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Ireland prop Tom Court was visiting his parents in Brisbane in 2013 when he was called up as a replacement for the Lions Tour in Australia. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There will be an expectation in Wales that representation in the Lions squad to tour South Africa this summer will reflect the 2021 Six Nations Champi(...)

Rory Best is to take up a coaching role with Seattle Seawolves. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rory Best is to make is first foray into coaching with the Seattle Seawolves in America’s Major League Rugby. The former Ulster and Ireland captain is(...)

The 2021 Six Nations Championship will be decided this weekend. Photograph: Getty Images

Permutations Wales sit proudly at the top of the Six Nations table with one fixture to play against France and for Wayne Pivac the permutations are s(...)

Rónan Kelleher scores Ireland’s first try despite the efforts of France’s Bernard Le Roux during the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The overwhelming temptation in those closing moments might have been to take shelter behind a cushion and just beseech the heavens that Dave McIntyre (...)

Niall Scannell and CJ Stander during a Munster training session at UL. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

A Christmas Carol about two hookers. Niall Scannell and James Tracy have their Ireland caps. Nine of Scannell’s 20 have come in the starting jersey wh(...)

Champagne Football is a book to enjoy now but also to look forward to rereading again in a decade, just to see how stranger than fiction it all was. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Best Champagne Football by Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan (Penguin, €12.99) We’re a mad little country at the back of it all. Where else (...)

James Ryan: “He’ll move on very quickly and he’ll roll his sleeves up. If he’s got captaincy he’ll want to do a great job,” says Lancaster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The game against England at Twickenham may have been perceived as the biggest Ireland face in the series. But how they finish the tournament is import(...)

Ireland’s Caelan Doris is tackled by Ellis Genge of England during the Autumn Nations Cup game at  Twickenham. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

For all the negativity immediately swirling around Ireland’s third successive defeat at Twickenham in the last 16 months, head coach Andy Farrell main(...)

Tom Kiernan pictured in 1982 when he was coach of Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

First a brief rolling back of the years. At the time of his retirement in 1973 Tom Kiernan was Ireland’s most-capped player, most experienced captain (...)

Cian Healy makes a break against Australia on his debut at Croke Park in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cian Healy will become the sixth Irish centurion when he takes the field at the Stade de France on Saturday night, thereby following in the boot print(...)

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