Ian Madigan kicked Leinster to a gripping 18-15 win over Bath and Clermont Auvergne dismantled Northampton 37-5 in wildly contrasting European Champions Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.
unknown Joe Schmidt's team use their licence to attack to show doubters they can win with flourish, writes Oliver Brown
Alasdair Reid Ireland played like the World Cup contenders they are.
James Corrigan Win over Ireland gives inspired Wales a shot at the Six Nations title heading into the final round.
Ireland take a major step towards retaining their Six Nations title with a pulsating win in Dublin.
Pirate Irwin Fly-half Jonathan Sexton produced a man of the match performance on his return after a 12 week absence to inspire defending Six Nations champions Ireland to an 18-11 victory over France at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.
Ian Keatley converted four penalties on his Six Nations debut to set holders Ireland on the way to a dour 26-3 win over an uninspiring Italy on Saturday.
Oliver Brown An erratic team once excessively reliant upon Brian O'Driscoll's magic, Joe Schmidt has transformed Ireland into a force and a genuine threat at this year's Rugby World Cup.
Ireland will bid to host the 2023 rugby World Cup, the Irish and Northern Irish governments said on Friday, formally launching a politically symbolic proposal to win the right to hold the event on their own for the first time.
Chris Dutton The Wallabies are in danger of slumping to their worst spring tour of Europe in almost a decade, but captain Michael Hooper is adamant the team is taking the right steps to rebuild its badly dented reputation.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is suffering from suspected appendicitis and has gone to hospital for a check-up, a team spokesman said following the Six Nations champions' 26-23 victory over Australia on Saturday.
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.
In-form Ireland have overtaken Australia in the IRB rankings for the first time in eight years.
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.
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.
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.