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Ireland capped off a stellar year with a Guinness Series win over the All Blacks on Saturday but can they translate it into World Cup success? Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland have scooped their third ever Six Nations Grand Slam, beaten Australia in a Test series Down Under and toppled New Zealand for the first time (...)

 Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale celebrates scoring their first try with Josh van der Flier in Ireland’s victory over the All Blacks at the Aviva. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

For a moment in the changing room below the West Stand in Aviva Stadium, it could have seemed like he had abandoned all lack of pretension and was tal(...)

Leinster players James Lowe (left) and James Treacy at the launch of a picutre diary charting Leinster Rugby’s historic double winning season, on Monday, November 19th Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

To the trained eye of James Lowe, Ireland’s picture perfect performance against New Zealand could hang in the National Gallery. The aestheticisation o(...)

 Danny Willett during the third round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Danny Willett and Patrick Reed threatened to turn the DP World Tour Championship into a ‘Masters’ event as the 2016 champion and the incumbent title h(...)

Garry Ringrose is back in midfield for Ireland against the All Blacks. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

15 Rob Kearney Club: Leinster Age: 32 Height: 6’2” Weight: 95kg (14st 13lb) Caps: 86 Kearney played in every game of the successful Six Nations camp(...)

Rob Kearney with Bundee Aki, Sam Arnold and Dave Kilcoyne during Ireland training at Carton House.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As befits the reigning Grand Slam champions and the second best team in the world currently, no Irish team has been more consistent over a three-game (...)

Iain Henderson and Dan Leavy pictured in an Irish team huddle at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt only informed the Ireland players today who would face New Zealand on Saturday at the Aviva stadium. Concerns about Dan Lea(...)

Ireland’s Rob Kearney and Jonathan Sexton during training ahead of their Guinness Series meeting with the All Blacks. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Joe Schmidt could make around four changes to the Irish starting line-up for Saturday’s much anticipated meeting with the back-to-back World champions(...)

Rob Kearney and Garry Ringrose will both be available for Ireland’s Guinness Series meeting with the All Blacks on Saturday. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As expected Rob Kearney and Garry Ringrose trained fully with the Irish squad at their base in the Carton House on Tuesday after missing the 28-17 win(...)

Devin Toner made a big impact coming off the replacements bench against the Pumas. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Gavin Cummiskey This being the Ireland team we think Joe Schmidt will name, it won’t be the side that takes the field against New Zealand next Saturd(...)

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