Saracens’ Owen Farrell and Mako Vunipola tackle Munster’s Ian Keatley during the Champions Cup clash at Allianz Park, London. Photograph: James Crombie/Iinpho

Watching Munster on Saturday, I went from being sad to frustrated to angry. Part of everyone who has any interest in Munster knew this was coming b(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo and Chris Ashton of Saracens tussle for possession. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

For Munster, Saturday’s game against Saracens is do-or-die. It might always seem like the next game is do-or-die but actually, this isn’t a situation (...)

Connacht’s Mils Muliaina, Miah Nikora and Kieran Marmion enjoy victory over Munster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There was no contest when it came to picking out the best thing about the rugby over Christmas. The derbies in the Pro12 – and not just in Ireland – (...)

Dave O’Callaghan scores a try for Munster against Leinster on St Stephen’s Day, a game that featured none of the regular Irish internationals. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

It’s three years ago last week since the IRFU announced their new policy on overseas players. Or non-Irish eligible players, as they called them at th(...)

It’s a sign of the times that we’re sitting here the week before Christmas and already it’s pretty obvious that there will be no Irish winner of the E(...)

 Irish players warm up in the Keep Rugby Clean IRB Anti-doping tee shirts before the 2014 Junior World Championship match against Fiji  in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Jason Oxenham/Getty

Within the last 18 months, one of the Irish provinces made contact with the Irish Sports Council regarding one of their players. The player had made h(...)

Munster’s Paul O’Connell is tackled by Clermont Auvergne’s Wesley Fofana during the 2013 Heineken Cup semi final. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Every club has its own DNA. People won’t necessarily talk about it but everyone around the place knows it and feels it. From watching and playing agai(...)

Ireland physio Keith Fox assesses Conor Murray before leading him  from the pitch late in the game against Australia. Photo: Colm O’Neill/Inpho.

After the game on Saturday, I got a Tweet from Peter Robinson, father of the schoolboy Benjamin Robinson who died on the side of a rugby pitch in J(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika before the autumn Test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

The first time I met Michael Cheika, I had a row with him. We played Leinster in a Pro 12 game at Lansdowne Road in 2006, a few months after we’d bea(...)

Ireland line up for the South Africa  clash. “The more belief players have in the coach, his game plan and the chances of it succeeding, the more united they will be.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Players want to play. It doesn’t matter what the sport is, what the team is, who the coach is – players want to play. That’s what drives them, that’s (...)