Garry Ringrose is still sporting a bandage to cover the head injury he picked up in Japan but a hat-trick of tries in this bonus-point Heineken Champions Cup win in Dublin suggests that there is no lingering hangover from Ireland's dismal World Cup showing.
Sat, 16 Nov, 2019
This becomes a delicate balancing act now. There are some very smart people in the Irish backroom team with Joe Schmidt, but this is mostly about the Irish players and the World Cup. You can see the confidence is skin deep at the moment, it’s not in their bones.
Fri, 04 Oct, 2019
Ireland got the bonus-point victory expected of them as they took a welcome step towards the World Cup quarter-finals on Thursday but this was not the bounce-back performance required following last Saturday’s defeat to Japan.
Thu, 03 Oct, 2019
Let’s hope that the Grand Slam hasn’t been treated as some sort of interloper around the team room in Carton House this week. Keith Earls was on the money when he said that the next two games were the biggest of his Irish career.
Fri, 09 Mar, 2018
Sam Arnold doesn’t need anyone telling him that he is on the brink of a first Irish cap but the Munster centre knows better than most how suddenly best-laid plans and ambitions can be toyed with by rugby’s fickle gods.
Fri, 02 Mar, 2018
There are any number of arbitrary ways to measure a team’s progress, but it seemed the obvious thing to think back to Leinster’s semi-final loss to Clermont Auvergne last April as they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on Saturday evening.
Mon, 18 Dec, 2017
The British and Irish Lions squad announcement followed the usual pattern — a majority of predictable selections, a few left field picks, some surprise omissions along with the customary bolter. Warren Gatland was always good for a few of those and in Ross Moriarty, Ben Te’o and Ireland’s Jared Payne, he didn’t disappoint.
Thu, 20 Apr, 2017
Tue, 07 Feb, 2017
Sat, 10 Dec, 2016
Tue, 11 Oct, 2016
DRIP, drip, drip. One by one the names have been dropping off Joe Schmidt’s tongue throughout this Six Nations campaign. They are the players who represent Ireland’s future and who could well be carrying the nation’s hopes into the 2019 World Cup.
Mon, 21 Mar, 2016
Mon, 28 Dec, 2015