Eddie O’Sullivan, centre, pictured during his time as Ireland coach, has been appointed head coach at Briarritz Olympique. Photograph: Alan Betson, Irish Times

Eddie O’Sullivan will take over as head at recently relegated Biarritz Olympique, who have lost their status in the French Top 14 for the first time i(...)

Leo Cullen’s calmness under pressure meant he usually made the right calls in a game, especially at the lineout. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Peter Smyth, a team-mate of Leo Cullen’s from their under-10 days at Willow Park through their years together on the Blackrock Dream Team and then Lei(...)

Man of the matc,  Munster’s CJ Stander is tackled by  Yoann Huget of Toulouse at Thomond Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Paul O’Connell spoke about the galvanising properties of fear that, when properly harnessed, can propel a team from a low poin(...)

Brian O’Driscoll walks off with his teammates after beating Toulouse away from home in the 2006 Heineken Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

With Toulon currently the Everest of European rugby, Leinster’s evolution in France sees them attempt to scale the highest peak tomorrow. It’s also(...)

Rob Penney (left) will want to end his tenure on a winning note before handing over to Munster favourite Anthony “Axel” Foley. Photograph: Inpho

When Roy Keane came in to address the Munster squad before the Sale game in 2006, he answered questions for us on numerous topics. One that has(...)

Leinster and Ireland prop Mike Ross:  “It’s very fine margins get you selected at this level.”  Photograph: Inpho

Slamming into the provincial ceiling they may be but Munster are growing loosehead props again. James Cronin started in Perpignan last December(...)

Brian O’Driscoll in UCD in 1998. He shifted between outhalf and centre when playing for the college.Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

In 1996 Lee Smith walked onto the UCD campus while out for a stroll, a gentle orientation process in a new environment, and on a whim, enquired(...)

Rob Kearney: “You need to be on top of your game, not just for 40 minutes but for a full 80.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

One win against France in Paris in 42 years, argues Rob Kearney, does not require Ireland to arrive all tangled up with notions of in(...)

Munster forwards coach Anthony Foley: “I always feel that your unconscious mind should be your guide out on the pitch.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The plan was evidently to have Anthony Foley promoted as Rob Penney’s successor as head coach from the 2015-16 season onwards but Munster are c(...)

Anthony Foley has been named as the new coach of Munster. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Anthony Foley says his promotion to the head coaching job at Munster from next season will not consume him – as it’s what his life in rugby has(...)