James Ryan

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James Ryan cuts a dejected figure after the defeat to England at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Twickenham can be daunting. And, when you’re on the receiving end of a comprehensive drubbing, it’s a very difficult place to be. We were assured tha(...)

England’s Maro Itoje and James Ryan of Ireland grapple during their  Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 3 match at Twickenham on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Change needed to happen before Twickenham. Now it has to happen before Paris. Nothing wholesale, nothing knee-jerk, but the time has come to reward in(...)

Connacht’s Gavin Thornbury tackles Peter Dooley of Leinster. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Peter Dooley chuckled on revealing that former Lions and Wales wing Shane Williams chose him as man of the match in Leinster’s victory over the Osprey(...)

Johnny Sexton is tackled by England’s Tom Curry during Ireland’s defeat at Twickenham.  Photograph: Billy Stickand/Inpho

Leinster backs’ coach Felipe Contepomi doesn’t attach any currency to suggestions that Ireland’s physical discomfort against England at Twickenham in (...)

Tom Curry of England makes a typical break during the victory over Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

On one of those excruciating Twickenham days, beneath it all was Tom Curry and Sam Underhill, the ghost and the darkness of English rugby. Remember A(...)

CJ Stander gets to grips with Maro Itoje during Ireland’s defeat to England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jordan Larmour England exploited space in the Irish backfield ruthlessly early on and miscommunication with Johnny Sexton led to their first try. Sta(...)

 Keith Earls after  scoring his try against England in 2010. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ireland have travelled to Twickenham in the middle round of the Six Nations on three previous occasions and, in their own way, they have been landmark(...)

A lineout during Ireland’s heavy defeat to England at Twickenham last August. Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images

England v Ireland, Twickenham, Sunday 3pm. On TV: Live on Virgin Media TV and ITV. This should be instructive. Over the course of the pivotal third (...)

Health Hints For The Home: Package of eight leaflets distributed to Irish households by the Department of Health in 1953

In the mid-1950s the Department of Health circulated an envelope of eight pamphlets to houses nationwide, with an accompanying letter from minister fo(...)

Cian Healy in action against Scotland: “You’d be watching how he [O’Connell] played, you can see a lot of it in the way James Ryan is as a ball-carrier, that front-foot stuff. If someone does that in a team, that’s infectious.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“One look from those eyes,” as Ronan O’Gara put it when describing how Paul O’Connell could successfully demand more from a player. The bulk of the I(...)

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