Rob Kearney

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Ireland rugby team’s Jonathan Sexton and Rory Best with the Six Nations trophy and the Triple Crown. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/©INPHO

It was a St Patrick’s Day of days and surely the finest of Ireland’s three Grand Slams. Though it may have snowed on the Irish squad’s planned homecom(...)

Ireland centre Bundee Aki with his daughter Adrianna at the Shelbourne Hotel. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The red carpet was rolled out for Joe Schmidt’s men at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin on Sunday. Earlier, the Irish rugby team’s plane had touched do(...)

Ireland captain Rory Best celebrates after leading his side to the Grand Slam with victory over England at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“To build that amount of phases, to keep the ball, the conditions were awful, and then the stones on Johnny at the end, was incredible. I thought it w(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton kicks the winning drop goal in the opening Six Nations clash with France. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jonathan Sexton’s drop goal v France It seems ludicrous to suggest that a Grand Slam can be attributed to one score over 400-minutes and five matches(...)

Johnny Sexton and Rory Best arrive home to Ireland with the  Six Nations trophy and the Triple Crown.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

When the golden generation of the Noughties – messrs O’Driscoll, O’Gara, O’Connell et al – finally sealed the deal in Cardiff in March 2009, we wonder(...)

Ireland celebrate beating England to seal the Grand Slam. Photograph: PA

The Stones on him Johnny Sexton’s last minute drop goal - from just inside the French half - to win in Paris in the first round set Ireland on their (...)

 Owen Farrell applauds England fans  after the match against Ireland. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Spare a thought for Eddie Jones. No? The England coach made Jacob Stockdale a record breaker. Try number seven was down to Jones insisting on the in(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray and Joey Carbery celebrate after Ireland beat England to complete the Grand Slam at Twickenham. Photo: WIll Oliver/EPA

Joe Schmidt said he didn’t dare to dream in advance of the game but he no longer has to deal in the hypothetical as his Ireland team claimed a third G(...)

Ireland fullback  Rob Kearney gets up to challenge his England counterpart  Anthony Watson leading to the opening try of the Six Nations game at Twickenham. Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Rob Kearney Broke even with Anthony Watson to create the Ringrose try. Superb defence – a guaranteed Watson try on 24 minutes was denied by the inter(...)

 Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale makes history with Ireland’s third  try at Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

England 15 Ireland 24 Ireland sealed the deal in, of all places, Twickenham and on, of all days, St Patrick’s Day to warm the cockles of a sizea(...)

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