England star Sam Jones retires after nightmare injury suffered during judo training session...
England's Sam Jones has been forced to retire from rugby aged 26.
England's Sam Jones has been forced to retire from rugby aged 26.
The season of Jacob Stockdale continued yesterday as the Ulster wing was named as the NatWest Six Nations Player of the Championship, even if the man of the moment voted for another of his winning team-mates.
Fresh from being awarded the Six Nations Player of the Tournament, Jacob Stockdale is relishing the chance to get back into Ulster colours this afternoon.
Ulster's Jacob Stockdale has been named player of the Six Nations championship.
Declan Kidney has warned Ireland against any complacency ahead of their three-Test tour of Australia this summer.
As Ireland wallowed in the top table acclaim of their third Grand Slam last Saturday evening, one of my journalistic friends of an Ulster hue decided that it was the appropriate time to keep the good news agenda flowing.
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 Joe Schmidt has moulded, it was the visitors who turned the tables on the 2017 Six Nations champions.
Rory Best has signed a new contract with the IRFU until the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
When he gets around to it, this will be the most enjoyable post-tournament review Joe Schmidt will have carried out in his five seasons as Ireland coach.
One by one the centres dropped like flies, and while Bundee Aki would eventually succumb to the same fate in the second half at Twickenham, the Connacht man was the glue that kept Ireland's midfield together across their Grand Slam success.
It was up there with the greatest days in Irish Rugby history - but how did the individuals fare during the 24-15 win at Twickenham?
As the Grand Slam winners lapped up the adulation from the impressive number of Irish fans who had, by hook or by crook, found their way to Twickenham on Saturday, one man was conspicuous by his absence.
Wasn't it ELO, back in the Eighties, who had that magical hit 'Hold on tight (to your dream)'? I know I can't speak for the massive - and I mean massive - proportion of the 82,000-plus capacity attendance clad in green in Twickenham on Saturday, but when the clock...
A record breaker, a Grand Slam winner and a history maker, Jacob Stockdale knows that for both him and Ireland, the sky is the limit.
An overwhelmed Rory Best admitted that leading Ireland to the Grand Slam on Saturday was the finest moment of his stellar career.
Irish rugby star Conor Murray has gone public with his Derry girlfriend Joanna Cooper after several months of dating.
Ecstatic Ireland rugby families and fans shared their joy yesterday at the team's historic triumph in the Six Nations.
Tadhg Furlong "defies logic" with his all-court brand of power play and finesse, according to Garry Ringrose.
He comes to us ceremonially late, the drill-sergeant behind this march on the English temple. Jonathan Sexton in the mixed-zone.
Greig Laidlaw admits he had to turn a deaf ear to the Italian tannoy blast to ensure Scotland's NatWest 6 Nations did not end on a sour note.
Taulupe Faletau believes there is "definitely more to come" from Wales after they secured the runners-up spot in this season's NatWest 6 Nations Championship.
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has ruled out the possibility of succeeding Eddie Jones as England boss.
Ireland's Aviva Stadium homecoming for its Grand Slam heroes has been cancelled because of the adverse weather conditions gripping the country.
Rory Best has declared captaining Ireland to just their third-ever Grand Slam as a dream come true.
Ireland fans will get to celebrate with Joe Schmidt's Grand Slam heroes in Dublin on Sunday.
Jacob Stockdale just can't stop scoring.
Brian O'Drsicoll hailed Ireland's Grand Slam heroes as they secured a famous win against England to wrap up a clean sweep of victories in this year's Six Nations championship.
No man was more emotional at Twickenham during Ireland's Call than Jack McGrath.
Ireland ignited the St Patrick’s Day Celebrations by completing the third Grand Slam in their history as England collapsed to a 24-15 defeat that nudged them towards NatWest 6 Nations despair.
Ireland completed a historic Grand Slam in style as they beat England in Twickenham for the first time in six years.
Back in 2009, when Rory Best was part of an Ireland team that made history in clinching a Grand Slam, there was nobody to tell the younger players what to expect in the week of such a titanic Test match.
Comparing teams is never easy but on the day when Ireland’s class of 2018 can join a very elite club of Grand Slam champions, former Irish international Alan Quinlan measures them against the vintage of 2009.
Ireland had waited 61 years, Tom Court had waited 29 minutes. The former Ulster prop had spent less than half an hour playing in the green jersey before claiming a Grand Slam back in 2009, that memorable day in Cardiff the occasion of just his second cap.
Dylan Hartley has called on England to show they remain a force on the global stage despite successive defeats to Scotland and France.
As a child growing up, the daring deeds of Karl Mullen, Jack Kyle and the Grand Slam-winning side of 1948 seemed the absolute zenith in terms of Irish rugby achievement and where we might go.
This defeat was a sobering reminder of how much work is needed if Ireland are to dine at the top table again. They came to spoil England's party as they chased the Six Nations title, and while they didn't manage to do so, that was left to France whose win over Wales saw them crowned champions.
Joe Schmidt is asked if he is daring to dream of what may come tomorrow and soon he is talking of nightmares.
Irish rugby legends have backed Joe Schmidt's men to conquer England on St Patrick's Day to claim Ireland's third ever grand slam.
In what will be the biggest game of his life, Iain Henderson has been handed a vote of confidence from Joe Schmidt and will start tomorrow's crunch clash with England in Twickenham (2.45pm).
World Rugby have responded to the controversy surrounding assistant referee Marius van der Westhuizen's involvement at England's training session on Tuesday by removing him from the panel of officials for tomorrow's Grand Slam decider and replacing him with Nigel Owens.
There have been plenty of positives to take from Ireland Women's Six Nations campaign, but a lot of that good work could potentially be undone by finishing with two defeats.
The Ireland U20s will have one eye on events in Wales this evening as they look for a favour in their quest to be crowned U20 Six Nations champions.
It started with a statement, and then that was that.
So callow are some of the squad that Joe Schmidt has turned into Six Nations champions that, with just 25 caps to his name, Tadhg Furlong already seems like one of the older heads.
Ireland's focus on winning a game of rugby on Saturday afternoon will not be undermined by anything - from a sense of occasion to some ill-advised, historic comments.
Ulster lock Iain Henderson is back in the Ireland starting line-up to take on England.
Eddie Jones has made seven changes to his England side ahead of the final game of the Six Nations.
Ivan Stockdale was 13 when Jack Kyle helped win Ireland’s first Grand Slam in 1948.
It is fair to say that Jacob Stockdale has been far more successful as an Ireland player than Ireland spectator.
So, can Ireland win only their third ever Grand Slam on Saturday?
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