Rob Kearney

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Rob Kearney in action against Wales at the Principality Stadium. “There’s no doubt about it, today was a tough day. It was tough watching one of your competing nations lift trophies.” Photograph: Alex Davids/Inpho

Their confidence in themselves would appear to have been damaged, although afterwards they maintained otherwise. In any event, Ireland have five mont(...)

Ireland’s Rob Kearney dejected after the defeat to Wales in Cardiff. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rob Kearney has admitted Ireland are braced for heavy criticism after slipping from Grand Slam champions to mid-table in the space of a year. Fullbac(...)

Dejected Ireland players after the game. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

And so former Irish coach Warren Gatland becomes the first coach ever to win three Grand Slams. This is St Patrick’s Weekend. We own it, right? The B(...)

 Johnny Sexton during the 25-7 defeat at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Photo:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Wales 25 Ireland 7 Wales kept their best for last and, in truth, Ireland reserved their worst. Securing a Grand Slam, and almost pulling up, against (...)

 George North of Wales scores the first try during the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff in March  2017. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

There is a bus story from 2005 that Mike Ruddock likes to tell and retell, as is his right forever more. “I remember talking to Reggie Corrigan about(...)

Tadhg Beirne will make his Six Nations debut against Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

15 Rob Kearney (Leinster) Age: 32 Height: 6’2” Weight: 95kg (14st 13lb) Caps: 89 Kearney was a concerning late withdrawal against France, but his repl(...)

 A view of an open roof at Ireland’s  Captain’s Run. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rory Best and Rob Kearney are all that remain from the last great Ireland day at the Millennium stadium (since renamed The Principality) - the 2009 Gr(...)

Rob Kearney returns after missing the win over France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Cardiff knows how to throw a party at the best of times and all the more so if it is to coronate a cherished Grand Slam, as any Irish person who was i(...)

Cian Healy, Tadhg Beirne and James Ryan all start against Wales. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt spins the wheel one last time in the Six Nations with Seán O’Brien and Tadhg Beirne fully recuperated and charged with denyi(...)

Joe Schmidt is going into his final Six Nations match as Ireland coach. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

In the protracted build-up to the 2019 Six Nations, it always seemed likely Saturday’s clash between Ireland and Wales in Cardiff would decide the des(...)

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