Happy faces: Ireland fans have something to cheer again after thrashing Italy. (Photo: Inpho)

Ireland answered their critics and ran nine tries past a poor and injury-hit Italy side to notch up their first win of this RBS 6 Nations in comprehensive style. It…

Conor Murray

By Whiff of Cordite England ultimately overpowered Ireland to win by more than a score but the outlook for Ireland was weirdly positive. A measure of how far they’ve sunk…

Beaming Brown: Full-back Mike Brown scores England's second try. (Photo: Getty Images)

England kept their Grand Slam dream alive with a scrappy RBS Six Nations win over the reigning champions at Twickenham. They outscored Ireland two tries to one but there are…

Make way: Josh Van Der Flier has forced his way into the Ireland team. (Photo: Inpho)

However, we can still say the Leinster openside’s career has undergone a jet-propelled take-off. From two Guinness Pro12 starts last season to Ireland’s Six Nations team now is a steep…

Ireland

By Whiff of Cordite Ireland’s Six Nations three-peat hopes are all but over after a dispiriting one point defeat in Paris. The game was eye-bleedingly poor and was undoubtedly the…

We've got you licked: Maxime Medard celebrates his try over Ireland. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ireland‘s hopes of making it three RBS Six Nations titles on the bounce look all but dead after a 71st-minute try from Maxime Medard took France to a 10-9 victory…

Room for optimism: Conor Murray crashes over on an encouraging afternoon for Ireland

By Whiff of Cordite Ireland managed a draw in their opening match against Wales, and with the dust settling on the performance and result, the feeling is one of the…