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Jared Payne is to become a defence coach with Ulster. Photograph: Getty Images

The IRFU and Ulster have confirmed that Jared Payne will take up the position of defence coach with the province, having been forced to retire. The 3(...)

Incoming Ulster coach Dan McFarland looks to be a good fit for the province. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

That was meant to have been a quiet week; just the Pro14 quarter-final between Munster and Edinburgh, and the Ulster Bank League final featuring Lansd(...)

Ultan Dillane and Tadhg Furlong during a maul at Ireland’s training session at Carton House. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s surely a measure of how much Ireland have progressed and England regressed that whereas Joe Schmidt has made only change to his starting XV, Eddi(...)

  Joe Schmidt “We don’t want to be described as boring, but I don’t think any of the team would care if it was 3-0.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has hit back at Matt Williams, insisting there would be nothing “boring” about leading Ireland to just their third-ever Grand Slam. Form(...)

Sam Arnold: “I might not have the Irish accent but I would do absolutely everything if I did get the opportunity to wear the jersey.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Much like the bread shelves in the supermarkets these past few days, Ireland’s midfield cupboard is looking increasingly bare, but Joe Schmidt is cont(...)

There were four different players who wore the green 13 in the first five Test matches after O’Driscoll’s retirement.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Triskaidekaphobia, Brian O’Driscoll’s Twitter handle and the word that also adorns the official Leinster supporters club T-shirt in his honour, is a m(...)

Ireland look to be without Chris Farrell for the rest of the Six Nations. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland are set to be without Chris Farrell for the remainder of the Six Nations after he suffered ligament damage to his knee in training on Tuesday.(...)

Joe Schmidt addresses his players during a squad session at Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

  It would have been fascinating to see Joe Schmidt and Warren Gatland work together with the Lions. Of course Schmidt declined Gatland’s offer t(...)

Garry Ringrose trained with Leinster and Ireland this week. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Good news for Irish coach Joe Schmidt has come from Leinster, where outside centre Garry Ringrose has been named to face Southern Kings in the RDS on (...)

Tadhg Furlong ran at ‘75 per cent’ in Athlone on Thursday, according to Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has given the most optimistic noises yet about Tadhg Furlong’s well-being following the hamstring injury which forced the tighthead off af(...)

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