Ireland v Fiji - Story of the match
Ian Keatley's two late penalties dug Ireland out of a hole as Joe Schmidt's experimental side edged out Fiji 23-20 in Dublin.
Ian Keatley's two late penalties dug Ireland out of a hole as Joe Schmidt's experimental side edged out Fiji 23-20 in Dublin.
Ruaidhri O'ConnorThe sight of Luke McGrath rushing to the touchline to bring the game to a close...
Ruaidhri O'ConnorHistory tells us that this will be a comfortable win for Ireland against a...
Ruaidhri O'ConnorThe easy thing for Joe Schmidt to do over the course of this three-week window...
Independent.ie NewsdeskJoe Schmidt has a reputation for being merciless when it comes to reviewing...
Cian Tracey CJ Stander doesn't need any extra motivation when he lines out against the country of his birth who reckoned he was too small for international rugby, but when Joe Schmidt calls him aside and...
Ruaidhri O'Connor Rob Kearney says the furore surrounding Bundee Aki's Ireland debut last week brought Joe Schmidt's squad closer together.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Had life taken a different turn, Joe Schmidt might have handed Ian McKinley his Test debut for Ireland, but instead the Dubliner became an Italy international on Saturday - six years after he officially...
Brendan Fanning Ireland gave South Africa a woeful start to their four-Test European tour with a record beating at a full Lansdowne Road yesterday. In a game that pushed Ireland further ahead of the Boks, they...
Cian Tracey Joe Schmidt hailed the impact of Bundee Aki after the Connacht centre put in an impressive shift on his Ireland debut.
Independent.ie Newsdesk The reason that Bundee Aki's Ireland selection is generating more debate than previous project players is because the Kiwi is such a special talent, according to Brian O'Driscoll.
Ruaidhri O'Connor This evening, we find out where Joe Schmidt's Ireland team stand.
Rory Best will captain Ireland for this season then head coach Joe Schmidt will reassess his World Cup 2019 plans next summer.
Ruaidhri O'Connor In the end, the man from the IRFU decided he had to step in and try and move the topic on to tomorrow's game.
Brendan Fanning The reuniting of Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw in a different shade of green – actually it will be white on the day – will dominate the talkback from Joe Schmidt’s selection to face the Springboks on...
Ruaidhri O'Connor Conor Murray has leapt to the defence of Bundee Aki, saying his new Ireland colleague has come in for unfair criticism.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Ever since he accepted the offer to become the Springboks coach, Allister Coetzee has been under scrutiny.
Will Slattery Before Simon Zebo was sent into international exile by Joe Schmidt, out-half Ian Madigan made a similarly tough choice when he opted to leave Leinster and move to Bordeaux in the summer of 2016.
Neil Francis This article is not about Eamon Dunphy, but he does appear in it a few times. As contrarians, do we agree with each other on what we say or think or should we automatically disagree by nature?...
Ruaidhri O'Connor Thursday's unveiling of the 2019 World Cup schedule simply served as a reminder that Japan represents Ireland's greatest opportunity to date of breaching the glass ceiling and progressing beyond the...
Independent.ie Newsdesk Former Leinster, Ireland and Lions star Luke Fitzgerald how being given a dressing down from Joe Schmidt in front of opposition players almost led to an incident at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
David Kelly When it comes to Rugby World Cup matters this week, there has been much to be said for the conservative policy of refusing to count chickens.
Ruaidhri O'Connor By omitting Simon Zebo from his Ireland squad last week, Joe Schmidt's actions spoke louder than words.
Brendan Fanning In the space of a few days last week Rhys Webb and Simon Zebo were commanding lots of column inches and air time over their respective travel plans.
Ruaidhri O'Connor The Sky cameras are in Belfast but, once again, a Guinness PRO14 clash between two Irish provinces is undermined by the names absent from one of the team-sheets.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Simon Zebo says he has no regrets over his decision to leave Munster and Ireland behind for France next season.
Jack O'Toole Here we go again. "The foreigners are coming to take our jobs. Round up the pitchforks and the torches".
Daragh Small Former Connacht lock Michael Swift always believed Bundee Aki was destined for an international call-up from the time he arrived at the Sportsground.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Days after his move to France was announced, Munster full-back Simon Zebo has been left out of Joe Schmidt's squad for the November internationals.
Ruaidhri O'Connor International rugby is an increasingly confusing place.
Bundee Aki can become a "special" player for Ireland, according to his former Connacht coach Pat Lam.
Ruaidhri O'Connor The 2016/'17 campaign was something of a breakout season for Leinster flanker Dan Leavy, so he came into this term looking to kick on and build on the progress he'd made.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Joe Schmidt today unveils his squad for an international window that marks the moment the World Cup cycle pivots forward towards Japan in 2019.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Connacht star Bundee Aki is expected to be named in an Ireland squad for the first time today as Joe Schmidt unveils his hand for the November internationals.
Jonathan Bradley With Simon Zebo's decision to leave Munster at the end of this season plunging his international future into doubt, Rory Best believes Ulster team-mate Jacob Stockdale is one man who could help soften the...
Ruaidhri O’Connor Johnny Sexton believes Simon Zebo will find it tough to watch Ireland from afar when he moves to France next season.
Jack O'Toole With Rob Kearney's days as Ireland's preeminent full-back well and truly numbered, two viable contenders have emerged to challenge for his undisputed title as Joe Schmidt’s first-choice no.15.
Brendan Fanning An old prop forward we know and love was explaining recently the reasons why two technically competent tightheads could, in the same afternoon, have wildly differing fortunes against the same...
Just as he has for the past two or three years, Tiernan O'Halloran proved against Scarlets that he is a top-class, international-standard player last weekend.
Ruaidhri O'Connor It is entirely conceivable that when Joe Schmidt names his squad for the November internationals, all of the back-rows will be drawn from Leinster and Munster.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Leinster and Ireland legend Luke Fitzgerald misses the scrutiny that video reviews provide.
Ruaidhri O'Connor As he makes his way through the lobby of Leinster's swanky team hotel in an upmarket area of Johannesburg, in search of a quiet spot to chat, Rhys Ruddock is stopped by a local woman who wants to know if he is a rugby player.
Ruaidhri O'Connor This November represents the point at which the World Cup cycle pivots forward and Japan 2019 comes hurtling into view.
Warren Gatland has already ensured his place in British and Irish Lions history by overseeing a series win in Australia in 2013 and now this year's drawn Test campaign in New Zealand.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Joe Schmidt will be among the front-runners to replace Steve Hansen after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, according to New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew.
Ruaidhri O’Connor The little things stand out for John Plumtree as he reflects on his season with Joe Schmidt and the Ireland team. Sure, there was Six Nations glory, but some of the most memorable moments came...
Brendan Fanning After a sweaty week in Tokyo, where you weren't sure if the heavens were going to open or the sun would split the stones, we got the game we were supposed to get last week.
Brendan Fanning in Tokyo Going to the final Test of any tour with four fit second rows is what most coaches would consider a luxury.
Brendan Fanning In the tunnel of Shizuoka's magnificent Ecopa Stadium, Joe Schmidt was just about to field questions from the Irish press corps as his opposite number, Jamie Joseph, was heading in for the Japan...
Brendan Fanning in Japan It’s not often you hear a captain alluding to the following day’s Test as “a horrible experience,” but in fairness to Rhys Ruddock that’s exactly how he called what’s coming tomorrow in...
Brendan Fanning A couple of hours after Joe Schmidt announced his side for tomorrow's Test in Shizuoka's Ecopa Stadium, we pulled out of Tokyo Station on the Hikari Express for Hamamatsu. For the next 90...
Ireland's preparations for Saturday's opening Test against Japan have not been ideal, but head coach Joe Schmidt has backed his new-look side to rise to the challenge.
Brendan Fanning That this tour is strictly business is likely to be confirmed with the announcement tomorrow of the team to play Japan in Hamamatsu, less than two hours by bullet train from Tokyo.
Twelve months on from his Test debut against South Africa in Johannesburg, Tiernan O'Halloran feels he has grown as a player as he looks to nail down a starting spot with Ireland.
Brendan Fanning By the time the Ireland squad arrive in Tokyo tonight, after the marathon trek from New York, Joe Schmidt will know if the first hurdle of this two-nation tour has been cleared successfully: the...
Brendan Fanning in New Jersey Before the tour of the USA and Japan, Joe Schmidt warned that being selected was no guarantee of going home with a cap - but now that five potential debutants are in the frame against the...
Tony Ward Many first-choice names might be either injured or on Lions duty but the Ireland team picked by Joe Schmidt to take on USA Eagles is a statement of intent.
Brendan Fanning Ireland could have another five new caps by the close of business against the US Eagles in New Jersey on Saturday after Joe Schmidt announced one new cap, in Jacob Stoockdale, in the starting...
Independent.ie Newsdesk Former Munster and Ireland legend Alan Quinlan have made a big mistake in letting Donnacha Ryan leave Munster for Racing 92.
Will Slattery Yesterday Joe Schmidt announced his squad to tour USA and Japan this summer and as expected, there were a host of new faces.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Donnacha Ryan's international career appears to be over after Joe Schmidt left him out of his summer tour squad yesterday.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Having spent most of his life as the tallest man in the room, Devin Toner is used to standing out so being the only member of Ireland's summer tour squad who has hit the 30 mark shouldn't faze him too much.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Rassie Erasmus has dropped a broad hint that Leinster second-row James Ryan will be among the players named by Joe Schmidt when he announces his squad for the summer tour today, writes...
Jack O'Toole Former Ireland centre Gordon D'Arcy has said that it would be unfair to judge Ireland coach Joe Schmidt by his performances at the Rugby World Cup, with the former Leinster centre insisting that you...
Alan Quinlan The last time Gordon D'Arcy played a Six Nations match for Ireland, a floodlight failure at the Stade de France left him stranded in the middle of the pitch with the Six Nations trophy in his hands and a...
Neil Francis We learn from World Cups that we actually learn nothing from World Cups. The ninth edition of rugby's great coming-together starts in September 2019 and when we arrive there we are usually no...
Ruaidhri O'Connor "A mixed bag". The last time Joe Schmidt used that phrase in public he was talking about Craig Gilroy's performance after the winger had scored a hat-trick in Rome.
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...
Brendan Fanning If Joe Schmidt has had to work harder to keep an ear-to-ear grin off his face then it was good practice for what unfolded in Kyoto this morning.
Daragh Small When Rob Kearney was ruled out of Ireland's Six Nations clash with England in March many Connacht fans would have thought this was Tiernan O'Halloran's chance to finally make his Six Nations debut.
Cian Tracey Simon Zebo believes that Munster's form this season won't have gone unnoticed by Warren Gatland as he gets set to name his Lions squad on April 19.
David Kelly Monday morning ahead of the Six Nations game that every Irishman wants to start, but why is Devin Toner suddenly getting the feeling that he won't be one of them?
Independent.ie Newsdesk Paul Kimmage has admitted that he was wrong to suggest that Jamie Heaslip wasn't injured for the victory over England at the Aviva, that denied the visitors a Grand Slam on March 18.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Rassie Erasmus has been in a similar position to David Nucifora and, if reports in South Africa are to be believed, he might be again sometime in the not too distant future.
Eamonn Sweeney What rugby is to New Zealand and cricket is to India, losing the run of ourselves is to Ireland, a great national sport pursued with pride and passion. Hence the exceptionally emotional response to the...
Ruaidhri O'Connor In the aftermath of his team's compelling win over England, Joe Schmidt returned to a theme that has been central to his four seasons in charge of Ireland.
Alan Quinlan Seán O'Brien walked into the Ireland dressing room at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday evening shortly before seven o'clock.
Cian Tracey Ultan Dillane is set to miss Ireland's summer tour of America and Japan after he underwent shoulder surgery.
Ruaidhri O’Connor Saturday's win over England saw Ireland finish a disappointing but compelling Six Nations with a flourish and secure a second-place finish behind Eddie Jones's champions. Joe Schmidt used 33...
Ruaidhri O'Connor Before a ball was kicked, Joe Schmidt gave himself a target of a top-two finish and their place at the head of the chasing pack looked just about right on Saturday night.
Alan Quinlan Four into three doesn't go and the performance of the back-row on Saturday has left Joe Schmidt with a most welcome headache.
Cian Tracey Joe Schmidt has brushed off suggestions that Peter O'Mahony starting the game ahead of Jamie Heaslip was a deliberate ploy to disrupt England's preparations.
Neil Francis If you were looking for thrills yesterday you would not have had to travel all the way to Blueberry Hill. A riveting contest, raw and belligerent and for the first time in a long time a crowd adjoined...
Eamonn Sweeney Some days a team just has to win. Some days victory is the only option. Some days players have to show who they really are. It may sound odd given that two of Ireland's last three Six Nations...
Jack O'Toole Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has said his side are among 'the best teams in the world' after Ireland defeated England 13-9 at the Aviva Stadium.
David Kelly What a performance from Joe Schmidt's men. Here are five talking points from the win over England.
Ruaidhri O'Connor There have been Six Nations deciders, World Cup nail-biters and once-off games against the world's best, but there is an argument to be made that this is the most important fixture of Joe Schmidt's tenure as Ireland coach.
Alan Quinlan It's just over a year ago - in the immediate aftermath of the insults he directed at Johnny Sexton - since Eddie Jones was dubbed a "poor man's Jose Mourinho".
Ruaidhri O'Connor Watching England rip Scotland apart repeatedly last weekend, it was clear that Andy Farrell would have his work cut out this week.
Brendan Fanning With five matches under his belt against England – four of them as a starter – Peter O’Mahony will have had his antennae tuned from early this week for what was coming next. Of the hopefuls, he...
Ireland must bid to derail England's grand slam train without pivotal scrum-half Conor Murray, while boss Joe Schmidt has dropped lock Devin Toner for the first time.
Jack O'Toole The Irish Rugby team has been under fire this week after a disappointing 22-9 loss to Wales in Cardiff last Friday night.
David Kelly Simon Zebo might be afraid to say it, probably because he would be afraid of what Joe Schmidt might say if he heard it.
David Kelly Ireland will seek to derail England's well-oiled machine but Iain Henderson insists they must do so without inventing their own set of wheezing wheels.
David Kelly Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is set to resist the growing clamour for change to his mis-firing squad after both his influential half-backs Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton were passed fit for Saturday's Six Nations conclusion against England at the Aviva Stadium.
David Kelly There may be plenty of beaten Irish dockets at Cheltenham this week but a defiant Peter O'Mahony insists that Joe Schmidt's flagging Irish side won't be one of them.
Ruaidhri O'Connor For 18 Test matches, England have forced the 'small margins' that Joe Schmidt is so fond of talking about to go their way.
Neil Francis Well, our dreams and aspirations of a Championship are six foot under in an overcoat of clay. In the face of another chastening defeat our lofty pretensions embarrass us all to the point of...
Will Slattery There was a succession of missed late opportunities at the Principality Stadium last night but Ireland's latest Six Nations disappointment really swung away from them in the ten minutes...
Joe Schmidt insists Ireland have not regressed since November despite his side already suffering two defeats in the RBS 6 Nations.
Joe Schmidt has revealed that Conor Murray wanted to play through the pain barrier with a shoulder injury in the defeat to Wales.
David Kelly And so it ended as it had begun, with Ireland, steadily and remorselessly, pretty much going nowhere in attack against a resolute Welsh defence.
David kelly Joe Schmidt has revealed that injured Conor Murray wanted to play through the pain barrier with a shoulder injury in the defeat to Wales.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Shane Horgan has insisted that his comments on Tommy Bowe's selection were 'not too far off the mark' after Ireland boss Joe Schmidt challenged his view ahead of the clash with Wales.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Ireland will need more than clear eyes and full hearts under these Friday night lights. With the roof closed at the Millennium Stadium, Wales' backs are against the walls and the locals are demanding a...
Ruaidhri O'Connor It is a given at this level that the breakdown will set the tone, but when asked about what is coming at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow night Joe Schmidt was unequivocal about where the...
Ruaidhri O'Connor Ireland cannot let another start pass them in Cardiff tomorrow night, according to head coach Joe Schmidt.
David Kelly Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has refuted claims wounded Wales are “predictable” and is “expecting the unexpected” in Cardiff on Friday night as his unchanged side bid to keep their title chase on track.
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...
David Kelly Jared Payne is being lined up by Joe Schmidt for an immediate return to Ireland's Six Nations title tilt after being named to start his first game since suffering a serious rib injury in November.
Cian Tracey Three years ago, when Chris Farrell packed his bags and headed for Grenoble, he did so with the intention of returning home sooner rather than later, but as time went on, the allure of living in...
Tony Ward I won't reveal his name but well do I recall an Irish replacement chewing on a lump of cake when he was called into action some years ago.
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.
Brendan Fanning You won't get odds on Ireland retaining their lead at the top of the Six Nations table beyond this afternoon in Twickenham. England's modest points difference of plus 8, having had to battle their way through the first two rounds, will be a whole lot healthier by the time they are finished with Italy.
David Kelly Ireland coach Joe Schmidt praised the impact of his on-field general Jonathan Sexton, who made an immediate impact following a month-long injury absence with a consummate display at out-half,...
David Kelly Ireland coach Joe Schmidt praised the impact of his on-field general Jonathan Sexton who made an immediate impact following a month-long injury absence with a consummate display at out-half,...
Ruaidhri O'Connor If Ireland's Six Nations is to be a success, they must beat France today. Thankfully, Joe Schmidt is finally able to call on his on-pitch general for the job and has as strong a squad available to him as...
Brendan Fanning The last time we heard Joe Schmidt delight, in the middle of a tournament, in the bonus of having a virtually fully fit squad it was half way through the 2015 World Cup. And injury already was...
David Kelly at Carton House Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is confident that Jonathan Sexton is fit enough to face France after naming the Leinster out-half to play his first game in a month, with Ulster man Paddy Jackson dropping...
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has tipped Johnny Sexton to shake off his latest injury absence and complete yet another comeback victory over France on Saturday.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Not since the 2015 World Cup quarter-final against France have Ireland had this many front-line players available for a Test match.
Ruaidhri O'Connor It is little wonder that Joe Schmidt holds Garry Ringrose in such high regard.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Johnny Sexton has until Tuesday to prove his fitness in time for next Saturday's Six Nations clash with France after he took no part in Ireland's team training session yesterday, but Joe Schmidt looks...
Ruaidhri O'Connor Of all of the places Johnny Sexton thought he'd find himself during the months of February and March, the back pitch at Monaghan RFC wouldn't have featured on his list.
Cian Tracey It's not that long ago that a serious neck injury left Cian Healy unable to write his own name and contemplating early retirement.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Johnny Sexton is unlikely to be released to Leinster for their Guinness Pro12 game against Edinburgh on Friday despite his lack of recent game-time.
Tony Ward Ireland started the Six Nations in the running for three trophies and, thanks largely to 50 listless minutes, we are already out of two of them. Losing the chance at both Grand Slam and Triple Crown at...
David Kelly Former Italian head coach and one-time record-breaking South African supremo Nick Mallett has issued a warning to Ireland as they chase a potential bonus point in Rome this afternoon to restore...
Brent Pope Former English rugby league and union hard man and Irish defence coach Andy Farrell looked to be a man with a lot on his mind when he sat in at the Irish press conference at Carton House this week.
Daragh Small This Six Nations window always provides the full provincial squads with their opportunity to stake a claim for regular inclusion in the starting 15, but on the flip-side of that, it's the worst time of...
Cian Tracey Five days after the event, Joe Schmidt again stressed his disappointment at the poor start Ireland made in their defeat in Murrayfield, which he believes was largely due to the 15-minute delay en route to the stadium.
Cian Tracey There is an added edge to Donnacha Ryan this week - and there's an air of inevitability about it.
Ruaidhri O'Connor We thought we'd heard the last of bus-gate, that Ireland would have parked the issue that has somehow come to dominate the agenda in the wake of their defeat to Scotland last weekend, but just as it...
Brendan Fanning The higher the pitch of indignation following Ireland’s misfire in Murrayfield last weekend the more likely it was that mostly the same suspects would be put out on parade again.
David Kelly Ireland coach Joe Schmidt insists that his side haven’t missed the bus as they bid to re-route their championship challenge in Rome this weekend.
Ruaidhri O'Connor DONNACHA RYAN looks set to be reinstated to the Irish second-row for their round two trip to Rome but Joe Schmidt is not expected to make wholesale changes to the team that lost to Scotland last...
Ruaidhri O'Connor "We weren't our usual urgent selves and maybe I've got to look at the preparation I gave the team - the preparation wasn't good enough."
Alan Quinlan The review session at Carton House this morning will make for uncomfortable viewing, but sometimes a few home truths are needed in order to wipe the slate clean.
Brendan Fanning If you were planning on adding yourself to the posse of profiteers in the ticket business these days, then take the Ireland versus England Grand Slam decider off your list of killings to be made.
David Kelly Ireland’s team bus proved to be as slow as some of their players for the opening half-hour yesterday but Joe Schmidt refused to blame his side’s late arrival to Murrayfield for the 30-minute horror show...
Ger Keville Joe Schmidt could not hide his bitter disappointment following Ireland's poor start to the Six Nations.
Ruaidhri O'Connor at Murrayfield Ireland’s Six Nations bubble was firmly burst at Murrayfield as they collected the tournament’s first bonus point but left with their Grand Slam ambitions in dust.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Conor Murray is in for another rough afternoon in Scotland after a pair of Glasgow Warriors forwards doubled-down on the controversial tactics they employed to "rattle" the Ireland scrum-half last month.
Alan Quinlan All eyes are on Scotland today. All the hype surrounds them, too. As the Six Nations Championship kicks off in Murrayfield, the forecasters are studying the weather as much as the form,...
Brent Pope A few years ago, then Irish rugby coach Declan Kidney was vilified for going to New Zealand in search of a prop that could solve a growing crisis in Irish rugby.
Ruaidhri O’Connor Former Leinster second-row Nathan Hines says Ireland’s won’t miss his old team-mate Johnny Sexton too much in tomorrow’s Six Nations opener at Murrayfield.
Scotland will bid to seize on Glasgow's fine Champions Cup form when they aim to topple Ireland in their opening RBS 6 Nations encounter at Murrayfield.
Fraser Brown does not believe there will be any extra pressure on his shoulders after ousting centurion Ross Ford from the Scotland line-up.
Ruaidhri O'Connor As he took questions at yesterday's team announcement, Ireland coach Joe Schmidt had to raise his voice to be heard above the rain pelting the windows of the drawing room at Carton House.
David Kelly Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is confident that Jonathan Sexton may be available for the away game with Italy on Saturday week - and has reiterated that he remains keen to support home-grown players in...
Independent.ie Newsdesk Joe Schmidt's video review sessions and team preparation meetings have become legendary but few outside the Ireland set-up understand what's involved.
Will Slattery The Six Nations is just days away and there is still plenty for Joe Schmidt to think about as he selects his team for the opening game away to Scotland.
At last week's Six Nations launch, it was put to Joe Schmidt that 18 months on from the Rugby World Cup exit at the hands of Argentina, Ireland are now in a position of real depth.
Ruaidhri O'Connor If you choose exile, then perhaps Bordeaux isn't such a bad option. If he had any doubts about where his decision to move to France left him in terms of the international pecking order, Ian Madigan...
Independent.ie Newsdesk Former All Blacks head coach Graham Henry has described his compatriot Joe Schmidt as a 'very special' coach.
Ruaidhri O'Connor The injury clouds appear to be parting at Carton House, where the topic of Johnny Sexton and Sean O'Brien's health once again dominates the agenda ahead of the Six Nations.
Ruaidhri O'Connor It is around 7pm on November 7 and as he emerges into the tunnel beneath Soldier Field, Joey Carbery could be forgiven for wondering if he'd just woken up from a dream.
Alan Quinlan When Ireland beat France at the 2015 World Cup, it’s unlikely that Tadhg Furlong, Garry Ringrose, Donnacha Ryan, CJ Stander or Josh van der Flier’s names were in too many people’s thoughts.
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.
Ruaidhri O'Connor According to Eddie Jones, Ireland were responsible for turning the rugby world upside down when they beat the All Blacks in November and for his next trick Joe Schmidt will look to move his side up...
Joe Schmidt insists Johnny Sexton will be fit for Ireland's RBS 6 Nations opener in Scotland despite the fly-half still carrying a calf injury.
Ruaidhri O'Connor By naming almost half of the players available to him in his squad for rounds one and two of the Six Nations yesterday, Joe Schmidt continued to keep the country guessing.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Ireland are banking on Johnny Sexton to be fit in time for their Six Nations opener against Scotland on Saturday week.
Tony Ward Twelve months on from the doom and gloom that followed Ireland's World Cup exit and the subsequent provincial wipeout in the Champions Cup, things could not be looking much better for Joe...
Brendan Fanning Time was when you would look at an Ireland squad for the Six Nations and immediately scan the prop contingent to see just how weak was the weakest link in the chain.
Independent.ie Newsdesk We haven't yet finished the Champions Cup pool stage but thoughts are already turning to the looming Six Nations.
Cian Tracey It was at the end of Rory Scannell's breakthrough season last year that he first spoke with Joe Schmidt.
Brendan Fanning It would be hard to say when the cult of the manager took hold. Football has led the way and rugby was slow to follow - naturally enough, given the games operate in different financial worlds. But in rugby the story of 2016 has been t he story of the coaches. And the theme has been one of transformation.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Former British and Irish Lion Luke Fitzgerald believes Joe Schmidt, Eddie Jones and Gregor Townsend declined offers to be on the Warren Gatland's backroom team to keep their tactical ideas hidden.
Tony Ward What is it about Joe Schmidt? Back in August 2010, I happened to bump into Frank O'Driscoll, dad of Brian, as the pre-season was well under way. Needless to say, we discussed all things rugby at the...
Cian Tracey Just as his press conference was drawing to a close after the All Blacks defeat, a final question was put to Joe Schmidt about whether there was a need for Johnny Sexton to take a prolonged...
Ruaidhri O'Connor The November rain stayed away and Ireland made hay. A year on from the bleakest of winters for Irish rugby, there are green shoots all over the place.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Former Leinster, Ireland and Lions star Luke Fitzgerald and Irish Independent rugby correspondent Ruaidhri O'Connor pick apart the 27-24 win over Australia and reflect on a successful autumn series.
In the four years since Keith Earls ran in two birthday tries at the Rugby World Cup against Italy, the Munster flyer has missed 29 months of Test rugby, had two children and got engaged.
Ger Gilroy Damien Varley joined our Saturday panel last weekend. He's re-integrating into civilian life post-retirement, outside the rugby bubble.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Rob Kearney did not train with Ireland at their Surrey base yesterday and appears increasingly likely to miss Sunday's meeting with Italy after scans showed he strained his glute muscle in scoring a try...
Independent.ie Newsdesk Ireland hooker Sean Cronin knows there will be few surprises when Ireland and Italy lock horns this weekend at the Olympic Stadium in London.
Cian Tracey in Guilford Darren Cave has brushed off the criticism of Jared Payne that was aimed at him by 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...
Cian Tracey When Jacques Brunel was appointed Italy coach in 2011, he was expected to bring a renewed sense of belief to a sport that has always played second fiddle to soccer.
Ruaidhri O'Connor If Ireland's back three players felt like making the final cut for Joe Schmidt's World Cup squad was some sort of relief, it hasn't lasted.
John Fallon Munster coach Anthony Foley has praised the way Simon Zebo has fought 'tooth and nail' to force his way into Joe Schmidt's World Cup plans.
Independent.ie Newsdesk The Ireland World Cup squad have moved into a new World Cup location and captain Paul O'Connell was greeted with a touching family picture on arrival.
Herald Sport On a weekend that belonged to Wales and the old virtues of guts and glory, Ireland again marched on in clinical, but not particularly exciting, fashion.
Ger Keville A world record was broken yesterday when 89,267 fans - the vast majority of them Irish - paid in to watch Ireland beat Romania in the Rugby World Cup.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Ireland legend Ronan O'Gara believes Joe Schmidt's side are purring nicely after their facile 44-10 victory over Romania in Wembley.
Ireland full-back Rob Kearney faces a nervous 48-hour wait to find out whether he will be fit to face Italy on Sunday.
Cian Tracey The result was never in doubt but Joe Schmidt will have been quietly pleased with the individual performances of certain players who are looking to force their way into the reckoning for the more...
Ruaidhri O'Connor Rob Kearney is Ireland's major injury worry ahead of Sunday's Pool D clash with Italy after the Louth full-back injured his glute muscle when scoring his side's fifth try against Romania at Wembley.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Romania coach Lynn Howells believes Ireland can win this World Cup and backed Joe Schmidt's side to beat France in the pivotal Pool D decider in two weeks' time.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Simon Zebo did his chances of more starts in the Rugby World Cup no harm at all today but George Hook thinks that the winger will not get too many more chances under Joe Schmidt.
Ireland boss Joe Schmidt declared that his side's World Cup starts now after they claimed a convincing bonus-point victory over Romania.
Brendan Fanning Rob Kearney has emerged as a doubt for Ireland's third Rugby World Cup Pool D clash against Italy next weekend.
Declan Whooley Ireland made it two wins from two with a 34-point victory over Romania and here is what we learned from the bonus-point win at Wembley
Tom Rooney Joe Schmidt and Jamie Heaslip have lauded the vociferous Irish fans who packed out Wembley Stadium for their support during today’s 44-10 victory over Romania.
Des Berry It was as expected in Wembley today as Ireland secured a second rugby World Cup win with a comfortable 44-10 win over Romania. Here is how Joe Schmidt's men rated.
Keith Earls tied Ireland's World Cup try-scoring record with a brace in 44-10 victory over Romania to take Joe Schmidt's men top of Pool D, before suffering a concussion scare.
It's business as usual feor Ireland against Romania at Wembley in their second match in the rugby World Cup.
Frank Whelan Ireland secure bonus point win over Romania in front of a record-breaking crowd at Wembley Stadium. Here is how they did it.
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.
Tommy Bowe insists he can bounce back from his horror-show warm-up match against England and regain his starting Ireland spot at the World Cup.
Nick Purewal Can Devin Toner make a selection statement?
Conor O'Shea A number of things have hit home through the opening nine days of this World Cup but one stands out above all others and that is the luck, or should I say unfairness, of the draw for the weaker teams.
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