Ireland players at the captain’s run in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Once more 2.15pm on a Saturday at Lansdowne Road is Six Nations time. But this will be different from a fortnight ago. The forecast is set fair and th(...)

Conor Murray poses for photos with fans during Ireland’s training session at Buccaneers RFC in Atholone. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Like a bad dream, or witnessing a car crash, Joe Schmidt feared he could see Robbie Henshaw being injured before he grounded the ball and quietly impl(...)

“If it is true then we’re all proud of him here. For his family particularly. We’ll be watching with real interest in terms of how he leads the team.”

Peter O’Mahony, while captaining Ireland from Houston to Toronto in 2013, was asked about his rapid, albeit natural progression to a senior leadership(...)