# Ireland

This week
19th March 2023 - 23rd March 2023
# Tommy Bowe
Andy Farrell backed for Lions job after leading Ireland to the Grand Slam
Farrell served as Lions defence coach in 2013 and 2017.
# Steve Hansen
'If it was the All Blacks, they’d probably be called chokers' - Hansen's warning for Ireland
Former New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen believes pressure could be a problem for Ireland at the 2023 World Cup.
# Jack Conan
'We spoke all week about this being one of the greatest days of our lives'
Jack Conan and Ross Byrne both made important contributions off the bench against England.
# ryan baird
'I saw it and thought, 'this is what Tadhg Beirne would do', so I just did what he'd do!'
Ireland lock Ryan Baird made some big contributions on the biggest day of his young career.
Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
# Comment
Sexton gets dream Six Nations send-off on historic day for Irish rugby
The Ireland captain was the centre of attention but others stood up when the team needed it.
# Comment
Sexton gets dream Six Nations send-off on historic day for Irish rugby
The Ireland captain was the centre of attention but others stood up when the team needed it.
# Comment
Win or lose, Irish rugby is enjoying another golden era
Grand Slam success would be just reward for a team that deserve to be celebrated.
# Family ties
'We probably drove my sister insane. We were always fighting, playing rugby'
Jonathan and Mark Sexton will be involved in Grand Slam tilts this weekend. Their brother Jerry travelled the world as a rugby player.
# Family ties
'There’s definitely a lot of pride for the job he’s doing' - Owen Farrell on facing father Andy
Farrell’s father Andy stands on the brink of coaching Ireland to a Six Nations Grand Slam.
# Ready to Rock
Henshaw primed to tackle England after long spell on the sidelines
The Ireland centre made his return from injury off the bench in the win over Scotland.
# High praise
O'Mahony: Sexton has 'changed rugby for the better'
The Ireland back row paid a glowing tribute to Johnny Sexton ahead of his final Six Nations appearance.
# End game
'This is the last Six Nations game but there's so much ahead' - Sexton
Johnny Sexton spoke to the media today ahead of his final Six Nations game for Ireland.
# back at it
Gibson-Park eyes Grand Slam glory after 'toughest injury break' of career
The scrum-half missed the opening three rounds of the Six Nations through injury.
# final hurdle
'There's a fair bit of hatred, isn't there?' - Hansen ready to sample Ireland-England rivalry
The winger played a starring role in Sunday’s defeat of Scotland.
# Unavailable
England's Ollie Lawrence ruled out of final Six Nations clash with Ireland
Lawrence suffered a damaged hamstring during the final quarter of their defeat to France.
# Comment
Strength of the collective shines through as Ireland make light of Murrayfield mayhem
Ireland’s ability to deal with disruption has become a defining quality of Andy Farrell’s squad.
# Concern
Ireland faces potentially troublesome injury list for Six Nations finale against England
Caelan Doris, Dan Sheehan and Iain Henderson were all forced off in the first half of today’s game.
# hard earned
Conan delights in 'one of best days I’ve ever been involved in with this squad'
The Leinster backrower came on early in the first half for the injured Caelan Doris.
# Concern
'Garry is up and talking' - Farrell provides update after Ireland lose 5 players to injury
Caelan Doris, Dan Sheehan and Iain Henderson were all forced off in the first half.
This month
March 2023
# Take a Bow
'We really clicked' - Praise for Ireland U20s after thrashing Scotland
However, Richie Murphy knows there is a sterner challenge coming next week when they face England.
# main man
Iain Henderson on Ireland's plan to contain Finn Russell
The Ireland lock feels Gregor Townsend’s team are playing a more exciting brand of rugby this year.
# Bad Note
'It was comical but infuriating' - O'Mahony on slow Ireland's Call before Italy clash
The anthem was played a slow pace before Ireland’s bonus-point win in Rome.
# Captain
Sexton fit to face 'best Scotland team' of Six Nations era
The Ireland captain also ruled out a move onto Leo Cullen’s coaching team at Leinster.
# learning from the best
'He doesn't miss a trick' - Ryan still learning from O'Connell
James Ryan on working with Paul O’Connell, captaining Ireland in Rome and preparing for Scotland.
# Update
Frawley and Timoney called into Ireland squad ahead of Scotland clash
Both players join the squad for the first time since November as Joey Carbery drops back out.
# Wave Goodbye
Connacht's Alex Wootton set to retire
The former Munster and Ireland 7s player has confirmed he will be calling it a day at the end of the season.
Last month
February 2023
Former Munster and Ireland team manager Brian O’Brien dies
He was 83 years old.
# hard earned
Italian stress test could be timely sharpener for Ireland's Grand Slam charge
Ireland had to work hard for the win in a city where they have often coasted to victory.
# lights camera action
'It’s important to show people who we are' - Porter gives Netflix a glimpse at life off the pitch
The Ireland prop also discusses his interest in heavy metal music and the ‘incredible’ Finlay Bealham.
# balance
'To manage the two is a tricky one' - Farrell wants Casey to mix energy with clarity
Saturday’s meeting with Italy will see the scrum-half start a Six Nations game for the first time.
# patience pays off
Baird determined to seize opportunity after long wait between caps
The 23-year-old has been named on the bench for Saturday’s Six Nations game in Rome.
# Centre stage
'I’m sure he’ll be captain of Ireland one day' - Farrell's praise for 50-cap Ringrose
The Ireland head coach also backed Ross Byrne and Craig Casey to deliver against Italy this weekend.
# Ready to go
Italy's hopes of shock win over Irish boosted by Garbisi return
The 22-year-old Montpellier star sat out the opening losses to France and England.
# Captain
Ireland lock James Ryan continues to grow as a leader
The 26-year-old will captain Ireland in Rome this weekend after coming in for plenty of praise recently.
# warning
Mack Hansen urges Ireland to ‘rough up’ Italy’s Ange Capuozzo to stop him
The player is wary of ‘genuine superstars’ in the Azzurri ranks.
# Leader
'It’s a huge honour' – James Ryan to captain Ireland against Italy
The second row will captain Ireland in Rome with Johnny Sexton ruled out.
# Gary Keegan
'He's had a significant influence' - The key man behind the scenes for Ireland
Players and coaches within the Ireland camp explain what Gary Keegan has brought to the table.
# Aiming high
'We don’t think we’ve put in a complete 80 yet' - More to come from Ireland, says Lowe
The winger also discusses the doubts surrounding his acrobatic try against France.
# Byrne to Lead
Ross Byrne: 'There were definitely times I thought I'd never get back in'
Dan Sheehan hails Leinster team-mate who ‘has everything in the locker’ if called upon for his first Six Nations start this weekend.
# viking spirit
'I had it in my head I wasn’t going to be like Tadhg, I was going to try be Finlay'
Finlay Bealham is enjoying his time in the Ireland team after stepping up in the absence of Tadhg Furlong.