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Rory Best congratulated by team-mates on his 100th cap after Ireland beat Australia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It may not have been a vintage one, but by any yardstick 2016 was a good year for Irish rugby. One only has to rewind 12 months to remember where we w(...)

All Blacks captain and number eight Kieran Read is congratulated afetr scoring during New Zealand’s first Test win over Wales at Eden park. Photograph: Getty

New Zealand 39 Wales 21 Wales’ long wait to beat New Zealand continues after a powerful second-half performance from the hosts in Auckland ended with(...)

Anthony Watson scores  England’s try during the Six Nations match at Twickenham. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

England 25 Wales 21 England edged to the brink of a first Six Nations title for five years with a 25-21 victory over Wales but were forced to survive(...)

Johnny Sexton in action against Wales in their Six Nations opener. “On seeing his demeanour on the field last Sunday it looked to me like he was enjoying his rugby again.” Photograph: Getty Images

The well-worn line about doing the jersey justice resonates in the wake of Paul O’Connell’s retirement from rugby. But a genuine tribute to Paulie’s l(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton kicks a penalty against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton, so clearly in agony, only took leave of this Test match after ensuring Ireland regained parity at 16-16. Clearly the success and failu(...)

Seán O’Brien: ready to fill the void left by Paul O’Connell. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

New championship, new challenge, new captain and even something of a new dawn. Ireland enter unchartered territory in the Six Nations, their first wit(...)

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock in action against Toulon. Ruddock has been in excellent form for the province in recent matches and is in the running to wear the Ireland number six jersey against Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rhys Ruddock used to be a self-proclaimed mummy’s boy when it came to rugby during his childhood, or to be more accurate when it came to showing alleg(...)

Fourie Du Preez and Schalk Burger embrace after South Africa’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final win over Wales. Photograph: Getty

South Africa 23 Wales 19 Wales fell agonisingly short, a defeat they might haunt them for some time. Not because they didn’t give their all, th(...)

Tyler Morgan will partner Jamie Roberts in the Welsh midfield. Photograph: Getty

POOL A: Wales v Fiji, Millennium stadium, 4.45 (Live on TV3, UTV) “It’s a tough tournament, isn’t it?” Warren Gatland, the ultimate survivor, w(...)

Scott Williams leaves England’s Mike Brown and Sam Burgess trailing in his wake at Twickenham. Burgess showed all the attributes of his rugby league background in what was England’s biggest game for eight years. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I only started playing centre in 2004. It took until the 2007 World Cup before I felt properly attuned to the nuances of the position and comfortable (...)

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