Ireland

Old familiar: Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy renew their partnership

RBS 6 Nations: Familiar feel to Ireland team

AN IRELAND side has been selected to storm into the Millennium Stadium this Saturday. Fronted by new skipper Jamie Heaslip it is a fairly familiar looking side with an additional…

Heavy is the crown: Roberts with some silverware

Six Nations Q&A: Robshaw, Roberts, Brown and Heaslip

RW spent some time with national captain's Chris Robshaw, Jamie Heaslip, Kelly Brown plus Wales' defensive leader Jamie Roberts at Twickenham to chat about the Six Nations. Let's see what…

Braced: Francois Van der Merwe

Heineken Cup Round 5: Five must-watch clashes

SPORTING CLICHES are often abused. Every tournament has a Group of Death and every player is weighed and measured to see if they will be found inferior or capable of…

New generation: Maxime Machenaud

New Year predictions: 2013

GET THE chopping block ready. Remove the ceremonial stretching-rings. It's time to put my neck on the line. The season has, so far, provided very few genuine shocks. However, as…

Red-hot: Patchell has impressed

Four players to watch for 2013

COMING OUT from the festive fog, carried on the breath of several days of heartily enjoyed time off work chimes that familiar phrase, ‘Happy New Year’. And happy it may…

Top carrier: Johnson is a key Chief

Round 3: Heineken Cup winners

EUROPEAN RUGBY sometimes feels like a school dance. Some nervous sorts can feel flashes of panic and exhilaration as they stand, seemingly alone on the big stage, while celebrated individuals…

Matthew Rees

The home nations’ autumn report

With results and incidental occurrences varying throughout the autumn Internationals, it is not a case of saying that there were winners and losers. There is a cost for the smallest…

Work in progress: The Pumas were let down by their lineout

Ireland 46-24 Argentina: The Verdict

IRELAND WERE superior up front and absolutely ruthless about taking their scoring chances. This record win against the Pumas guarantees Ireland a top-eight seeding for the 2015 World Cup when…