Ireland

Paul O'Connell

Heineken Cup quarter-final previews

Rugby World columnist Stephen Jones looks ahead to this weekend's four Heineken Cup quarter-finals – and makes his predictions…

Super Rugby Rd 4 - Crusaders v Stormers

Comeback kids: Burger, Kaino and Ferris

We are spoiled for young back-row talent across the world right now. Billy Vunipola was phenomenal in the early part of the Six Nations. Australian Michael Hooper has terrorised breakdowns…

Mike Phillips

Six Nations: The RW Awards

Award for ‘angering millions of teenage girls’: Mike Phillips Mike Phillips has had an interesting year. Sacked from Bayonne for allegedly turning up to training under the influence, he switched…

Andrew Trimble

Round 5: Six Nations Team of the Weekend

Mike Brown’s remarkable consistency continued in Rome, but the Scarlets' bomb-diffuser supreme was brilliant against Scotland and demonstrated that Wales have more than one rapier full-back. In the right place…

Patience pays: Trimble has had ups and downs in the Irish jersey

Ireland: Five things we learned v France

By Claire Glancy  “Get bitter or get better” Andrew Trimble has had more heartaches than highs since making his Ireland debut in 2005. He has won 55 caps since then…

Last laugh: But who will replace O'Driscoll?

Six Nations: France 20-22 Ireland

By Bea Asprey in Paris  The match in 30 seconds The RBS 6 Nations ended in a fairytale fashion rarely seen in sport as Brian O’Driscoll took home the title…

Farewell to all: Brian O'Driscoll will take his final bow for Ireland against France

Brian O’Driscoll: A farewell

BRIAN O’DRISCOLL  will depart the international scene for after 15 years and 141 Test caps after tomorrow’s game against France, with Irish fans hoping it can be with a Six…

Handful: Trimble is excelling for Ireland

Round 4: Six Nations Team of the weekend

Before this weekend there were (theoretically speaking) five sides still in the Championship hunt. Wales left the running after being comprehensively ousted at Twickenham, while Ireland brushed off hard-working Italy…