Peter O Mahony

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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(...)

Peter O’Mahony: “There’s a Scarlets look about them, which is very impressive and means they’re very dangerous across the board.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sometimes the person that lurks beneath a sportsperson’s public persona becomes visible, their thoughts and words offering a genuine counterpoint to (...)

If Ireland complete the Six Nations Grand Slam this year Rory Best will have the third best success rate as captain. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

If Ireland go on to complete the job this season, an umbilical link between the most successful captains in the history of Irish rugby and the Six Nat(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray was named as the official man of the match. Photograph: PA

15 Rob Kearney One knock-on aside he did pretty much everything that was required and will have been disappointed to be denied a certain try after re(...)

 Peter O’Mahony  makes one of his six catches from a  lineout ahead of France’s Yacouba Camara during the Six Nations  match  at the Stade de France in Paris. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Sport’s analysis is about perspective and often a choice of whether to zoom in or zoom out. Ireland’s lineout is an integral component in attacking te(...)

Jack Conan is expected to make his Six Nations debut against Italy on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium  at number eight. Photograph by Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jack Conan is expected to make his Six Nations debut against Italy on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium (kick-off 2.15) when chosen at number eight, with (...)

CJ Stander on the charge for Ireland against France’s Anthony Belleau at Stade de France last Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Lunchtime and CJ Stander is shaking every hand in the Irish press conference, 20 or more. Within seconds of coming into the long, creaking salon at Ca(...)

 Jonny Sexton drops a long-range goal to  for Ireland in the final play of the game to secure a victory against France. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

“He’s a serious leader,” shrugs Dan Leavy. “He’s a competitor. He’s always on to refs, trying to get decisions our way.” Paris on this greasy Saturda(...)

 Johnny Sexton kicks the winning drop goal in the last play of the game to give Ireland a 15-13 victory at the Stade de France, Paris. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

France 13 Ireland 15 The dust having settled on Ireland’s Houdini-esque feat of escapology in the wet and murky air of Stade de France on Saturday ni(...)

Ireland’s James Ryan in action during the Six Nations  match against France at Stade de France. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

The boy who would be king rises up in Paris. Recently, in conversation with a former Ireland international, we naively compared James Ryan to Paul O’(...)

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