Romain Poite

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Ireland’s Bundee Aki leaves the field after being shown a red card by referee Mathieu Raynal. Photograph: Inpho

“I’m sure I’ll wake up soon, it will be Monday all over again and nothing will have even started.” The gist of trainer Henry de Bromhead’s words, aft(...)

Damian Penaud dots down to score a try for France against England at Twickenham during the  2021 Guinness Six Nations. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Try of the tournament Damien Penaud (France v England, Twickenham, round 4) That rarity, a first phase, set-piece try. Gaël Fickou raced onto Julien(...)

Johnny Sexton, Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki celebrate Ireland’s 32-18 win over England at the Aviva stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

If there was an ideal time for Ireland to produce their best performance of the tournament, then no better moment than against England at home and on (...)

Referee Romain Poite awards Ireland a late penalty during the Six Nations game against Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The huge sense of relief could be felt all the way from Murrayfield. Thanks to a mighty maximum-pressure penalty from Johnny Sexton, Ireland snatched(...)

Louis Rees-Zammit of Wales knocks on  during the Six Nations match against England at the Principality Stadium. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

A recent High Court judgment got me thinking. Anyone who sits on that exalted bench has a profound knowledge of the laws of the land, of precedents an(...)

Referee  Pascal Gaüzère gestures during the Six Nations game between Wales and England at the Principlality Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Despite my impassioned plea to the sports editor for a two-page spread to discuss the goings-on last Saturday, no dice. Let’s go to Cardiff. The mat(...)

No-one benefitted more from Ireland’s improved attacking play than the excellent Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose, who looked the class player that he is in his decision-making, running and passing, scoring one and creating the pick of the tries. Photograph: Inpho

Italy 10 Ireland 48 Just what the doctor, and the critics, demanded as Ireland cut loose and found their clinical edge. Helped by perfect Roman condi(...)

 Miriam Gutierrez pays tribute to Katie Taylor after their fight in November. Photograph:   Mark Robinson/Inpho

Taylor v Gutierrez Wembley Arena, London, November 14th Her smile stood out. Miriam Gutierrez’s face had received ferocious blows for the entire bou(...)

Ireland v Georgia: The scrums were shambolic and referee Mathieu Raynal penalised incessantly, without ever changing player behaviour.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

The Aviva Stadium saw a poor, grim performance by Ireland, way, way below their international Tier One status. Very hard to watch. Georgia can be more(...)

 Mako Vunipola gets over to score England’s second try during the  Autumn Nations Cup against Wales at  Parc y Scarlets. Photograph: Robbie Stephenson/Inpho

Wales 13 England 24 England booked their place in the Autumn Nations Cup final by beating battling Wales 24-13 at Parc y Scarlets. Eddie Jones’s men(...)

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