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Johnny Sexton: has started only two games for Ireland and seven  for Leinster this season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In declaring that Johnny Sexton and Rob Kearney both trained fully yesterday and will be fit to play against France this Saturday – and ditto Rory Bes(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton in training at Carton House this morning. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jonathan Sexton and Rob Kearney took a full part in training at Carton House on Tuesday morning and are available for selection for Ireland’s Six Nati(...)

Jack Carty celebrates scoring a conversion for Connacht that won the game against Wasps in the Champions Cup at the Sportsground last month. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho.

If it doesn’t break you it can make you. This time a year ago Irish rugby was at a low ebb and perhaps no-one was in a lower place than Jack Carty. Bo(...)

Connacht players celebrate with winning goal-kicker Jack Carty. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

For any young, home-grown outhalf thrust into the 10 jersey, the challenge of steering his team is perhaps all the more daunting. Jack Carty has had h(...)

Simon Zebo’s man and ball hit on Michael Hooper. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The idea of a Johnny Sexton sabbatical doesn’t really work, but a fully fit version of him does. Comments like that can be dangerous but there does(...)

New Zealand’s Malakai Fekitoa on his way to his second and his side’s   third try an during the match against Ireland  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland 9 New Zealand 21 No two games are the same and lightning did not strike twice. Ireland strained every sinew, and threw all but the kitchen si(...)

Seán O’Brien: His body of work at Test level may tilt the odds of claiming the number seven shirt in his favour. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt will reveal his hand for Saturday’s rematch with a vengeful All Blacks at lunchtime today, and the expectation is that he will stick with (...)

Jared Payne believes his midfield partner Robbie Henshaw is set to be a ‘superstar.’ Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Robbie Henshaw is fast developing the leadership drive to become a genuine Test match “superstar,” according to his Ireland centre partner Jared Payne(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt: would be happy for Irish defence coach Andy Farrell to work  with the Lions. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Despite public overtures from Warren Gatland suggesting there was the “potential” for Joe Schmidt to be part of the Lions’ coaching ticket in New Zeal(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt: “I’d like to thank the IRFU for their patience and confidence as the decision to continue took somewhat longer than I’d anticipated.” Photograph: Inpho

Confirmation that Joe Schmidt would remain as Ireland head coach until the completion of the 2019 World Cup in Japan had become increasingly expected.(...)

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