The Irish Rugby Football Union is the body managing rugby union in the island of Ireland.
In the frantic post-match interviews held pitch-side in Wellington, the victors were all questioned as to whether, before arriving in New Zealand, they had really believed that this historic series win could be achieved.
As Irish fans woke up yesterday to news of the selection that will take on New Zealand in Dunedin tomorrow, there is little doubt over where most eyes will have been immediately trained.
Ireland’s Six Nations campaign drew to a close with a 26-5 win over Scotland on Saturday that, thanks to France’s win over England in Paris later that evening, was not enough to deliver a first Six Nations title since 2018 and first of the Andy Farrell era.
In an interview last year with Sky Sports’ former rugby reporter Graham Simmons, Ulster’s head coach Dan McFarland revealed that he “loves an argument”, admitting that occasionally he’ll even adopt a stance opposing his own simply for the joy of the debate.
The thing that will have struck most readers about the 30 recommendations published last week regarding the future of the women’s game in Ireland is just how obvious most appear.
As one of the holdovers from the 2018 Grand Slam campaign, Ireland’s Iain Henderson knows what it takes to win at a venue like Twickenham and admits that victory this weekend could be seen as an important milestone for Andy Farrell’s team.
Whenever Joey Carbery’s mind started to overplay the scale of the challenge that lay ahead at the Stade de France last weekend, he reminded himself of the many dark days he has put down over the last couple of years.
Ireland Under-20s forwards coach Jimmy Duffy admits they are excited about how their young players are coping with the pressure in their bid for Six Nations Grand Slam glory, despite their lack of big game exposure.
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