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Independent.ie SportsdeskHines' 'niggly work' and class act Payne earn the highest of praise from Leinster's captain fantastic.
Independent.ie SportsdeskHines' 'niggly work' and class act Payne earn the highest of praise from Leinster's captain fantastic.
Jonathan BradleyIain Henderson will make his long-awaited return to Ulster colours when the...
Ruaidhri O'Connor in QueenstownThe Lions have confirmed that Jared Payne will not re-join the squad ahead of the...
Ireland's Jared Payne was withdrawn from the British and Irish Lions' clash with the Hurricanes as a precaution after...
Independent.ie NewsdeskIreland's Jared Payne was withdrawn from the British and Irish Lions' clash with the...
Elliot Daly seemed to cement his place in the British and Irish Lions' Test squad to face New Zealand with a smart showing in the 34-6 win over the Chiefs.
Stuart Hogg faces a nervous 48-hour wait to discover whether his cheek injury could end his British and Irish Lions tour.
Nick Purewal One moment of Sonny Bill Williams magic was all it took for Auckland Blues to sink the British and Irish Lions 22-16 at Eden Park.
Ruaidhri O'Connor For Jared Payne and CJ Stander, this is familiar ground.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Team announcement day in Auckland and for the two men who will occupy the coaching box at Eden Park tomorrow morning, this was a day for facing down some awkward questions.
Warren Gatland has insisted the British and Irish Lions "don't want to play by numbers" after the latest bout of All Blacks criticism on the tourists' style.
Jared Payne has been ruled out of the British and Irish Lions' opening tour match against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians due to a calf strain.
Daniel Schofield Jared Payne, the most left-field of the British & Irish Lions selections, may also be the most laid-back. Last November, the Ireland centre ruptured his kidney after being tackled by...
Independent.ie newsdesk Ireland centre and native New Zealander Jared Payne claims that he's a 'converted Irishman' in light of former Ireland lock Neil Francis' column in last weekend's Sunday Independent.
Jack O'Toole The World Rugby Council voted to extend international rugby's residency requirements from three years to five years on Wednesday, when the sport's global governing body met in Kyoto...
Cian Tracey Ulster's three Lions, Rory Best (shoulder), Iain Henderson (elbow) and Jared Payne (ankle) will not feature against Leinster on Saturday but director of rugby Les Kiss has eased fears...
Independent.ie Newsdesk Jared Payne's inclusion in Warren Gatland's 41-man Lions squad raised a lot of eyebrows in Britain and Ireland, and it didn't go unnoticed in his native New Zealand either.
Independent.ie Newsdesk There were joyous scenes at the Kingspan Stadium this afternoon as three Ulstermen were named in Warren Gatland's 41-man Lions squad for this summer's tour of New Zealand.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Of all the names bandied about as possible Lions tourists ahead of today's squad announcement, few were pushing the candidacy of Jared Payne.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Half-time at the Aviva Stadium and Joe Schmidt and his coaches have delivered their messages to a team leading Australia 17-7; things are looking good.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Jared Payne wasn't selected in the Ireland 23 for tonight's clash with Wales but he has been deemed fit enough to play in Ulster's Pro12 fixture with Zebre tomorrow night.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Joe Schmidt will be sorely tempted to return Jared Payne to the Ireland midfield against Wales on Friday night.
Will Slattery Down weeks in the Six Nations can be frustrating for fans, forced to cast their eyes away from the gladiatorial arena of international rugby and reacquaint themselves with the provinces, who take a...
Jack O'Toole Former Ireland winger Luke Fitzgerald has backed Leinster centre Garry Ringrose to retain his place in the Irish midfield despite Jared Payne’s recent return from a kidney injury.
Independent.ie Sportsdesk In an ultimate 'damned if you do, damned if you don't' scenario, Ulster took maximum points from yesterday's trip to Zebre, but were far from impressive over the course of this win in Parma.
Ulster recorded their third consecutive bonus-point Guinness PRO12 win as they overcame a battling Zebre side 40-17 at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma.
Tony Ward I was never great at maths in school but one thing I'm pretty sure about is that three into one won't go. Yet in Joe Schmidt's utopian world of coaching that is the Holy Grail.
Tony Ward This time last year the game here was on the deck. After the World Cup and our ignominious exit to Argentina, it was as if our rugby Hindenburg had been deflated. Injuries to key players ultimately put a halt to our ambition but, if we're brutally honest, we were all guilty of raising the bar much too high in advance of a...
Neil Francis It is about 6.20pm on Saturday, November 26. I am at the Aviva in the best seats in the house and I am watching a cracking Test match.
Jared Payne could miss the RBS 6 Nations after suffering a kidney injury in Ireland's 27-24 win over Australia.
Darren Cave has warned the TV pundits to stick to the facts when criticising Ireland's World Cup performances, in an impassioned defence of team-mate Jared Payne.
Cian Tracey in Guilford Darren Cave has brushed off the criticism of Jared Payne that was aimed at him by Matt Williams.
Tommy Bowe has leapt to the defence of Jared Payne after the Ireland centre's World Cup form was savaged by former Ulster coach Matt Williams.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Tommy Bowe has launched a strong defence of his Ireland team-mate Jared Payne, who came in for stinging criticism from former Leinster coach Matt Williams on Sunday.
Tony Ward Two down five to go in Ireland's trek towards the holy grail. Joe Schmidt's men did not deliver a complete performance against Romania but, for the second week in a row, the impression they...
Independent.ie Newsdesk George Hook believes Tommy Bowe is playing for his international life against Romania today and expects Joe Schmidt’s side to comfortably see off the challenge of Romania.
Tony Ward Ireland took a big psychological step in the right direction last week. Of course we were expected to beat the Canadians convincingly, but Joe Schmidt's men launched their assault on the...
Ruaidhri O'Connor Joe Schmidt has backed the World Cup's oldest side to deliver a second victory for Ireland as he looks to build on the momentum generated last week against Canada by beating Romania.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Ireland's record tryscorer Brian O'Driscoll believes Jared Payne has become a vital cog in Joe Schmidt's plans and is a certainty to start Ireland biggest games.
Tom Rooney Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has rung the changes for a game the Six Nations champions are expected to win comfortably. Here is what to look out for during the game.
Cian Tracey in St. George's Park Cian Healy is one of 12 changes to Ireland’s team to play Romania at Wembley on Sunday.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Joe Schmidt is unlikely to risk Robbie Henshaw against Romania on Sunday despite the centre's return to fitness.
Jared Payne is keen to ease his centre partnership with Robbie Henshaw into World Cup form against Romania on Sunday.
Nick Purewal Jared Payne is keen to ease his centre partnership with Robbie Henshaw into World Cup form against Romania on Sunday.
Brent Pope Ireland got their Rugby World Cup campaign off to a pretty positive start on Saturday as they cruised past a brave but limited Canada 50-7 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Brendan Fanning If the IRFU ever considered hiring another country's national stadium for the afternoon, for a party based around a rugby match, then this is how it would look. Never before have we been in the...
Joe Schmidt has backed Luke Fitzgerald to challenge Robbie Henshaw for Ireland's inside centre starting berth.
Roy Curtis Ireland raked up a big score to see off Canada in their opening game of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. With sterner tests ahead, coach Joe Schmidt will still be please with Irish performance. Here is how...
Jamie Cudmore's cheap yellow card gifted Ireland the ideal World Cup start as Joe Schmidt's men overwhelmed Canada 50-7 in Cardiff.
Ruaidhri O'Connor in Wales Joe Schmidt has confirmed that Robbie Henshaw will sit out Ireland's opening World Cup clash against Canada as a precaution after he picked up a hamstring injury in training on Tuesday.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Joe Schmidt looks set to reward Iain Henderson's flying form with a World Cup start against Canada on Saturday.
Tom Rooney There were very few good displays for Ireland today in London.
Declan Whooley Ronan O'Gara believes Andrew Trimble's lack of rugby ultimately cost the Ulster back a place in Joe Schmidt's World Cup squad, but has not ruled out his involvement in the tournament.
Cormac Byrne Joe Schmidt has revealed how he and his management staff cut their playing squad for the Rugby World Cup to 31 after six hours of deliberation.
Ruaidhri O’Connor TADHG FURLONG appears to have made a successful late charge into Ireland’s World Cup squad and is set to be named by Joe Schmidt who confirms his 31-man panel tomorrow.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Robbie Henshaw has echoed Johnny Sexton's assertion that Ireland have room to improve their attacking game and believes that they will show more come World Cup time.
World Rugby has confirmed that they will review the controversial residency rule.
Ruaidhri O'Connor The Rugby World Cup is now just one month away and, for those with tickets or simply looking forward to taking in as much of the competition as possible, it's time to get excited.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray, Robbie Henshaw and Rob Kearney are among Ireland's front-liners set to return to action against Wales on Saturday week as Joe Schmidt continues to work towards his final...
Little other than that the internal learning phase is largely completed and advanced option-preparation is well under way; expect tackling drills to dominate agenda in coming weeks.
Tony Ward A total of 14 changes from the run-on team that blitzed the Welsh in Cardiff as Ireland prepare for Round 2 of their World Cup preparation against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium this evening.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Mike Ross aside, Joe Schmidt has named an entirely new starting XV to face Scotland and he is hoping his fresh contenders get more of a test than the men they are replacing in the green jersey.
David Kelly Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip and many of his colleagues were glued to their laptops for the start of the Champions Cup draw - it would be interesting to note how many machines were flung against the wall when it concluded.
JONATHAN BRADLEY One year after his switch from fullback to centre, Jared Payne now feels right at home in the Ulster number 13 jersey.
David Kelly There are feathers being ruffled globally as the sport prepares to tackle the perennially thorny issue of international eligibility and, specifically, the issue of whether the three years required to switch allegiance is fit for purpose.
Ruaidhri O'Connor at Kingspan Stadium The Guinness Pro12 front-runners are neck and neck going the final day after Paddy Jackson’s touchline conversion earned 14-man Ulster a dramatic and deserved draw in the final moments of an...
When the history of Irish rugby is written, Declan Kidney's name will feature heavily in some of its greatest days.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Jared Payne says Joe Schmidt is making waves in New Zealand and warned that the All Blacks already have their eye on the Ireland coach.
Ruaidhri O'Connor This Irish derby had everything at the Sportsground but the grand finale the home fans so desired.
David Kelly TOP billing for this one as Sky Sports' cameras decamp west for their prime-time Saturday afternoon kick-off.
Ireland centre partners Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne will both be at 13 when Connacht and Ulster meet at the Sportsground (kick-off 2.40pm).
Robbie Henshaw I wonder has there ever been four Connacht rugby matches with so much riding on them? Tomorrow we host Ulster - always a tough assignment - and in two weeks' time the Glasgow Warriors also...
Jim Stokes Ireland midfield partners Jared Payne and Robbie Henshaw will put their growing playing relationship on hold when Ulster face Connacht in a crunch Pro12 clash in Galway on Saturday.
David Kelly ULSTER welcome back two of their long-term injured stars with captain Darren Cave bullishly declaring that it is up to other teams to "shoot them down" as the province seek to consolidate a...
Cian Tracey 1: Ireland save their best performance for last
Sean O'Brien believes blowing a Grand Slam in Wales "might not have been the worst thing in the world" as Ireland eye the World Cup after retaining their RBS 6 Nations title.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Murrayfield beckons, but Cardiff lingers. The image of despairing Irish players with their hands in the air, waving furiously in-field where the forwards are not listening just won't go away.
Ruaidhri O'Connor JOE SCHMIDT talks about Test rugby being a world of small margins, but it's the big moments that will haunt his team this week.
Tony Ward For the first time in this Championship Joe Schmidt has some serious decisions to make.
Vincent Hogan It was as if you could hear the place ticking. For these gatherings of rugby clans, Cardiff takes the feel of a city with its collar a little crooked and eyes the colour of cinder. Stretched to the seams and swaying on that tightrope between hilarity and a loose incendiary spark, it becomes hopelessly congested and, on occasion, over-...
George Hook has come under fire for comments he made about New Zealand-born Jared Payne following Ireland's 23-16 defeat to Wales in Cardiff.
David Kelly Two years after Simon Zebo illuminated Cardiff's Millennium Stadium with the most audacious of flicked try-scoring assists, few would have wagered that his genius may have been calmed to such a...
Ruaidhri O'Connor IRELAND's settled Six Nations will continue into Saturday's crucial clash against Wales as Joe Schmidt makes just one change to the team that beat England two weeks ago.
Ruaidhri O'Connor JAMIE HEASLIP is set to be restored to the Ireland line-up for Saturday's crunch Six Nations clash against Wales but Joe Schmidt is otherwise expected to stick with the side that beat England two...
Robbie Henshaw believes Ireland's fledgling centre partnership faces its toughest RBS 6 Nations test yet in Wales on Saturday against Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies.
Ruaidhri O'Connor TWELVE months ago this week, Gordon D'Arcy stood alongside his team-mates and applauded Brian O'Driscoll off the Aviva Stadium turf for the last time.
Oliver Brown New Zealand-born Jared Payne, a revelation for Ireland at centre and newly-naturalised citizen of the Emerald Isle, has paid team-mate Jonathan Sexton the ultimate compliment by suggesting that...
Michael Sadlier HAVING just stepped off the Kingspan turf after his training run-out with Ireland, Jared Payne ambles in with his boots off while sporting a fresh looking cut on the bridge of his nose.
Ruaidhri O'Connor IRELAND's aerial dominance and the strength of the defences in this year's Six Nations have stirred a debate about the state of the game in rugby circles, but the tournament leaders are not getting...
Ruaidhri O'Connor Johnny Sexton remains Ireland's main injury concern for the crunch Six Nations clash against Wales tomorrow week after sitting out yesterday's open training session in Belfast, but Jamie Heaslip is...
Ruaidhri O'Connor It was another highly impressive performance from the boys in green as they sit at the top of the Six Nations table. Here is how they rated against England.
Brendan Fanning Who better to ask about the pressing issue of high jinks than Jared Payne? The Heineken Cup quarter-final last year between Ulster and Saracens was less than four minutes old when the Kiwi was...
Ruaidhri O'Connor HOME came the hero and they flocked towards him. There was little doubting who the star attraction was at yesterday's open training session at the Sportground as the young Connacht fans set their...
Ruaidhri O'Connor Midway through the first half of Saturday's battle at the Aviva Stadium, Ireland had a lineout on their own 10m line.
Ruaidhri O'Connor THE very idea of a Grand Slam is likely to be banned from Ireland's camp in Galway this week as Joe Schmidt begins plotting for England, but Brian O'Driscoll put the idea on the agenda by suggesting his former team-mates "have a Slam in them" and it would have been rude not to put it to the coach.
Ruaidhri O'Connor In other sports in other countries, the jersey would be retired with the man but that's not rugby's way and somebody was always going to have to take on the mantle.
Michael Verney Eleven months ago Ireland left Paris with a win and a Six Nations title, but there were aspects of that narrow victory that could well come into play this Saturday.
Ger Keville Brian O’Driscoll has recalled the day his attempt to call out England ahead of a Six Nations clash worked against him.
Ciaran Donaghy Ulster finished their disappointing European campaign with a bonus-point victory over the Leicester Tigers at the Kinspan Stadium.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Joe Schmidt stopped short of naming a full deck of cards worth of players in his Six Nations squad, but by picking 46 he wasn't far off.
Michael Sadlier WHEN referee Leighton Hodges blew for full-time, the Stade Felix Mayol’s PA system pumped out AC/DC’s Highway to Hell while a weary Ulster made their way off the park.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Steffon Armitage scored a hat-trick as Toulon secured top spot in Champions Cup Pool 3 with a game to spare thanks to a rampant bonus-point win over Ulster.
Ulster number eight Roger Wilson admits they struggled to get to grips with a rampant Toulon side in a record 60-22 European defeat.
Michael Sadlier THIS one is just crying out for Ulster to produce their own 'miracle match' and lay claim to the template forged by Munster.
David Kelly IRELAND'S newest naturalised Ireland international Jared Payne has distanced himself from an immediate return to Joe Schmidt's side ahead of the opening leg of the Six Nations title defence against...
Brendan Fanning When Ulster travelled to Treviso last season it was on the back of some outstanding form in Europe and the Pro12, with consecutive wins over Munster, Montpelier, Leicester and Ospreys. Even so they were hard pressed to get out of Stadio Monigo with a two-point win.
Ruaidhri O'Connor ULSTER are unlikely to rest any of their big guns for Sunday's trip to Treviso as they look to rescue their season.
Ruaidhri O'Connor ROBBIE Henshaw says he wants to wear the No 13 jersey when the Six Nations campaign kicks off next month as competition for places in the Ireland midfield steps up.
David Kelly Ulster's embattled head coach Neil Doak will be hoping for a couple of surprises under his tree tomorrow morning - confirmation that first-choice half-backs Ruan Pienaar and Paddy Jackson are fit...
Tony Ward It's that time of the year again. At least so it once went for a different generation of players as the Final Trial came around far too quickly for comfort. What's the Final Trial? I can almost hear...
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