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Joey Carbery: he  had been earmarked for this World Cup in part because he also covered full-back and at a push the role of third choice scrum-half

Nobody died, but it sure as hell felt like someone had. Everyone being dressed in black maybe added to the funereal atmosphere. The news had broken ea(...)

Italy assistant coach  Mike Catt is set to join Ireland as attack coach after the World Cup. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Mike Catt is expected to join Ireland as attack coach after the Rugby World Cup. Catt, who is presently part of Conor O’Shea’s Italy set-up, will be(...)

Seán Cronin is in line to make his first Six Nations starts against Italy in Rome. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Seán Cronin is set to make a rare start for Ireland against Italy in Sunday’s Six Nations game at the Stadio Olimpico (kick-off 4pm local time/3pm Iri(...)

Jonthan Sexton recieves medical treatment after sustaining an injury during the Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Johnny Sexton is expected to start ahead of Joey Carbery at outhalf against Italy in Rome this Sunday. “With all these games it is about getting the (...)

Jacob Stockdale scores a try against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in November.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

How to follow that? Jacob Stockdale cannot, in all likelihood, emulate his achievements of last year’s rookie Championship campaign when scoring seven(...)

Joe Schmidt: a fourth Six Nations title in six years would be a fitting farewell. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

So it begins then, the long goodbye. And it’s not just Joe Schmidt, who is coming into his sixth and last Six Nations as Ireland’s head coach. Ditto (...)

An injured Gordon D’Arcy  during Ireland’s Guinness Series clash with Australia in November 2014.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Memory lane and a cautionary tale rolled into one. After the November series in 2014 I decided to put all my efforts into making the World Cup squad. (...)

Joe Schmidt and Andy Farrell during an Ireland training session at Carton House. Photograph:   Bryan Keane/Inpho

Andy Farrell is in line to become Ireland head coach after next year’s World Cup if, or as is now almost certainly the case, when the IRFU confirm Joe(...)

Ireland captain Rhys Ruddock and Tadhg Beirne in action during the captain’s run at the  Aviva stadium on Friday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Amid all the heightened speculation regarding Joe Schmidt’s future beyond the next World Cup, and the distinct impression that he will return to New Z(...)

A general view of Ireland training ahead of the final Guinness Series meeting with the USA. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

One of the healthiest aspects of this Irish squad, in addition to its winning habit and much else besides, is that it has never looked more difficult (...)

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