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The Ireland coach is entering the Six Nations with the wind in his sails after wins over England and New Zealand in the last 12 mo…

Garry Doyle
28 Jan, 6:53

Here are the Ireland player ratings after they delivered a 'statement' win over England to finish their 2021 Six Nations campaign …

Liam Heagney
20 Mar, 15:30

Ireland's task for this Six Nations is to show they can live with the might of England and France

Garry Doyle
05 Feb, 9:48

With Scotland and Wales both beaten in Dublin to set up a Triple Crown visit to England, RugbyPass grades all 25 players used so f…

Liam Heagney
11 Feb, 6:44

With just two of the dozen players currently on central contracts having deals that expire at the end of the season, the focus is …

Liam Heagney
05 Feb, 14:31

Ireland will be heading into their quarter-final matchup with the All Blacks knowing that they have the tools to beat the world ch…

Online Editors
19 Oct, 0:19

Joe Schmidt has been on the prowl with Ireland for six years and 75 matches, but his excellent stint in charge has come down to a …

Liam Heagney
18 Oct, 9:25

Ulster's win at Edinburgh last weekend secured them a second place PRO14 conference finish, but that play-off earning success came…

Online Editors
17 Apr, 10:50

Darren Cave still has plenty of rugby left in him, but the lie of the land in Ireland has changed in recent times and it has force…

Neil Best
08 Apr, 23:20

Having used 36 players in the 2019 Six Nations, Joe Schmidt has some manoeuvring to do to cut the numbers down and ensure he takes…

Liam Heagney
20 Mar, 12:40

Roll up, roll up. With European pool stage campaigns ending, Six Nations preparations will now quickly click into gear this we…

Liam Heagney
20 Jan, 9:29

Despite scores separated by one with five minutes left, one look at Ulster defence coach Jared Payne would tell you that the resul…

Online Editors
13 Jan, 1:33

Last weekend provided the latest compelling evidence that Ireland’s IRFU-contracted stars have it much easier than their club-co…

Liam Heagney
06 Dec, 7:02

Joe Schmidt’s hint that he just might be leaving Ireland at the end of the 2019 World Cup wasn’t the only post-match quip to c…

Liam Heagney
25 Nov, 13:59

Ireland had a disappointing Six Nations last year by their lofty standards, rescued by a final day win over England. Joe Schmid…

Nathaniel Cope
28 Jan, 9:25

Joe Schmidt has named a squad of 36 players for the opening two rounds of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations Championship. Ireland take…

17 Jan, 11:51