Gordon D’Arcy: I got caught with a bad investment during the recession. Thankfully, I had taken good advice prior to all my undertakings, and so the loss was small enough.

Are you a saver or a spender? A saver. My father was a bank manager and he instilled that into us from a young age, although with a young baby it is (...)

Gordon D’Arcy celebrates a try against Munster in the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final. “It was  as seamless a performance as Leinster have ever produced.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rugby has changed but Leinster versus Munster has a permanency to it. Even considering all that’s happened in recent seasons, it should still be the g(...)

Such has been winger Matt Healy’s improvement over the last couple of seasons with Connacht that he was recently invited to train with the Ireland squad. Photograph: Billy stickland/Inpho

The Guinness Pro12’s leading try scorer would not where he is today were it not for Lansdowne. And Matt Healy probably wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t f(...)

The Irish team is expected to be unchanged for the visit of Scotland. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Rory Best’s calf strain remains the biggest impediment to Joe Schmidt retaining the same starting XV from last Saturday’s record-breaking 58-15 win o(...)

Jared Payne is set to link up with Robbie Henshaw for Ireland’s game against Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Simon Zebo and Jared Payne are set to be restored to a more familiar looking Irish line-up around lunchtime on Thursday, when Joe Schmidt unveils Ire(...)

Gordon D’Arcy and Aoife Cogan at the Ireland Funds Annual Fundraiser in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, where the former Irish Rugby International was honoured. Photograph: Collins

For the first time in 16 seasons Gordon D’Arcy will not be involved in the Six Nations rugby championship this weekend. Instead, he was honoured yest(...)

England’s frontrow Dan Cole, Dylan Hartley and Alex Corbisiero celebrate a scrum penalty awarded against Ireland in the 2012 St Patrick’s Day massacre

St Patrick’s Day 2012. Mike Ross departs, broken, by half-time. Six minutes later Philip Matthews, a durable blindside and Ireland captain through so(...)

Can Ireland win a third Six Nations in a row? Photograph: Getty Images

GERRY THORNLEY How will Ireland fare? A tall order without either of the twin totems for the first time since 1999, made taller still by having Wal(...)

Aoife Coogan and Gordon D’Arcy, who did a stint as an intern at Investec last year alongside the day job at Leinster. Photograph: Dermot Byrne Photography

In the current climate, there’s a lot of appeal for banks and wealth managers to be seen as a safe pair of hands. Good news then for Investec, which h(...)

Ireland internationals Ian Madigan and Simon Zebo could be lining up options to play abroad next season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Reflection, anew. Maybe it’s not as bad as it seems. Maybe the injuries in the four provincial squads just need time to heal. Maybe the suggestion t(...)