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 Ireland coach Andy Farrell: ‘Players want information. They want feedback, they want to know the plan going forward together.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Time was when Joe Schmidt’s Monday morning reviews assumed almost legendary status. Whether or not this became a tad overstated, or whether or not som(...)

The event is spearheaded by Vinny Hammond, the IRFU’s head of analytics and innovation. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rarely does a sequel surpass the original, but part two of the Analytica Zoom conference is rolling out Irish rugby’s leading men. And, just for good(...)

IRFU CEO Philip Browne gave a grim outlook for the financial aspect of sport in the country. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Philip Browne has been IRFU chief executive for 22 years. A big deal gets made about his public comments, like describing the 2007 World Cup catastrop(...)

Johnny Sexton celebrates his winning drop goal in the 2018 Six Nations game against France at the Stade de France. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Lockdown has hardened the mindset of Johnny Sexton. If that is even possible. The Ireland captain turns 35 in July so these lost months matter more to(...)

Bono happy to serve Jonny Sexton during his visit to the Ireland squad at Carton House.

“Spending time with Bono is like eating dinner on a train – feels like you’re moving, going somewhere,” wrote Bob Dylan in Chronicles. Paul Hewson’s (...)

Ireland scrum coach John Fogarty works with prop Andrew Porter during the captain’s run at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Andy Dunne is hardly a soothsayer. An adventurous outhalf during his nomadic career – Leinster, Harlequins, Bath, Leinster again and Connacht – he’s s(...)

High-performance analyst Vinny Hammond and Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton at the Ireland Rugby press conference in Fukuoka, Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Back in 2002, when they were the 16-year-old half-backs with a touring team from St Mary’s College, Johnny Sexton and Vinny Hammond, one of the Irish (...)

 Iain Henderson was back to his formidable best during the victory over Scotland  in Yokohama.  Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Welcome back Ireland. Not that they ever really went away and the performances against Wales were pointers. But their opening game of the 2019 World C(...)

Ger Carmody (centre) looks on at a fixture against the All Blacks during the British & Irish Lions Tour To New Zealand in 2017. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ger Carmody’s title is Head of Operations at the IRFU, although the colloquial terms, pathfinder or facilitator, perhaps best encapsulates his role. (...)

 Jonathan Sexton celebrates as New Zealand’s Ben Smith is forced into touch late on at the Aviva.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpoh

Ireland 16 New Zealand 9 So much for having to score at least four tries to beat the New Zealand. In beating the back-to-back world champions for a (...)

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