Bath’s director of rugby Mike ford talks to his son George, the outhalf of that club and England. George will have a pivotal position as kicker when England come to Dublin for the Six Nations game on Sunday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty.

Ellery Hanley and his entourage swept out the door. Mike Ford watched the departure of the man voted the greatest British rugby league player of all t(...)

They are grand times indeed when Ireland can beat France by seven points, extend a winning streak to nine games and still not everybody is entirely(...)

France’s Mathieu Bastareaud  is tackled by Scotland players  during their Six Nations game  at the Stade de France.

Is it any wonder this old Six Nations lark is the envy of the southern hemisphere. The European rugby public annually gather in some of the finest cit(...)

The three Mescalleros: Brent Pope, Tom McGurk and George Hook.

“In the beginning the IRFU had a heart attack. How dare we talk about rugby like this,” said Tom McGurk of the sharp shooting RTÉ rugby panel of Georg(...)

Philips Manager of the Year Joe Schmidt with his award following the ceremony at the Shelbourne Hotel: “It’s humbling because of the competition that is here today.”

Despite the mass influx, Joe Schmidt is the only foreign rugby coach to be named Philips Sports Manager of the Year.Not the first foreigner, mind. Th(...)

Leinster’s Luke Fitzgerald tackles Greig Tonks of Edinburgh at the RDS last month. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The No 13 debate, and need to fill that void, has been reignited by Matt O’Connor selecting Luke Fitzgerald at outside centre for Sunday’s arduous yet(...)

Brian O'Driscoll is carried shoulder high by team-mates, at the final whistle in the Six Nations Championship match with France, in Stade de France, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

They were days when a draw against France sparked a desperate hope. Who knew what might be possible if we could just find a backline that scored tries(...)

‘What’s the secret to happiness?’ ‘Realising unhappiness is also fleeting.’ Disappearing ghost On January 29th Paul Kimmage and Brian O(...)

 Pau’s new signing James Coughlan: “We both kind of said ‘if we don’t go now, we’ll never go’.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

The IRFU have succeeded where their Welsh, Scottish and Italian counterparts have largely failed in keeping all their front-line players at home. Even(...)

Clare strength and conditioning coach Joe O’Connor goes through a warm-up drill with the players prior to the senior championship semi-final at Semple Stadium, in 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Impho

It’s 60 years ago since the GAA introduced a ban on collective training of inter-county teams. It felt the practice reeked of professionalism. The ban(...)