Matt O’Connor with his former charges. The low point, ironically, was a victory over Benetton Treviso at the RDS. Leinster had become almost unwatchable.  Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

(...) with contrasting styles – the derring-do of Leinster’s European triumphs against a more pragmatic(...)

“If we start thinking about different things and getting distracted, getting emotional, then that’s a negative,” said Munster coach Anthony Foley. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

(...) absence from the pivotal European Champions Cup defeat to Saracens, which extinguished Munster’s knockout(...)

Darren Clarke: “My desire is what keeps me out there practising and working hard and seeking those four consistent rounds in a row.”  Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

Darren Clarke isn’t the sensitive type. Thick-skinned as they come, in fact! Europe’s Ryder Cup(...)

Karim Benzema has  a glittering CV at club and international level,  and at 27 is at the peak of his powers. Photograph: JuanJo Martin/EPA

(...) won the Champions League, La Liga, the Copa Del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup and the(...)

Golf’s posterboy Rory McIlroy may be Irish but membership numbers across the country are dwindling. Photograph: Inpho

(...) amateur in the game, Leona Maguire, is Irish. The 2016 European Ryder Cup captain too, as was his(...)

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has emerged as a target for Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal. Photograph: Afp

(...), the Copa Del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup, the Uefa Super Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup. At Lyon he(...)

European captain Darren Clarke will keep three wildcard selections for the 2016 Ryder Cup. Photograph: Getty

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has resisted the temptation to make any changes to the(...)

(...) come to Banter for a football special to preview the upcoming European championships along with Brian(...)

Former Australia  coach Robbie Deans: flattered to be linked with the Leinster role, but  the timeline does not suit.  Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Crusaders coach believes Ireland are among the favourites for the World Cup and hailed Joe Schmidt for(...)

“He was a great broadcaster, an outstanding one and a wonderful person too.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

(...) spent a lot of time with him, weeks on end through a World Cup or European Championship and I’m very(...)