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 Ireland’s Jordan Larmour with Scotland’s Adam Hastings during their Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The inevitable comparison with Rob Kearney is Jordan Larmour’s price for winning Andy Farrell’s confidence at fullback. The two play the position diff(...)

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose is tackled by Adam Hastings of Scotland in their Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 1 match at Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

I won’t lie. I went to the Aviva stadium on Saturday for one reason only: to watch Caelan Doris for 80 minutes. Could his arrival open up the 70 metr(...)

Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg  fumbles the ball as he attempted to touch down during the Six Nations match against Ireland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

“Hearts were broken . . . BUT. . . time heals all wounds,” Virgin Media promised as they introduced us to the 2020 Six Nations, although anyone hoping(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale us upended by Scotland’s Ali Price and Nick Haining. Photo: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

15 Jordan Larmour The backfield freedom suits him. As does a new licence to attack with 19 runs for 138 metres. Danced into space before taking on a(...)

Ireland scrumhalf John Cooney makes a vital tackle on his Scottish counterpart  Ali Price late on in the Six Nations game at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

The pre-match debate with regard to who should be Ireland’s first-choice scrumhalf continues on the evidence of the 80 minutes against Scotland. In un(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale is upended. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 19 Scotland 12 The dawn of the Andy Farrell era yielded a win, which leaves everything else in the shade, if not quite in the manner hoped or(...)

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(...)

Bundee Aki has held off the challenge of a fit-again Robbie Henshaw and will partner Garry Ringrose in midfield against Scotland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

15 Jordan Larmour (Leinster) Age: 22 Height: 5’ 10” Weight: 87kg (13st, 7lbs) Caps: 21 Ireland’s new era begins with a new first-choice fullback in s(...)

 Caelan Doris: he  will have serious  cool composure right beside him in Conor Murray. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The frustration with youth? First they jump, and only then do they grow wings. Is this a problem? In a Six Nations competition with almost no experime(...)

Ireland’s Denis Leamy, David Wallace and Gordon D’Arcy tackle Andy Farrell of England in the  Six Nations Championship at Croke Park in February 2007. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“You were better-looking with the beard.” The flower seller had me on the back foot straight away. Down the Japan tunnel he burrowed and, without bei(...)

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