Carlos Spencer congratulates Joe Rokocoko after his try during New Zealand’s 29-9 Rugby World Cup quarter-final win over South Africa in 2003. Photograph: Getty

Thanks to Johann Cruyff, the practice of pulling a football back behind your standing leg and spinning 180 degrees will forever be known as the Cruyff(...)

Australia players celebrate at full time of their 2003 Rugby World Cup semi-final win over New Zealand. Photograph: Getty

The 2003 World Cup progressed in such a way the final was always destined to be contested by the cream of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, wi(...)

New Leinster coach Leo Cullen at a press conference in UCD. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Undoubtedly fast-tracked, Leo Cullen as head coach doesn’t come as a surprise to those who have known him longest. His formal appointment by Leinster (...)

Australian secondrow Kane Douglas has been released from his contract with Leinster. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kane Douglas’s all too brief stay with Leinster has come to an official end as the 26-year-old arrived in on Thursday to finalise terms with the Queen(...)

Ian Madigan’s eye for a gap echoes that of his boyhood hero, Carlos Spencer, whom he describes as ‘a magician’. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Being able to play well in a number of positions can be a double-edged sword. Much as Ian Madigan would like to be a specialist outhalf, his ability t(...)

New Zealand’s Dan Carter will make his 100th appearance for the All Blacks on Saturday

All things going to plan, Dan Carter’s 100th test match for New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday will not be the last time he plays for the team at E(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony runs at USA’s Mike Petri. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Ireland 15 USA 12Scary looking scoreline. In fairness, the professionalism of this extremely young Ireland team, with five new caps blooded over the (...)

British and Irish Lions’ Tommy Bowe has his damaged arm in a sling following the victory over the Queensland Reds at the Suncorp stadium.  Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

QUEENSLAND REDS 12 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS 22: The Queensland Reds rolled the dice and came up just short but it was fun watching them try to out(...)

Vern Cotter (right) introduced Joe Schmidt to European rugby at Clermont. Photograph: Getty Images.

Josef Schmidt never seems to tire of talking rugby. He just doesn’t like talking about what he does in rugby. Like turning flankers into centre(...)