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CJ Stander carries the ball during the Ireland captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium on Friday ahead of the Six Nations game  against England. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland v England, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 4.45 – Live on Virgin Media 1, ITV 1 or follow on The Irish Times liveblog from 4.15 In keeping with thes(...)

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:(...)

The 2021 Six Nations Championship will be decided this weekend. Photograph: Getty Images

Permutations Wales sit proudly at the top of the Six Nations table with one fixture to play against France and for Wayne Pivac the permutations are s(...)

England’s Jonny May  in action against France during the Six Nations game at Twickenham. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Rugby played high in the sky will suit England down to the ground. Send all box kicks and Garryowens into Jonny May’s fly zone? The sprinter craves su(...)

 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(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has been part of the negotiation process with the seven players whose IRFU central contracts expired this summer. File photograph: PA

Different time, different head coach, wildly contrasting results. For numerous reasons. Beating Scotland and England would fatten up statistics that (...)

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(...)

 Ireland’s Jordan Larmour tries to evade a tackle from Italy’s  Paolo Garbisi during the Six Nations  match at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Jordan Larmour holds a kind of breezy, open minded view of exactly where he fits into the 2021 version of the Irish team. After dislocating his should(...)

 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(...)

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