Connacht loosehead Denis Buckley: his workrate continues to be off the charts, but with outrageous added value to the ball. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

So last week’s “success is failure turned inside out” on Connacht’s 29 years “of doubt”, with Pat Lam’s losing streak in 2013, where “it’s when thing(...)

Luke McGrath of Leinster passes the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Bath and Leinster at the Recreation Ground. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

“Success is failure turned inside out; the silver tint in the clouds of doubt. And you never call tell how close you are; it might be near w(...)

“I fancy if Gilroy was Argentinian or Australian he would likely be a star with 30-plus caps.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Following on from the past two weeks, a thought has struck me. In London I watched the third-place playoff in the Sydney Arms where a passionate Ir(...)

Continuity is crucial for our game; it requires an understanding of space; how to create it and then how to exploit it. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

My father played Gaelic football for Donegal. This is some effort but to do so as a minor and senior in the same season is pretty remarkable. In fact (...)

The All Blacks doing their lateral passing drill at half-time in the World Cup final. Instead of a cerebral chat in the dressing room they practised this key skill at speed.

At half -time in the RWC Final New Zealand came out early. The score stood in their favour 16-3. Why did they come out early in the biggest game on(...)

Japan players celebrate their momentous victory over South Africa in the pool section – the Brave Blossoms missed out on a place in the quarter-finals but won the hearts of the rugby world. Photograph: Getty Images

Gerry Thornley Match of the tournament? Spoilt for choice. Japan provided the best finish, Australia v Argentina was the most breathless, but t(...)

Argentina’s Guido Petti Pagadizábal tries to hold up   Australia’s   flankers David Pocock (left) and Michael Hooper  in last week’s Rugby World Cup  semi-final  at Twickenham. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP

Historically, when a man touched your ball at the base of a ruck he was met with outright violence. This was accepted by the errant openside. Evidence(...)

New Zealand centre Ma’a Nonu:  against France his  key stats were 107 metres gained and nine passes; precious little contact from the big man. Power yes; but not to batter. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

All field sports the world over have two key principles; create space and exploit space. On Monday I replayed the match. Not the one you’d imagine (...)

 Dave Kearney is tackled at the Millennium Stadium  in the defeat to Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Of the more than one million Irish viewers of yesterday’s quarter-final in the Millennium Stadium between Ireland and Argentina, how many could nam(...)

New Zealand’s   Keven Mealamu  drives on in the maul against  Argentina during the  Rugby World Cup Pool C match   at Wembley Stadium on September 20th. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

For those lucky enough to be going to Cardiff, you’re in for a treat. But four weeks ago I was sitting in Wembley Stadium when Argentina pushed New Ze(...)