Romain Poite

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A lineout during Ireland’s heavy defeat to England at Twickenham last August. Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images

England v Ireland, Twickenham, Sunday 3pm. On TV: Live on Virgin Media TV and ITV. This should be instructive. Over the course of the pivotal third (...)

Rory Best couldn’t persuade Jaco Peyper to go the TMO to check on a try for  Fekitoa  which was disputed by the home side during the defeat against New Zealand in November 2016. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South African referee Jaco Peyper will take charge of an Ireland Test match for the fourth time when Andy Farrell’s side take on England at Twickenham(...)

England’s Ben Youngs launches a box-kick against Scotland. The match also saw the employment of the so-called ‘caterpillar’ ruck.  Nothing in the law prevents this but  something should. Photograph:  EPA/STR

Hats off to Ireland, the team and the coaches. It was a controlled and strong performance in all areas – and Wales could not resist it. We can be posi(...)

 Johnny Sexton  and his son Luca leave the pitch after the game. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Captaincy is a heavy assignment. The sight of Peter O’Mahony introducing Irish players to President Michael D Higgins sent a fissure of concern around(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton salutes the fans after being substituted with 10 minutes to go. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Johnny Sexton runs the Ireland team now and he wants the messaging to be clear. He feels, since the misery of 2019, too much blame is being passed aro(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway tackles Wales’ Ken Owens during the match at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Donall Farmer/PA Wire.

Ireland 24 Wales 14 Rumours of Ireland’s demise appear premature. This was only the second game of the Six Nations and only the second game of the An(...)

Dan Biggar competes for a ball with Jacob Stockdale during last year’s  Six Nations clash at  Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Wales won 25-7 to clinch the Grand Slam.  Photograph:Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Six Nations: Ireland v Wales Kick-off: 2.15pm. Venue: Aviva Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin(...)

Last weekend, it seemed like Johnny Sexton was trying too hard not to annoy Mathieu Raynal. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Perhaps the main reservation about Johnny Sexton being made Irish captain was his history with referees. Let’s just say his on-field relationship with(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray with referee Mathieu Raynal during the meeting with Wales last year. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland v Scotland Referee: Mathieu Raynal Raynal, who red carded CJ Stander for a collision that knocked out Springbok outhalf Patrick Lambie in 20(...)

 Connacht’s Robin Copeland celebrates after scoring the winning try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 27 Gloucester 24 Robin Copeland’s last-gasp try rescued a 27-24 win from the jaws of defeat as Connacht pipped Gloucester in a dramatic Hein(...)

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