James Ryan

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James Ryan in action during the Ireland training session at the IRFU High Performance Centre in  Blanchardstown. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The spectre of concussions has haunted this year’s Six Nations, with a sobering number of players suffering head injuries and requiring HIA’s during t(...)

Dave Kilcoyne’s only previous Six Nations start for Ireland came in Rome in 2019. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell is expected to ring the changes when the Irish side to face Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday (kick-off 2.15pm Irish time)(...)

Limerick Gaol. The early 19th century was an era of great political unrest, and public executions were commonplace, none more so than in Limerick, a hotbed of agrarian agitation.

Frank McNally’s narrative (An Irishman’s Diary, January 14th) on the paucity of native Irish hangmen down the years, brings to mind one of the last of(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell will pick the strongest team available to him against Italy. File photograph: Inpho

Although there have apparently been some encouraging test results regarding the well-being of Caelan Doris since he returned to Leinster, Andy Farrell(...)

Beibhinn Parsons carries during Ireland’s Six Nations tie against Italy in Donnybrook on October 24th, 2020. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

In December 2020, almost 100 teenagers turned up at the Rugby Academy Ireland based in Co Kildare for the country’s first ever trials for women U20 pl(...)

France’s Gregory Alldritt is tackled by Billy Burns of Ireland during the Six Nations game at the Aviva Stadium. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

France are growing before our eyes but Ireland assisted the process. Ending a 10-year winless streak in Dublin removes another millstone from around t(...)

Tempers flare during England’s win over Italy at Twickenham. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Officials short change Italy at Twickenham Italy had reason to be incandescent following a slew of officiating decisions that went against them incor(...)

Iain Henderson captained Ireland in their defeat to France. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If France are a serrated carving knife then Ireland must be a fork. Or some other kitchen utensil. One you need every other day but nothing that will (...)

James Ryan looks set to be ruled out due to the head injury which forced him off in Cardiff. Photograph: Inpho

Six Nations: Ireland v France Kick-off: 3pm, Sunday. Venue: Aviva Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 2.30pm. On TV: Live (...)

Dr Barry O’Driscoll   believes the present concussion protocols in rugby union are there for commercial reasons.

“It has got worse since I resigned,” says Dr Barry O’Driscoll, the former medical adviser to World Rugby who stepped down in 2012 to protest against t(...)

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