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Richie Murphy has been named the new Ireland under-20 head coach for the next two seasons. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Richie Murphy has been named as the new Ireland under-20 head coach for the next two seasons, taking over from Kieran Campbell, who is to leave his ro(...)

Scrumhalf Jamison Gibson-Park during the  Ireland Captain’s Run at Twickenham on Friday ahead of Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Kicking coach Richie Murphy insists every player within Ireland’s ranks is considered to be Irish following mischievous remarks about residency rules (...)

Tadhg Furlong in action against Scotland during the Six Nations game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on February 1st. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

For players and coaches who have young families, being in lockdown has its pluses. And likewise for those from a farming background. Not a bad time at(...)

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(...)

Johnny Sexton walks out for the captain’s run ahead of Ireland’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final date with the All Blacks. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Spiky, bullish, funny and calm. If Johnny Sexton can repeat the masterly performance of this lone ranger Captain’s Run in Chofu - way out in deep west(...)

“Samoa were really physical against Scotland the other night but the points came in the last 12 minutes because the Samoan boys were out on their feet.” Photograph:  Craig Mercer/MB Media/ Getty Images

Guaranteed as Kobe beef: the Munster-heavy Irish pack will shed bucket loads of lean meat at the Misaki Stadium. Ex-pats chewing tenderloin outdoors (...)

It’s been a remarkable rise for Jack Carty, who was well down the out-half pecking order up until a year ago. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Rugby World Cup Pool A: Japan v Ireland Kick-off: 8.15am, Saturday (Irish time). Venue: Shizuoka Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog wil(...)

Keeping an injured Sexton on the field, until Ireland secured the bonus point against Scotland, put a spotlight on Murray’s goal-kicking. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

Ronan O’Gara confirms a general fear about Johnny Sexton’s wellbeing. “Ireland need Johnny to kick to win a World Cup,” O’Gara told OTB. “In cup rugb(...)

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg takes part in a training session at the International Stadium Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture on Friday.  Photo: Kazuhiro/Getty

If desperation is the disease and experience the antidote – quote credit: Andy Farrell – Ireland are far from full health. The journey started eight (...)

Munster senior coach Stephen Larkham at training on Monday. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After reaching the semi-finals of both the Heineken Cup and Guinness Pro14 in each of the last two seasons, their newly acquired senior coach Stephen (...)

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