Ireland’s flanker Sean O’Brien  in action against Italy during the Six Nations clash in Rome in 2013. O’Brien may start on the bench this weekend. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/Getty

Over the coming weeks, you will hear people saying loads of times that the Six Nations is all about momentum. It has become everybody’s favourite clic(...)

Wasps’ Ashley Johnson  stands over Leinster’s Dave Kearney before being sin binned in the first minute of the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Would you be a referee? I wouldn’t. There’s too many players like me to deal with, for a start. Fellas who will try anything and everything, push thin(...)

Wasps’ Ashley Johnson  stands over Leinster’s Dave Kearney before being sin binned in the first minute of the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Would you be a referee? I wouldn’t. There’s too many players like me to deal with, for a start. Fellas who will try anything and everything, push thin(...)

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(...)