Poll: Who do you think will win the Six Nations?

IT’S THAT TIME of the year again, and the excitement is building ahead of the opening weekend of the 2017 Six Nations. As always, there are so many intriguing subplots set to be played out over the course of the next two months but at the end of the day it’s all about who will be lifting the trophy come […]

Second-half revival not enough as Schmidt’s Ireland slip to dire defeat in Scotland

Scotland 27 Ireland 22 Murray Kinsella reports from Murrayfield IRELAND PUT THEMSELVES in a position to earn a comeback victory over Scotland on the opening day of the Six Nations, but will instead leave Edinburgh with their championship hopes severely dented. Joe Schmidt’s side have a dire first half to blame, as their error count and narrow defence allowed the […]

Owens clarifies high tackle laws: ‘We don’t want to get rid of big hits’

NIGEL OWENS HAS sought to provide clarity over new directives concerning high tackles in rugby union and insists there is absolutely no desire to remove big hits from the sport. Last December, World Rugby confirmed the introduction of measures aimed at limiting both reckless and accidental contact with the head, with illegal tackle categories redefined and sanctions to deter high tackles increased. Yet Owens […]

We’ll Leave It There So: Stokes must pay €230K, Lam hits back at Hansen and today’s sport

HomeIrish international footballer Anthony Stokes has been ordered to pay €230,000 in damages to an Elvis impersonator he headbutted and seriously injured in a Leeson Street nightclub.Connacht coach Pat Lam has hit back at Steve Hansen after the All Blacks boss labelled him an ex-New Zealander.Ireland out-half Joey Carbery will make his first start in more than two months as […]