Aaron Smith

IRELAND HAVE never beaten New Zealand but they have a chance to change the history books in Auckland on Saturday. Both Declan Kidney and Steve Hansen have selected new caps…

Simon Zebo Munster

THREE UNCAPPED players have been named in the Ireland squad to travel to New Zealand in June. Ulster prop Declan Fitzpatrick has made the cut, while Munster duo Mike Sherry…

Brad Thorn Leinster

THE FRENCH and English clubs have fallen by the wayside in this season’s Heineken Cup, so Twickenham will play host to the first all-Irish final on Saturday afternoon. Leinster are…

Nathan Hines

Bordeaux is famed for its wine but this weekend it’ll be the smell of rugby players’ sweat filling the air rather than the fruity aroma of a good red. Clermont…

rob kearney

What a shocker! This generation of Ireland players and fans have got so used to beating England in the last decade that with this year's match rounding off the tournament…

england coaches

England ruined Ireland's St Patrick's Day party by inflicting a 30-9 thrashing of their guests at a rain-soaked Twickenham. In a scrappy encounter in which there were numerous handling errors,…

Manu Tuilagi

It's helpful, when unsure which way a match will go, to conduct a man-for-man comparison and see what a composite XV would look like. Adopting this method, the only Englishman…