Simon Easterby

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Italy assistant coach  Mike Catt is set to join Ireland as attack coach after the World Cup. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Mike Catt is expected to join Ireland as attack coach after the Rugby World Cup. Catt, who is presently part of Conor O’Shea’s Italy set-up, will be(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try despite Damian McKenzie and Aaron Smith of New Zealand during the Guinness November Series win over the All Blacks. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The season just gone lingers into the next campaign, and particularly the World Cup, with barely a pause for breath, especially for the players and ba(...)

Can Paul O’Connell be the answer for Munster? Photograph: Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Munster’s purgatory Munster will come back stronger says Johann van Graan. Irish rugby needs this to be true. Leinster playing at about 65 per cent (...)

 ‘Jordan Larmour is clearly a broken-field runner to put fear into any defence’. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

To distil the difference between the sides at the Aviva Stadium yesterday just examine Keith Earls’s try. An Irish lineout with yet more variety got t(...)

Simon Easterby: “We had long discussions involved in nearly every position. That process will continue but it’s great because we have more depth at the moment.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Refreshed and replenished by the return of a host of players who were either rested or injured for the Italian game, the likelihood is that at least f(...)

Joey Carbery during Ireland’s training session at Carton House on Wednesday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joey Carbery will not make Ireland’s 23 for the penultimate Six Nations game against France on Sunday despite being named on Wednesday morning in an e(...)

Ireland celebrate after Conor Murray scores a try in their  Six Nations Round 3 match against Italy at  Stadio Olimpico, Rome on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland haven’t been at their best in this Six Nations. Everyone on the outside can see it, and on the inside they know it better than anyone. What is(...)

Forwards coach Simon Easterby at an Ireland  press conference in Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

As is often the way in weeks such as this, and seemingly all the more so with England under Eddie Jones, the build-up to Ireland’s opening Six Nations(...)

Conor Murray stretches during training at Carton House on Tuesday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Allowing for those already ruled out of the opening exchanges in the Six Nations, such as Tadhg Beirne and Iain Henderson, Ireland have a clean bill o(...)

Joe Schmidt: a fourth Six Nations title in six years would be a fitting farewell. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

So it begins then, the long goodbye. And it’s not just Joe Schmidt, who is coming into his sixth and last Six Nations as Ireland’s head coach. Ditto (...)

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