Rory Best

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Ulster’s Marcell Coetzee scores a try against Southern Kings during the  PRO14 clash at  Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ulster 33 Southern Kings 19 The mood should have been more upbeat, after Ulster’s fourth straight PRO14 win had moved them above Benetton Rugby to ta(...)

Ulster’s Iain Henderson: the British and Irish Lion is unlikely to  play against  the Kings. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Ulster are hoping to have Marcell Coetzee back in action for Saturday’s Pro 14 home clash with the Southern Kings. If passed fit this will be the 27-(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton dejected after defeat in Cardiff. ‘The frustrations are real. You can see it on senior players’ faces.’ Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Doubt has forever been the nemesis of confidence. Steve Hansen’s comment from November came into my mind last Saturday in Cardiff. Steve was very ser(...)

James Ryan cuts a dejected figure following the defeat to Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The ignominy of this Six Nations campaign will bruise, swell and cut Ireland deeply in the days, weeks and months ahead. Watching James Ryan through (...)

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(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander tries to claim possession of the ball during the  Six Nations match against Wales in Cardiff. Photograph:  Alex Davidson/Inpho

Ireland may not have become a bad team overnight, but it’s fair to say that over the last two months they have stopped being a very good one. The fina(...)

Rory Best: ”We always strive to get better. We haven’t done that.”

Long before the finish of this 25-7 defeat the Welsh fans were laughing in unison. Laughing at Joe Schmidt’s decision to let the heavens into the(...)

 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 (...)

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(...)

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