There’s a lot going on up North in the New Year.
Monday 17 November, 2014
Dominic Ryan was perfectly calm despite getting the closest of close-up views of a Georgian boot.
Sunday 16 November, 2014
The prop is making a habit of getting himself on the score-sheet, but today’s try was extra special.
A frustrating first half was followed by Ireland scoring six second half tries.
‘It’s like waking up on Christmas morning’: Ireland’s debutants collect precious first international caps
After Jared Payne made his bow last week, Joe Schmidt handed out three more new caps today.
The internet loves soccer, money’s tight and that f***ing troublemaker: It’s the week’s best sportswriting
Take it easy and take some time to read some of the best sportswriting that appeared online this week.
Thursday 13 November, 2014
We had the misfortune to be in Stade Chaban Delmas for a moral defeat on the biggest stage.
Yes. We’re looking at you, Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
Wednesday 12 November, 2014
Cycling’s world number nine stopped in to check on the progress of a new ultrasound suite.
He’s up against two All Blacks and two South Africans.
Here’s what the boys are up to out in Maynooth.
Is he even picking his nose?
It’s an emotional rollercoaster.
‘We have an ability as players to play lots of different types of gameplans,’ says the star fullback.
Tuesday 11 November, 2014
Ireland Women were also recognised through awards handed to Philip Doyle and Fiona Coghlan.
When the sun shines, we’ll shine together…
The Leinster and Ireland fullback says he had no reason to want to leave and so sorted his contract with minimal fuss.
The Ulster duo were both major injury concerns after Saturday’s win over the Springboks.
They see me rollin’.
The James Stephens man will take charge for a 17th year.
Monday 10 November, 2014
One down, bring on Georgia and the Wallabies.
‘They make your breakdown very slow’: Matfield credits Ireland’s ruck work while seeking solace in history
The out-of-retirement lock compared the loss to a 2006 defeat at home to France.
Hey, big spender.
Would you hand Dave Foley a full debut, keep D’Arcy waiting in the wings and run Keatley at 10? Up to you.
Sunday 9 November, 2014
‘Joe gives an inner belief to the whole squad’: Smiling Simon Zebo thrilled to be back in the big time
Ireland believe they can beat anyone, says the recalled winger.
While the tackle counts were impressive, the passing numbers didn’t quite match up.
Jonny Bruton runs the Dublin business and says he wants it to inspire people.
The Connacht man had a little help from Gordon D’Arcy to prepare for his biggest Test to date.
Saturday 8 November, 2014
Saturday night’s all right for highlights.
Tries from Rhys Ruddock and Tommy Bowe gave Ireland victory despite Springbok dominance in the scrum.
It’s not for everyone, but it’s a hell of a spectacle.
There’s nothing quite like a night with the boys.
Good luck out there lads.
Thursday 6 November, 2014
After a month of surgery and a few nutritional discrepancies, the Tullow Tank is thinking about making tracks again.
Joe Schmidt has fewer and fewer players to choose from, but there are still big calls to be made.
The last 10 years have been our most successful period against the Southern Hemisphere giants.
The injured flanker is looking forward to seeing Sean Cronin getting over the gainline this weekend.
Wednesday 5 November, 2014
The row started over a disputed goal in last month’s final between Ballinderry and Slaughtneil.
One for us all to work on in the garden this evening.
South Africa are in rude health, while Joe Schmidt could conceivably have to make do without his entire first-choice front row.
Tuesday 4 November, 2014
A raft of injury worries mean there are places up for grabs. These guys have a lot to gain.