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Ireland scrum coach John Fogarty works with prop Andrew Porter during the captain’s run at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Andy Dunne is hardly a soothsayer. An adventurous outhalf during his nomadic career – Leinster, Harlequins, Bath, Leinster again and Connacht – he’s s(...)

 Briain McGeary dressed as Santa embraces his sister Brónagh on her arrival back from Vancouver after one year. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

For Briain McGeary, the most appropriate way to welcome his sister home for the holidays was by dressing up in a Santa costume when he met her in the (...)

Joe Schmidt and David Nucifora: “We underestimated the intensity of what Japan were able to play at. That genuinely surprised us,” said Nucifora.   Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The IRFU’s review into the 2019 Rugby World Cup has accepted that there were a number of mistakes made, most notably a failure to develop Ireland’s ga(...)

Ireland celebrate winning the Grand Slam following their Six Nations Championship final victory over England at Twickenham on March 17th, 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

From the outset of his “Slam diary”, Schmidt confirms that the Grand Slam was indeed their goal. However, the build-up to Ireland’s opening game of th(...)

Joe Schmidt inspects the pitch during the Captain’s Run ahead of Ireland’s clash with Samoa in Fukuoka. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has revealed he tried to have the final pool game at the Rugby World Cup against Samoa called off before the match co(...)

Andrew Porter, Josh van der Flier, Chris Farrell, Rory Best, James Ryan and Bundee Aki are presented with their Rugby World Cup caps at the  official welcome ceremony. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Here’s Johnny. The surroundings of the hotel where Ireland are bunkered down make an industrial estate outside Bordeaux feel almost enticing. We were(...)

Michael Kiernan celebrates the drop goal that sealed victory over England and a Triple Crown for Ireland in 1985. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland kick-start their preparations for the World Cup in the first of four warm-up games today as they seek to boldly go where no Irish team has eve(...)

Bundee Aki: will be the focus of special attention  when Ireland take on the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Johnny Sexton is arguably the greatest and definitely the crankiest in Ireland’s celebrated lineage of outhalves. Every so often, the commentators wi(...)

Alun Wyn Jones and Leigh Halfpenny celebrate after victory for the Lions in the third Test against Australia in Sydney in 2013. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Warren Gatland’s Lions have a chance to win a Test series when they face New Zealand in the third and final match at Eden Park on Saturday. Only the t(...)

Outhalf Ian Madigan has struggled to hold down a first-team place at Bordeaux-Bégles. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Ian Madigan needs Bordeaux-Bégles to sign a back-up outhalf for Simon Hickey before negotiations can begin to join another French or English club. Ma(...)

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