Joe Schmidt

Wales Six Nations breaking news LIVE: Updates amid reports of a huge injury blow for Ireland

Wales and Ireland continue their preparations for what is a must-win Six Nations clash for Warren Gatland's men.<p>Yesterday, the Wales boss named his …

Wales

Over four out of five children vote England as the side they would most like to see Ireland beat - Independent.ie

The Glenisk Rugby survey also revealed that children's favourite team after Ireland was Wales (30pc), followed by Scotland (25pc). That statistic may …

News (Ireland)

Scott Robertson - the break-dancing head coach who ended the Crusaders' long wait for another title

Scott Robertson gets that he's a one-off. "People that know me appreciate that I might be a little bit quirky at times, but I understand my rugby and how to motivate people.”<p>Few new coaches win a Super Rugby title in their first season. The number who can also break-dance is even lower. Well, that …

Rugby Union

For locks learning their trade, education comes in many forms

Far away from the madding crowds of the Six Nations last weekend, Tom Clifford Park, the famed home of Young Munster, hosted my own club Cork …

News (Ireland)

Comment: Joe Schmidt's authoritarian approach with Ireland a classic case of the end justifying the means

It would be hard to argue with the man’s record. A win rate of more than 70 per cent, third in the world rankings, the first coach in the history of …

News (Ireland)

2018 Six Nations: New pairing at centre of Irish evolution

<b>Lost amidst the drama of Johnny Sexton's drop goal in Paris and the eight-try blitz of Italy has been the evolution of Ireland's style of play during this year's Six Nations.</b><p>It is less than a year since Eddie Jones was goading Joe Schmidt about Ireland's "kick and clap" tactics before the demise of …

Sport (N. Ireland)

Group loyalty still the driving force for individual sacrifices

Some have questioned the level of training and commitment required to play for your county without tangible success<p>about 13 hours ago Updated: about …

News (Ireland)

Joe Schmidt's authoritarian approach with Ireland a classic case of the end justifying the means

It would be hard to argue with the man’s record. A win rate of more than 70 per cent, third in the world rankings, the first coach in the history of Irish rugby to lead the national team to a Test victory over the All Blacks, two Six Nations titles in four years and on course for a third this …

Sports

Craig Gilroy ruled out of Ulster's against Scarlets because of rib injury

<b>Injured Craig Gilroy will miss Ulster's Pro14 against the Scarlets but Johnny McPhillips and Rob Herring could feature in Saturday's game.</b><p>Wing Gilroy was forced off late in Friday's defeat by Edinburgh because of a rib injury and will not be ready to play this weekend.<p>Fly-half McPhillips (shoulder) …

Sport (N. Ireland)

Warren Gatland says Ireland are not the best side in Six Nations as Wales target Sexton and Murray - Independent.ie

The New Zealander has plenty of inside information on the duo having coached them on successive Lions tours and plans on getting in their faces when …

Warren Gatland

Zebo aiming for perfect Cork farewell with Munster

Ever since his youngest days at PBC, Musgrave Park has been a favourite venue for Simon Zebo.

News (Ireland)

Joe Schmidt to leave decision on Tadhg Furlong's involvement against Wales until the last minute - Independent.ie

And Joe Schmidt may wait until the last minute on Thursday morning before naming his side as he ponders whether to take a gamble on one of his most …

News (Ireland)

'The media has to strike back' - Eamon Dunphy on recent tensions in press relations across a number of sports - Independent.ie

In recent weeks Joe Schmidt cancelled a post-match briefing with print journalists after the win over Italy, Dublin boss Jim Gavin has boycotted RTÉ …

Martin O'Neill

Six Nations 2018: Ireland hopeful Henderson & Furlong will be fit to face Wales

<b>Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell is optimistic Iain Henderson and Tadhg Furlong will be fit for Saturday's Six Nations game against Wales.</b><p>Both Lions forwards sustained hamstring injuries in the win over Italy with prop Furlong coming off early on and lock Henderson replaced at half-time.<p>"Iain, a …

Sport (N. Ireland)

What time is Ireland v Wales Six Nations 2018 match? Kick-off time, TV channel, how to watch and team news

England’s only rival for the 2018 Six Nations crown will likely be decided when Ireland host Wales on Saturday.<p>Since the draw was announced the …

Warren Gatland

Stuart Barnes' talking points: Six Nations, PRO14, Clermont and Super Rugby

Rugby Union Expert & Columnist<p>Stuart Barnes' talking points: Six Nations, PRO14, Clermont and Super Rugby<p>Last Updated: 19/02/18 12:07pm<p>Edinburgh and …

Six Nations Championship

Ireland-Wales combined XV: Little to separate Six Nations rivals ahead of pivotal encounter - Independent.ie

Joe Schmidt has never lost a Six Nations game at the Dublin 4 venue and the odds suggest that he won't relinquish that record this weekend.<p>Ireland …

News (Ireland)

France’s Marseille date with Italy shows benefit of taking Six Nations on the road

England should venture outside their London moneypit and take a big game to rugby lovers otherwise disenfranchised by geography and, in some cases, history<p>It is October 2007 and the clear Mediterranean sky is turning from sapphire blue to purest velvet. England, against all the odds, have just …

Rugby Union

'Wales are being disrespected': What the Irish media are saying about Six Nations showdown

The build-up to Wales' Six Nations Championship clash with Ireland in Dublin on Saturday hasn't provided the media feeding frenzy of the England …

Warren Gatland

Ireland call on reinforcements after injury setback

Garry Ringrose, John Cooney and Niall Scannell have been called up to Ireland’s Six Nations squad as cover for three injured players.<p>Centre Robbie …

South African Rugby

The reasons why Wales can destroy Ireland's quest for a Six Nations Grand Slam by beating them in Dublin

Wales face Ireland in what has to be classed as a win or bust encounter in Dublin a week on Saturday.<p>Lose it and coach Warren Gatland can almost …

Sean O'Brien

Eamonn Sweeney: Donald Trump would be pretty proud of Jim Gavin, Joe Schmidt and MTK Global - Independent.ie

The disproportionately narky response to adverse media coverage has become ever more popular since Trump's arrival in the White House. Recent porcine …

News (Ireland)

Neil Francis: How can you trust a man who wears a bun in his hair to defend your line? - Independent.ie

In the first half Teddy Thomas got the ball on the right wing, pretty much the exact position he received it when he scored his try against Ireland …

News (Ireland)

Big six who have stamped their authority on the Six Nations so far

Big hitters, gamechangers, impact backs, formidable forwards – six players who have made an impression after two rounds<p>Aaron Shingler<p>Age 30, Wales, flanker, caps 15<p>Much of the attention paid to Wales before the start of the tournament fixated on a long injury list that had claimed most of their …

Sport (UK)

‘Wales are like a dog with a bone’

Looking after number one sometimes does have wider benefits as Leinster, and now Ireland, may appreciate with Fergus McFadden’s return to form this …

News (Ireland)

Cullen taking Carbery absence in his stride

Today seemed to be tailor-made for Joey Carbery.

News (Ireland)

What the Six Nations sides have been doing in the fallow week

<b>What the Six Nations sides have been doing in the fallow week</b><p>It is a Six Nations fallow week. Some of you will be climbing the walls with no Tests …

Six Nations Championship

Lockdown nation: schools across the U.S. struggle to respond to mass shootings

The day after a shooter walked into a Florida high school and killed 17 people, Kitty McNally went to her classroom in New Jersey and reminded her teenage students of their plan.<p>First, they would lock the doors. Then, if necessary, they would barricade the door using bookcases and her desk. To …

World News

Top 5 rugby union hopes for 2018

We may be a month and a half into the year, but it is never too late to throw out some hopes and dreams for the rugby to come. Here are my hopes for …

French Rugby

Flack on Friday: PRCA late show, media scrum, a taxing Valentine's

First impressions fail…<p>The essential checklist for starting a new job would include brushing teeth, shining shoes and ironing a shirt, but sitting …

Public Relations