Joe Schmidt

Why Ireland have no reason to panic

By Mark Coughlan It’s been a World Cup countdown of mixed emotions for Ireland fans. While England headed for Denver, Wales travelled to Qatar and their beloved Poland, and the…

George Ford

England v Ireland: Taking the positives

By Adam Hathaway Whatever the result at Twickenham on Saturday when England host Ireland we can be certain of two things. One coach will say that the result does not…

Pinged: Referee Craig Joubert signals for a penalty to the frustration of Ireland captain Paul O'Connell

Rugby World debates: Paul O’Connell’s clear-out

Picture the scene: Wales and Ireland are locked at 10-10, close to the hour mark. Dublin’s Aviva Stadium is expectant. The hosts have taken a while to click into gear but are finally…

Rugby maul

Ireland v Wales: 5 Things we learnt

The full-on Friendly. When Ireland faced Wales on Saturday it felt as though the Rugby World Cup had started early. The fitness sessions were over, the training bibs were back…

Mike Phillips

Five things we learnt: Wales v Ireland

The awkward reality of ‘Warm up’ matches Wales lost to Ireland by 35 points to 21 in what was a very difficult game to watch from a Welsh perspective. But…

Johnny Sexton

Pro 12 transfers 2015-16: Comings and goings

In a game of inches, sides with an established foundation of pragmatism usually emerge clutching the etched handles of oversized silverware. For once it was a debonair attitude to open…