Jacob Stockdale

This is what the Lions team would look like if they were playing tomorrow after the Six Nations

England's disastrous Six Nations Championship has been put down in some quarters to player fatigue from a stamina-sapping summer of 2017 Lions Test …

Keith Earls

Rugby Stats: Irish numbers stack up individually and collectively

Schmidt’s players top a host of categories at the end of a phenomenal 12 months

News (Ireland)

Ulster Rugby Round Up podcast E24: Assessing Ulster's prospects after Grand Slam glory

The Ulster Rugby Round Up is here again to provide the soundtrack to your commute to or from work, whichever you should choose.<p>As always, Gareth …

Six Nations Championship

Team-mates didn't think it was a try - Stockdale on Twickenham score

Jacob Stockdale says his Ireland team-mates didn't believe he had scored a try as he extended his team's lead in Saturday's Grand Slam victory over England.<p>"I starting celebrating and everybody was going, 'alright Jacob. We all know you didn't score that," Stockdale told BBC Sport Northern Ireland.

The Rugby Debate: Winning does not matter - England should rest their top stars in South Africa

Let Anthony Watson's Achilles injury be a lesson. The Bath and England full-back is out for the rest of the season following England's defeat to Ireland.<p>Given the rate of attrition for England's British and Irish Lions since last summer's tour, Watson may not be the last either.<p>Elliot Daly and Maro …

Rugby Union

Six Nations 2018 report card: how the teams and coaches rated

Joe Schmidt’s attention to detail underpinned Irish success but Eddie Jones needs a Plan B<p>Ireland<p>I’ve read about how it was meant to be for Ireland on St Patrick’s Day – but make no mistake, they earned their grand slam. They fully deserved it. The players, coaches and all the backroom staff are …

Rugby Union

How rugby's player association wants to help combat burnout

Image Credits:<p>Workload passports for rugby players could be a key tool in tackling the growing problem of burnout for top stars, says international …

Six Nations Championship

2018 Six Nations in numbers

8:25 AM BST<p>• FT's rugby writer from 1995 to 2009<br>• Also writes for the International Herald Tribune and the Sunday Herald<p>So, another Six Nations -- …

Six Nations Championship

Jacob Stockdale: Ireland Grand Slam hero set to feature in Ulster's Cardiff contest

Ireland Grand Slam hero Jacob Stockdale is in line to feature for Ulster in Saturday's must-win Pro14 game against Cardiff Blues.

'Scrummy Irish' prove to be leaders of the pack

England arrived at Twickenham on Saturday looking to bully Ireland up front, but those days are long gone. With a pack as destructive as the eight …

Maro Itoje

Fantasy Rugby: Team of the Tournament

12:15 PM BST<p>So, ESPN Fantasy Rugby has wrapped up for another year but before we lock up and turn off the lights, we thought we'd bring you this …

Six Nations Championship

Fantasy Rugby: The winners

5:00 PM BST<p>It was a bumper year for ESPN Fantasy Rugby as more teams signed up than ever before, and players were able to test their skills against …

Owen Farrell

No bias but Irish Grand Slam heroes dominate Six Nations Team of the Tournament

Picking 11 Irish players in an Irish newspaper's Six Nations team of the tournament invites accusations of bias, but in fact it is a conservative …

News (Ireland)

'Ireland don't have any world class players' - Former England star's controversial claim after Grand Slam glory

Jeremy Guscott has claimed that Ireland don't have any world class players after a weekend that saw Joe Schmidt's men thump England in their own back …

News (Ireland)

Kicking Out: Rugby was grand but this is GAA country

EVERY sports fan lives for days like Saturday.<p>Drop the children off, head to the bar and settle into a groove just in time for kick-off in Swansea v …


Ireland coach Joe Schmidt drives you mad but he gets results: Jonathan Sexton

The cancellation of Ireland's grand slam homecoming celebrations was proof that Joe Schmidt's seemingly omnipotent powers do have certain limits.

Joe Schmidt

ESPN Six Nations Awards 2018

The dust has settled on another thrilling Six Nations but just as Irish heads begin to clear, there is yet more silverware to distribute.<p>Celebrating …

Keith Earls

Joy of Six Nations overshadows Spain’s pain and fears for the game

While Ireland were completing the grand slam, events at a World Cup qualifier show that not all is well within the game<p>On an RER train in Paris the other day an England supporter was discussing the impromptu competition he and his friends had been having. Having swiftly encountered the eye-watering …

Rugby Union

Stockdale: From school fringe player to record breaker

<b>Watching Ireland's 6ft 3in wing Jacob Stockdale set a try-scoring record in his first Six Nations, it's easy to imagine him running through hapless opponents throughout his school days.</b><p>Not so, according to his former coach at Lisburn's Wallace High School.<p>Derek Suffern said the now 21-year-old was …

Sport (N. Ireland)

Kearney: Anything possible for Ireland

Rob Kearney believes the sky is the limit for Joe Schmidt’s Ireland following Saturday’s Grand Slam-clinching victory over England at Twickenham.

Rob Kearney

Twickenham proves the extent of Farrell’s influence

Massive effort from the Irish players as they followed the coach’s defensive template<p>20 minutes ago<p>It tells you something of Andy Farrell that those …

News (Ireland)

Tony Ward: Joe Schmidt is the Special One in Ireland's best team ever as the dream comes true

Coach deserves credit as squad produces most complete display on biggest day<p>Wasn't it ELO, back in the '80s, who had that magical hit 'Hold on Tight …

News (Ireland)

Comment: Bundee Aki the glue that kept Ireland's centre together

Even with three different partnerships, the Connacht man flourished in his first Six Nations<p>One-by-one the centres dropped like flies, and while …

Bundee Aki

Johnny Sexton and Keith Earls miss the cut as Opta reveal statistical Six Nations Team of the Tournament

Johnny Sexton and Keith Earls have both been shortlisted for Six Nations Player of the Tournament but neither player features in Opta's statistical …

Keith Earls

Alan Quinlan: This achievement surpasses the 2009 Grand Slam

We wondered where to turn after Argentina dumped us out of the World Cup, but the work that Joe Schmidt has done in building this level of strength …

Six Nations Championship

The Left Wing LIVE: Luke Fitzgerald on Grand Slam achievement - and whether Ireland can win the 2019 World Cup

On tonight's live episode of The Left Wing, Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery are joined by Irish Independent rugby correspondent Ruaidhri O'Connor …

Six Nations Championship

Luke Fitzgerald names an Irish young gun as his Player of the Tournament - and picks a surprise second place

Luke Fitzgerald has chosen Ireland flanker Dan Leavy as his Six Nations Player of the Tournament.<p>The 23-year-old openside was drafted into the …

News (Ireland)

Eddie Jones admits he is ‘short of leaders’ in his England squad after Six Nations misery

After admitting that some players may struggle to represent England again following this year’s dismal showing in the Six Nations, Eddie Jones …

Sport (UK)

Romanian referee confronted by irate Spain players as Belgium victory hands Romania World Cup place

Romanian referee Vlad Iordăchescu was led away by security as ugly scenes marred the end of Belgium's 18-10 win over Spain -- a result that gives the …


Newspaper headlines: The two Rorys and Gerry Adams Day

<b>It's a day when news usually reserved for the back pages makes the front page headlines.</b><p>But be warned, there's a big helping of sporting hyperbole in Monday's papers after Ireland thrashed England in the Six Nations to win their third Grand Slam (they won every game for the uninitiated).<p>Captain …

Arnold Palmer Invitational