Paul O'Connell: Dylan Hartley would be "great captain" for LionsDylan Hartley has the potential to become a commanding figure for the British and Irish Lions and skipper the side in New Zealand, according to Paul O'Connell.
Oct 12, 22:22
Martin Johnson backs Maro Itoje, George Kruis for Lions roleMartin Johnson backs England's Grand Slam-winning second row pairing of Maro Itoje and George Kruis to play a key role for the Lions next summer.
Mar 21, 15:41
Paul O'Connell announces retirementFormer Ireland captain Paul O'Connell is forced to retire after failing to overcome a hamstring problem that he sustained at the World Cup.
Feb 9, 10:23
Rory Best takes over Ireland captaincyIreland head coach Joe Schmidt picks Rory Best to captain the team for their Six Nations opener against Wales next month.
Jan 20, 14:54
Mike Ross to miss Ireland Six Nations opener?Tighthead prop Mike Ross is a doubt for Ireland's Six Nations opener against Wales on February 7 having sustained a serious hamstring tear.
Dec 22, 18:47
Iain Henderson to miss Ireland Six Nations campaign?Iain Henderson faces up to six months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, according to Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss.
Dec 8, 22:38
Bryan Habana: 'Victor Matfield is a colossus of the game'South Africa winger Bryan Habana tells Sports Mole that Victor Matfield will go down as a modern great having called time on his record-breaking 127-cap career.
Oct 31, 02:44
Joe Schmidt rules out Ireland departureJoe Schmidt says that he is "absolutely committed" to staying on as Ireland's head coach.
Oct 24, 14:55
Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip: "We gave ourselves too much to do"Stand-in Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip admits that his team gave themselves too much to do in their RWC quarter-final by falling 17 points behind Argentina early on.
Oct 18, 16:19
Johnny Sexton fit for Ireland quarter-finalIreland fly-half Johnny Sexton is named in the starting lineup for the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Argentina.
Oct 16, 13:35
Ireland to risk Johnny Sexton against Argentina?Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek suggests that fly-half Johnny Sexton could play against Argentina even if he is not fully fit for their Rugby World Cup quarter-final.
Oct 14, 22:01
Nathan Hines hails "immense" Paul O'ConnellNathan Hines says that Paul O'Connell's hamstring injury "takes nothing away" from what he has achieved in his career.
Oct 13, 22:24
Ireland's Sean O'Brien suspended for quarter-final clash against ArgentinaIreland flanker Sean O'Brien is banned by World Rugby for his side's Rugby World Cup quarter-final clash against Argentina for punching Pascal Pape.
Oct 13, 22:02
Paul O'Connell's Ireland career ended by hamstring injury at Rugby World CupPaul O'Connell's international career ends prematurely as a hamstring injury rules the Ireland captain out of the Rugby World Cup.
Oct 13, 10:13
Ireland's Peter O'Mahony ruled out of Rugby World CupIreland back row Peter O'Mahony is ruled out of the Rugby World Cup with a knee ligament injury.
Oct 12, 12:56
Jack McGrath: 'Paul O'Connell would leave a big void for Ireland'Ireland prop Jack McGrath tells Sports Mole that the team will have a "big void" if captain Paul O'Connell is ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Oct 12, 00:07
Result: Ireland beat France to top Pool DIreland finish top in Pool D after beating France 24-9 at the Millennium Stadium at the Rugby World Cup.
Oct 11, 18:38
Paul O'Connell: 'Ireland have not held anything back for France'Paul O'Connell dismisses suggestions that Ireland have kept their powder dry ahead of their Rugby World Cup clash with Wales.
Oct 10, 14:32
Ireland make two changes for Pool D showdown against FranceIreland make two changes to the side that beat Italy as they prepare for this weekend's Pool D showdown against France in the Rugby World Cup.
Oct 9, 14:58
Result: Ireland defeat Italy by seven pointsIreland defeat Italy 16-9 in the Rugby World Cup, with Keith Earls scoring the only try of the match.
Oct 4, 18:35
Half-Time Report: Ireland lead Italy by four points at half timeIreland are beating Italy 10-6 at half time in the Rugby World Cup.
Oct 4, 17:33
Joe Schmidt makes 12 Ireland changes for Romania matchJoe Schmidt will field a much-changed Ireland XV when they face Romania in their second Rugby World Cup match on Sunday.
Sep 25, 14:36
Captain Paul O'Connell wants Ireland improvementIreland captain Paul O'Connell wants to see his team start better in their next Pool D fixture against Romania, following the country's 50-7 victory over Canada.
Sep 20, 12:40
Result: Ireland score seven tries, secure comfortable victory over CanadaIreland record a comfortable victory over Canada in their Rugby World Cup opener at the Millennium Stadium, scoring seven tries in a 50-7 bonus-point win.
Sep 19, 16:21
Stephen Ferris: 'Iain Henderson should start against Canada'Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt should select Iain Henderson in the back row against Canada on Saturday, according to Stephen Ferris.
Sep 16, 14:24
Paul O'Connell: 'Alarm bells not ringing'Paul O'Connell insists alarm bells are not ringing in the Ireland camp despite losing two games in a row before the World Cup.
Sep 5, 17:35
Result: England secure composed victory over IrelandEngland defeat Ireland 21-13 in a World Cup warm-up game thanks to tries from Jonny May and Anthony Watson.
Sep 5, 16:30
Live Commentary: England 21-13 Ireland - as it happenedFollow Sports Mole's live coverage of England's Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Ireland at Twickenham.
Sep 5, 13:30
Paul O'Connell eager for Ireland improvementIreland captain Paul O'Connell claims that he and his teammates are a "long, long way away" from winning the Rugby World Cup following their 10-16 loss to Wales.
Sep 4, 18:10
Seven changes for Ireland against EnglandJoe Schmidt makes seven changes for Ireland's clash with England at Twickenham Stadium.
Sep 3, 18:20
Jack Conan to make Ireland debut against ScotlandLeinster flanker Jack Conan is handed his Ireland debut against Scotland as coach Joe Schmidt makes 14 changes from the side that beat Wales.
Aug 13, 15:46
Rhys Ruddock drops out of Ireland World Cup squad through injuryLeinster flanker Rhys Ruddock drops out of Ireland's World Cup squad after breaking his arm for the second time in six months.
Jun 24, 18:54
Toulon announce Paul O'Connell signing from MunsterFrench side Toulon formally sign Ireland's Paul O'Connell from Munster on a two-year contract.
Jun 16, 05:10
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell announces retirement plansIreland captain Paul O'Connell is to retire from international rugby after the Rugby World Cup.
Jun 2, 15:38
Top five contenders for 2015 Rugby World CupWith less than 150 days to go until the Rugby World Cup gets underway, Sports Mole looks at the five leading contenders to go all the way.
Apr 22, 11:58
Toulon: 'We have not signed Paul O'Connell'Toulon insist that Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has not agreed to join the French club.
Apr 21, 16:32
Ireland's Paul O'Connell named RBS Six Nations Player of the ChampionshipIreland captain Paul O'Connell is voted the RBS Player of the Championship after helping guide his side to Six Nations glory.
Mar 27, 16:47
England quartet shortlisted for Six Nations awardEngland lead the way in the Six Nations Player of the Tournament shortlist as George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Billy Vunipola and Ben Youngs are nominated for the award.
Mar 23, 16:45
Victorious Ireland skipper Paul O'Connell "very proud" of Six Nations triumphPaul O'Connell says that he is "very proud" of his Ireland teammates for the spirit that they showed to claim back-to-back Six Nations titles.
Mar 22, 07:24
Paul O'Connell: 'Saturday showdown a great advert for Six Nations'After leading his team to back-to-back Six Nations titles, Ireland captain Paul O'Connell credits England with the performance of the tournament against France.
Mar 21, 23:26