(...)

 Of Ireland’s eight tries so far, Will Connors’ first score against Italy is all that can be paraded around the winner’s enclosure as a strategy invented in the coach’s box. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sometimes in rugby you play the opposition, not the game. Take Ulster’s sparkling backline. Robert Baloucoune has returned from injury with serious po(...)

An inspirational Johnny Sexton in action for Ireland against Italy during the victory at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Italy 10 Ireland 48 Tadhg Beirne, or ‘Tag’ as Dewi Morris insisted on calling him pitchside in his post-match TV interview, admitted that his man of (...)

No-one benefitted more from Ireland’s improved attacking play than the excellent Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose, who looked the class player that he is in his decision-making, running and passing, scoring one and creating the pick of the tries. Photograph: Inpho

Italy 10 Ireland 48 Just what the doctor, and the critics, demanded as Ireland cut loose and found their clinical edge. Helped by perfect Roman condi(...)

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