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  • 22 November 2013: Ireland v New Zealand preview
    Brian O’Driscoll and Jonny Sexton have been named in Ireland’s starting XV to face New Zealand on Sunday. There were doubts over their fitness all week but Joe Schmidt has confirmed that Sexton has recovered from the hamstring injury he sustained against Australia while treatment to Brian O’Driscoll’s calf will enable him to take to […]
  • 21 November 2013: Keith Wood: Only Ireland’s very best for 80 minutes will suffice
    Only five nations on this rugby planet have beaten New Zealand in a Test match in 110 years of trying so perhaps Ireland shouldn’t beat themselves up too much over their winless record against the All Blacks. But then again just one draw in 27 Tests does seem an inexplicably barren record for a team […]
  • 23 October 2013: Three uncapped players in Ireland squad
    Dave Kearney, Jack McGrath and James Coughlan could be making their Test debut next month after being named in Ireland’s squad ahead of the Autumn internationals. Boss Joe Schmidt has named the Leinster duo and the Munster flanker in his 34-man party but there is no room for David Kilcoyne, Andrew Trimble and Paul Marshall. […]
  • 15 October 2013: Ireland and Munster rocked by Simon Zebo injury
    Ireland has been rocked by the news that Simon Zebo will be out of action for “approximately ten weeks” with a foot injury. The Munster winger had to be replaced near the end of Saturday’s Heineken Cup game against Edinburgh and scans today identified a crack in a bone in his left foot. He will now […]
  • 20 September 2013: Peter Jackson: Ah You Irish? Well, that’s complicated, Rodney!
    Rodney Ah You arrived in Belfast as a hefty member of the baby All Blacks in 2007 and duly went home with the Junior World Cup. Six years on from playing in Ireland, the New Zealander from Christchurch is about to become eligible to play for Ireland. From next month, the Connacht prop with the […]

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