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Jacob Stockdale has been recalled to the Ireland team for the Six Nations match against England on Saturday. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Six Nations: Ireland v England Kick-off: 4.45pm, Saturday. Venue: Aviva Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 4.15pm. On TV:(...)

James Ryan leaves the pitch with Dr Ciarán Cosgrave to undergo a HIA during Ireland’s Six Nations  game against Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland will have to do without James Ryan and Garry Ringrose for Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations clash with England in Dublin. Vice-captain Ryan w(...)

Ireland’s Tadhg Beirne in action during Sunday’s win over Scotland. Photograph: Inpho

A quick post match debriefing in the Ireland huddle on the Murrayfield pitch after the 27-24 victory over Scotland didn’t eschew the shortcomings in p(...)

Scotland’s  Chris Harris, Ireland’s  Keith Earls and Scotland’s fullback Stuart Hogg  compete for the ball in the build-up to Ireland’s first try during the Six Nations clash at Murrayfield. Photograph:  Stu Forster/AFP/Getty

Seemingly in control for the most part, then dragged into a harum-scarum endgame and finally indebted to a 77th minute penalty by Johnny Sexton in a g(...)

 Jacob Stockdale makes a break for Ulster against Dragons. The Ulster fullback has stormed back from injury, looking closer to his scintillating best more than any time since 2018. Photograph: Ryan Hiscott/Inpho

Heretofore, loyalty shown by Ireland coach Andy Farrell has been admirable. Billy Burns flunks the last play against Wales, and Ireland lose, yet Farr(...)

CJ Stander: will play his 50th Test match for Ireland when he lines out against Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Six Nations: Scotland v Ireland, Murrayfield, Sunday, 3pm – Live on Virgin Media One and BBC 1 Not for the first time in recent years, and not for th(...)

Rob Herring starts in place of Leinster’s dynamic young hooker Rónan Kelleher. File photograph: Inpho

What does success look like for Ireland? “Two wins and two good performances,” said Andy Farrell, the national head coach, on announcing the squad to(...)

Jamison Gibson-Park starts at scrumhalf for Ireland against Scotland on Sunday. File photograph: Inpho

Jamison Gibson-Park has been retained ahead of the fit-again Conor Murray for Ireland’s Six Nations clash with Scotland this Sunday. Following the wi(...)

 Of Ireland’s eight tries so far, Will Connors’ first score against Italy is all that can be paraded around the winner’s enclosure as a strategy invented in the coach’s box. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sometimes in rugby you play the opposition, not the game. Take Ulster’s sparkling backline. Robert Baloucoune has returned from injury with serious po(...)

Paul O’Connell, Johnny Sexton and Andy Farrell during an Ireland training session at the IRFU High Performance Centre at Abbotstown. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Guess who? “He can be cranky at times,” says Paul O’Connell. “But by and large I think he makes people feel good.” Three Six Nations matches into his(...)

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