Ireland’s Rory Best scoring a try against New Zealand  last year. The experienced hooker is fit and ready to return to the starting line-up. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Considering Ireland have come through back-to-back wins over South Africa and Georgia relatively unscathed – and while starting 28 players and using 3(...)

Lock Rob Simmonscrosses the whitewash in Australia’s loss to France last weekend. photograph: Reuters/ Gonzalo Fuentes

Matt O’Connor made an interesting comment recently when it was suggested that Kane Douglas, his newly acquired lock, might be sucked back into the Wa(...)

Former Ireland international Peter Stringer celebrates after a Bath win in the Premiership with team-mate  George Ford, who lines out at 10 for England on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images.

Finally, after a season of trying and even longer thinking about it, Stuart Lancaster has announced a side with George Ford and Owen Farrell starting(...)

George Ford will take the number 10 jersey for England against Samoa on Saturday with Owen Farrell moving to inside centre

Flyhalf George Ford will make his first England start against Samoa on Saturday but Owen Farrell remains in the side at inside centre with Stuart Lanc(...)

Scrumhalf Will Genia at an Australia press conference in Killiney, Dublin. “The body feels good, the ankle feels good, I just need game time now.” Photograph: Inpho

Will Genia was the best scrumhalf in the world. A professional rugby player since the Queensland Reds pulled him and Quade Cooper from the under-19 wo(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray puts in a crosskicks which led to Tommy Bowe’s try against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As befits a player who is now 25 and has 29 caps to his name, and is entering the prime years of a career which has the capacity to make him Ireland’s(...)

Leinster loosehead Jack McGrath is likely to take the number one jersey off Dave Kilcoyne for Saturday’s fixture against Australia at the Aviva Stadium

Attitude, aptitude and good fortune are three essential components common to most successful sportspeople. The first two are mental and physical quali(...)

Jared Payne injured his foot during the victory over South Africa and has failed to recover in time to face the Wallabies at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday

Jared Payne has been ruled out of consideration for the Ireland team ahead of Saturday’s test match against Australia at the Aviva stadium. The Ulster(...)

Australia’s Quade Cooper: is looking forward to playing against  recent IRB World Player of the Year nominee Jonathan Sexton. Photograph: Inpho

Portraying Quade Cooper as an artist is based on the empirical evidence of his performances as a rugby player. Suggesting that the New Zealand-born, W(...)

Simon Zebo goes over to score one of six Irish tries against Georgia. Ireland took advantage of Georgia’s ill-discipline in the second half. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

By half-time, Ireland had forced twice as many tackles from Georgia than they themselves made. In making 78, Georgia missed 10 but the score stood at (...)

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