Toulon’s  Romain Taofifenua and Ulster’s Tommy Bowe compete for a loose ball  during the  Champions Cup clash at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photo:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

I notice Law 10.4 (c) is back in the picture where a player must not kick an opponent. It’s not the first time a secondrow got his timing wrong but(...)

Toulon’s outhalf Matt Giteau  is tackled by Llanelli Scarlets’ full back Liam Williams during last week’s  European  Champions Cup clash at  the Mayol stadium in Toulon,  France. Photo: Bertrand Langlois/Getty

I’ve long been a fan of Saracens’ sub outhalf Charlie Hodgson. He was sensational in London’s Allianz Park in January facilitating a monster victory o(...)

Ulster’s Paul Marshall in action against  Glasgow. “He’s super-talented, sharp and very busy with a lightning pass off both hands and over the weeks he’s adding a great kicking game.” Photo: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye/Inpho

‘I stand bad news better than uncertainty’ is a statement Germany’s football manager Joachim Löw may have uttered late Tuesday evening. But it was in (...)

Les Kiss  on duty with Ulster for their visit to play Cardiff Blues last month at Cardiff Arms Park. Photo: Ashley Crowden/Inpho

With Wasps relocating to Coventry, Leinster losing at home, Connacht in European contention for next season, Neil Doak as Ulster’s new head coach, Les(...)

Munster’s Gerhard van den Heever gets tackled by Aaron Jarvis and Justin Tipuric of Ospreys in their Pro12 game. Photograph: Inpho.

With the score 5-0 in Munster’s favour against Ospreys at Thomond Park last weekend, it was plain to see that had Keith Earls, Simon Zebo or Felix Jon(...)

Munster’s Ian Keatley attempts to swerve the attention of the Edinburgh fullback at Thomand Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s commencement address to the University of Southern California in 2009 was built around his six rules of success. Concerning hi(...)

CROSS Cancer Research Rugby Legends cycle: “This is no place to be for your second cycle in a year – belly empty, bar the gallon-and-a-half Kenmare offered the night before”

Last Sunday week I found myself aboard my racing bike. I should have left it in a hedge at Mizen Head last year for all the action it got since. The p(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and Leo Cullen: “For all the players that came and went over 15 years those two remained crucial.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Many moons ago, all the way back in 1999, I wondered, in conversation with Matt Williams, were we already becoming too reliant on the amazing Brian(...)

Toulouse centre Florian Fritz leaves the pitch after he was injured during the Top 14 quarter-final rugby union match against  Racing Metro earlier this month. He was allowed to return to the game. Photograph: Getty Images

After 17 years in top flight rugby it appears Jonny Wilkinson’s greatest fear is that of getting a proper job. After coming through so many injurie(...)

Munster’s CJ Stander and Gerhard van den Heever with Tommy Seymour of Glasgow Warriors. Munster face another battle royal against the Scottish side. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This week having finally finished it, I left Cormac McCarthy’s The Road behind and delved into Max Hastings’ Catastrophe where I quickly bumped into M(...)