Ireland

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…

Happy days: Sexton congratulates Bowe

Accent on youth reinvigorates Ireland

ON 31st July 2010 a young Ulsterman scored the first try in a challenge match to mark the opening of the Aviva Stadium. Another reporter turned to me and said…

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…

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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…