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Jacob Stockdale named Six Nations Player of the Tournament as Ireland claim top four spots

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Ireland wing Jacob Stockdale has been named NatWest 6 Nations player of the championship.

Seamus Coleman delivers classy comments on Neil Taylor as he insists he holds no grudge


Seamus Coleman says he does not hold a grudge against Neil Taylor, the Welsh player responsible for the leg break that ended his World Cup ambitions.

'A lot of screaming, a lot of noise' - Austin Healey accuses Ireland of 'playacting' in win over England

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Former England scrum-half Austin Healey has accused Ireland of "playacting" during their Grand Slam win over England at Twickenham last week.

Ireland may opt for new formation but radical change not on Martin O'Neill's Turkish agenda


Earlier this week, the FAI's official League of Ireland podcast broadcast an interview with Martin O'Neill that attempted to touch on his football philosophy.

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'I didn't know I could take a punch like that because he caught me with an absolute pearler'


Ireland take on Turkey in Antalya in a friendly today, so here is a little flashback to Tony Cascarino's last game for the Boys in Green when he was "kicked off the pitch" in Bursa in 1999.


Leg injury rules Larmour out of Leinster's Euro quarter-final showdown with Saracens


Leinster will have to plan without their Grand Slam superstar Jordan Larmour for next weekend's Champions Cup quarter-final against Saracens.

'They wouldn't say it to your face. When they're hiding amongst the crowd, they get brave' - Cyrus Christie on racist abuse


For Cyrus Christie, the pain of the World Cup defeat to Denmark was exacerbated by the nasty fallout.

Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba woes pile pressure on Mourinho


Jose Mourinho is facing a serious battle to revitalise star signings Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba amid growing concerns about their state of mind at Manchester United as Zlatan Ibrahimovic quit the club to join Los Angeles Galaxy.

Slam stars must avoid complacency - Kidney


Declan Kidney has warned Ireland against any complacency ahead of their three-Test tour of Australia this summer.


'It’s unlikely those numbers would be matched again' - 21 years ago 'The Dream Team' dominated schools rugby

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Given that they have produced 68 Leinster Schools Senior Cup-winning sides - with the possibility of a 69th this afternoon - it is obvious that Blackrock College have churned out plenty of teams dripping with talent.


Reading young gun Liam Kelly remains open to playing for Ireland

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Liam Kelly is open to the prospect of playing for the Republic of Ireland in the future and was not fit enough to meet up with Martin O'Neill's squad for this week's game in Turkey, Independent.ie understands.


Ewan MacKenna: Six Nations should be celebrated for what it is and no more

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You've to be listening intently in a screaming crowd to catch the whisper at the back of the room. And, while not always what you want to hear in that moment, at times it's what you need to hear.

Comment: Maybe it's time for GAA to draw lots or the two captains have a best-of-three warm wrestle


Back in January in Nowlan Park Kilkenny and Wexford found that even a Walsh Cup final could get the blood pumping. These counties have brought a renewed spark to their rivalry in the last 12 months and on a cold Saturday on a wet pitch…


Confirmed: Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves Manchester United as contract terminated with immediate effect


Manchester United have confirmed the termination of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's contract as the striker prepares to join the LA Galaxy.


3,000 members, 380 mentors, 125 competitive teams - Anger as Na Fianna to lose pitches in MetroLink plans


Na Fianna chairman Cormac Ó Donnchú has said his club are "extremely disappointed" in the manner in which they were told they will lose three of its pitches for up to six years.

'Had he been fit, I think we may have made it to the World Cup' - Martin O'Neill hails return of Seamus Coleman


MARTIN O'NEILL has hailed the return of Seamus Coleman and suggested that Ireland would have qualified for the World Cup if their captain had been available.


Neil Francis: Rising Irish stars proves malfunctioning Aviva Premiership is failing hordes of talented young players


On the evening before the big match at Twickenham I was at Keith Wood's W2 Charity black-tie gala ball at the Hilton on Park Lane, the hotel that used to host the post-match dinner for the England versus Ireland Championship matches.


Dream start for Ryan Giggs as Gareth Bale hits hat-trick to break Welsh goalscoring record


Ryan Giggs enjoyed a dream start as Wales manager on a night when Gareth Bale became his country's top goalscorer in a 6-0 win over China.

Comment: Just like our rugby heroes, the appeal of Ireland’s soccer team expands to represent four corners


There was a time when the teams for the match at the end of Ireland training sessions were divided along a simple line. Dubs versus culchies, with overseas-born players lumped in with the latter to ensure parity.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic set to leave Manchester United this week as he prepares to join LA Galaxy - reports


Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to leave Manchester United and sign for Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy in the coming days, according to reports in America.

Thursday, Mar 22

'He looked like Jack Nicholson in The Shining' - Gerard Pique reveals how Roy Keane 'lost his mind' over mobile phone incident

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Gerard Pique has revealed how earning the wrath of Roy Keane gave him an early insight into life at Manchester United.

Dublin's Jason Sherlock set to be hit with proposed eight-week ban for incident with Galway player - report


Jason Sherlock looks set to be hit with a proposed eight-week ban by GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) after a review of footage of an incident involving Galway player Barry McHugh last Sunday.

Joe Schmidt firmly in All Blacks frame - Conrad Smith


Johnny Sexton wants him to stay but before the Six Nations kicked off, Ireland coach Joe Schmidt dropped a broad hint that the 2019 World Cup would be his swansong.

Tom Ryan the favourite for GAA's top job


Tom Ryan has emerged as favourite to be named as the new GAA director-general on Saturday.

Wednesday, Mar 21

John Giles: Jose Mourinho damns himself with his rants

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IT’S all about progress. No football club can flourish without it and Jose Mourinho is failing in that fundamental pursuit.

Johnny Sexton reveals the reasoning behind the planned play masterminded by Joe Schmidt that unlocked the English defence

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Johnny Sexton has opened up about the work that went into the formulation of the lineout play that gave Ireland a 14-0 lead in their Grand Slam winning performance at Twickenham on Saturday.

'It’s something I would like to go into eventually' - Johnny Sexton on his coaching aspirations

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Grand Slam winner Johnny Sexton has expressed the hope that Joe Schmidt might be persuaded to stay in Ireland beyond the 2019 World Cup.

'I dislike the man intensely' - Liam Brady declares he will be happy if Jose Mourinho fails at Man United


Ireland legend Liam Brady has suggested Jose Mourinho's public outbursts in recent days may be a sign that he wants to leave Manchester United, as he declared he hoped the Portuguese tactician fails at Old Trafford.

Tuesday, Mar 20

The Left Wing: Johnny Sexton on the Grand Slam, a possible future in coaching and why he wants to play this summer

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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Johnny Sexton to discuss Ireland's Grand Slam win.

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

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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 yard and win the Grand Slam.

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

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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 assessment.

Monday, Mar 19

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

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Luke Fitzgerald has chosen Ireland flanker Dan Leavy as his Six Nations Player of the Tournament.

Remembering Ryan McBride: 'You went down to watch your son playing. All of a sudden he is not there'

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Just a few hundred feet from Bluebell Gardens, an old working class street a mere kick of a ball away from the Brandywell Stadium, the steep ascent to his final resting place begins.

Billy Keane: Johnny Sexton's dad in long-johns and Bundee's bodhrán led the way on memorable weekend

The weather was so cold the polar bears in London zoo wore long-johns and the penguins donned a second pair of socks. So did Jonathan Sexton's dad.

Tony Ward - Schmidt is the Special One in Ireland’s best team ever as the dream comes true

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Wasn't it ELO, back in the '80s, who had that magical hit 'Hold on Tight (To your Dream)'? I know I can't speak for the massive proportion of the 82,000-plus capacity attendance clad in green in Twickenham on Saturday, but when the clock…

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