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When Ireland used Plan B, via Conor Murray’s boot, the officials deemed the line of England blockers to be legal. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

We now know that Plan C is going to be needed. At an event last week the signature performance of Joe Schmidt’s Ireland, so far, was discussed. Beati(...)

Crusaders assistant coach Ronan O’Gara, who will be flying from Christchurch, New Zealand to Dublin to join the Virgin Media studio panel for analysis of the Guinness Six Nations matches. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

On Thursday evening in Christchurch, Ronan O’Gara will begin the long haul to Ireland, arriving in Dublin at Friday lunchtime and thus, he hopes, in s(...)

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 (...)

 New Zealand head  coach Steve Hansen gives  a press conference at   the Crowne Plaza hotel in  Blanchardstown on Sunday. Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

No insider information, not a mention of the “Irish trick” but New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen fully expects Conor Murray to start for Ireland nex(...)

Sam Underhill of England breaks clear to score a try that was  later disallowed. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Head coach Eddie Jones refused to be drawn on the controversial decision which denied England a memorable win over New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturd(...)

Seán O’Brien speaks with James Ryan, Dan Leavy, Rory Best and Kieran Marmion at the Ireland rugby squad training in Carton  House, Co Kildare on Thursday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

After the Chicago jaunt, different gravy all right. In renewing their rivalry at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 6.30pm), no less than Argenti(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt celebrates winning the Six Nations with CJ Stander and Jonathan Sexton. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The system cannot be wrapped up and dependent on one person. That was the clear message delivered by IRFU chief executive Philip Browne when announcin(...)

Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani (second left) tackles Munster’s Rory Scannell (centre), resulting in a red card during the Heineken European Champions Cup match at Thomond Park, Limerick on October 20th.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

In the 11th minute of the last meeting between Ireland and New Zealand, at the Aviva Stadium in November 2016, Robbie Henshaw carried into contact wit(...)

Sonny Bill Williams will earn his 50th All Blacks cap against Australia on Saturday. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty

New Zealand v Australia, Saturday October 27th, Yokohama (kick-off 6.0am Irish Time) New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams says he feels “blessed” t(...)

Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani  tackles Munster’s Rory Scannell, resulting in a red card, during the Heineken Champions Cup match at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Two wildly contrasting spectacles last weekend: Thomond Park provided an ominous sign of where the game could be going while Stade Ernest Wallon was a(...)

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