Wallabies prepare to defuse crafty tactics

Chris Dutton   DUBLIN: The Wallabies believe they can counter Ireland's "crafty and old school" lineout tactics with set-piece smarts to avoid back-to-backs for the first time in almost a decade.

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Chris Henry suffers brain injury

Chris Henry.

Ireland's Chris Henry missed the recent win over South Africa with a brain injury, rather than a migraine, the Irish Rugby Football Union has announced.

Ireland pass Wallabies in rankings

Felix Jones takes on the Georgia defence at the weekend.

In-form Ireland have overtaken Australia in the IRB rankings for the first time in eight years.

Refs miss shocking stomp in rugby game

Dominic Ryan

Joe Schmidt has exonerated referee JP Doyle from any blame over Georgia flanker Viktor Kolelisvhili's unpunished stomp on Ireland debutant Dominic Ryan's face.

Ireland warm up for Wallabies with Georgia rout

Ireland's Felix Jones scores against  Georgia in Dublin on Sunday.

Fullback Felix Jones scored two of Ireland's seven tries as the Six Nations champions got over a poor first-half to coast to a 49-7 victory over Georgia for their sixth successive win.

Irish make 13 changes for Georgia

Simon Zebo, right, has been retained in the starting XV.

Ireland have changed virtually their entire starting line-up to play Georgia in Dublin on Sunday, with coach Joe Schmidt unveiling a side showing 13 changes from the team that beat South Africa.

Relentless Irish stun Springboks

Jean de Villiers is brought down by Peter Mahoney.

Padriac Halpin   Depleted Ireland surged to a 29-15 victory over South Africa at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday to pick up where they left off in this year's Six Nations championship.

Uncapped quintet in Irish squad

Moving forward: Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.

Joe Schmidt has included five uncapped players in a 37-man squad for next month's international programme.

Brian O'Driscoll reveals he spent a night in jail

Locked up: Brian O'Driscoll.

Duncan Johnstone   Irish rugby great Brian O'Driscoll has revealed how he spent a night in a New York jail after being wrongly arrested for assaulting a man at a rock concert.

Scrappy Ireland win series in Argentina for first time

Ireland were made to fight hard for the win in Tucuman.

Ireland won a Test series in Argentina for the first time on Saturday as the Six Nations champions came from a try behind for the second successive week to prevail with a scrappy 23-17 victory in Tucuman.

Irish struggle against weakened Argentina

Conor Murray gets a pass away for Ireland.

Ireland overcame a nervy first-half to run out 29-17 winners over an under-strength Argentina in the first rugby Test on Saturday.

Brian O'Driscoll bids farewell to rugby on bittersweet note

Brian O'Driscoll of Leinster celebrates at the end of the last match of his career, carried by Ian Madigan and Cian Healy.

Padraic Halpin   Brian O'Driscoll's rugby career ended on a bittersweet note on Saturday when he left the field injured after just nine minutes of the RaboPRO12 final which his Leinster side went on to win 34-12 against Glasgow.

Kane Douglas signs with Leinster: report

Waratah mainstay Kane Douglas.

Wallabies second-row forward Kane Douglas has signed with Irish province Leinster according to a report in the London-based The Sunday Times.


Super Rugby should make Brian O'Driscoll an offer he can't refuse

Spiro Zavos dinkus

Spiro Zavos   Let us praise the rugby career of Brian O'Driscoll, on and off the field, and make a modest proposal about his future.

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Rugby heaven for retiring O'Driscoll

Exiting a winner: Brian O'Driscoll with the Six Nations trophy.

Pirate Irwin   Brian O'Driscoll's extraordinary international rugby career ended with a little jig of joy on Saturday as Ireland won the Six Nations title after a pulsating 22-20 win over France.



Irish crown O'Driscoll's farewell in style

Ireland celebrate with the Six Nations trophy.

Pirate Irwin   Ireland won the Six Nations title on Saturday with a thrilling 22-20 victory over France to give iconic centre Brian O'Driscoll the perfect end to his stellar international career.

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Title-chasing Ireland travel with clean bill of health

Padraic Halpin   Ireland will travel to France with a full bill of health as they seek the victory that would almost certainly make them Six Nations champions and end Brian O'Driscoll's international career on a high.


Brian O'Driscoll set for last international


Pirate Irwin   Brian O'Driscoll likes to keep his emotions in check but even he will find those difficult to control when arguably Ireland's greatest ever rugby player brings down the curtain on his international career in Paris on Saturday.

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Dublin bids farewell to a rugby legend

Brian O'Driscoll.

Conor Humphries   Dublin's Aviva Stadium bade an emotional farewell to local hero Brian O'Driscoll on Saturday as the man widely regarded as Ireland's greatest-ever player became the game's most capped international in his final home appearance.


Ireland give O'Driscoll triumphant farewell

Brian O'Driscoll.

Ciaran O'Raghallaigh   Ireland turned on the style to give a teary-eyed Brian O'Driscoll the perfect farewell present in his last Test on home soil with a thumping 46-7 victory over Italy at Lansdowne Road in their Six Nations clash on Saturday.

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