Johnny Sexton  runs with the ball during the   Pool D match against Italy. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty

The Youtube clip titled “Bastareaud et Sexton: L’histoire d’un bus et d’un piéton [the history of a bus and a pedestrian]” will displease Johnny Sexto(...)

Scott Williams leaves England’s Mike Brown and Sam Burgess trailing in his wake at Twickenham. Burgess showed all the attributes of his rugby league background in what was England’s biggest game for eight years. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I only started playing centre in 2004. It took until the 2007 World Cup before I felt properly attuned to the nuances of the position and comfortable (...)

 Rob Kearney scores against the All Blacks: “It’s very hard to find a weakness but they are beatable. Ireland players know this now.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 5:12

So the million dollar question: should Ireland coach an offloading policy at this World Cup? I don’t think you can. You are either intuitively good(...)

Robert Kitson names 11 provincial players in his all-time European Cup best XV, including former Munster number eight Anthony Foley. Photograph: Getty

Time-travelling is always a temptation at this time of year. This week sees the 20th showpiece final in European club rugby’s eventful history and, in(...)

Leinster head coach, Matt O’Connor with Jamie Heaslip: “We need to go to the Stoop with a plan to get a result. We need to win the game,” said the coach.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s not often a meeting with Matt O’Connor and Jamie Heaslip takes a turn towards doctrines and ideology. But the Leinster coach was in a discursive (...)

Australia   coach Michael Cheika takes training at Blackrock. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Michael Cheika the hobo, the Pat Garrett of rugby union is back in town. As he was for Leinster by 2009 he became for the Waratahs this season; a coa(...)

Jonathan Sexton in action for Ireland against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in 2012. Photograph: Inpho

Last week, Johnny Sexton played for Racing Metro in their European Champions Cup game against Treviso in Italy, flew back to Paris that night, flew to(...)

Ian Madigan kicks the penalty that put Leinster into a winning lead in  their European Champions Cup match against Castres in France at weekend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The European Champions Cup hasn’t exactly set the pulses racing just yet, has it? Maybe it was due to the nature of the arm wrestles that the Irish(...)

Ireland ‘s Devin Toner and Iain Henderson comes out for the Captain’s Run past soldiers at the Estadio Centenario, Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

FIRST TEST Argentina v Ireland Estadio Centenario, today, 7.40pm Sky Sports 1 The Ireland squad made their half-hour trek across the bridge(...)

Ireland new cap Robbie Diack. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

By Gerry ThornleyAs expected, the South African-born Robbie Diack, who qualifies by residency, will make his debut for Ireland against Argentina on Sa(...)