O'Connell takes next step on ladder with Stade move
Stade Francais coach Heyneke Meyer has hailed Paul O'Connell as a "major asset" after unveiling the Ireland legend as his new forwards coach at the Parisian club.
Stade Francais coach Heyneke Meyer has hailed Paul O'Connell as a "major asset" after unveiling the Ireland legend as his new forwards coach at the Parisian club.
In less than a month, the rugby season will be up and running and much of the early focus will centre on how Joey Carbery adapts to life at Munster.
Keith Earls has emerged as Limerick's secret weapon in their journey to this year's All-Ireland hurling final.
Last July, when Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson wanted to give Conor Glass the good news that he had been selected to become the storied Australian Rules club's first Irish player, Conor Nash...
He never wore the armband on to the field, but one thing is clear as the Irish team disperse throughout the globe in search of a break: Johnny Sexton is the man driving this Irish team.
Joe Schmidt has hailed his side’s capacity to thrive in adversity as they overcame a slew of injuries and a delay in getting to Sydney’s Allianz Stadium to beat Australia and claim a historic first series over one of the traditional Southern Hemisphere big three since 1979.
Of the three Leinster out-halves in this Ireland squad, Ross Byrne attracts the least fanfare and minimal column inches.
Niall Scannell will start Ireland's series decider against Australia this morning (11.0) after Sean Cronin was forced to pull out with a hamstring injury.
Gone are the days when Ireland reserved their worst performance for the last game of the season as the lure of the beach proved too strong. Joe Schmidt put paid to Irish eyes being taken off the ball.
Sean Cronin has emerged as a doubt for Ireland’s series decider against Australia after sitting out the Captain’s Run at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium.
One issue has dominated the local media this week and it is Ireland's success in taking Israel Folau out of the equation for large parts of Saturday's win over Australia.
Robbie Henshaw says Ireland can make a statement by to the rest of the rugby world by adding a series win over Australia to their Grand Slam.
For all that he is focused on winning this series in Australia, there is no doubt that Joe Schmidt is keeping a close and increasingly worried eye on events in South Africa where Rassie Erasmus is...
Days after starting loosehead prop Cian Healy was forced off early in the second half of Ireland's win over Australia with an injury to his AC joint,...
Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne trained with Ireland in Sydney this morning but the management say he is not part of the squad for Saturday's decider...
Player of the series
Even Joe Schmidt admitted that he is "intimidated" by following 2017/18.
A lot can change in the 454 days between now and Ireland's World Cup opener against Scotland in Yokohama but at this remove it is impossible not to feel optimistic about what Joe Schmidt's side can achieve in Japan.
In the wake of Ireland's first-Test defeat to Australia, defence coach Andy Farrell laid down a challenge to the Irish players, saying "now we'll find out what the good old-fashioned Irish ticker is about".
Joe Schmidt has hailed his side's capacity to thrive in adversity as they overcame a slew of injuries and a delay in getting to Sydney's Allianz Stadium to beat Australia and claim a first series win over one of the traditional Southern Hemisphere big three since 1979.
Michael Cheika is sticking to his all-out-attacking policy for tomorrow's series decider in Sydney.
It is good to have options and when he eventually takes some time to consider his future towards the end of this year, Joe Schmidt will have plenty.
Joe Schmidt will wait until after the November internationals to make a decision on his future beyond the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Joe Schmidt has challenged Sean Cronin to prove himself at the set-piece after recalling the Leinster hooker to the side for the decider against Australia.
Joe Schmidt has recalled Sean Cronin to his starting XV for Saturday’s series decider against Australia.
David Nucifora's name is taken in vain liberally in provincial boardrooms up and down the land, but the water runs smoothly off this duck's back as he works towards his 2019 vision.
The IRFU hope to hold on to Joe Schmidt beyond next year's World Cup and performance director David Nucifora believes there is a "decent chance" that he will remain in situ.
David Nucifora has strongly defended the IRFU's decision not to take up an invitation from Rugby Australia to have a women's tour running concurrently with the current men's series between Ireland and the Wallabies.
THE door remains open for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding to return to Irish rugby, according to one of the game's most influential powerbrokers.
For two rampant minutes, Australia looked like they were en route to a confidence-building 2-0 series win as Kurtley Beale lit up the Melbourne night with a superb early try.
Before they made this trip down under, the Ireland squad were guests of Australian's ambassador and at the farewell barbecue they rubbed shoulders with members of the last team to beat the Wallabies on home soil.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt hailed man of the match Tadhg Furlong after the prop's try-scoring contribution to his side's win over Australia. After coming off the bench in the first Test, the Wexford man put in an outstanding performance in Melbourne as Ireland levelled the series with a 26-21 win.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt hailed Man of the Match Tadhg Furlong after his try-scoring contribution to his side's win over Australia.
Here is how the Irish players rated in the 26-21 second test victory over Australia in Melbourne today.
Peter O'Mahony has called on his Ireland team to tighten up their discipline as they look to bounce back and level the Test series against Australia with a win in Melbourne this morning (11.05).
It has been interesting to observe Ireland this week as they adapted to life on the back foot for the first time in 15 months.
Niall Scannell's cancelled holiday plans are a touchy subject but when Ireland's call came he couldn't turn it down.
Peter O'Mahony has called on his Grand Slam winning side to deliver the performance of the season to beat Australia and level the series in Melbourne tomorrow morning.
When the final whistle went in Brisbane last Saturday, Joe Schmidt experienced a feeling he hadn't known since March 11, 2017. Time hadn't eased the bitter disappointment.
This is a ruthless business and nobody in Ireland's travelling party knows that better than Sean Cronin who wakes up in Melbourne this morning unsure whether he has an international future.
Joe Schmidt has admitted that a series defeat to Australia would tarnish a historically successful season.
Joe Schmidt has pointed to Niall Scannell’s scrummaging ability as the chief reason behind his promotion into the Irish starting XV for Saturday’s second test against Australia.
Munster pair Niall Scannell and Andrew Conway are the surprise inclusions in Joe Schmidt’s much-changed starting XV for the second Test against Australia in Melbourne.
Johnny Sexton is set to return to the Ireland No 10 jersey as Joe Schmidt makes wholesale changes to his side for the second Test against Australia.
The Irish camp got a visit from a familiar face on Tuesday as Olympic silver medallist and local Melbourne resident Sonia O'Sullivan popped into the team hotel.
Over the years, much has been made of the GAA attributes that have contributed to Ireland's aerial strength.
It is the curse of the professional sportsman, an insatiable desire for more, more, more.
JOHNNY SEXTON is set to return to the Ireland No 10 jersey as Joe Schmidt makes wholesale changes to his side for the second Test against Australia.
Schalk Brits thought the text he received a couple of weeks ago asking him if he wanted "to play some more rugby" was a prank from one of his pals, even though it said that it was from Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus.
If there is one thing this Australia squad is not short on, it is interesting back-stories and starting hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa doesn't disappoint.
The thought hadn't occurred to Johnny Sexton, but he's been in this very situation before and not too long ago either.
Andy Farrell has challenged his Ireland charges to show their mettle by bouncing back from their defeat to Australia.
Australia can expect a backlash in Saturday’s second Test in Melbourne if Andy Farrell’s assessment of the mood in the camp is anything to go by.
When, two years ago, a sponsor-commissioned documentary was produced on Ireland's summer tour of South Africa the final edition almost erased the second and third Tests from the record books.
CJ Stander believes Ireland were in need of a wake-up call at the end of their unbeaten season.
Whatever happens in the next two weeks in Australia, Saturday's opening Test was a significant investment in the future of Joey Carbery.
If you have an interest in rugby and were prone to browsing social media in 2014, chances are you've seen footage of Taniela Tupou before.
Rob Kearney may have just gotten his breath back after a furious Test match, but he was in philosophical mood all the same as he picked through the bones of Ireland's first loss since March last year.
After a week in Surfer's Paradise, Ireland are back in the purgatory of a darkened hotel conference room this morning where Joe Schmidt will forensically and ruthlessly pick apart the flaws in his team's performance in Brisbane.
Peter O'Mahony described this morning's 18-9 defeat to Australia in Brisbane as one of the quickest games of his career.
Rob Herring, Peter O'Mahony and John Ryan all impressed as James Ryan scored best on a disappointing day for Ireland.
We are a world away from that snowy night in Twickenham when Ireland hit their highest height of the Joe Schmidt era to claim their Grand Slam with a relentless, excellent performance.
Peter O'Mahony has warned his Ireland team-mates that they cannot bask in the glory of their Grand Slam success if they want to kick on and win the summer series in Australia.
As Joey Carbery prepares for the biggest start of his career to date, he has received the full backing of his captain Peter O'Mahony who rates hm as "an incredible footballer".
Michael Cheika has warned Johnny Sexton that young gun Joey Carbery is coming for him after learning that Joe Schmidt had decided to start the 22-year-old for tomorrow's first Test against Australia.
Michael Cheika pulled his hat down low over his face as he braved the icy cold conditions at Twickenham back in March, but even still he couldn't go incognito as he carried out a scouting mission on tomorrow's opponents.
Joey Carbery was understandably grabbing the headlines emanating out of Brisbane's Hilton Hotel yesterday as Joe Schmidt's out-half call made waves across the rugby world, but there are other interesting elements to the coach's selection.
Not long after news of Joe Schmidt's decision to make six changes to his team and play Joey Carbery from the start of tomorrow's first Test broke on Wednesday night, a Brisbane-based Australian friend with a good knowledge of Irish rugby dropped a line.
Joe Schmidt is looking to limit his exposure to an injury to Johnny Sexton by starting Joey Carbery at out-half for Saturday’s opening Test against Australia.
JOE SCHMIDT has confirmed that Joey Carbery will start Ireland’s first Test against Australia.
Joe Schmidt is set to start Joey Carbery for Ireland's first Test against Australia in a surprise move.
When Australia won the Rugby World Cup in 1991, it was easy to draw a line from 14 of the starting XV back to Europe.
Joey Carbery is set to start at out-half for Ireland against Australia on Saturday as Joe Schmidt names a much-changed line-up for the first test.
The route to international rugby is never simple, but new Wallaby Caleb Timu is well used to finding his way given his background as an Uber driver in Brisbane.
Conor Murray rejects the notion that Ireland are favourites to win a series in Australia for the first time since 1979, but the scrum-half says the Grand Slam champions are desperate to build on their spring success by laying down a marker Down Under.
There is still unfinished business to conclude in green this season, but Conor Murray cannot help but get excited about Munster's prospects for next year after their capture of his international team-mate Joey Carbery.
Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek says a decision on who will captain the team against Australia is imminent with Johnny Sexton and Peter O'Mahony in contention for the role.
This month, Rory Best will face an unusual and potentially uncomfortable experience as he watches his team play in Australia without him.
Seven years on, there are 10 survivors from that famous 2011 night in Auckland when the balance of power between Australia and Ireland shifted.
Quietly, and without much fuss, Ross Byrne has played his way into Ireland contention this season and Joe Schmidt has been impressed by how he has adapted to life in camp.
They are the two biggest stars of this Australia team, players feared the world over who will be the twin-pillars Michael Cheika builds his World Cup challenge upon.
They have travelled to Australia as Grand Slam winners, ranked second in the world and unbeaten in more than a year but it seems Ireland still have work to do to get on the Wallabies' radar ahead of the three-test series between the sides.
The scars of the 2015 World Cup quarter-final week run deep for Joe Schmidt and you sense that only victory at the same stage in Tokyo next year will end the lingering regret of that epic week in Cardiff when the house came crashing down around him.
Johnny Sexton has identified the 2021 Lions tour of South Africa as the "ideal" end-point to his glittering career.
Johnny Sexton and Peter O'Mahony may share the Ireland captaincy on the summer tour of Australia after Rory Best withdrew with a hamstring injury.
This was the IRFU's version of 'The Decision', the live TV broadcast of basketball super-star Le Bron James' decision to "take his talents" from his home-town of Cleveland to Miami in 2010.
Joey Carbery will be a Munster player next season and Leinster appear to be unhappy to lose one of their most gifted young players.
If the Carbery clan had not decamped to Athy in the mid-2000s and Munster had just announced the signing of a precocious 22-year-old, Irish-qualified out-half from Auckland, this would feel like a very different transfer.
Joey Carbery has confirmed he will leave Leinster for rivals Munster.
Munster look set to land Joey Carbery next season as the saga over the young out-half nears a conclusion.
Every day as he drives to UCD, Leo Cullen questions whether this coaching lark is really for him.
It was joy on the double for Leinster's rugby heroes last night as they added the Guinness Pro14 crown to their European title.
This double was never in jeopardy. Leinster are celebrating their greatest season after adding the Guinness PRO14 to their European title with this comprehensive win over the reigning champions.
Leinster know that danger lurks when doubles are on the line and they know the danger of a Scarlets side visiting Dublin at this time of the year.
The mantelpiece in the Ryan family home is beginning to sag under the weight of the medals James is delivering, but up on the wall there is a reminder of another young man of the same name who has his own place in history.
When, in March, the rugby writers in this parish sharpened their pencils and settled a pub debate as to what is Leinster's best 23 if all of the players were fit, not one of us picked Ross Byrne.
Joe Schmidt has left little room for experimentation on Ireland's tour of Australia after naming a 32-man squad yesterday that is locked and loaded with Grand Slam stars for the three-Test tour.
Anyone who expected Joe Schmidt to experiment with his squad for the upcoming three-Test tour of Australia hasn't been paying attention.
Ulster have lined up a replacement for Paddy Jackson but it remains unclear if the IRFU will approve the deal.
Gloucester have confirmed the signing of Munster second-row Gerbrandt Grobler for next season.
Leinster hope to have Johnny Sexton, Rob Kearney, Dan Leavy and Isa Nacewa fit and available for Saturday's Guinness PRO14 final against Scarlets (6.0), but Robbie Henshaw is expected to miss out with his knee issue.
The rugby world is at Jordan Larmour's dancing feet, but he has taken each new challenge in his stride.
Leinster hope to have Johnny Sexton, Rob Kearney and Dan Leavy available for Saturday's Guinness PRO14 final against Scarlets, while they are also upbeat on Isa Nacewa's prospects of recovering in time to play his final game.
When the dust finally settles on this remarkable season, Leinster will reserve a special place in the memory for this Guinness PRO14 win.
Leinster coach Leo Cullen insists his European champions are playing catch-up to Munster ahead of today's Guinness PRO14 semi-final at the RDS (3.15).
Leinster coach Leo Cullen says Isa Nacewa will not replace Girvan Dempsey as the province's attack coach, but confirmed they are on the look-out for a new assistant to replace his former team-mate.
Johnny Sexton looks unlikely to recover from his groin problem in time to take on Munster in the Guinness PRO14 semi-final tomorrow, but Leinster hope to have captain Isa Nacewa available.
Now that they have the Champions Cup trophy back in their cabinet, Leinster can look forward to being the benchmark team that everyone wants to have a crack off.
Keith Earls has paid tribute to Leinster's European Champions Cup-winning team but he said he and his Munster team-mates will happily bring them down to earth this weekend.
In the 16 seasons it has existed, there has surely never been a more competitive field for the Rugby Players Ireland (formerly IRUPA) Player of the Year award.
The laurels are not feeling the love around Leinster, there is no time for resting. Already the talk is of Munster and a European/PRO14 double-tilt.
Former Ireland full-back Girvan Dempsey has been appointed as attack coach at Bath and will bring a long association with Leinster to a close at the end of the season.
Robbie Henshaw will discover in the coming days if he will be able to play again this season after hurting his knee in the Champions Cup final last Saturday.
Of the 37 players Leinster used in their victorious Champions Cup campaign this season, 30 came through their own Academy.
Leo Cullen has paid tribute to Girvan Dempsey after Bath announced the Leinster assistant would be joining them next season.