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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(...)

 Ireland’s Johnny Sexton receives medical attention against Wales last weekend. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The neurologist who recommended that Johnny Sexton be stood down from rugby for 12 weeks in 2014, due to repeated brain injuries, believes that the Ir(...)

Ireland defence coach Simon Easterby has called this weekend’s clash with France a must-win match. Photograph: Inpho

The Irish coaches are continuing their preparations for Sunday’s must-win 2021 Six Nations game against France at the Aviva Stadium (kick-off 3pm) on (...)

Leinster’s Jack Conan is presented with the Pro14 Player of the Match award after the recent win over the Scarlets. Photograph: Inpho

Jack Conan has joined the Irish squad this week following Sunday’s defeat to Wales. Peter O’Mahony will have a Six Nations disciplinary hearing on T(...)

Andy Farrell has challenged his players to get the Six Nations campaign back on track against France in next Sunday’s opening home game. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

In the previous 20 years of the Six Nations only three times has a team lost on the opening weekend and gone on to claim the title – France in 2006, W(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes shows Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony a red card in the 14th minute for catching Welsh prop Tomas Francis in the face during a clear-out. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Peter O’Mahony is likely to face a disciplinary hearing in the middle of the week to ascertain the full consequences of the 14th-minute red card he re(...)

Ireland’s Iain Henderson and Wales’ lock Alun Wyn Jones in action at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Getty Images

On June 11th 2016 CJ Stander was red carded on his return to Cape Town. With 22 minutes on the clock the Springboks carried off their badly concussed (...)

Ireland winning one of their nine lineouts against Wales   at Principality Stadium, Cardiff on Sunday.  Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Part of the pre-game preamble in interviews were devoted to the impact that Ireland’s new assistant coach Paul O’Connell would have on Ireland’s lineo(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw consoles replacement outhalf Billy Burns after his penalty kick fails to make touch on the last kick of the Guinness Six Nations match against Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Sunday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Another biennial retreat from Cardiff and, fans or no fans, another defeat. Wales’s 21-16 win on Sunday means Ireland have lost four Six Nations games(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw was excellent in Cardiff. Photograph: Inp

15 Hugo Keenan Read the game brilliantly, making a couple of try saving interventions, and was one of the few Irish players who made significant metr(...)

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