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Conor Murray’s moment of magic helped Ireland to a 17-point half time lead against the All Blacks. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

From the outset of Ireland’s victory over the All Blacks in Chicago it was obvious Joe Schmidt’s side had a clear game plan. As many illustrious si(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray scores their third try. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rob Kearney 8 Comeback Kearney. Supposedly washed up, past his sell by date, Kearney shut a lot of people up by out-leaping Ben Smith off a restart(...)

Ireland players Rob Kearney (left) and Jamie Heaslip celebrate following their 40-29 victory over New Zealand. Photograph: Getty

Ireland 40 New Zealand 29 Finally. As Rory Best declared in his on-field post-match interview at a rowdy Soldier Field in Chicago, it’s been a long(...)

Barrett at 10 is sensational; he has a fullback’s pace and, with Coles, makes up my favourite back and forward combo.

At half time in the World Cup final, the All Blacks arrived back out on the pitch five minutes early: to do what? Clearly, Steve Hansen had his prior(...)

South Africa coach Allister Coetzee. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa coach Allister Coetzee believes the gap between the hemispheres has closed since last year’s World Cup. The Springboks lost to Ireland a(...)

South Africa coach Allister Coetzee has said the gap between the northern and southern hemisphers has closed since the World Cup. Photograph: Epa

South Africa coach Allister Coetzee believes the gap between the hemispheres has closed since last year’s World Cup. The Springboks lost to Ireland a(...)

Fullback  Jared Payne scores Ireland’s first try during the first Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa 20 Ireland 26 As a one-off win, perhaps Ireland’s biggest of all time, but assuredly of the professional era and in modern memory. Not o(...)

Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton gets treatment before leaving the field injured in the Champions Cup game against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wasps 51 Leinster 10 Twelve months since Johnny Sexton was stood down for 12 weeks by neurologist Dr Jean-François Cherman, concussion has revisited (...)

Andrew Conway makes a break for Emerging Ireland against Georia in Tbilisi. Photo: GRU/Inpho

Georgia 12 Emerging Ireland 45 Joe Schmidt watched Emerging Ireland win the Tbilisi Cup in emphatic style with a six-try win over hosts Georgia(...)

George Clancy: part of a 12-member panel that will referee at Rugby World Cup 2015. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s George Clancy and John Lacey have been chosen as part of a 12-member panel that will referee at Rugby World Cup 2015. World Rugby also co(...)

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