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    Johnny Sexton agrees with 'smart' Murray decision as he backs Marmion and McGrath to step up against All Blacks

    Johnny Sexton agrees with 'smart' Murray decision as he backs Marmion and McGrath to step up against All Blacks


    Johnny Sexton has backed Kieran Marmion and Luke McGrath to step up and fill the void left by Conor Murray ahead of the ultimate test of Ireland’s credentials against New Zealand this...

    Johnny Sexton has backed Kieran Marmion and Luke McGrath to step up and fill the void left by Conor Murray ahead of the ultimate test of Ireland’s credentials against New Zealand this weekend.
    'I've had guys from New Zealand ringing me for six months' - Even Joe Schmidt is struggling for All Blacks tickets

    'I've had guys from New Zealand ringing me for six months' - Even Joe Schmidt is struggling for All Blacks tickets


    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt says that he has been inundated with ticket requests from New Zealanders ahead of the mouthwatering clash with the All Blacks - but he wants the Aviva Stadium to be a sea of green next...

    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt says that he has been inundated with ticket requests from New Zealanders ahead of the mouthwatering clash with the All Blacks - but he wants the Aviva Stadium to be a sea of green next Saturday.
    If Murray says he is right to play, let him play - Hansen

    If Murray says he is right to play, let him play - Hansen


    Joe Schmidt says it is "highly unlikely" that Conor Murray will be pitched straight back into battle against the world's best team, but his opposite number Steve Hansen landed in Dublin yesterday fully expecting to face the Lions No...

    Joe Schmidt says it is "highly unlikely" that Conor Murray will be pitched straight back into battle against the world's best team, but his opposite number Steve Hansen landed in Dublin yesterday fully expecting to face the Lions No 9.
    Cian Tracey: 'Awesome Ryan continues to shine as Addison takes his chance'

    Cian Tracey: 'Awesome Ryan continues to shine as Addison takes his chance'


    There are times when watching James Ryan dominate incredibly physical international Tests that it is important to step back and remind ourselves that he only turned 22 less than four months...

    There are times when watching James Ryan dominate incredibly physical international Tests that it is important to step back and remind ourselves that he only turned 22 less than four months ago.
    Pocock rues 'mental side' as Aussies slump to another loss

    Pocock rues 'mental side' as Aussies slump to another loss


    David Pocock says it is "all about the mental side of things" after Australia suffered an eighth Test defeat this...

    David Pocock says it is "all about the mental side of things" after Australia suffered an eighth Test defeat this year.

    Ireland need captain Rory Best to step up or face being shipped out


    Back in 2013, Ireland warmed up for their first meeting with New Zealand under Joe Schmidt with one of the worst performances of his time in charge - the second-heaviest defeat of his tenure (32-15) - against...

    Back in 2013, Ireland warmed up for their first meeting with New Zealand under Joe Schmidt with one of the worst performances of his time in charge - the second-heaviest defeat of his tenure (32-15) - against Australia.
    Erasmus joy after Boks stun France in thriller

    Erasmus joy after Boks stun France in thriller


    Rassie Erasmus hailed his side's spirit as South Africa scored a last-gasp try to snatch a dramatic 29-26 win over France in Paris on Saturday...

    Rassie Erasmus hailed his side's spirit as South Africa scored a last-gasp try to snatch a dramatic 29-26 win over France in Paris on Saturday night.

    Leavy makes quite an impact to prime himself for starting role against All Blacks


    Two weeks ago Joe Schmidt rang his Grand Slam winning openside flanker to deliver a sentence that contained both bad news and good news: "I'm not taking you to Chicago, but you have a shot at Argentina and...

    Two weeks ago Joe Schmidt rang his Grand Slam winning openside flanker to deliver a sentence that contained both bad news and good news: "I'm not taking you to Chicago, but you have a shot at Argentina and then...."
    Vincent Hogan: 'The difference with Joe Schmidt is that he doesn't just coach players - he re-wires them'

    Vincent Hogan: 'The difference with Joe Schmidt is that he doesn't just coach players - he re-wires them'


    Just at the end of Saturday's post-match press conference, Joe Schmidt was invited to personalise the dark thunder now rolling Ireland's way. Was it, someone asked, the "great challenge" of his coaching career to line up the All Blacks in his...

    Just at the end of Saturday's post-match press conference, Joe Schmidt was invited to personalise the dark thunder now rolling Ireland's way. Was it, someone asked, the "great challenge" of his coaching career to line up the All Blacks in his crosshairs?

    Schmidt: We're in for a tough day if we're untidy again


    Another record banked, but there is little evidence of celebration on Joe Schmidt's face as he sifts through his teams 10th home win in a...

    Another record banked, but there is little evidence of celebration on Joe Schmidt's face as he sifts through his teams 10th home win in a row.
    Jones vows to take frustration out on Japan

    Jones vows to take frustration out on Japan


    England are poised to take out their frustration at their 16-15 defeat by New Zealand on Japan on Saturday, with head coach Eddie Jones warning that his former side should "go to a chapel and...

    England are poised to take out their frustration at their 16-15 defeat by New Zealand on Japan on Saturday, with head coach Eddie Jones warning that his former side should "go to a chapel and pray".

    Jones hits out at costly TMO decision


    Eddie Jones tried not to blame the late television match official (TMO) review that cost England victory against New Zealand as his injury-hit side came within a whisker of beating the world champions, but made it clear he disagreed with...

    Eddie Jones tried not to blame the late television match official (TMO) review that cost England victory against New Zealand as his injury-hit side came within a whisker of beating the world champions, but made it clear he disagreed with it.
    O'Brien targets return in time for Six Nations

    O'Brien targets return in time for Six Nations


    Sean O'Brien has already set himself a target of returning in time for the Six Nations after the Ireland flanker broke his right arm during yesterday's win over...

    Sean O'Brien has already set himself a target of returning in time for the Six Nations after the Ireland flanker broke his right arm during yesterday's win over Argentina.

    Nucifora's search for second-tier games reaches New England


    When a colleague in this office saw the IRFU's 'New England Free Jacks' email pop into his inbox on Friday evening he thought they were announcing a clothing deal. If...

    When a colleague in this office saw the IRFU's 'New England Free Jacks' email pop into his inbox on Friday evening he thought they were announcing a clothing deal. If only.
    Neil Francis: 'I haven't seen Ireland play this badly in a long time'

    Neil Francis: 'I haven't seen Ireland play this badly in a long time'


    On the way to the Aviva Stadium yesterday I noticed that the national knitting and crochet event was on in the RDS. Maybe Ireland might pop down there tomorrow, because the ability to knit was something that was sorely missing...

    On the way to the Aviva Stadium yesterday I noticed that the national knitting and crochet event was on in the RDS. Maybe Ireland might pop down there tomorrow, because the ability to knit was something that was sorely missing yesterday.

    Making hay in the real world


    The week of an All Blacks game is a big week. Given all the requests to try and sniff out tickets you'd say this one is a lot bigger than most. So CJ Stander, not a great man at staying calm in these situations, will likely be suffering from what he...

    The week of an All Blacks game is a big week. Given all the requests to try and sniff out tickets you'd say this one is a lot bigger than most. So CJ Stander, not a great man at staying calm in these situations, will likely be suffering from what he calls PMS: pre-match stress.
    Bernard Jackman: 'Strong scrum not enough to beat All Blacks'

    Bernard Jackman: 'Strong scrum not enough to beat All Blacks'


    Job done. It wasn't pretty but a 10th home win on the trot is not to be trifled with - even if for a long time yesterday Ireland really struggled to impose themselves on...

    Job done. It wasn't pretty but a 10th home win on the trot is not to be trifled with - even if for a long time yesterday Ireland really struggled to impose themselves on Argentina.
    Rory Best vows Ireland 'will be better' when Joe Schmidt's men face the All Blacks

    Rory Best vows Ireland 'will be better' when Joe Schmidt's men face the All Blacks


    New Zealand will fly into Dublin this evening and most Irish rugby supporters will be relieved that they arrive with a win rather than a loss in their rear-view mirror. The All Blacks looked doomed at a sodden Twickenham yesterday until referee Jerome...

    New Zealand will fly into Dublin this evening and most Irish rugby supporters will be relieved that they arrive with a win rather than a loss in their rear-view mirror. The All Blacks looked doomed at a sodden Twickenham yesterday until referee Jerome Garces and his TMO Marius Jonker bailed them out with an offside decision against Courtney Lawes, ruling out England's try that looked like a match-winner.
    Eamonn Sweeney: 'The case for Jordan Larmour at 15 has to be marked 'not proven' at this stage'

    Eamonn Sweeney: 'The case for Jordan Larmour at 15 has to be marked 'not proven' at this stage'


    Now for the main course. The match in Chicago was a refreshing amuse-bouche but this win over Argentina was more in the nature of an undistinguished hors d'oeuvre. A bit difficult to digest at first, but it slipped down OK in the...

    Now for the main course. The match in Chicago was a refreshing amuse-bouche but this win over Argentina was more in the nature of an undistinguished hors d'oeuvre. A bit difficult to digest at first, but it slipped down OK in the end.
    'It will really be Conor's call' - Joe Schmidt says Murray will make decision on All Blacks availability

    'It will really be Conor's call' - Joe Schmidt says Murray will make decision on All Blacks availability


    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt says it it 'highly unlikely' that Conor Murray will feature against the All Blacks - but that the decision rests with the scrum-half ahead of the mouthwatering showdown next...

    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt says it it 'highly unlikely' that Conor Murray will feature against the All Blacks - but that the decision rests with the scrum-half ahead of the mouthwatering showdown next Saturday.
    Ireland 28 Argentina 17: Second half surge sees Joe Schmidt's side beat Argentina

    Ireland 28 Argentina 17: Second half surge sees Joe Schmidt's side beat Argentina


    Ireland host Argentina at the Aviva Stadium in the first home November international. Kick off is at 18.30 and you can follow all the action in our live...

    Ireland host Argentina at the Aviva Stadium in the first home November international. Kick off is at 18.30 and you can follow all the action in our live blog.
    Scotland cut loose against Fiji with impressive eight-try win at Murrayfield

    Scotland cut loose against Fiji with impressive eight-try win at Murrayfield


    Scotland extended their impressive Murrayfield streak to 10 wins from their last 11 Tests as Tommy Seymour's hat-trick helped seal a 54-17 win over...

    Scotland extended their impressive Murrayfield streak to 10 wins from their last 11 Tests as Tommy Seymour's hat-trick helped seal a 54-17 win over Fiji.
    Tony Ward: 'Best's leadership worth cherishing for as long as possible'

    Tony Ward: 'Best's leadership worth cherishing for as long as possible'


    Rory Best is already on record as saying he will think long and hard about his future in rugby (presumably at Test level) after the November internationals and it's hard to blame...

    Rory Best is already on record as saying he will think long and hard about his future in rugby (presumably at Test level) after the November internationals and it's hard to blame him.
    Sinead Kissane: 'How Schmidt turned transition into great timing for World Cup bid'

    Sinead Kissane: 'How Schmidt turned transition into great timing for World Cup bid'


    Five days after Ireland's 43-20 defeat to Argentina in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final, Joe Schmidt sat on the couch opposite Ryan Tubridy on 'The Late, Late Show' in October...

    Five days after Ireland's 43-20 defeat to Argentina in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final, Joe Schmidt sat on the couch opposite Ryan Tubridy on 'The Late, Late Show' in October 2015.
    Alan Quinlan: 'Breakdown is not to blame for back-rowers finishing early'

    Alan Quinlan: 'Breakdown is not to blame for back-rowers finishing early'


    I had never felt pain like it, every cell in my body wanted to scream. The agony was so overwhelming I thought I would never play rugby...

    I had never felt pain like it, every cell in my body wanted to scream. The agony was so overwhelming I thought I would never play rugby again.
    Heir Jordan: The one common theme in Larmour's many magical moments

    Heir Jordan: The one common theme in Larmour's many magical moments


    The dust had barely settled on Ireland's win when Jordan Larmour emerged from the dressing-room with what looked like a school-bag on his...

    The dust had barely settled on Ireland's win when Jordan Larmour emerged from the dressing-room with what looked like a school-bag on his back.
    Ruaidhri O'Connor: What changed after Joe Schmidt's 'year zero'

    Ruaidhri O'Connor: What changed after Joe Schmidt's 'year zero'


    In some senses, the healing is superficial and the wound is still there, as raw as ever. Only a victory in next year's World Cup quarter-final will finally allow Ireland coach Joe Schmidt to move on from the worst day he has endured in the job to...

    In some senses, the healing is superficial and the wound is still there, as raw as ever. Only a victory in next year's World Cup quarter-final will finally allow Ireland coach Joe Schmidt to move on from the worst day he has endured in the job to date.
    Brian O'Driscoll: 'Irish should be bullish as they aim for number one'

    Brian O'Driscoll: 'Irish should be bullish as they aim for number one'


    Ireland could finish the Guinness November series atop the world rankings and former captain Brian O'Driscoll has declared that the team have every right to be bullish as they seek to make a bold statement a year out from the World...

    Ireland could finish the Guinness November series atop the world rankings and former captain Brian O'Driscoll has declared that the team have every right to be bullish as they seek to make a bold statement a year out from the World Cup.
    O'Driscoll hits back at Jones jibe

    O'Driscoll hits back at Jones jibe


    Brian O'Driscoll has leapt to the defence of former team-mate Jonathan Sexton after the latest jibe from English coach Eddie Jones reignited his ongoing criticism of the Irish...

    Brian O'Driscoll has leapt to the defence of former team-mate Jonathan Sexton after the latest jibe from English coach Eddie Jones reignited his ongoing criticism of the Irish out-half.
    Quiet man Barrett taking All Blacks to new heights

    Quiet man Barrett taking All Blacks to new heights


    Beauden Barrett grimaces when I ask a question he does not like. I am not asking him about the controversial new tackle laws, the threat of being targeted by England at Twickenham today or even whether a second defeat in five games would send the All...

    Beauden Barrett grimaces when I ask a question he does not like. I am not asking him about the controversial new tackle laws, the threat of being targeted by England at Twickenham today or even whether a second defeat in five games would send the All Blacks into a tailspin.
    Powerful Pumas the perfect warm-up as Ireland look to fine-tune for the All Blacks

    Powerful Pumas the perfect warm-up as Ireland look to fine-tune for the All Blacks


    Within the Ireland set-up, they are not allowed to look beyond this weekend. For everyone else, this month is about one thing and one thing alone: Ireland v New...

    Within the Ireland set-up, they are not allowed to look beyond this weekend. For everyone else, this month is about one thing and one thing alone: Ireland v New Zealand.
    Ledesma: I don't remember Joe being ruthless at Clermont

    Ledesma: I don't remember Joe being ruthless at Clermont


    ARGENTINA coach Mario Ledesma came in off the pitch at the Aviva Stadium complaining about the Irish...

    ARGENTINA coach Mario Ledesma came in off the pitch at the Aviva Stadium complaining about the Irish weather.
    Tony Ward: 'Rory Best's leadership is worth cherishing for as long as possible'

    Tony Ward: 'Rory Best's leadership is worth cherishing for as long as possible'


    Rory Best is already on record as saying he will think long and hard about his future in rugby (presumably at Test level) after the November internationals and it’s hard to blame...

    Rory Best is already on record as saying he will think long and hard about his future in rugby (presumably at Test level) after the November internationals and it’s hard to blame him.
    Rory Best says Joe Schmidt's legacy will endure long after his departure

    Rory Best says Joe Schmidt's legacy will endure long after his departure


    The Ireland head coach will announce a decision on his future beyond next year's World Cup at the end of the November internationals and if he chooses to leave the position his captain believes there is enough talent within the set-up for the success he...

    The Ireland head coach will announce a decision on his future beyond next year's World Cup at the end of the November internationals and if he chooses to leave the position his captain believes there is enough talent within the set-up for the success he has enjoyed to continue.
    Rúaidhrí O'Connor: 'Challenge for mainstays is to hold onto starting spot'

    Rúaidhrí O'Connor: 'Challenge for mainstays is to hold onto starting spot'


    Throw a fit Conor Murray, Rob Kearney and Garry Ringrose into the number 9, 15 and 13 jerseys and the starting XV for tomorrow's Test looks very close to the team Joe Schmidt would have in mind for a World Cup quarter-final if it were being played this...

    Throw a fit Conor Murray, Rob Kearney and Garry Ringrose into the number 9, 15 and 13 jerseys and the starting XV for tomorrow's Test looks very close to the team Joe Schmidt would have in mind for a World Cup quarter-final if it were being played this week.

    Everyone is hoping Joe Schmidt comes back home - All Blacks legend Richie McCaw


    All Blacks legend Richie McCaw believes the New Zealand Rugby Union would not hesitate to set aside their long-standing policy of only appointing internal coaching successors if it meant they could snatch Joe Schmidt from Ireland's clutches next...

    All Blacks legend Richie McCaw believes the New Zealand Rugby Union would not hesitate to set aside their long-standing policy of only appointing internal coaching successors if it meant they could snatch Joe Schmidt from Ireland's clutches next year.
    Brendan Fanning: 'There's one silver lining to Ireland's injury cloud - and it's boosting World Cup development'

    Brendan Fanning: 'There's one silver lining to Ireland's injury cloud - and it's boosting World Cup development'


    At the start of the month Jordan Larmour wouldn’t have been banking on this level of involvement at 15 for the first two weeks of the Guinness Series, but that’s the silver lining on the injury...

    At the start of the month Jordan Larmour wouldn’t have been banking on this level of involvement at 15 for the first two weeks of the Guinness Series, but that’s the silver lining on the injury cloud.
    Neil Francis: 'No disrespect - but Argentina is the practice match before the big November clash'

    Neil Francis: 'No disrespect - but Argentina is the practice match before the big November clash'


    Bloke goes down to the Slug & Lettuce pub on the Kings Road, walks in, sits down at the bar and says nothing. Barman comes over, yer man points at the beer tap. "Do you want a pint?" asks the...

    Bloke goes down to the Slug & Lettuce pub on the Kings Road, walks in, sits down at the bar and says nothing. Barman comes over, yer man points at the beer tap. "Do you want a pint?" asks the barman.
    Joe Schmidt says key Ireland duo will be ready for All Blacks

    Joe Schmidt says key Ireland duo will be ready for All Blacks


    Injured Irish duo Rob Kearney and Garry Ringrose are "highly likely" to be ready to face the All Blacks on Saturday week after losing their fitness battle ahead of this weekend's test match against Argentina at the Aviva...

    Injured Irish duo Rob Kearney and Garry Ringrose are "highly likely" to be ready to face the All Blacks on Saturday week after losing their fitness battle ahead of this weekend's test match against Argentina at the Aviva Stadium.
    I wouldn't mind going back to full back' - Robbie Henshaw open to positional change

    I wouldn't mind going back to full back' - Robbie Henshaw open to positional change


    The glint in Robbie Henshaw's eye is matched by the wry smile that is etched across his face when he is asked about playing at full-back in his last game for Leinster two weeks...

    The glint in Robbie Henshaw's eye is matched by the wry smile that is etched across his face when he is asked about playing at full-back in his last game for Leinster two weeks ago.
    Healy: 'Dark day' in scrum taught me a lot

    Healy: 'Dark day' in scrum taught me a lot


    Leinster and Ireland prop Cian Healy has rediscovered his best form in 2018 after claiming a hat-trick of medals but he still remembers one game early in his career that served as a massive learning experience, writes Will...

    Leinster and Ireland prop Cian Healy has rediscovered his best form in 2018 after claiming a hat-trick of medals but he still remembers one game early in his career that served as a massive learning experience, writes Will Slattery.
    The All Blacks' nakedly corporate strategy keeps the money rolling in as worldwide tour hits Europe

    The All Blacks' nakedly corporate strategy keeps the money rolling in as worldwide tour hits Europe


    By degrees, the All Blacks are morphing into rugby’s answer to the Rolling Stones: a polished touring juggernaut whose every performance feels, for those in attendance, like a once-in-a-lifetime treat, but whose modus operandi are ever more nakedly...

    By degrees, the All Blacks are morphing into rugby’s answer to the Rolling Stones: a polished touring juggernaut whose every performance feels, for those in attendance, like a once-in-a-lifetime treat, but whose modus operandi are ever more nakedly corporate.
    'That cut deep' - Cian Healy on how a 'dark game' early in his career helped him develop as a prop

    'That cut deep' - Cian Healy on how a 'dark game' early in his career helped him develop as a prop


    Leinster and Ireland prop Cian Healy has rediscovered his best form in 2018 after claiming a hat-trick of medals but he still remembers one game early in his career that served as a massive learning...

    Leinster and Ireland prop Cian Healy has rediscovered his best form in 2018 after claiming a hat-trick of medals but he still remembers one game early in his career that served as a massive learning experience.

    Breaking down Joe Schmidt's tough calls that will define November


    Coaches dream of having the kind of array of options that present themselves to Joe Schmidt this month, but it is one thing having a strong panel to choose from and another picking the right team and keeping those who don't make the cut...

    Coaches dream of having the kind of array of options that present themselves to Joe Schmidt this month, but it is one thing having a strong panel to choose from and another picking the right team and keeping those who don't make the cut happy.
    Healy sets sights on number one ranking ahead of crucial month

    Healy sets sights on number one ranking ahead of crucial month


    Cian Healy is targeting top spot in the world rugby rankings as Ireland prepare for key November Tests against Argentina and New...

    Cian Healy is targeting top spot in the world rugby rankings as Ireland prepare for key November Tests against Argentina and New Zealand.
    Landajo: 2015 World Cup victory over Ireland is now history for us

    Landajo: 2015 World Cup victory over Ireland is now history for us


    There was a time when the rivalry between Argentina and Ireland was more to do with the Pumas' distaste with what the Ireland team represented rather than the Irish players...

    There was a time when the rivalry between Argentina and Ireland was more to do with the Pumas' distaste with what the Ireland team represented rather than the Irish players themselves.
    Curry loss may force Jones into England reshuffle

    Curry loss may force Jones into England reshuffle


    England's Tom Curry has been ruled out for the rest of the November internationals, with the flanker needing to see a specialist to determine whether or not he needs surgery on the ankle injury he suffered during last Saturday's 12-11 victory over South...

    England's Tom Curry has been ruled out for the rest of the November internationals, with the flanker needing to see a specialist to determine whether or not he needs surgery on the ankle injury he suffered during last Saturday's 12-11 victory over South Africa.
    Improved basics helping make Conway a more complete player

    Improved basics helping make Conway a more complete player


    Exactly 24 seconds before he fielded a superb high ball that led to Luke McGrath's try in Soldier Field, Andrew Conway got a similar attempted catch all...

    Exactly 24 seconds before he fielded a superb high ball that led to Luke McGrath's try in Soldier Field, Andrew Conway got a similar attempted catch all wrong.
    The Left Wing: Cian Healy on getting back to his best, injury struggles and developing as a prop

    The Left Wing: Cian Healy on getting back to his best, injury struggles and developing as a prop


    On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Leinster and Ireland prop Cian Healy to discuss the November internationals and his career to...

    On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Leinster and Ireland prop Cian Healy to discuss the November internationals and his career to date.
    Conor Murray no longer training with Ireland but is still in contention for All Blacks clash

    Conor Murray no longer training with Ireland but is still in contention for All Blacks clash


    Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek has confirmed that Conor Murray isn't training with the team in Carton House this week - but didn't rule the scrum-half out of playing against the All...

    Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek has confirmed that Conor Murray isn't training with the team in Carton House this week - but didn't rule the scrum-half out of playing against the All Blacks.
    Jones dips into Lions' playbook for his All Black game-plan

    Jones dips into Lions' playbook for his All Black game-plan


    Eddie Jones believes he has the blueprint for beating New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon, a result that would be akin to "climbing...

    Eddie Jones believes he has the blueprint for beating New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon, a result that would be akin to "climbing Everest".
    No excuses for Ringrose as Ireland look to go to next level

    No excuses for Ringrose as Ireland look to go to next level


    Garry Ringrose says Ireland's limited preparation time is not an excuse for a drop in standards against Argentina this...

    Garry Ringrose says Ireland's limited preparation time is not an excuse for a drop in standards against Argentina this Saturday.
    New man Ledesma has a tight window to find his feet

    New man Ledesma has a tight window to find his feet


    When you play almost all of your games against New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, you can expect your win/loss ratio to suffer, but even still the eight wins Argentina have achieved in their 36 games since the 2015 World Cup is a stark statistic to...

    When you play almost all of your games against New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, you can expect your win/loss ratio to suffer, but even still the eight wins Argentina have achieved in their 36 games since the 2015 World Cup is a stark statistic to consider.
    Six Nations winner Henry retires for the sake of 'physical well-being'

    Six Nations winner Henry retires for the sake of 'physical well-being'


    Just over three years after he made his final appearance for Ireland in the World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina, Chris Henry has announced his decision to retire from...

    Just over three years after he made his final appearance for Ireland in the World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina, Chris Henry has announced his decision to retire from rugby.
    Cian Tracey: 'Beirne happy to be outshone by 'freakish' Larmour talent'

    Cian Tracey: 'Beirne happy to be outshone by 'freakish' Larmour talent'


    There was a certain irony to how Jordan Larmour tore up Soldier Field in a manner befitting of the Chicago Bears' electric running...

    There was a certain irony to how Jordan Larmour tore up Soldier Field in a manner befitting of the Chicago Bears' electric running backs.
    Billy Keane: 'We must do all we can to keep Joe show on road'

    Billy Keane: 'We must do all we can to keep Joe show on road'


    Ireland ran Italy around Soldier Field until the Azurri wore out. This is the way to play Italy who were brave but were as blunt as an old razor blade by the end of the...

    Ireland ran Italy around Soldier Field until the Azurri wore out. This is the way to play Italy who were brave but were as blunt as an old razor blade by the end of the game.
    Autumn internationals team of the weekend: Three Irishmen make the XV

    Autumn internationals team of the weekend: Three Irishmen make the XV


    International fixtures were staged across the northern hemisphere on Saturday, from Chicago to Cardiff. Here is our selection of the players that stood...

    International fixtures were staged across the northern hemisphere on Saturday, from Chicago to Cardiff. Here is our selection of the players that stood out.
    Rob Kearney a doubt for Argentina clash as focus switches

    Rob Kearney a doubt for Argentina clash as focus switches


    Ireland will arrive back in Dublin this morning and the page will immediately turn when the squad reach Carton...

    Ireland will arrive back in Dublin this morning and the page will immediately turn when the squad reach Carton House.
    IRFU tackles fallout from Belfast rape trial

    IRFU tackles fallout from Belfast rape trial


    The IRFU, in conjunction with Rugby Players Ireland, has introduced sexual consent classes for all professional players in the wake of this year's Belfast rape trial, the Irish Independent can...

    The IRFU, in conjunction with Rugby Players Ireland, has introduced sexual consent classes for all professional players in the wake of this year's Belfast rape trial, the Irish Independent can reveal.

    Mills' two tries help Lansdowne to victory


    Captain Eamonn Mills led by example with two tries as Lansdowne registered a rare win at Tom Clifford Park, finishing 23-12 over Young...

    Captain Eamonn Mills led by example with two tries as Lansdowne registered a rare win at Tom Clifford Park, finishing 23-12 over Young Munster.
    Herring and Reidy to the rescue for Dan's tourists

    Herring and Reidy to the rescue for Dan's tourists


    Ulster left Treviso lifted by a powerful second-half performance that gave their Guinness PRO14 campaign a real boost thanks to tries from Sean Reidy and Rob...

    Ulster left Treviso lifted by a powerful second-half performance that gave their Guinness PRO14 campaign a real boost thanks to tries from Sean Reidy and Rob Herring.
    Ireland's ground and pound paves way for electric Larmour to excel

    Ireland's ground and pound paves way for electric Larmour to excel


    When the Chicago Bears won their one and only Super Bowl in 1986, famed coach Mike Dikta based his success on a mean defence and a strong running...

    When the Chicago Bears won their one and only Super Bowl in 1986, famed coach Mike Dikta based his success on a mean defence and a strong running game.
    Leinster punish Kings indiscipline with blitz

    Leinster punish Kings indiscipline with blitz


    Leinster coach Leo Cullen said that a killer instinct which yielded three tries just before the break was decisive in securing a bonus point win in Port...

    Leinster coach Leo Cullen said that a killer instinct which yielded three tries just before the break was decisive in securing a bonus point win in Port Elizabeth.
    Van Graan happy as Munster get first away win

    Van Graan happy as Munster get first away win


    Munster coach Johann van Graan praised stand-in captain Tyler Bleyendaal and his men for carving out a bonus-point win at the Toyota Stadium in...

    Munster coach Johann van Graan praised stand-in captain Tyler Bleyendaal and his men for carving out a bonus-point win at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein.
    Aussie impact noticeable as Connacht find their wings

    Aussie impact noticeable as Connacht find their wings


    The growing Australian influence is becoming more apparent at the Sportsground and coach Andy Friend is confident they are building a squad that will get them back into the Champions...

    The growing Australian influence is becoming more apparent at the Sportsground and coach Andy Friend is confident they are building a squad that will get them back into the Champions Cup.