Paul Dean

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Bundee Aki: will be the focus of special attention  when Ireland take on the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Johnny Sexton is arguably the greatest and definitely the crankiest in Ireland’s celebrated lineage of outhalves. Every so often, the commentators wi(...)

Alun Wyn Jones and Leigh Halfpenny celebrate after victory for the Lions in the third Test against Australia in Sydney in 2013. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Warren Gatland’s Lions have a chance to win a Test series when they face New Zealand in the third and final match at Eden Park on Saturday. Only the t(...)

Outhalf Ian Madigan has struggled to hold down a first-team place at Bordeaux-Bégles. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Ian Madigan needs Bordeaux-Bégles to sign a back-up outhalf for Simon Hickey before negotiations can begin to join another French or English club. Ma(...)

Jamie Heaslip at a press conference in Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The proof will be in the pudding, but both Johnny Sexton and Rob Kearney are both on course to resume full training on Tuesday with a view to proving (...)

Ireland player Jamie Heaslip shows his frustration after Saturday’s loss to  Scotland. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

A wintry Monday did little to alleviate the huge sense of disappointment which accompanied Saturday’s anti-climactic start to Ireland’s Six Nations c(...)

It remains unclear whether Johnny Sexton will feature this weekend. Photograph: Inpho

No player, including Johnny Sexton, has been ruled out of the Irish squad for the second game of the Six Nations Championship against Italy next weeke(...)

Johnny Sexton is fit to play for Ireland in their Six Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Johnny Sexton, Seán O’Brien and Keith Earls will all be available for selection ahead of Ireland’s opening Six Nations Championship match against Scot(...)

Eamon Mills of Lansdowne runs in for his side’s first try at Trinity. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin University 14 Lansdowne 25 Dublin University’s spell at the top of Division 1A lasted just a week after Lansdowne consigned the high-flying st(...)

Victor Costello of Leinster breaks the Milan defence during their European Cup game in  1996. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster are re-assembling their squad from the inaugural European Cup in 1995-96 for Saturday week’s return meeting with Toulon at the Aviva Stadium.(...)

Big blokes, these rugby men. Irish sides are not renowned as behemoths of the rugby world but Joe Schmidt’s side of today still dwarfs those of 30 yea(...)

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