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 Jordan Larmour:  further proof that Ireland should have built their attack around him  in 2019 was evident throughout his stunning performance against Northampton. Photograph:    Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Some subtle name dropping is required. No need to mention gold standard technical number eights like Kieran Read and Jamie Heaslip – Duane Vermeulen a(...)

 Dave Kearney of Leinser dives over to score a try that was subsequently disallowed. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Leinster 50 Northampton Saints 21 A facile triumph, the foundations of which were laid with a brisk opening salvo and then followed by intermittent e(...)

Nic Groom scores Northampton’s second try in their Champions Cup play-off win over Connacht. Photograph: james Crombie/Inpho

Northampton Saints 21 Connacht 15 It was the last hurrah for Connacht’s bid for Champions Cup rugby, and true to their history, they went down fighti(...)

Johnny Sexton had a 100 per cent tackle success rate in the 2017 Six Nations. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The recent concern over the number of borderline to late tackles that Ireland and Leinster outhalf Jonathan Sexton has shipped in recent matches again(...)

Eddie Jones expects 15 of his England squad to make this summer’s Lion tour - with owen Farrell among the front runners. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty

On the hour mark all tributaries converged into the great river. Familiar territory. Ireland clinging on against perceived immortals, defying logic, (...)

Johnny Sexton played the full 80 minutes as Ireland stopped England from securing the Grand Slam. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It cannot be coincidence. Trawl back through Ireland matches since Johnny Sexton was knocked out by Mathieu Bastareaud during the 2014 Six Nations tit(...)

Maro Itoje grabs Johnny Sexton’s jersey during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Kilcoyne/Reuters

It cannot be coincidence. Johnny Sexton, if we trawl back through Ireland matches since he was knocked out by Mathieu Bastareaud in 201(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton celebrates with Peter O’Mahony after the Six Nations win over England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland 13 England 9 Record wreckers. And so Ireland have ended two world record 18-match winning sequences in the same season. This may not have bee(...)

 Danny Care  scores England’s  seventh try in the whopping 40-point victory over outclassed Scotland at Twickenham. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty

England 61 Scotland 21 England’s oppressive rugby hymn reverberated around the ancient ground as Scotland desperately sought a manly route away from (...)

 Ben Te’o starts for England this Sunday against Italy. Photograph: Reuters

Ben Te’o will make his first England start against Italy on Sunday after the cross-code centre was named in a side that shows four personnel changes f(...)

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