Jordan Larmour fumbles a catch during the international against Argentina  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Ireland 28 Argentina 17 The floodlights were still on and the crowd had only begun to disperse yet one ventures most thoughts had already turned to e(...)

Leinster’s James Lowe offloads to Jack Conan to set up the province’s ir first try against Munster at the RDS, Dublin, on Saturday. Photograph: motgan treacy/inpho

Leinster 16 Munster 15 There have been higher quality instalments of a rivalry like no other in the global game, but few more pulsating as this from (...)

CJ Stander scores Ireland’s second try in the NatWest Six Nations Championship match against England at Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

England 15 Ireland 24 By the end, Ireland’s captain Rory Best had been replaced and the two vice-captains, Johnny Sexton and Peter O’Mahony, had been(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt at the Ireland squad  Captain’s Run at Twickenham on Friday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

England v Ireland Venue: Twickenham Kick-off: 2.45pm On TV: Live on TV3/UTV/ITV So it really has come to this. How to put it in context? Ireland hav(...)

Scotland’s Ryan Wilson and man of the match, Ireland’s Rob Kearney, contest an aerial ball during the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpo ane

Ireland 28 Scotland 8 Ireland don’t do penultimate legs of potential Grand Slams particularly well. History has shown us that. Players are not r(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale runs in his second try in Saturday’s Guinness Series Test match against Argentina at the  Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 28 Argentina 19 For half an hour it was excellent, and even for the guts of an hour it remained pretty good, but maybe it’s no bad thing that(...)

Connacht’s newly-qualified Bundee Aki is set to battle with Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey to partner Robbie Henshaw in the centre. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Following on from last summer’s tour to the USA and Japan, to all intents and purposes yesterday’s Ireland squad announcement continued the countdown (...)

Munster’s Ian Keatley celebrates scoring Munster’s third try against Racing 92 in the Champions Cup clash at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 22 Racing 92 10 This special, never-to-be-forgotten campaign offers each game as a compelling chapter in an almost miraculous, albeit devas(...)

Ireland’s Brian O'Driscoll sits on the sideline after being sin-binned in the first half of the game against Italy   at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland succumbed to a first defeat to Italy in the Six Nations after an indisciplined afternoon at the Stadio Olimpico when the injury jinx th(...)