'Average isn't acceptable' - Andy Farrell warns Ireland stars 'not to get ahead of themselves'
We haven't seen Andy Farrell for quite a while, but evidence of his influence is all over the Irish performances so far.
We haven't seen Andy Farrell for quite a while, but evidence of his influence is all over the Irish performances so far.
Wales are out to turn Ireland's greatest strengths into a weakness by targeting Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton, according to Warren Gatland.
Tadhg Furlong appears to have lost his race to be fit for Ireland's pivotal clash with Wales on Saturday with Andrew Porter set to get his first Six...
Andy Farrell has issued a challenge to the Ireland players ahead of their clash with Wales on Saturday, saying that they need to be more...
For the past 18 months throughout the rugby world, chaos theory has reigned.
Warren Gatland will be able to call on a host of big names as he names his Wales team to face Ireland at noon today.
Peter O'Mahony has revealed that he feared he would never get back to his best after a frustratingly slow recovery from his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.
He did major damage when the teams met last season and Wales wing George North looks fit and ready to take on Ireland again after coming through Northampton Saints' Premiership clash with London Irish on Saturday, scoring a try for good measure.
Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac has criticised the decision by organisers of the Guinness PRO14 to fix both games between his champions and their Conference B rivals Leinster during the Six Nations window.
Irish rugby can be a serious place. Even after the biggest wins, the talk soon turns to 'work-ons', 'learnings' and the Monday review. A player can score a hat-trick in a Test match and have his performance described by his coach as a 'mixed bag'.
This is the time of year when the quality of your overseas imports shines through and Scott Fardy and James Lowe paid back some of their salaries with leading roles in a Leinster win that puts them in control of Conference B of the PRO 14.
Having won their opening two games, Ireland face three "cup finals" to realise their Grand Slam dreams, according to Fergus McFadden.
Tadhg Furlong is explaining the awe he felt when he was a newcomer in the Leinster set-up and Shane Jennings was addressing the players when...
Joe Schmidt has revealed how he willed Robbie Henshaw not to score Ireland's fifth try against Italy as he feared the centre would pick up an injury.
Joe Schmidt has confirmed that Robbie Henshaw will miss between three and four months which means his season could be over.
So Sergio Parisse reckons Ireland are a better team than England and - having faced them both in a six-day period - who better to judge?
Tadhg Furlong says he is confident of being fit in time to face Wales on Saturday week in news that will come as a big boost to the Ireland camp as they assemble in Athlone this evening.
As the last visiting coach to claim a Six Nations victory in Dublin, Stuart Lancaster is well placed to assess the coming weeks for Ireland.
Ulster are on high alert after their new coach Jono Gibbes was strongly linked with a position on Michael Cheika's Australia coaching staff last night.
TADHG FURLONG is confident that he will recover from his hamstring problem in time to face Wales on Saturday week.
Ireland have developed a template for these Italian jobs and while they were a badly placed referee away from matching the nine-try haul they achieved in 2016 and 2017, there were frustrations leaving Lansdowne Road.
If you were to ask Joe Schmidt to draw up a list of players he could least afford to lose to injury while still sustaining a tilt at the Six Nations title, Tadhg Furlong and Robbie Henshaw's names would be high up.
Rarely can a big win have come at quite a cost for Ireland.
If Paris was the key to unlocking Ireland's Six Nations campaign, Italy represents an opportunity to build momentum into the tests to come.
Ireland captain Rory Best says "world-class" Johnny Sexton sets the tone for his Ireland team-mates ahead of his side's second step to what they hope will be Grand Slam glory.
Rory Best is starting to feel a bit old after seeing a picture of Jordan Larmour acting as a flag bearer at Leinster while the Ireland captain was already midway through his playing career.
After the drama of Paris, Ireland fans are expecting something more straightforward tomorrow when Italy arrive at the Aviva Stadium.
Joe Schmidt is targeting a big score against Italy tomorrow as Ireland look to kick on from their last-gasp win over France in Paris.
As he settles into a chair in an Aviva Stadium suite, Malcolm O'Kelly still looks like he could do a job on the pitch below.
For many, Ireland's 41-phase drive to set up the winning drop-goal for Johnny Sexton last Saturday called to mind the All Blacks' win at the Aviva in 2013.
You could be forgiven for thinking the Ireland camp is a very serious place all of the time, but there is the odd moment where levity is allowed.
Jack Conan is set to wear the Ireland No 8 jersey in a Six Nations game for the first time as Joe Schmidt prepares to freshen up his pack for the visit of Italy on Saturday.
Assistant coach Richie Murphy says Ireland are not happy to come away from their dramatic victory over France without scoring a try.
Although ostensibly they are competing for the same position in the Ireland squad, the scope is there for Johnny Sexton and Joey Carbery to take the field together on Saturday.
After their 41 steps to drop-goal heaven on Saturday, Ireland have been brought back down to earth in the Carton House review room and their focus now is firmly on Italy's visit to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
CJ Stander says Ireland will grow into the Six Nations after needing a late Johnny Sexton drop-goal to beat France in their opening game on Saturday.
The back-row is always considered to be an area of considerable depth for Ireland, but that is now being tested by a series of injuries that will concern Joe Schmidt.
By now, the euphoria of the dramatic Parisian end-game has faded and the Ireland squad are firmly back on terra firma.
Sergio Parisse is a doubt for Italy's trip to Dublin this week as Conor O'Shea plans to change-up his battered side after a bruising defeat to England in Rome.
For four seconds, Ireland's season hung in the balance as the eyes of the Stade de France crowd, the millions tuning in from home and the 31 participants on the field fixed firmly on the ball as it made its way from Johnny Sexton's boot towards the goal.
History looked destined to repeat itself in Paris, but Ireland refused to allow themselves suffer another loss on French soil.
Cast your mind back to the Aviva Stadium in November and Ireland's blistering start against Argentina. Attacking from deep, keeping the ball in hand, offloading where possible and putting relentless pressure on the team that had dumped them out of the 2015 World Cup, this looked like a brave new dawn.
Forget the Paris of old. This should be a happy hunting ground for Ireland.
Ireland captain Rory Best says the team will learn from the slow start that cost them so dear last season against Scotland.
Ireland captain Rory Best opted not to explain his decision to attend the trial of his Ulster and Ireland teammates Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding at his Captain's Run press conference at the Stade de France this morning.
Two years ago, Ireland submitted in an ugly battle at the Stade de France which was memorable only for the violence with which the home side went about their business and the incredible pressure they exerted on their visitors before Maxime Medard won the day.
Joe Schmidt believes his new faces are ready for the cauldron of a Six Nations opener in the Stade de France.
If you are an avid reader of Joe Schmidt's pre-game comments, you'll be familiar with the imaginary bubble that surrounds the Ireland camp at Carton House.
In time, Les Kiss will look back on his time with Ulster and wonder how so much could go wrong in such a short space of time.
Peter O'Mahony has revealed that playing Six Nations games for Ireland was his No 1 motivation for remaining with Munster beyond the end of this season.
In rugby terms, this is as serene a build-up as Joe Schmidt could have wanted for the visit to France on Saturday.
Josh Van Der Flier looks set to win the race to replace Seán O'Brien in the Ireland No 7 shirt for Saturday's Six Nations opener against France.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has brought Munster centre Sam Arnold in to train with his squad ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations opener against France.
Rob Kearney is aware of the collective groan from certain quarters whenever Joe Schmidt reads out his name.
France's preparations for Saturday's Six Nations opener against Ireland have been disrupted by a stomach bug which has hit three players.
Rob Kearney has seen it all before. He's been Ireland's No 15 for a decade now and every so often the hype train grows around a contender to hit throne.
Jacques Brunel's France squad were kept out of Top 14 action last weekend, but the new Les Bleus supremo still has injury concerns ahead of his team's Six Nations opener against Ireland on Saturday.
Ronan O'Gara believes this year's Six Nations is a two-horse race between Ireland and England.
Munster and Leinster's Champions Cup quarter-final ties will not clash after tournament organisers EPCR announced their schedule yesterday.
The Six Nations is all about familiarity. Age-old rivalries, venues you know like the back of your hand, tradition after tradition and clichés that last the test of time.
Eddie Jones has labelled Ireland the Six Nations "favourites" and then questioned whether Joe Schmidt's side will be able to handle the expectation that goes with the tag.
Joe Schmidt says he has a love/hate relationship with the Six Nations and one suspects much of the latter part of that equation comes from the focus he comes under during the tournament window.
Rory Best says he is close to agreeing a new contract that would see him continuing until after next year's Rugby World Cup.
Sometimes Joe Schmidt doesn't make life easy for himself.
Joe Schmidt says Simon Zebo’s performance against Racing 92 in Paris cost him a place in his Six Nations squad.
For more than 10 days leading up to yesterday's win over Castres, the Munster squad have found themselves at the heart of a media storm not of their making.
Dave Kilcoyne has emerged as a major doubt for the Six Nations after injuring his knee during the first half of Munster's Champions Cup win over Castres.
Thomond Park was built for big quarter-final clashes and they don't come much bigger than the visit of Toulon.
Munster will host three-time winners Toulon in the quarter-final of the European Champions Cup thanks to this comfortable bonus-point win over Castres.
By lunchtime tomorrow, Munster will have a fair idea of what they need to book a place back in Thomond Park for the quarter-final. To make sure that they are in the last eight, they simply must win.
Munster will be closely monitoring the results of today's Champions Cup pool deciders to learn what they must do to secure a home quarter-final tomorrow.
Is there anything Conor Murray can't or won't do? Already a world-leading scrum-half and Test Lion, Ireland's scrum-half keeps adding strings to his bow and must be vying for the title of the most complete player in the game here right now.
Surprises were at a premium when Joe Schmidt named his Six Nations squad on social media yesterday evening as the Ireland coach kept his selection consistent with November and added a few form players.
This was supposed to be a celebration, but stepping back from the crowd and observing two chief executives fighting fires back-to-back was quite something.
As Munster defended their decision to sign drugs cheat Gerbrandt Grobler and the IRFU vowed to review their policies around signing players with a doping past, Ireland international Chris Henry has criticised the decision to recruit a player who has served a two-year ban for taking an anabolic steroid.
IRFU chief executive Philip Browne says the organisation will review its policies around signing players with a history of doping in the wake of the controversy surrounding Munster’s Gerbrandt Grobler.
Munster rolled out the big guns yesterday as the debate over convicted doper Gerbrandt Grobler continued, with Peter O'Mahony saying that he and the players were standing behind the South African.
When speaking in public, Ireland players rarely let their next-game mantra slip but there were a couple of occasions during November when members of the squad allowed their minds to drift towards the spring.
Ahead of the biggest game of their season, talk at Munster continues to be dominated by the presence of South African second-row Gerbrandt Grobler in their squad.
Peter O'Mahony is Munster’s main injury concern ahead of his side's Champions Cup Pool 4 decider against Castres on Sunday.
It was no surprise when Tommy Bowe announced his decision to retire at the end of the season yesterday after a difficult few years.
A visit to the U Arena offers a glimpse into the potential future of professional sport and Johann van Graan used his team's trip to the space-age Parisian venue to offer us a glimpse at what Munster 2.0 might look like.
As the clock ticked towards the 80th minute at the U Arena, the game within the game became more and more intense.
When the game was in the balance and Racing 92 needed a play, it was Donnacha Ryan who hurled himself into the air and made damn sure that no one else was going to collect Remi Tales' kick-off.
Defeat for Munster, but their European destiny remains in their own hands.
Some teams like to keep the head down ahead of big games such as these, but Munster have been generating headline news on a daily basis this week.
Two years ago, St Andrew's College's director of rugby David Boyd invited Felix Jones around to his old school to put the Senior Cup team through their paces.
Leo Cullen was not able to put a definitive timeline on Sean O'Brien's recovery from the hip operation he underwent this week but he hopes the flanker will be able to play a part in Ireland's Six Nations campaign.
Of the match-day 23 that turned out when Leinster reached the zenith of their all-conquering era between 2009 and 2013 by beating Ulster in the 2012 Heineken Cup final in Twickenham, 11 players are still with the province while the captain that day is now the coach.
Munster powerhouse Jean Kleyn has expressed his desire to play for Ireland, bolstering Joe Schmidt's second-row options for the 2019 World Cup.
To the casual observer whose access to stats only runs so deep, the tackle count is the best measure available of a player's defensive contribution.
Leinster are primed to unleash twin threats James Lowe and Jordan Larmour on Europe this Sunday as they bid to qualify for the Champions Cup quarter-final against Glasgow.
This November will mark 10 years since the redeveloped Thomond Park was officially opened by the All Blacks.
Johann van Graan says there are no hard feelings in Munster towards Rassie Erasmus after the former director of rugby lured the province's head of athletic performance to South Africa.
Just when you think you've seen all that the rugby season has to offer, an interview with Munster's Simon Zebo appears on the Racing 92 website five days before the teams meet in the Champions Cup confirming that he'll be joining the club next season.
Munster coach Johann van Graan believes second-row Gerbrandt Grobler deserves a second chance in rugby after serving a two-year doping ban.
It hasn't happened overnight, but rarely in the history of Irish rugby has the combined might of the 12 counties of Leinster loomed so large over the other three provinces.
An investigation has been launched into how the flooring at the back of the RDS Grand Stand became damaged in an incident that resulted in 12 fans being moved from their seats during Leinster's win over Ulster on Saturday.
Tadhg Furlong is a doubt for Leinster's Champions Cup meeting with Glasgow Warriors on Sunday after failing a Head Injury Assessment (HIA) at half-time of Saturday's win over Ulster.
Leo Cullen grew up alongside Brian O'Driscoll in Blackrock College and spent the vast majority of his professional rugby career alongside the greatest talent Ireland has produced.
The case for Jordan Larmour playing a leading role in Leinster’s decisive Champions Cup games and Ireland’s Six Nations campaign grew further at the RDS as the 20-year-old led his province to their third interpro win in 11 days.
On the day the Christmas tree is supposed to come down, Leinster can hoist their flag as the undisputed top dogs of Irish provincial rugby by completing their third win in 11 days over their rivals.
Joey Carberry is aware of the talk about him being shipped to another province, but being aware of it and entertaining it are two different matters.
Leo Cullen has admitted that this evening's meeting with Ulster at the RDS is the most important of the three his Leinster team have faced over the past 11 days.
Nobody in rugby wants to be known as the nice guys, but at the end of each season at the Guinness PRO14 awards an award is handed out for the most disciplined team.
Sean O'Brien has confirmed that he expects to be fit for Leinster's crucial Champions Cup clash against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday week.
Having won over the crowd in an all-singing, all-dancing, 80-minute performance James Lowe's next mission is to convince Leo Cullen to alter his thinking for his European match-day 23.
Winning in Dublin has never come easily to Connacht, so when Ultan Dillane ran over Rory O'Loughlin and surged towards the line during injury time, at the end of a pulsating interprovincial clash at the RDS, history beckoned.
Munster coach Johann van Graan had no complaints with the sending-off of Sam Arnold as Munster collapsed to a 24-17 defeat in Belfast to Ulster despite leading 17-0 at the break.
Both of these sides finished 2017 on a low and this evening's battle is about putting that behind them and getting the New Year off to a strong start.
Expectant fans hoping to welcome their conquering heroes back to the RDS this afternoon were left disappointed on Saturday when Leo Cullen opted to hit the rotation button which means the players who stormed Thomond Park will largely be confined to the Anglesea Stand.
Sean Cronin got a new set of front teeth for Christmas, now all he wants this New Year is to get back into the Ireland squad.
Fergus McFadden believes Leinster are making progress this season but warned that the province will be judged by how they finish the campaign.