Hugo Keenan

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France’s Gregory Alldritt is tackled by Billy Burns of Ireland during the Six Nations game at the Aviva Stadium. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

France are growing before our eyes but Ireland assisted the process. Ending a 10-year winless streak in Dublin removes another millstone from around t(...)

France’s Mohamed Haouas receives an offload from Gregory Alldritt during the Six Nations game against Ireland at the Avivs Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Just over 10 minutes into last Sunday’s game at the Aviva Stadium, after one of innumerable strong carries by Gregory Alldritt, his fellow backrower A(...)

Ireland’s James Lowe is tackled by Wales’ George North (left) and Louis Rees-Zammit during the Guinness Six Nations match at Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

James Lowe’s upbeat disposition encourages him to regulate emotion in a professional sporting world where results can inform mood. The frustration of (...)

James Ryan looks set to be ruled out due to the head injury which forced him off in Cardiff. Photograph: Inpho

Six Nations: Ireland v France Kick-off: 3pm, Sunday. Venue: Aviva Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 2.30pm. On TV: Live (...)

Hugo Keenan tries to find a gap between Wales’ Dan Biggar and George North. Photograph: Inpho

There is an ability in some sports top players possess, which coaches call emergent intelligence or premeditation. It comes from training for Plan A. (...)

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw was excellent in Cardiff. Photograph: Inp

15 Hugo Keenan Read the game brilliantly, making a couple of try saving interventions, and was one of the few Irish players who made significant metr(...)

Louis Rees-Zammit dives to score Wales’s second try against Ireland ahead of Tadhg Furlong. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Wales 21 Ireland 16 Ireland returned to their bubble from Cardiff with a deeply frustrating and profound case of what might have been. A 14th minute (...)

 Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony leaves the pitch after receiving a red card. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There is no scope to forgive Billy Burns’ inaccuracy as the premature ending in the Principality had Ireland coach Andy Farrell wide eyed and staring (...)

Munster’s Tadhg Beirne and Robbie Henshaw of Leinster in their Guinness Pro14 game at Thomond Park on January 23rd. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Andy Farrell unveils his Irish matchday 23 for their opening 2021 Guinness Six Nations match in the Principality Stadium on Sunday at lunchtime o(...)

England celebrate their success in last autumn’s  Nations Cup at  Twickenham Stadium, London. They are favourites, at around even money, to retain their Six Nations trophy. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Inpho

Ireland finished third in the last two editions of the Six Nations, the same again in the Autumn Nations Cup and, accordingly, are third favourites go(...)

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