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Fiji is a possible destination for an Ireland tour this summer. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The IRFU have abandoned plans to re-route some of their proposed summer tour to Australia and are instead exploring the feasibility of pressing ahead (...)

 Of Ireland’s eight tries so far, Will Connors’ first score against Italy is all that can be paraded around the winner’s enclosure as a strategy invented in the coach’s box. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sometimes in rugby you play the opposition, not the game. Take Ulster’s sparkling backline. Robert Baloucoune has returned from injury with serious po(...)

Ireland’s defence and breakdown work provided a launch pad to attack.  Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland scored six tries, had three others chalked off, and squandered a handful of opportunities to further boost their points’ differential but the (...)

Rhys Ruddock, Ultan Dillane and Rob Herring during training at the IRFU High Performance Centre, Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Irish coaching staff will most likely give Rhys Ruddock his first ever Six Nations start against France on Sunday, or switch Tadhg Beirne to the b(...)

 Ireland’s Johnny Sexton receives medical attention against Wales last weekend. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The neurologist who recommended that Johnny Sexton be stood down from rugby for 12 weeks in 2014, due to repeated brain injuries, believes that the Ir(...)

Ireland defence coach Simon Easterby has called this weekend’s clash with France a must-win match. Photograph: Inpho

The Irish coaches are continuing their preparations for Sunday’s must-win 2021 Six Nations game against France at the Aviva Stadium (kick-off 3pm) on (...)

Paolo Garbisi attacks for Italy against Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

To have any chance at all of breaking a 27-game losing streak in the Six Nations, Paolo Garbisi must embody all the great Azzurri 10s that came before(...)

Paul O’Connell, pictured with James Ryan, has joined Ireland’s coaching staff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

News that Paul O’Connell has joined the Irish coaching ticket as the national team’s forwards coach will excite players and fans alike prior to the Si(...)

Johnny Sexton spoke recently about the excellent work being done behind the scenes.  Maybe it’s time to allow the fans to see this. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I should be writing about the Scotland game. I really should. There are plenty of angles to dive into and examine. An attack shape is developing. Cael(...)

England’s Maro Itoje competes in a lineout with Ireland’s James Ryan during the Autumn Nations Cup game at  Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland conceded possession at four of 17 lineouts during last weekend’s Autumn Nations Cup defeat to England at Twickenham, three of which took place(...)

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