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Today’s News

James Ryan relishing return to Twickenham

While many generations in Irish rugby are scarred by Twickenham, the 23-year-old has only fond memories of playing there.

Saturday 15 February, 2020

Welcome break gives Connacht a chance to prove they're a force again

Andy Friend’s side were in beleaguered shape over Christmas and now meet close rivals in Conference B.

'It’s a lot more chilled, we're barely in the classroom': Earls enjoying freedom under Farrell

The tension of the World Cup and Japan has, for now at least, dissipated.

'Very driven, very focused. He’ll go a long way': U20 star Crowley earning extra attention

The Ireland U20 out-half has mental steel as a foundation for his impressive skills.

Friday 14 February, 2020

‘I was back to being a parent, that's tougher than being a coach against your son’

It’s not long since Andy Farrell felt the emotion that’s tied up with watching his son play, but he easily shelves it once on coaching duty.

Ringrose a doubt for rest of Six Nations, calf keeps Addison out again

The centre had been ruled out of the upcoming England match, but is doubtful for round five and six.

Thursday 13 February, 2020

'I have to be making sure I'm getting the right deal' - Conway open-minded as contract expiry looms

The Munster wing signed a two-year deal in 2018, but has become a more regular fixture in the Ireland setup since.

21-year-old Doris back in contention for Ireland ahead of England clash

Head coach Andy Farrell also signalled a clean bill of health for Robbie Henshaw.

Farrell's Ireland forced to cancel open training session in Cork

Heavy overnight rain in the city means the IRFU had to move training to Musgrave Park.

Wednesday 12 February, 2020

Ireland U20 flanker Hernan ready to mix it with the big boys in Cork camp

The open training sessions rarely pass without a marker being laid on one side or the other.

Tuesday 11 February, 2020

Jurgen Klinsmann resigns as Hertha Berlin boss on Facebook after 76 days

The 55-year-old signalled that he does not have the trust and support from those in charge of the club

Monday 10 February, 2020

'If you have a bit of passion about it, then you enjoy it': Andrew Conway feeling the thrill of the chase

The in-form Ireland wing is thoroughly enjoying the process of fine-tuning his fundamentals.

'These standards don’t change for one player': Townsend hits back at Finn Russell

The Scotland head coach took the unusual move of issuing a statement to address his erstwhile out-half’s comments.

Ireland U20s won't be overawed ahead of clash with seniors and England

Noel McNamara is keen to prep his side to play without the benefit of a supportive home crowd.

Sunday 9 February, 2020

Weight of the World Cup shaken off as Ireland prove they can entertain

Ireland played with freedom of expression in attack and, whisper it, had a little fun too.

Saturday 8 February, 2020

'This is not the top, we keep going': Deegan ready to work for more after first cap

The Leinster back row earned his international debut as a late replacement.

As it happened: Ireland v Wales, Six Nations

We went minute-by-minute as both Andy Farrell and Wayne Pivac enter their second match as head coach.

Djougang poised to make another big impact for Ireland

The Rush woman was grateful to the Donnybrook crowd that kept her going when her ‘lungs were bursting, body is screaming.’

Friday 7 February, 2020

Barnstorming Stewart pushes Ireland to bonus point-win over Wales

Openside Mark Hernan scored early and late in the first-half to keep Ireland well clear of the Welsh threat.

Speedster Smith and Ireland U20 ready to move through the gears against Wales

After scoring six tries on opening night, Ireland are keen to deliver a sustained threat through the 80 minutes.

Thursday 6 February, 2020

'The Test arena is intense and you need to be emotionally right'

Andrew Conway isn’t about to start resting on his laurels as he prepares for his second Six Nations start at age 28.

Cardiff wash-out still stings for Sexton

‘Anytime you lose for Ireland, it never leaves you.’.

50 passes a night put Finlay on the U20 fast track

The Ulster academy 9 took his lead from Aaron Smith after a relatively late start to his rugby path.

Wednesday 5 February, 2020

Welsh woe in November 'gave us the kick up the ass to work hard over Christmas'

Adam Griggs’ side are chasing a repeat of the 2018 win over Wales. They have only beaten Scotland since.

Tuesday 4 February, 2020

'Under Joe, there was no hoping': O'Gara wants more from Ireland's contestable kicks

The La Rochelle boss was disappointed with the chase on Jacob Stockdale’s side of the field against Scotland.

England hope to have Tuilagi back fit to face Ireland

The powerful centre will miss this weekend’s Calcutta Cup clash.

Tyrrell goes straight from 7s to 15s squad as Ireland wait on injured trio

Eimear Considine will face a fitness test later this week, while Cliodhna Moloney is progressing through concussion RTP protocols.

Out with the dreaded Monday review, Andy Farrell's are 'fun'

Ireland’s new training base in Abbottstown has allowed for tweaks too.

U20s braced for 'seismic physical battle' against wounded Welsh

Ireland U20 assistant coach Kieran Campbell is bracing his squad for a Welsh backlash.

'There's more in us,' says Naoupu after birthday battle

'There's more in us,' says Naoupu after birthday battle

The Ireland cente turned 36 before Ireland beat Scotland, but wasn’t in celebratory mood.

Monday 3 February, 2020

Cooney and Murray side-by-side and content to keep challenging each other

The two scrum-halves were presented for media duty simultaneously today and it wasn’t awkward at all.

'It was definitely ugly at times, but we’ll take it'

Ireland Women’s head coach Adam Griggs was a relieved man after yesterday’s 18-14 win over Scotland.

AIL influence serves Ireland U20s well as McNamara looks for more

“Without it, the 20s would be in serious strife”

Sunday 2 February, 2020

Hard-tackling Caplice thrilled to help Ireland hang tough until Parsons breakaway

The talismanic back row put 21 tackles into a phenomenal defensive effort from Ireland.

Beibhinn Parsons tilts the balance as Ireland grind out win over Scotland

Beibhinn Parsons tilts the balance as Ireland grind out win over Scotland

A sizzling start had Ireland in control in the first half, but they were left to hang on.

'It's our house': Donnybrook ideal place to start massive year for Ireland Women

Three wins is the stated goal for this year’s Championship. So Ireland Women must make their home a foreboding place for opponents.

Saturday 1 February, 2020

'We asked the boys to stand for something and it was true Irish grit out there'

Andy Farrell was delighted with the tenacity of his pack to come out on top of an arm-wrestle with Scotland.

Farrell hails 'magnificent effort' from Sexton to perform despite minimal prep

Farrell hails 'magnificent effort' from Sexton to perform despite minimal prep

A knee injury left the new Ireland captain unable to train in full until the squad went to Portugal 10 days ago.

Quartet of injuries leave a sting after Ireland win

Andy Farrell may be forced to change tack against Wales next weekend.

As it happened: Ireland v Scotland, Six Nations 2020

We went minute-by-minute as Andy Farrell’s Ireland begin life post-Schmidt.

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