Paul O’Connell celebrates scoring a try against Wales in 2002. Photograph: Inpho

Alas and alack, there will be no Indian Summer on the Côte d’Azur. Regrets, he’ll have a few, right until the anti-climactic end and that is indeed a (...)

Paul O’Connell celebrates scoring on his Ireland debut. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland v Wales, Lansdowne Road, 2002 An impressive starting point to an immense career, he was driven over for a try on his debut against Wales but (...)

“It’s a day for boot, bite and bollock,” said Ronan O’Gara on the RTÉ panel. Photograph: Anthony Wallace /AFP/Getty Images

For youngsters, John F Kennedy is the man who promotes wind energy on the telly, but for the rest of us he’s the fella who foresaw how many would feel(...)

Jonathan Sexton carries a heavy burden for Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There was a sharp intake of breath on RTÉ’s morning sports bulletin when it became apparent that Shane Horgan was about to commit an unofficial act of(...)

 Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt with his team. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For players and coaches, losing games of international rugby brings nothing but bad vibes. Most of the negativity of defeat is based around regret. (...)

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Ireland player Jamie Heaslip gets to grips with Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Super Saturday was indeed beyond superlative, but it does look a rather long time ago now. In glorious mid-March conditions the day rained points (2(...)

The Roman philosopher and politician Cicero once observed that: “No one can give you wiser advice than yourself.”     Joe Schmidt woul(...)

Brian O’Driscoll “I knew I was small and knew I had to wait for a bit of size to come. It came over the course of that summer. I must have grown four or five inches.”

The rugby is over now. They can be found in Dublin offices like Davy Stockbrokers, KPMG or away in Chicago, London and Vancouver. All pushing 40, many(...)

Clermont’s players after the European Champions Cup rugby union match against Begles-Bordeaux over the weekend. Photograph: Thierry Zoccolan/AFP/Getty Images

One hundred and eight years ago a 19-year-old Wisconsin kid named Fred Merkle stood on first base for the New York Giants. Neck and neck in a National(...)

Robbie Henshaw in action for the Marist College in the 2011 Leinster championship. Photograph: Marist College

When the Marist College reached their first Leinster senior final in 15 years in 2014, and still chasing their maiden success, they had both ex-pupil (...)