Ireland

World-class: Fernandez Lobbe

Ireland v Argentina: The Preview

A MUCH improved Argentina went to Cardiff a fortnight ago and deservedly beat a faltering Wales 26-12 so Ireland have no excuses for getting caught cold. They know they need…

Worth a shot: Chris Henry

Debate: Is it time to rethink Ireland’s backrow?

IN 21st century Test rugby, superstars play at No 7. Richie McCaw, David Pocock and Sam Warburton have all been heralded, with Michael Hooper, after his performance against England, set…

Luke Marshall

Ireland XV v Fiji: What did we learn?

AN EXPERIMENTAL Ireland XV convincingly swept aside Fiji 53-0 on a damp, and blustery Saturday evening in Limerick. So far, so good, yet the game lacked Test match intensity. This…

ireland xv v fiji

Ireland XV 53-0 Fiji: The Verdict

IN WHAT turned out to be nothing more than a training ground run around, Ireland ran in eight unanswered tries in this non-cap match at Thomond Park. Fiji laboured in…

Conor Murray

Ireland XV v Fiji: The Preview

THIS IS not to belittle England’s 50-point spree last weekend but the Fiji squad touring Britain and Ireland is a desperately mediocre bunch. No team should concede tries as soft…

Focus: Pat Lambie ticks the scoreboard over

Ireland need to get back to winning ways

I CAN'T begin to imagine the impact on Ireland's pysche having come so close to beating the World Champions on their own turf, and then suffering a record defeat the…

Ireland v South Africa

Ireland 12 South Africa 16: The Verdict

IT WAS an unspectacular match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, with the physical exchanges dominating and little creative attacking play on show. Ireland built a healthy 12-3 half-time lead,…

Tower of strength: Etzebeth will take some stopping

Ireland v South Africa: The Preview

JAMIE HEASLIP will lead Ireland out against the Springboks for the first time, promising to ‘give the Irish people something to cheer about’. The big Leinsterman added for good measure.…

Enforcer: Jim Hamilton's aggression could be key against Australia's pack

Five Lions ‘bolters’ to tour Australia

EVERY FOUR years, a player not considered for the Lions tour suddenly finds themselves on the plane, regardless of Test experience or age. Ahead of the British & Irish Lions…

Newly qualified: Leinster hooker Richardt Strauss has been selected after three years in Dublin

Strauss named in Ireland squad

DECLAN KIDNEY has named a 31-man squad for Ireland’s upcoming Test matches against South Africa, Fiji and Argentina. There are four uncapped players named in the squad, including Leinster hooker…