August 31 is a date that has loomed large in Joe Schmidt’s thought process for some time now.More
As a learning exercise, Saturday’s fraught encounter against Scotland was far more beneficial for Ireland than the rather benign Welsh clash the previous week. Put it this way: Joe Schmidt will have gleaned much and identified far more ‘work-ons’ to keep him busy over the next fortnight.More
A strange few days in many ways. New Zealand beaten for only the third time since lifting the 2011 World Cup, confirming you shouldn’t write off the Wallabies approaching next month’s global showpiece tournament.More
In the end, joy and elation for a long-serving second row stalwart, but not the one we had hoped for.More
Three key issues to decide the Pro12 final
1. O’Connell’s last stand
2. Who deals better with conquering mental demons?
3. Half-backs will decide this one