Gerry Thornley

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Alcohol sales in glass bottles are banned as English fans descend on the city of Volgograd ahead of their 2018 World Cup Group G clash with Tunisia. Photo: Mark Rolston/Getty Images

It’s another packed day of World Cup action today with England among those getting their campaigns underway. Gareth Southgate’s side meet Tunisia in V(...)

David Pocock: “Both teams know they can get better. The run Ireland have had, they’re going to be a lot better this weekend and we know that, we are also going to have to step up.” Photograph:  Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

The Wallabies have a somewhat different attitude to the media than Ireland. Granted, it’s a harder sell, not least in Melbourne, where Aussie Rules do(...)

 Tadhg Furlong: “Individually we have to turn up more than we did at the weekend.” Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

As with others in this Irish squad, Tadhg Furlong had not known what it was like to lose all season, which was particularly remarkable in his case as(...)

Andy Farrell: “These boys are gung-ho to play a Test match and draw a series, make it level at the weekend. There’s no excuses there.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In the course of their record dozen victories in a row, and especially so during the Six Nations window, this Irish squad have shown a capacity to imp(...)

Johnny Sexton: “We didn’t hit the standards that we want to and the coaches demand, and let’s do that this week and see where it gets us.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton is back in what had become very unfamiliar terrain of late. Last Saturday’s first Test not only marked his first time on the Irish bench(...)

Ireland have lost a rugby match for the first time since somewhere around the Mesozoic period. Gerry Thornley was in Brisbane to see the 18-9 defeat a(...)

Rob Kearney passes as he is tackled during the international Test match against between the Australian Wallabies  on Saturday. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

This Irish squad, like so many others, strives to operate within a no-excuse culture. Last Saturday’s first defeat since the penultimate round of the (...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika: ‘This squad has 11 members of the World Cup squad left, one third, which is about exactly where I thought we would be.’ Photograph: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Michael Cheika is rarely less than good value and he was in vintage form as the Wallabies rolled into Kelvin Grove State College in Brisbane. Warmly g(...)

Joey Carbery (second right) with Jack McGrath and  Andrew Conway at an Ireland squad session at Carton House yesterday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joey Carbery cut a relieved figure yesterday as he revealed how he had agonised over the last month or so before eventually deciding to cut his ties w(...)

Leinster’s Isa Nacewa lifts the trophy as he celebrates victory in the Pro14 final over Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium, his final game for the province. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 40 Scarlets 32 And so all that remains to be achieved is a first series win against one of the Southern Hemisphere big three since 1979. A(...)

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